iPhone Notifications Not Working? Here is the 10 Best Ways to Fix it

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We don’t worry, if there is our friend’s birthday in upcoming days, or if we have to attend an important meeting in next week, or if we are likely to receive an extremely important text/mail.

Because our iPhone notify us right before every important event/thing; we just have to set a Reminder. However, everything comes at stake if notifications cease to pop up on the display screen of our iPhone.

For example; imagine a mail regarding your job/scholarship comes, and the last deadline is coming soon. Sadly, if your notifications are not working, then you are going to miss the golden opportunity of your life. Take it easy! In this article, I will be explaining easy, yet effective methods of fixing notifications not working on your iPhone.

Receiving Notifications, But iPhone Doesn’t Play A Sound

Sometimes, the only reason behind not getting notification alerts is that your iPhone is on silent mode.


It means that you are receiving notifications on your iPhone, but it is not playing the sound. Look for a small key situated on the left side of your iPhone to find if it is pushed towards the downwards direction.

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This small key is also known as Ringer/Silent button. So, if this key is in a downwards direction, then drag it towards an upward direction. It will put your iPhone in ringer mode, and you will start hearing notifications on your iPhone.

Moreover, another reason that you cannot hear notifications on your iPhone might be that it is connected to your Bluetooth speakers/headphones. hence, the sound of notifications is playing on those speakers or headphones.


You are unaware of it, for your iPhone can automatically connect to the headphones if Bluetooth is turned on. Therefore, try turning off Bluetooth to see if notifications are playing sound.

To do so, swipe downwards from the upper right corner of your iPhone, and tap on the Bluetooth icon. Or, go to Settings->Bluetooth and tap on the Bluetooth key. If Bluetooth is turned off, then its button won’t have a Blue color. If your problem is solved by now, then you don’t need to go through other methods.

iPhone Notifications Not Working? | How to fix

Use the following methods to restore notifications on your iPhone:

1. Toggle off Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone

Apple has designed the “Do Not Disturb” Mode also known as Focus mode that silences all calls, texts, and other notifications on your iPhone in order to avoid any sort of disturbance. By enabling the “Do Not Disturb” Mode you can remain focused on one single activity. However, sometimes you can enable this mode simply by a mistake. And this is the reason that you are not getting any notification.

To turn off the “Do Not Disturb” Mode:

For iPhone X and Later: swipe down from the upper right of your screen to bring about the Control Centre. Next, tap on the “Do Not Disturb” Mode.


For iPhone 8/8 plus and earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to pop up Control Centre. Next, follow the same process.


You can also disable the “Do Not Disturb” Mode from Settings:

If you have updated your iPhone to iOS 15, then move to Settings choose Focus> “Do Not Disturb” Mode. finally, disable the mode by tapping on its button.


If you haven’t updated your iPhone to iOS 15, then move to Settings and choose “Do Not to Disturb” Mode. Finally, swipe the Not Disturb Mode key from right to left.


2. Make your Focus Mode is not scheduled on your iPhone

Apart from switching off Focus mode, you need to make sure that it is not scheduled to be reactivated.


To proceed further, launch Settings and head to Focus mode. Next, click on Do Not Disturb Mode. Now, scroll down and head to the ‘Turn On Automatically’ portion. Finally disable scheduled Focus mode triggers.

3. Review Notification Settings

Dismantled notification settings might be the reason why they are not working on your iPhone.


Go to settings, and choose Notifications from there. Next, hit Show Preview. Make sure the tick icon is next to always. When enabled, you receive all notification alerts of the app on the display screen of your iPhone.

4. Review Notification Settings of Apps

Have you noticed that you are not receiving notifications from a certain app? If so, then most probably notification settings of that particular app are dismantled.


Head to Settings, click on Notifications. Next, choose the App from which you are not receiving notifications. Finally, tap on the Allow Notifications to grant permission of receiving notifications from that App.

5. Turn off Notifications Summary

iOS 15 have brought various new changes and features on your iPhone for the management of Notifications. Notification Summary is one of them. When enabled, this feature can resist apps from sending you notifications.


In order to disable Notification Summary, launch settings and head to Notifications. Finally, head to the scheduled summary and switch it off.

6. Examine your Wi-Fi connection

You won’t receive any notification if your iPhone is not connected to Wi-Fi, or if you have a poor Wi-Fi connection.


First of all, go to Settings, and click on Wi-Fi. Now, tap on the Wi-Fi switch to turn it on. Next, choose the name of your Wi-Fi network to connect your iPhone to the internet. If connected; you will see a Blue tick next to the name of your Wi-Fi.

Besides, you can also turn on Wi-Fi from the control center. Swipe down from the upper right corner of your iPhone that has a Face id. Finally, click on the Wi-Fi icon. Moreover, swipe up at the bottom of your screen if your iPhone does not have a face id. Finally, click on the Wi-Fi icon. Also, make sure that you don’t have a poor/slow Wi-Fi connection so that you don’t miss important notifications at any time.

7. Reset your iPhone

This should be your last resort. If ever hack and method fails, then reset all settings of your iPhone to default.it will set it free from software flaws and bugs. Follow these methods:


  1. Move to Settings, and choose General.
  2. Now, scroll down and choose Transfer or Reset iPhone from the bottom of the General page.
  3. Then, click on Reset.
  4. Finally, click on Reset all Settings.

8. Update Apps and iOS

Running an outdated version of any app might also stop it from sending notifications. This is because an older version of the app is no longer compatible with your iPhone.

To update that app open App Store, and tap on your profile icon. Now, click on the Update option next to that app.


Furthermore, if you are running an outdated software version, it’s time to update it. Because chances are that apps are not compatible with the current/outdated version of iOS.


Hence, move to Settings>General>Software Update. If you see any pending updates, download and install them.

9. Restart your iPhone

Most of the time, just restarting your iPhone can fix many major and minor issues. This is because restarting reboots your iPhone fixing various bugs and software flaws.

If you have an iPhone with the home button, then push down the power button, till the power off switch appears.

slide to power off iphone

Now, swipe this switch from left to right to turn off your iPhone.

If you have an iPhone without a home button, then push and hold the side button and volume button simultaneously. The slide to power off will appear on your display screen after a few seconds.

Now, drag this switch from left to right to turn off your iPhone.

Finally, after waiting for a few minutes, turn on your iPhone by pushing the power key at the right side of your iPhone, till the Apple logo pops up.

10. Has everything failed?

Most probably your notifications are working by now. but if every method that you have tried failed, take your iPhone to the nearest Apple repair shop. You must have some hardware issues that only their trained technicians can solve. It won’t cost you any money if your iPhone is still under warranty. Begin by setting up an appointment.

Bottom line:

Most likely, your notifications are working by now. So, you don’t need to worry about missing any important mail/text or Reminder.

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