16 ways to fix text message notifications not working on Android

The Messages app on your Android may have some issues where the app no ​​longer displays notifications for new messages, doesn’t send a notification sound when it arrives, or doesn’t even receive the message. Due to the complexity of the Android operating system, there are multiple factors that can cause these problems. But regardless of your problem, we have written a comprehensive guide to fix text message notifications not working on your Android phone.

Fix text message notifications on Android

Let me start with some of the obvious problems that people typically run into and how to fix them.

1. Disable DND mode

Usually when you have trouble with notifications, the reason may be DND mode. You may have turned it on by accident or some features like game mode or bedtime mode may enable DND on some phones. To check, open System settings> Apps and notifications> Notifications and check if it is on.

Do not disturb settings on Android

You can also set the Messages app as an exception, so the DND mode will affect your messages.

2. Check network coverage

Another obvious problem could be the network connection. Check the signal status on your phone to continue. You can also try calling or texting someone. If you are not having trouble sending messages, then the network is not the reason causing the problem.

Try Network Cell Info Lite to diagnose problems with your network if you think the problem is there.

3. Deactivate the Battery optimization for messages application

Most Android OEMs are known for their aggressive battery optimizations. It will block applications from running in the background, so you will no longer receive notifications for new messages. You can turn off battery optimization for the Messages app in System Settings> Applications and Notifications> Applications. Select the Messages app you have a problem with. This will open the Application information Messages app page. Now select Battery and set battery optimization for this app on Don’t optimize.

Battery optimization settings on Android

4. Deactivate power saving mode

Another optimization option on your phone is the power saving mode, which will be activated when your phone’s battery is low. Normally this is not a problem as your phone will go into normal mode when you charge it. While some phones activate this mode at 5%, other OEMs activate the power saving mode at 10% or even 15%. You can change that from System Settings> Battery> Battery Saving / Power Saving> Automatically Wake Up and lower the percentage to 5% or disable this function completely.

Battery saving option on Android

5. Check the notification settings of the Messages app

You can check the notification settings from System settings> Apps and notifications> Apps> Messages. Then click on the Notifications option and make sure All message notifications It is activated.

Enabling Google Messages notifications

Also, Android supports multiple channels for notifications. So scroll down and make sure the notifications for the Incoming Messages option are turned on. Then open the Incoming Messages option and set it to Important, so that it will notify you with a sound instead of just dropping the notification on the notification tray.

6. Check for third-party application conflicts

On Android, even third-party apps can control device notifications. Some apps like Daywise will block all notifications and send them in a batch at a specific time for your “digital well-being”. Search for such apps and disable the feature or whitelist the Messages app.

7. Check game modes and bedtime

OEMs typically include features like game mode to block notifications while gaming or bedtime mode to block them when you sleep soundly at night. You will find these options within Settings. Just configure the application settings to suit your needs. Whitelist the Messages app to make sure notifications come with a sound.

Bedtime mode feature on Android

8. Check Android conversation settings

With the new Android conversations feature, you can adjust the notifications for each contact. You can modify almost everything like notification sounds, screen pop-ups, priority levels, lock screen pop-ups, etc. If you’re not getting notifications from just one or a few contacts, conversations could be the reason behind it.

To configure, open System settings> Apps and notifications> Conversations. Here you can find all recent conversations. Open the conversation for which you are not receiving notifications and set it as Default or Priority instead of Silent.

Android conversation settings

9. Unblock contact

Almost all Messaging apps support a contact blocking feature. If you don’t get any messages for some contacts, maybe he / she got blocked and forgot completely. If you are using the Google Messages app, click the three point menu and select the Spam / Block option. This will display all messages that are considered spam or messages from contacts that you have blocked. Open that contact and then tap Clear at the top to remove it from the list.

Contacts blocked in Android messages

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10. Update the messages application

If you’ve read so far, the problem may be due to a bug with the current version of the Messages app. Make sure it is running on the latest version. This will not only help to fix bugs, but it will also be good for the overall security of the device.

11. Update the Android operating system

Messages app only, make sure your phone is running the latest Android version too. This should fix the notification errors and also improve the security of the device.

12. Restart phone

It goes without saying that a reboot can solve most of the problems that cause such common problems. If none of the solutions worked, quickly reboot and see if you get notifications now. Sometimes the settings that you have changed in the steps above will start to work after reboot, especially with third-party apps like Daywise.

13. Clear the cache of the messages application

Opened System Settings> Applications and Notifications> Applications and select the Messages app you are having the problem with. Here select Storage and cache and touch Clear cache to delete associated cache files.

Clear the cache of Google messages

14. Clear data or reinstall the application

The cache will not delete any data, only the cache files stored on the device. But you will also find Clear Data option which will erase all app data and make it work like newly installed app. Alternatively, you can also uninstall the app and reinstall it from the Play Store. In both cases, all application data will be deleted, including user data such as messages and attachments.

Clear data for Google messages

15. Install another message app

If the notification problem persists, install a different Messages app. There are many great options on the Play Store like Pulse, Microsoft SMS Organizer, and more. If the problem is specific to the default Messages app, this should resolve it. Just make sure to set the newly installed messaging app as the default.

16. Restore factory settings

So far, we have verified issues related to apps, notifications, and contacts. In most cases, one of these solutions should solve the problem. But if the problem persists, you have no choice but to restart the device and start over. Just make sure take a backup. Also, this will restore all the apps on your phone, so ideally you should back up your entire phone. Most OEMs offer a cloud service for this. Here is a guide for samsung.

Finishing – Fix Android SMS notifications error

If none of the solutions worked, resetting the device will change everything to defaults, making the device the way it was when you took it out of the box. Sadly, that also means that you will lose all your data and need to restore everything, which can take time. We generally don’t recommend resetting the phone or only recommend it as a last-ditch effort.

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