iPhone Text Notifications Not Working? Here’s the Fix!

If your iPhone isn’t showing text notifications when messages come in, then it could be because of a number of reasons. In this article, you will learn how to fix this issue so that your iPhone will notify you when you receive a text message.

Notifications are crucial. If they aren’t working on your iPhone, then you may be missing out on important family, work, or personal notifications. This is why it is important to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Follow the steps below to restore text notifications and notification icons on your iPhone.

Restart your iPhone

Sometimes all you need to fix notifications glitch is to restart your iPhone. iPhone 6 and former, hold the Power and Home buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds. The Apple logo should appear.

Press the Sleep button simultaneously with the Home button/ Volume Down for iPhone 7 and newer devices for 10 seconds or more and the phone will show the Apple logo.

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Turn on Always Show Previews

Previews are alerts from Apps that appear on your iPhone Screen. Always Show Previews may be turned off in your iPhone. This may be why you aren’t getting notifications on your iPhone.

Go to Settings > Notifications > Show Previews. Ensure you can see a check on the right side of Always option.

Check Date and Time Settings

Ensure that the time settings are correct. The notifications may not show if you are in the wrong time zone.

Go to Settings > General > Date & Time. If your time is incorrect fix it and the issue will be solved. This may solve your iOS 11 no text notification.

Check Your Wi-Fi & Data Connection

Ensure cellular or Wi-Fi connection is on. If you have no data connection the, you will not receive notifications.

Check to see if Cellular connection is turned on. Alternatively check to see if you are connected to any Wi-Fi connections.

iPhone text notification sound not working

You may be receiving notifications but no sound to alert you. There is a switch on the left side of your iPhone. Commonly called Ring/ Silent Switch.

This switch activates Silent Mode on your iPhone when pushed towards the back of the iPhone. Push the switch forwards and you will hear a sound alert whenever you receive a notification

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Turn Off Do Not Disturb

Do not Disturb may be turned on and you need to turn it of in order to receive notifications. All alerts are deactivated. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. If it is on toggle the switch to turn it off.      

Note: If you were driving, this feature may turn on. Do Not Disturb While Driving is part of iOS 11. You can skip this step if iOS 11 is not installed on your iPhone.

Update iOS

You may also need to update your iPhone. There may be a minor technical glitch causing your notifications to act up. A software update may be your solution. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

You will find a software update. If you do find one, tap Download and Install. Especially if notification not working on iOS 10, you may want to upgrade to iOS 11.

iMessage not showing notifications?

iMessage may not be working properly. If you are having issues with iMessage notifications, sign out and sign in to iMessage. Go to Settings > iMessage > Toggle Switch next to it.

Reset All Settings

This will restore iPhone’s settings to factory default. However you will not lose your images, video or saved documents.

The settings include Wi-Fi passwords and Bluetooth devices meaning they will be erased. You have to read those connections. Your lock screen photo will also be reset. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

Tap Reset All Settings when the pop up appears to confirm the reset. Your iPhone should restart once the process is complete.

If you have been wondering how to fix notifications not showing on your iPhone, then it is my hope that the above steps have helped you fix it. If not, leave a comment below with a further explanation of the issue you are facing.