iPhone Notifications Not Working? Here’s The Real Fix!

Notifications are not working on your iPhone and you don’t know what to do. You’re even starting to miss important messages, emails, and other alerts! In this article, I’ll show you what to do when iPhone notifications are not working.

I’m Receiving Notifications, But My iPhone Doesn’t Play A Sound!

If you’re receiving notifications on your iPhone, but it doesn’t play a noise when you receive notifications, take a look at the switch on the left side of your iPhone. This is known as the Ring / Silent switch, which puts your iPhone into Silent mode when the switch is pushed towards the back of your iPhone. Push the switch towards the front of your iPhone to hear an audible alert when you receive a notification.

If the switch is pulled towards the front of your iPhone, but it still doesn’t play a noise when you receive a notification, check out our article on how to diagnose and fix iPhone speakers issues.

The steps below will help you diagnose and fix the real reason why notifications are not working on your iPhone!

Restart Your iPhone

A minor software glitch could be the reason why your iPhone isn’t getting notifications. Sometimes restarting your iPhone can fix these sorts of minor software problems.

To turn your iPhone off, press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears on the display. If you have an iPhone X, press and hold the Side button and the volume down button. Then, swipe the power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone.

slide to power off power icon on iphone

Wait at least 15 seconds, then press and hold the power button (Side button on iPhone X) until you see the Apple logo appear in the center of the display.

Turn Off Do Not Disturb

One of the most common reasons why iPhone notifications are not working is because Do Not Disturb is turned on. Do Not Disturb is a feature that silences all calls, texts, and other alerts on your iPhone.

To turn off Do Not Disturb, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Do Not Disturb. Then, tap on the switch next to Do Not Disturb to turn it off. You’ll know Do Not Disturb is off when the switch is positioned to the left.

turn off do not disturb on your iPhone

Were You Recently Driving?

If you were recently driving, Do Not Disturb While Driving may have been turned on and may still be turned on. Press the Home button on your iPhone and tap I’m Not Driving if the prompt appears on your iPhone.

Note: Do Not Disturb While Driving is an iOS 11 feature. If iOS 11 isn’t installed on your iPhone, you can skip this step.

im not driving iphone

Turn On Always Show Previews

If iPhone notifications are not working, you may have turned Always Show Previews off in the Settings app. Notification previews are the little alerts from apps that appear on your iPhone’s display.

Open up the Settings app and tap Notifications -> Show Previews. Make sure there’s a check mark next to Always.

always show notification previews on your iphone

Not Receiving Notifications From A Specific App?

Are iPhone notifications not working for only one app? Your iPhone allows you to turn off all notifications for specific apps, which may be the problem here.

Go to Settings -> Notifications and tap on the app that you’re not receiving notifications from. Make sure the switch next to Allow Notifications is turned on. You’ll know the switch is on when it’s green!

allow messenger app notifications

If Allow Notifications is turned on for the app, check to see if an app update is available by going to the App Store and tapping the Updates tab. If an app update is available, tap the Update button to the right of the app.

update facebook app

Check Your Wi-Fi & Cellular Connection

If your iPhone isn’t connected to your Wi-Fi or Cellular network, your iPhone won’t receive notifications.

First, check to see if your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network by opening the Settings app and tapping Wi-Fi. Make sure the switch next to Wi-Fi is turned on.

If you see a check mark next to the name of your Wi-Fi network at the top of this menu, your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi. If you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network, tap on the one you want to connect to under Choose A Network…

make sure that your iPhone is connected to wifi

You can quickly check to see if Cellular is turned on by opening Control Center and looking at the Cellular button. If the button is green, Cellular is turned on!

green cellular button control center

Reset All Settings

Reseting all settings is our last-ditch effort to fix any underlying software problem that could be preventing your iPhone from getting notifications. This reset will all of your iPhone’s settings to factory defaults, so you’ll have to go back and reenter your Wi-Fi passwords and configure your favorite settings.

To reset all of the settings on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Reset and tap on Reset All Settings. You’ll be asked to enter your iPhone passcode, then confirm your decision by tapping Reset All Settings. After the reset is complete, your iPhone will restart itself.

how to reset all the settings on your iphone

Repair Options For Your iPhone

99.9% of the time, notifications aren’t working on your iPhone because of a software issue or misconfigured setting. However, there’s an incredibly small chance that the antenna which connects your iPhone to Wi-Fi and cellular networks is broken, especially if you’ve been having trouble recently connecting your iPhone to wireless networks.

If your iPhone is still covered by AppleCare, try contacting Apple support or setting up an appointment at your local Apple Store. We also highly recommend Puls, an on-demand repair company that sends a technician to meet you at home or your place of work.

Sensational Notifications

Notifications are working on your iPhone once again and you aren’t missing important messages and alerts. Next time notifications are not working on your iPhone, you’ll know exactly how to fix the problem! Feel free to leave any other comments or questions you have in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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Graciela Ginez
2 months ago

Hi, I have tried absolutely all your suggestions time and time again (except “Reset”) and nothing. No notifications ever came to my iPhone6 with the latest iOS. However I found a solution that worked on the spot. I went to each app that I used to get notifications from. I opened it (say CNN), SELECTED no matter what article, and closed it again. Immediately I started receiving notifications. I did the same for all the other apps which I used to get info from and they all are back to normal.

5 months ago

I did everything my notifications from my Instagram app is not coming in and I turned on notifications in the app too I don’t know what is going on I need your help!

2 months ago
Reply to  Aquasia

This is happening to me too, specifically on instagram, have you managed to fix it?

5 months ago

Going through this. I’m pretty sure it’s a problem with icloud – why? because I factory reset the phone and chose not to restore from icloud back up. Guess what? receive message alerts! then signed into icloud – get a “message not received” error (even though no text sent from or to the phone). After this – notifications don’t work anymore.

5 months ago

I can’t get any notifications for messages or emails and all are turned on. This happened after I did reset all settings, my device is iPhone 6S+

5 months ago

You might want to check out my comment because not only did those steps solve my problem with notifications, but now my phone is vibrating which it’s never done!!


5 months ago

Yay, it works!!! I went on Settings – Notifications – Made sure Allow Notifications was On – Set Show Previews to Always – Set Notification Grouping to Automatic – and the last thing I did was Set Repeat Alerts to Twice!! Not only did this fix my problem, but my phone is now Vibrating which it wasn’t doing before even after doing everything you said to do to fix that issue! I thought it was something internal that would probably never work! I am more than happy that my phone vibrates now! Thank you guys so much!! You really know… Read more »

Evelyn Grahmann
5 months ago

I can’t get any notifications for messages or emails and all are turned on. iPhone 6 s

5 months ago

For about three months now I have been having trouble receiving push notifications to my iPhone over the cellular network, which is bad because this prevents me from working!! I’ve done everything and the problem persists!

Could this be a cell tower issue with my cell phone company?

1 year ago

Sir david. my iphone 6 alert notif and message notif is working but not the notification of my apps, i did not get notif sound whenever someone chatted me. i checked all the settings and its all fine, but still it did not have notification sound

1 year ago

Im not getting notifications of text messages..not even a banner is coming…i checked if notifications was off in the setting..but its on..
Why is it that way

1 year ago

Almost there: there are 3 setting options for the Alerts (text messaging)
“Lock Screen”, “Notification Center”, and “Banner”
which one(s) should I check off?

1 year ago

im not getting them from a specific app.. but its messages
what do
i do??

1 year ago

I have push and badge notifications turned on but I am not getting them on the mobile app. Can you help or fix this? I have an iphone 6

1 year ago

Hey I have the same problem I have IPHONE X I don’t not receive notification he’s turn on but can you help me because I can’t see it my notifications also put it always preview they did not work?

2 years ago

I dont wanna reset all – it must be disaster.

2 years ago

I have same problem went to Apple shop they said my watch was vibrating so my watch was telling me I was getting a text message Apple have decided I dont need to hear it on my phone just a vibrating on my watch he told me but from I got home whatever he done to my phone I dont even get vibrating from my watch

2 years ago

No Time (on lock screen), no notifications. Restart helps but than it happened again. No answer and no advice from the apple forum. Got this problem since october 2017 o iphone 7

2 years ago

Thanks David. It didn’t work for me, but you did cover all the bases.