How to Disable Steam Friends Activity Notifications

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If you’re tired of Steam pop-ups letting you know what your friends are playing every two minutes, it’s time for you to disable steam friend notifications and have a few moments of peace. As good as Steam is, it’s a feature that many of us can do without.

These friend activity notifications are supposed to let you know that a friend is online or playing a game you’re interested in. While this may get you chatting or even joining in this game, it’s a setting that’s on by default when it really should be a choice, which means you’re bombarded with pop-ups. Fortunately, there is a way to fix this problem.

To turn off notifications when your friend is playing a game on Steam, there are two main ways to do it. One is to manage it per individual friend, and the other is to disable all Steam friend activity notifications at once. Here are the two different methods explained.

Disable all Steam Friends activity notifications

Here’s how you can disable everything friend activity notifications on Steam at once.

Launch Steam. Go to Friends on the top corner left.

friends of steam

Then select Show friends list (this may automatically open for you when you launch Steam).

In this pop-up window, select the cog on the right to open the settings.

friends of steam
friends of steam

From this menu, go to Notice. Here you can choose to turn off notifications when a friend logs in or plays a game, including whether or not they should play a sound.

friends of steam
friends of steam

Exit the menu and you should no longer receive activity notifications.

Disable specific Steam friend activity notifications

To disable activity notifications for a specific friend on Steam, the method is very similar.

Launch Steam. Go to Friends on the top corner left.

friends of steam
friends of steam

Then select Show friends list (this may automatically open for you when you launch Steam).

Right-click or select the down arrow on the friend you want to turn off activity notifications for, then select Manage > Notice.

Steam Friend Notifications
Steam Friend Notifications

Here you can choose to turn off notifications when this friend goes online or plays a game, including whether or not they should play a sound.

Finally, you can play ULTRAKILL with peace of mind.

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