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Top 12 Ways to Fix iOS 16/15 Notifications Not Working

by Mehvish
iOS 15 Notifications Not Working

iOS 16 and 15 both introduced several amazing features such as Focus mode, notification summary, and live text among others. However, several iPhone users are unable to enjoy these features as they are not getting notifications after updating to the latest version of iOS. For some users, the notification only arrives when the app is being used and for others, notifications are completely silenced on iOS 16 and 15. Are you one of them? Here are a few ways to fix iOS notifications not working.

Fix: iPhone Not Getting Notifications on iOS 16/15

1. Restart the Phone

The first thing that you should do is restart your iPhone. Many times, this simple step will make the notifications work on your iPhone.

2. Turn off Focus

The newly launched Focus mode is one of the main reasons for notifications not working on iOS 16 and 15. When a Focus is enabled, it silences notifications and calls depending on the set conditions. Try turning off all Focus modes and see if the issue is fixed.

To turn off a Focus in iOS 16, open Control Center and tap on the Focus icon to disable it.


In iOS 15, go to Settings > Focus. Tap on each Focus and turn off its toggle on the next screen. Check out other methods to disable Focus.

iOS 15 Notifications Turn off Focus Mode

Tip: If you are seeing “This person has notifications silenced” on iMessage, it means one of the Focus modes is enabled on their phone. You can get rid of your own Focus status so that people don’t see this message under your name by going to Settings > Focus > Focus status.

Apart from disabling Focus modes, you need to check other settings related to it as mentioned below.

3. Turn off Scheduled Focus Modes

You must also check the scheduled or automated setting under each mode. It’s possible that the Focus modes are configured to activate automatically at a specific time, which is why you’re not receiving notifications on iOS 16 and 15.

To fix it, go to Settings > Focus. Tap on each Focus and check the section under Scheduled or Turn on automatically. Check to see if any automated conditions have been set.

iOS 15 Notifications Turn off Scheduled DND Mode

For Driving and Sleep modes especially, you should check their schedule settings. Driving Focus could be set to enable automatically when driving or when connected to Car Bluetooth/CarPlay. Similarly, Sleep Focus might be getting activated at your bedtime. Disable both of them under the Schedule section for the respective Focus. You can disable Bedtime mode from the Apple Health app as well.

4. Turn off Shared Across Devices

Even after disabling a Focus if it keeps turning on, that could be because of the Shared across devices setting. Basically, Focus modes are shared across Apple devices signed in to the same Apple ID. So if you own an iPhone and iPad, for instance, enabling a Focus on iPhone will enable it for iPad as well.

Go to Settings > Focus. Turn off the toggle for Shared across devices to get rid of this behavior.

iOS 15 Notifications Turn off Shared Across Devices Focus

5. Understand the Working of Do not Disturb Focus

With iOS 15, Apple has made some changes to the Do not disturb mode. Earlier, you could silence the notifications on the lock screen but still get them when using the iPhone. This setting is no longer available in iOS 16 and 15, which means that you will either get notifications always or have them silenced for both the lock screen and while being in use. This new change is also one of the major reasons for no notifications on iOS 15. The only fix, as of now, is to disable the Do not disturb mode when you are using the phone.

Tip: To show silenced notifications on the Lock screen, go to Settings > Focus > Do not disturb > Lock screen/Options. Enable the toggle for Show on the lock screen. Also, the repeated calls setting has been transferred to Do not disturb > People > Calls from > Allow repeated calls.

6. Turn off Notification Summary

You might not be getting notifications on your iPhone due to the recently introduced Notification summary feature as well. When enabled, the selected notifications will appear at the scheduled time instead of their actual time.

To disable it, go to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled summary. Turn off the toggle for Scheduled summary.

iOS 15 Notifications Disable Notification Summary

Tip: If you are sharing a screen, notifications will be turned off if the ‘Screen sharing’ notification setting is enabled. Disable it to receive notifications while sharing the screen.

7. Enable Notification Previews

If you aren’t getting notification previews, they must be disabled on your iPhone. To enable them, go to Settings > Notifications >Show Previews and select Always.

iOS 15 Notifications Enable Notification Preview

8. Enable App Notifications

You can enable or disable notifications for each app individually on your iPhone. If you aren’t receiving notifications from a particular app, you should check its notification settings. To do so, open phone Settings, scroll down, and tap on the problematic app. Let’s suppose it’s Messenger. Then tap on Notifications. Make sure the toggle next to Allow notifications is turned on, which is confirmed by the green color.

iOS 15 Notifications Allow App

With Allow notifications enabled, take a look at other settings too such as lock screen, notification center, banners, sounds, show previews, etc. All of them should be enabled. Apart from this, some apps offer native notification settings. You should check that too.

9. Check Muted Chats

If notifications aren’t working for some people, you might have accidentally silenced their chat threads. To see if you have muted someone, open apps like Messenger, WhatsApp, Messages, etc. You will see a bell icon with a bar on it next to the muted chats. Touch and hold such chats and select Unmute or allow alerts.

iOS 15 Notifications Unmute

10. Update Apps

The earlier versions of the apps may not be compatible with iOS 16 or 15. This could also be causing notification issues. Update all apps on your iPhone to fix the issue.

11. Re-install App

If the notifications aren’t working for one particular app, such as Outlook, you should re-install it. You will need to uninstall the app first, then reinstall it from the App Store. Learn what happens when you reinstall apps on iPhone.

12. Reset Settings

Lastly, if nothing could make your iPhone notifications to function properly, it’s time to reset the settings on your phone. That will not impact your personal data or files, however, all your settings such as permissions, notification settings, network settings, etc., will be reset. You will need to reconfigure them later.

Go to Settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Reset. Tap on Reset all settings. That should fix iPhone notifications not working.

iOS 15 Notifications Reset Settings

Explore the Latest Features of iOS

I hope the above tips helped you in fixing the iOS 16/15 notifications not working issue. The latest version of iOS is sometimes also responsible for causing issues with phone calls where a user doesn’t receive calls but can make them. However, iOS 16 has some amazing new features to offer. Learn how to link Focus modes to the lock screen in iOS 16. Also, know how to customize the lock screen on iPhone.

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