Notifications play a vital role in every end-user’s smartphones like the iPhone. It notifies users for incoming calls, SMS/MMS, alarms, and more. Nevertheless, it helps user to trace unanswered calls, received text messages, emails, and scheduled events.
But what happens when notifications alerts fail to work as intended?
What if your iPhone does not produce any sound nor lit up when getting incoming call and text messages, set off alarms, and reminders?
Well, pretty sure it will be a complete mess. Listed below are the potential solutions on how to eliminate notifications not working issue on your iPhone X after iOS 13.3 implementation.
Push or alerts notifications may not be audible if your iPhone’s volume level is too low. Before troubleshooting your iPhone device, press the Volume Up button to increase its volume level. Make sure it is set to the level where you can hear your iPhone clearly when receiving phone calls, text messages, apps notifications, and more.
You also need to make sure that your iPhone is not muted. If necessary, flip the ringer switch to set your device to ring mode. Make sure that the ringer switch is not in orange position. Or else, your iPhone will remain silent even when the volume level has been increased.
After making necessary adjustments, test your iPhone to see if notifications alerts and sounds are already hearable. If not, then start troubleshooting your iPhone X device.
First solution: Perform a soft reset to fix iPhone X notifications not working issue after iOS 13.3.
Minor software glitches may have caused the notifications to quit working after the latest iOS implementation. And the basic way in eliminating these glitches is by giving your device a quick and clean start. This method will also clear out junk files that have affected the audio system of the phone. Hence, a backup for your files is not yet necessary as this process won’t cause any data loss. To reboot your phone using soft reset, follow these steps:
- Simultaneously press and hold the Power (side) button and either Volume button until the Slide to Power Off command appears.
- Drag the power off slider to the right to shut down your device.
- After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power (side) button and release when the Apple logo appears.
Wait until your phone boots up completely, then send yourself a text message or call your own phone number using another phone to see if the notifications are already working. If not, move on to the next solution.
Second solution: Disable Bluetooth feature on your iPhone X.
Bluetooth feature may still be enabled and therefore, audio outputs are routed to the paired device. As a result, the iOS device won’t produce any notifications alerts. To rule this out, simply disable the Bluetooth feature to disconnect paired Bluetooth accessories. Here are the steps:
- From Home, go to Settings.
- Select Bluetooth.
- Then toggle the switch to disable the feature.
Any connected device will be disconnected from the moment you turn off the Bluetooth feature. If you want to make sure that your iPhone will not directly connect to recently paired Bluetooth devices when Bluetooth feature is enabled, all you need to do is to delete these devices from your phone’s directory. To do so, follow the steps below:
- Select Settings from Home.
- Then select Bluetooth and toggle the switch to enable the feature.
- Scroll down and select a Bluetooth device. Tap the information “i” icon next to it.
- Then tap Forget This Device to delete it. Follow the onscreen prompts to confirm the deletion of the Bluetooth device.
- Do the same to the rest of the saved Bluetooth devices.
After you have successfully deleted all the saved Bluetooth devices, toggle the Bluetooth menu again to turn off the feature. Then restart (soft reset) your iPhone to dump out cache files from the recently deleted Bluetooth devices.
Third solution: Check DND (Do Not Disturb) settings and make sure it is disabled.
When DND (Do Not Disturb) feature is enabled, all calls and alert notifications received while the phone is locked will be muted. And an indication that this feature is currently active is that you’ll see a crescent moon icon on top of your phone’s status bar. However, there are times that your phone may think that it is still on DND mode even if it is not; especially if your phone is inflicted by an iOS bug. And this could happen after new iOS implementation. To rule this out, check and manage DND feature on your device by performing these tweaks:
- Go to Settings from Home.
- Scroll down to and tap Do No Disturb.
- If it is currently on, toggle the switch to turn it off.
- Otherwise, toggle the switch on and off again to refresh its system.
However, you can also customize DND settings if you wish to keep it active on a specific time frame. You can manage the DND settings through the Control Center or via phone’s menu settings. Then select the specific time frame to when you would like to activate this feature.
Fourth solution: Install pending apps update to fix notifications not working issue on iPhone X after iOS 13.3.
This solution is only applicable if the notifications error is transpiring on certain apps. Often times, apps that are not up-to-date are the ones who’ll be getting errors after a new system implementation. This is for a reason that their respective systems no longer meet the phone’s minimum system requirements. If this is the underlying cause, simply install pending apps updates on your device to correct this post-update error. Here are the steps:
- Launch the App Store from Home.
- Scroll down to Update section to view the pending apps updates.
- Select Update All button to install all pending apps updates at once.
Once your phone finished installing all apps updates, check if the problem has been corrected.
Fifth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone X.
There might be some values and options that were automatically altered after the iOS update that led your iPhone not to produce any notifications alerts. To ensure that erratic phone settings isn’t the underlying cause, might as well restore your phone’s settings to default. This method will wipe out your current phone’s settings including those personalized or customized settings. But important files saved in your phone’s memory will remain intact after the process. Here’s what you need to do:
- Go to Settings and select General.
- Scroll to and tap Reset.
- Select Reset all settings option.
- If prompted, key in your device passcode to continue.
- Then select the option to confirm all settings reset.
Your phone will reboot automatically, and then loads the default values and options. By then, you can proceed to enable necessary features like Wi-Fi. You can also customize your phone’s settings according to your preference. Just make sure not to enable any options that will conflict with the notifications alerts.
Still having notifications issue on your iPhone X?
It may be hard to fix the notifications error on your iPhone X if the problem is triggered by major software glitches or tough iOS bugs. Hence, a more-advanced solution needs to be carried out. You may resort to wiping out everything from your phone’s internal memory by performing a FACTORY reset. Just head to Settings->General->Reset->Erase all content and settings, then follow the prompts to restore your iPhone to factory default settings. Hence, you need to backup your files beforehand.
You can also contact Apple Support to report since the notifications stopped working after iOS 13.3. Make sure to provide detailed information about the problem to receive appropriate recommendations.