Android Notifications Not Showing Up? Try these Fixes

When Android notifications are not showing up, it could be due to a bug or you simply forgot to enable it.

To fix Android notifications not showing up problems, you need to identify which of these issues you’re dealing with and resolve them.

The following guide walks you through all the possible reasons why notifications are not showing on your Android device and how to fix the problem.

Why Are Notifications Not Showing Up on Android? 

There are a number of different things that contribute to the notifications not showing up on Android.

Before we jump into the solutions, it’s better to take a quick look at the reasons that made Android stop sending notifications. 

  • Airplane Mode is enabled 
  • Do Not Disturb function is turned on 
  • App notification settings are disabled 
  • Power or data saver settings are preventing the app from sending notification 
  • Buggy old application that is in serious need of update 
  • Outdated Android OS causing the app not to perform optimally 

These are the likely reasons for notifications not showing up on Android. But this is a problem that appears suddenly and in most cases, pinpointing the exact cause isn’t easy. So, you have to go through a trial and error phase to diagnose the issue.  

1. Restart the Android Device 

Restart the Android mobile when notification alerts stop showing up. This is an easy fix but effective most of the time.

In numerous cases, we found the notification issue on Android appears due to simple bugs with the system that can be easily be dealt with via a reboot.

So, Press and hold the Side/Power Button and wait for the Power Off screen to appear. Hit the Restart option.  

Restarting the device will take no more than a few seconds. After that, you should start receiving notifications. 

2. Disable Airplane/Flight Mode 

The Airplane/Flight Mode on Android effectively cuts off all the outgoing signals. So, you won’t be able to access the internet, receive or make calls, and notifications won’t show up. 

Some people use this mode quite frequently. There is also the possibility of the Airplane/Flight Mode getting activated due to an accidental tap. 

So, whatever the reason, if you have suddenly stopped receiving notifications on Android, swipe to pull down the Android Control Center and check the Airplane/Flight Mode status. 

Airplane Mode on Android Control Center
Disable Flight Mode on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Of course, you have to disable the mode if it was already enabled. After disabling this mode, you should start receiving notifications, immediately. 

3. Turn Off Do Not Disturb Mode

The Do Not Disturb mode is a staple of Android OS and the job of this mode is to suppress all notifications except for the ones you have selected to let through. 

So, when notifications not showing up on Android, it is obvious that you have to check whether this mode is enabled or not on your smartphone. 

  1. Launch the Settings app on your smartphone and select Notifications
Android Settings
Notifications Settings on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Under the Notifications menu, tap on Do Not Disturb.
Toggle the Do Not Disturb Switch
Disable Do Not Disturb on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

If Do not disturb mode was enabled, you need to disable it in order to receive notifications on Android once again. 

4. Allow App Notification

Checking the App Notification settings is another obvious way to approach this issue. Individual applications are equipped with notification settings. While disabled, you won’t be receiving any notification alerts. 

Now, you may not have disabled this setting voluntarily. It could easily be an accidental move or the settings may have changed after you have updated the application.

Change in app settings is a common issue after installing an update. So, just take a peek into the notification settings for that particular application. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and select Apps
Android Settings
Select Apps in Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Select the application that is not sending any notifications. Tap on it. 
  1. Under App Info, tap on Notifications
Enter Notifications
App Notification Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Toggle the switch beside the Show Notification option to enable it.       
App Notifications Enabled
Enable Show Notifications on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Of course, this would fix the problem with Android notification only if the option was disabled, to begin with. Otherwise, move on to the next tip. 

5. Battery Optimization on Android 

For most people, battery optimization means activating the Power Saving Mode on Android. But activating this mode doesn’t necessarily stop notification alerts.

A lot of people use their smartphone while the power-saving mode is enabled and they don’t complain about not receiving notifications.

I have power-saving mode enabled on my Samsung smartphone with the intent of extending its battery life and it receives notifications just fine. 

Talking about expanding smartphone battery life, you can check out our guide for how to increase battery life on Android phones.

So, the problem is not the power saving mode but there are deeper battery settings available on Android and you might want to check that out. 

One of the notable battery customization features is Adaptive Battery. If this mode is enabled on your smartphone, you may want to disable it as this mode interferes with app notifications. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and select Battery and Device Care
  2. Then, select Battery and enter More Battery Settings
Tap on More Battery Settings
Select More Battery Settings Under Battery. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Disable the Adaptive Battery Mode
Disable Adaptive Battery
Disable Adaptive Battery from Android Battery Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

If the adaptive battery was the root of the cause, then you should be receiving notifications, now. Another thing you might want to check out is the battery optimization feature that comes with each application on Android. 

  1. Under Android Settings, select Apps.
  2. Locate the specific app that is not sending notification alerts. 
  3. In the App Info, select Battery
  4. Tap on the Optimise Battery Usage option. 
Tap on Optimize Battery Usage
Optimize Battery Usage on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

You need to check if the application in question is optimized for the battery. If it is, you can disable the optimization and check if you are receiving notifications, now.

6. Enable Background Data 

If the problem is with a specific application, you can check the use of background data for that particular application. 

If the application isn’t allowed to run in the background, you may face issues with receiving notifications. 

This problem is more apparent with messaging apps. If you have disabled the use of background data with the intent of saving mobile data on a messaging application. The app won’t receive any messages or notifications while inactive.      

By the way, if you want to limit the use of mobile data, you can check out how to reduce data usage on Android

So, just check the status of the background data usage for that particular application using the following steps. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and select Apps.
  2. Locate the app that is not receiving notifications and tap on it. 
  3. In the App Info, tap on Battery
  4. Then, toggle the switch beside Allow background Activity to enable it.  
Allow Background Data Usage on Android
Allow Candy Crush Saga Background Activity. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

If the app’s background usage was the issue, then you should be receiving notifications after enabling it. 

7. Clear App Cache and Data

The app data and cache aren’t usually directly associated with this problem. But in the presence of one or more corrupted cache files, the application can malfunction.

It is not always possible to predict what the app will do during such an event and not sending notifications is one of several possibilities. 

So, if you have reached nowhere using the previous tips, be sure to remove the data and cache files for the problem applications. 

  1. Run the Settings app and select Apps
  2. Locate the app and tap on it. 
  3. In the App Info, tap on Storage
Enter App Storage
Tap on Storage in Android App Info. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. In the Storage page, Clear Data and Clear Cache options will be visible at the bottom. Tap on them.     
Remove App Data and Cache on Android
Clear Data and Cache for WhatsApp. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

If the cache files and app data were the issues, you should be receiving notifications after removing them. Do not worry about the removal of app data and cache files. The app will create new ones as soon as you launch it.

8. Update or Re-Install the Application 

If you still haven’t been able to fix the notification problem with the app, installing the new app update would be a good idea.  

Now, this is an effective but conditional tip. An app update would be very effective in this situation but there is no guarantee that an update for that said application would be available. 

So, you need to run the Google Play Store and locate the app. Tap on the app, and in the App Info, an Update button should be visible, tap on it. Hence, the app would be updated and the problem should disappear. 

In the event, an update is not available, you need to re-install the app. The process is very similar. 

You need to launch the Google Play Store app and search for the application in question. In the App Info, tap on the Uninstall button to remove the app from Android. 

Tap on the Uninstall Button
Uninstall WhatsApp on the Google Play Store. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

After removing the app successfully, reboot the device and install the app again from the Play Store. 

9. Download & Install Android Update 

If Android notifications are still not showing up, we recommend updating the Android OS. A new update for operating systems comes with bug fixes and new stability features. In such uncertain times, these small updates are very helpful. 

That being said, you may have to wait for a new update to become available. There is no certainty that an update will be available, exactly when you need them. Still, there is no harm in checking…

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap on Software Update
  2. Tap on the Download & Install option.
Install Android Update
Download and Install Android Update. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Android will immediately start searching for the new update. If a new update is available, you will get the Install option. Tap on it to update Android. 

Wrapping It Up 

There you go. A complete list of tips and tweaks you need to perform in the event of Android notifications not showing up on your Android device. 

Hopefully, you have already started receiving notifications. Still, if you have come up with any other effective solutions, do not forget to mention them in the comment section below.

Saurav is passionate about tech. He loves sorting through tech jargon and making sense out of them. When he's not working, he is most likely on a date with his gaming PC.

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