Not getting notifications on your iPhone? Try these fixes to resolve the problem.
Frequently missing important texts, emails, or other updates is annoying and could cause major issues if you miss critical communication. Sometimes, you might not even get notifications when your device is right in your hands.
To help you with this, let's look at some solutions to get notifications on your iPhone back to normal.
1. Restart Your iPhone
Sometimes, your iPhone acts up for no apparent reason. Most of the time, a simple reboot can eliminate these glitches that cause temporary malfunctions.
When you don't see notifications, first try turning off your iPhone and turning it back on before moving onto more advanced troubleshooting.
Here's a simple guide to turning off your iPhone, whether you have an iPhone 12, SE, or other model.
2. Check Your Internet Connection
When notifications don't show up on your iPhone, particularly for internet-dependent apps, you should next check that your network connection is active and stable. Try visiting a few websites in your browser to make sure webpages load.
If your browser or other apps can't access the internet, chances are that your notification issue is network-related.
Troubleshoot Cellular Data Issues on Your iPhone
For cellular connections, turn off cellular data and turn it back on. Alternatively, enable airplane mode and disable it after a few moments. You'll find both of these options in Control Center on your device.
Doing either of these should help restore your iPhone's cellular connection from a temporary issue.
If the problem persists, see our guide to speeding up a slow mobile data connection. Make sure that you still have an active data plan and haven't run out of data. Reach out to your cellular carrier for further support with this.
Troubleshoot Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues on Your iPhone
When trying to fix an issue on a Wi-Fi connection, rebooting your router helps most of the time. However, if your iPhone's connection on a Wi-Fi network is still slow or unstable after a power cycle, see our guide to fixing slow Wi-Fi connections.
Disabling Your VPN Could Help
VPNs change both your cellular and Wi-Fi connections, so they can interfere with notification delivery. So if you have a VPN set up on your iPhone, try disabling it, then check if that fixes the notification issue.
You can disable a VPN connection from the provider's app, or go to your iPhone's Settings and toggle off the VPN slider.
3. Disable Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb silences calls, notifications, and all types of alerts (except alarms) while enable. When notifications don't show up on your iPhone, it's possible that you (or someone else—your kids, maybe) enabled Do Not Disturb by accident.
To confirm, open your iPhone's Control Center (by sliding down from the top-right corner on models with Face ID, and swiping up from the bottom on models with a Home button).
Note the color of the crescent moon icon. If it's violet (bluish-purple), that means Do Not Disturb is enabled; tap the icon to disable Do Not Disturb. That will change the crescent moon's color to white and a Do Not Disturb: Off notification will show at the top of the Control Center.
There's another way to toggle Do Not Disturb. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and toggle off Do Not Disturb and any Scheduled Do Not Disturb time frame.
4. Disable Do Not Disturb While Driving
The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature mutes notifications when your iPhone is connected to your car's Bluetooth, or when your iPhone detects that you're in a moving vehicle. This feature does what the name says—prevent a driver from getting distracted by notifications—but sometimes does so erroneously.
For example, if you're a passenger in a taxi or a train, the feature assumes you're the driver and silences all calls and notifications on your iPhone. To disable the feature, go to Settings, select Do Not Disturb, and find the Do Not Disturb While Driving section. Under this, hit Activate and set the feature to be activated Manually.
If you want notifications while using Apple CarPlay, you should also toggle off the Activate With CarPlay option. Leaving this enabled will activate Do Not Disturb when you connect your iPhone to a CarPlay-compatible vehicle.
5. Check and Modify Your Notification Settings
If your iPhone doesn't display notifications for a particular app, check that the app's notification settings and preferences are correctly configured.
Change App Notifications From the iPhone Settings Menu
Launch the Settings app and select Notifications. Next, choose the affected app and make sure Allow Notifications is toggled on.
In addition, make sure Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banners are enabled per your preferences. You should also enable Sounds and Badges for the app if you want those to fire for new notifications.
Check In-App Notification Settings
Some apps, particularly social media platforms and instant messengers like WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram, and similar have dedicated notification settings. These act independently of the notification configuration in your iPhone's Settings menu that we looked at above.
Thus, if an app doesn't show notifications despite having notifications enabled on your iPhone, check the mesenger's in-app notification settings for any irregularities. You can often change notification options for individual conversations, such as muting them permanently.
6. Update iOS
There's a chance that a software bug has messed up your iPhone's notification. When you have system issues like this, it's always smart to download and install the latest software update for your iPhone.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update to see if there are any updates available. If there are tap Download and Install and walk through the process to update your device.
Meanwhile, if the notification issue is only affecting one app, you may be able to fix the problem by updating that app.
7. Reset iPhone Settings
Still not receiving notifications on your iPhone after all the above fixes? At this point, you should try resetting your device's settings. Doing this will restore your iPhone's notification preferences to the defaults, hopefully fixing whatever is affecting notification delivery.
Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Enter your iPhone's passcode and select Reset All Settings on the prompt.
Keep in mind that resetting your iPhone's settings puts all options back to the default. This means you'll have to connect to Wi-Fi networks again, re-configure Bluetooth devices, adjust your privacy settings, and similar. However, your data isn't affected by this.
Get Timely Notifications on Your iPhone
Chances are that at least one of the fixes mentioned above will resolve your iPhone's notification issues. It's more than likely an accidental setting blocking the notifications than a full-blown problem.
If you still don't get notifications after executing these fixes, you might have to factory reset your iPhone.
Wondering how to factory reset your iPhone or iPad? Here's how to back up, reset, and restore your iOS device's data easily.