iOS 11 Tips

How to Fix iOS 11/12 Notifications Not Working on iPhone X/8/7/6s/6

“Since upgrading to iOS 11, my iPhone 7 no longer makes a sound or displays a notification on my locked screen when I receive a text message. I depend on text messages quite a bit in my job and now I have no idea if I'm getting a text message unless I keep checking my phone. How do I fix ‘notifications not working’ after iOS 11 update?”
-Apple Discussion

Many people have reported notifications issues after iOS update, such as iPhone doesn’t show notifications, iPhone notifications not sounding, notifications light not working, iOS 11 and iOS 12 iMessage notifications not working. When these iOS 11/12 notifications not working errors occurs, your iPhone won’t neither get a pop-up nor light up the screen when you receive messages. Your life and work will be disturbed so much since you cannot check your messages in time. This article will introduce top 8 tips to solve notifications not working on iPhone X/8/7/6/5s or iPad Pro/Air/Mini with iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Tip 1. Check Mute Button

When you find iPhone notification sound not working after update, the first thing you need to do is to check if you switch the mute button to “Silence”. There will be no sound if your iPhone is in silent mode.

mute button

Tip 2. Check if you activate “Do Not Disturb”

As we know, when Do Not Disturb is enabled, calls and alerts arrive when locked will be silenced. If you turn on this feature, there will be a moon icon in the status bar. And you will find notification sound doesn’t work on iOS 12/11. So go “Settings” > “Do Not Disturb” > turn off it.

turn off Do Not Disturb

Tip 3. A Small Trick – Disable Bluetooth

Try to go “Settings” > “Bluetooth”, tap on it to disable Bluetooth. Then you can retest if the alerts/sounds work fine.

Tip 4. Tick “Recent Notifications”

Another factor that will cause “iPhone doesn’t give notifications” is you unticked “Recent Notifications”. Go to “Settings” > “Touch (Face) ID & Password”, input your password and scroll down to “ALLOW ACCESS WHEN LOCKED”. Turn on “Recent Notifications”.

turn on Recent Notifications

Tip 5. Check App Notifications Accordingly

If WhatsApp, Facebook, iMessage or mail notifications not working on iOS 12/11 but other app notifications work fine, you need to make sure if you turn on the notifications on specific app. Go “Settings” > “Notifications”, find the specific app and turn on “Allow Notifications”.

Tip 6. Check Network Connection

If you don’t have a stable network connection, your notifications won’t be updated and pushed. So re-connect to Wi-Fi or cellular data to make sure your iPhone is in good network condition.

Tip 7. Restart You Device

Restating iPhone is a frequently used solution when you come across various iPhone error. So try to restart your iPhone to see if “iOS 11 or iOS 12 message notifications not working” problem is solved.

Tip 8. Fix Notifications Issue with Professional iOS System Recovery Tool

If all methods failed to fix “iOS 11/12 notifications not showing up” issue, the ultimate solution you can try is to use a professional iOS system recovery tool, Tenorshare ReiBoot, to repair the iOS system of your iPhone. It can fix various iOS stuck/errors, such as iPhone quick reply not working, iPhone stuck at Apple logo/black screen with spinning wheel/boot loop etc.

Step 1: Install Tenorshare ReiBoot and run it. Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2: Once it detects your device, click “Fix All iOS Stuck” > “Fix Now (All iOS 11 Stuck)”. It will guide you to download the latest iOS firmware.

fix all iOS 11 stuck

After downloading and installing the latest iOS firmware, your iPhone will reboot and you will fix “notifications not working” without data loss.


With these 8 tricks, you won’t miss any calls or messages due to notifications center not working after iOS 11/12 update/jailbreak. If you have other problem, feel free to leave your comment.

Updated on / Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iOS 11 Follow @Jenefey Aaron

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