How to Fix It When Notifications Are Not Showing up on Android

Find out why you're not getting notifications and how to restore them

Notifications may not show up on your Android device in any one of several different ways:

  • The Android device isn't providing any notifications at all.
  • Only specific apps aren't issuing notifications when you know they should.
  • You receive notifications when an app first launches but then they stop.
  • Notifications only stop working when you only have a cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

This article walks you through some of the ways to fix it when notifications are not showing up on your Android device.

Before you start troubleshooting why you aren't receiving any app notifications, always confirm you're connected to at least one network (cellular or Wi-Fi), and you have an internet connection. Open your mobile browser and try to search Google for anything. If Google Search doesn't work, you likely have a network connection issue and you'll need to troubleshoot your Wi-Fi network or mobile data connection first.

Cause of Notifications Not Showing up on Android

There are many different causes for not receiving notifications on your Android.

  • Do Not Disturb or Airplane Mode is turned on.
  • Either system or app notifications are disabled.
  • Power or data settings are preventing apps from retrieving notification alerts.
  • Outdated apps or OS software can cause apps to freeze or crash and not deliver notifications.

Notifications not showing up can occur at any time, and it isn't always simple to pinpoint the problem.

How to Fix No Notifications on Android

  1. Check That Do Not Disturb is not enabled. This may seem obvious, but forgetting Do Not Disturb is enabled is one of the most common causes for not receiving notifications. If this setting is on (that is, enabled), turn it off and notifications will start working again.

  2. Restart your phone. Most of the issues that cause a lack of notification on Android can be resolved by restarting your phone. This is because even if the issue is a frozen or crashed app, a bad network connection, or anything else, restarting the phone may automatically resolve those issues and avoid a long troubleshooting process.

  3. Make sure you haven't disabled system notifications. There are many ways you can customize notifications on an Android device. These include customizing notification sounds, hiding notifications on the Android lock screen, or turning off notifications entirely. Always check system notifications settings first before you look for problems elsewhere.

    If you aren't sure when the problem started with not receiving notifications on your Android, check the notification history to pinpoint exactly when the problem started. This may help you identify when you may have installed a new app or performed a system update.

  4. Make sure you haven't turned off app notifications. If you aren't receiving notifications from a specific app, the most likely culprit is the notification settings for that app. Every app has its own set of permissions to access Android features, and notifications are one of those. Make sure notifications are enabled for the apps you want.

  5. Check your battery-saving settings. You can adjust power settings on your Android to disable apps or app features when the battery drops below a certain level. Battery Saver Mode is a common culprit for notification issues. Also, make sure you don't have a battery saver app running which may be blocking app notifications when your battery is low.

  6. Clear app cache and data. In addition to settings, almost every app has its own cache and app data storage area where it stores information about your usage and activity. This data can get corrupt or too large, leading to unusual app behavior such as notifications stopping. Clearing app cache and data often resolve these issues.

  7. Update your apps. When apps are outdated, certain features may stop working. Often this will prevent all or some notifications from popping up. Make sure all of your apps are updated and enable automatic updates of all apps via the Google Play Store app.

  8. Confirm you haven't restricted your app from running in the background. If you're not getting notifications from a specific app, it's possible the app isn't allowed to run in the background. Almost any app with a notifications feature has to run in the background for notifications to work.

  9. Clear your Android cache partition. While clearing app data cache may fix app notification issues, your Android itself has its own cache area. Data stored there can also get corrupted and may lead to notification problems for all apps. Clearing the cache partition will fix these issues.

  10. Check your Mobile Data Usage settings. Newer versions of the Android OS include the ability to disable app access to mobile data when you're approaching a specific data limit each month. This is also known as Data Saving Mode. Double-check these settings to ensure you didn't enable it accidentally or forgot to disable it. Not only will this feature disable notifications, but it'll stop most apps from working at all.

  11. Install all system updates for your Android device. If all else has failed, it's possible your Android OS is out of date. Android OS updates often include new features which affect notifications. If you haven't updated your phone in a while, apps that rely on those new features for issuing notifications will stop working.

FAQ
  • Why am I not receiving text message notifications on my Android phone?

    If you're not receiving text notifications on your Android phone, try the fixes above regarding general notifications not showing up. In addition, make sure you haven't muted a particular contact or conversation; it's also possible you haven't properly disconnected Bluetooth headphones after recent use. Make sure notifications are allowed for the Messages app, and try setting a new notification sound for your Messages.

  • Why are my iPhone notifications not showing up?

    If you're not getting app notifications on your iPhone, go to Settings > Notifications > Show Previews and select Always. Then, scroll down and choose apps individually and make sure Allow Notifications is toggled on. If you're still having trouble, try restarting your iPhone and check your cellular and Wi-Fi connections.

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