Fixed: Not Getting Text Notifications on iPhone

What to Know

  • If your iPhone is not getting text notifications, it may be because a setting changed accidentally. 
  • First, check your Messages notification settings, ensure you're not in silent mode, and that the person is not muted.
  • You may need to force quit the Messages app or restart your iPhone.

If your iPhone has suddenly or randomly stopped getting text notifications, it may be due to a setting that accidentally changed. We'll go over all the reasons why you may not be getting text notifications on your iPhone.

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Update Settings for iPhone Text Notifications Not Working

Sometimes, settings can get accidentally changed or altered, which can change the way your iPhone receives text messages. Try adjusting or checking these settings to see if that is why you are not getting text notifications. If you want to learn more about using your iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day.

Notification Settings 

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings, tap Notifications, and then tap Messages.

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  2. Make sure Allow Notifications is toggled on.

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  3. Make sure Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banners are checked.

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  4. Check that you have a Sound selected.

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  5. Make sure Badges are turned on to see the little red dot in the corner of your app icon.

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Other Settings

  1. Check to make sure your contact is not muted.

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  2. Check to make sure you're not in Silent Mode.

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  3. Check to make sure you're not in Do Not Disturb or another Focus.

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  4. Disconnect from Bluetooth.

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  5. Check to make sure you haven't accidentally blocked the contact.

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Close & Restart to Fix iPhone Text Notifications Not Working

When the options above are not working, you may want to try closing or restarting apps. If things are still not working right, you might want to consider taking your iPhone to the Apple Store or reaching out to Apple Support. But before you panic, try the steps below.

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  1. First, try to Force Quit the Messages app.

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  2. Next, try to update to the latest iOS. Sometimes, when your phone is running old software, apps can glitch or not work right. 

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  3. Lastly, try restarting your iPhone.

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Hopefully, some of the steps above will help you figure out why your iPhone stopped receiving text notifications. It can be super annoying to miss important texts and not know why it's happening!


  • Where did all my notifications go on iPhone? Once you open a notification, it disappears. However, you can find all your notifications in the Notifications Center by swiping down from the top of your iPhone's screen.
  • How do I restore notifications on iPhone? Once you have deleted a notification, you cannot get it back. However, you can check the Notifications Center to see notifications you've swiped away but not opened.
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Author Details

Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.