On your iOS device, notifications are there to alert you whenever you receive an alert from an app. Notifications usually come in the form of a message from other apps when someone has sent a message. Without notification alerting you, you may not know when someone tries to send you a message until you go on the app again.

The Reason Notifications Are Not Showing

The reason you’re not receiving notifications on your iPhone or iPad is that there’s a bug in your operating system that’s stopping you from receiving notifications. A bug is a failure in the operating system that causes unexpected results and, in this case, it’s that your notifications aren’t showing.

1. Restart your iOS Device

The first thing you’ll need to do when you’re not receiving notification is to restart your iPhone. Usually restarting your iPhone can fix small problems because it refreshes the operating system. If the problem that’s stopping you from receiving notification is minor, restart your iPhone should stop it.

To restart your iPhone:

  1. Press and hold the Side button. Do this until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn your device off.
  3. Press and hold the Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Once you’ve restarted your iPhone, you should be able to receive notifications now. If you still can’t receive notifications, it might be caused by a deeper issue.

2. Turn on Notifications

You may have turned off your notification in settings which is why you’re not receiving any now. You need to give your iPhone permission for you to turn on notification and if you’ve disabled them, you won’t be able to receive them.

1. Open Settings.

2. Tap Notifications.

3. Select the app for which you want to have notifications.allow notifications

4. Toggle on Allow Notifications. When you receive a message from the apps you allowed it from, you should be able to receive a notification.

3. Turn Off Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb is a feature on your iPhone that allows you to silence calls, alerts, and notifications that you get while your device is locked. You can schedule Do Not Disturb and allow calls from certain people.

If you’ve accidentally turned Do Not Disturb on, you won’t be able to receive a notification while your iPhone or iPad is locked.

turn off do not disturb

To turn off Do Not Disturb, swipe up from the control center > click the moon icon if it’s not on. You should now be able to receive notifications.

4. Force Restart your iOS Device

If you still aren’t receiving notification after trying to troubleshoot the problem, you can force restart your iPhone might help fix the problem. If your iPhone has a software problem that’s not allowing your notifications to show up, then force resetting can get rid of the bug.

If you have an iPhone 7 or above:

  1. Hold the sleep/wake key and the volume down key.
  2. Wait for the Apple logo to appear

If you have an iPhone X or 8:

  1. Quickly press the release the volume up button.
  2. Quickly press the release the volume down button.
  3. Press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo.

5. Update Device

If the problem is being caused by a bug in your iPhone software, then you’ll need to update your iPhone to get rid of it. Most software updates are released so bugs can be fixed within your iOS device.

To update your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click on General.
  3. Go to Software Update.
  4. Click on Download and Install. Once your software is up to date, you can check if you’re able to receive notifications.