How Notifications Work
Jump ahead to:
- Notification basics
- Clearing notifications
- Don't Forget
- How to change your notification settings
- Email notifications
- Browser notifications
- Unread counts
- Phone and tablet notifications
- Everything or just pings and @mentions
- Notifications for events and dated to-dos
- Work Can Wait
- Close comment threads
You can always check Basecamp to see if there is an orange badge at the top of the Hey! menu. It indicates new updates to your followed projects and includes notifications about what's new in Basecamp and other announcements:
However, you may not want to check Basecamp all the time to look for something new! Basecamp sends notifications to tell you when something has happened.
❕You can choose which projects to follow and receive updates about.
- Choose to be on the project to have your avatar show up on the project page and have updates in your Hey! menu.
- Choose to just follow any projects that you don't need notifications about.
Push notifications send you a notification of specific updates to your projects based on your settings. You do not receive push notifications for regular Chat room messages.
You can get push notifications via:
- Pop ups in your browser or desktop app (can include sound)
- On your phone or tablet (can include sound)
You can choose what type of updates will send you push notifications.
- Everything (messages, comments, to-do assignments, events, etc.)
- Only Pings and @mentions
Work Can Wait
- Get notifications at all hours
- Only get notifications during work hours with Work Can Wait
To clear your Hey! menu notifications, hover over an orange badge to see the X icon. Or click "Mark all read" to clear them all at once:
You can also mark some updates you've already seen as unread from the Previous notifications:
Tucked between New For You and Previous Notifications is a section called Don't Forget. Set aside notifications that you don't want to lose track of!
When you hover over the notification, you'll see a small button with a hand that has a string tied around a finger. Click that icon and your notification will be moved to a Don't Forget section. You can add both read and unread notifications to Don't Forget:
Items stay in Don’t Forget until you decide you’re done with them — even if new comments roll in.
If you’ve put something in Don’t Forget, we know it's something important that you don't want to fall through the cracks! So if a new comment rolls in, we will not move it back to New For You. That'll show up as something you haven't seen before, in the New For You section. If you go read it, it will not have an effect on what you've set aside in Don't Forget:
- Check-in questions
- Boosts reports
And here's an example of how it looks to remember a comment:
Click your avatar in the upper-right and click the
Change your notification settings link:
That will take you to the settings screen:
Below are the details about each section of the settings screen but before you move forward:
- Need to temporarily mute all notifications? Focus Mode is for you!
- Taking a few days off? Won't be around for the holidays? Learn how to mark yourself as "out of office" here!
- Want to keep access to a project but shut down notifications? Switch your participation type to "just following"!
We bundle up notifications that happen within about 5 minutes of one another, to keep your inbox calm.
Here's how an email with combined to-do notifications looks:
Browser notifications pop up when Basecamp is open in a tab on your computer's browser. If the box is checked but you still aren't getting notifications, check your browser preferences to make sure they are allowed for Basecamp.
You can also adjust your notifications settings if you’re using the Mac desktop app. Turn badges, banners, and alerts on or off through the notification settings on your computer.
You can tailor the notification badges to suit your needs. If you like seeing exactly how many unread items are inside each menu, simply check this box. Prefer seeing a small dot? Leave it unchecked. Whatever you choose, Basecamp will remember that preference on your mobile devices, too.
You can take Basecamp with you! The mobile app can be downloaded to your phone or tablet. ( Need to download it?)
See what devices you have set up by clicking on your profile picture, then on "Change your notification settings." Under the "How?" section, you'll see what devices are set up. Here's how it looks when an iPad and an iPhone are both set up to receive notifications:
Click the "My Devices" link to remove one of the devices from receiving notifications. This is also where you'd test your device to make sure your push notifications are working:
Everything includes new messages, comments, Pings, to-do assignments, new events on the schedule, and automated check-ins. Choose
Only Pings and @mentions if you prefer to check Basecamp manually for new things, but still want to be notified if somebody specifically reaches out to you.
For all-day events in the Schedule, you'll get a reminder at 9 AM on the first day. For events with specific times, you'll get a notification one day before the event, and one hour before the start time.
A Hey! notification the day before a scheduled event:
A Hey! notification an hour before a scheduled event:
For to-dos with assigned due dates, the person (or people) assigned will get a reminder notification at 9:00 AM the day before the due date and again at 9:00 AM on the day it’s due.
These notifications are important, but if you prefer to stay on top of things in other ways, you can turn off reminders for upcoming events, assignments, or both:
Work Can Wait prevents notifications from bothering you after hours. Set your hours and choose the days that Basecamp is allowed to notify you.
If you'd like, Basecamp will send you a catch-up email or push notification of anything you missed while you were away from work. Just click the checkbox when you set your Work Can Wait hours.
Taking a few days off? Won't be around for the holidays? Learn how to mark yourself as "out of office" here!