How to Fix App Notifications Not Working on your Android Phone

If you are not getting alerts for messages on apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and others, you should learn how to fix app notifications not working on TECNO phones. These tips will work on smartphones running the Android OS but made by other brands.

Android’s notification system is one of the most reliable features we enjoy on the OS, but when it malfunctions, the experience could be disconcerting, to say the least. At such times, messages will remain unread on these apps for several minutes — and sometimes hours — and you will only get to find out when you open the apps.

That could be pesky, especially if the messages are important ones. Fortunately, there are simple tricks to fix this problem. And this post discusses 10 ways to address this issue about app notifications not working on TECNO phones and others.

10 Ways To Fix App Notifications Not Working on TECNO Android Phones

How to Fix App Notifications not Working on TECNO
There are 10 ways to fix app notifications not working on your TECNO phone

Restart Your Device

Rebooting your smartphone will fix most of the simplest problems commonly encountered on Android. This is why this is the first step to take in this case as well.

Rebooting your device will stop all background processes or services that could be impeding an app’s ability to push notifications. Also, this action will refresh the core components of your smartphone, should any of them crashed when an operation is ongoing.

If the problem still persists after applying this technique, you can try the other tips below.

Turn off Software Battery Optimizations

The Android mobile platform has adopted AI-based software optimizations in a bid to enhance battery life and prevent mobile apps you don’t regularly make use of from staying active in the background.

However, the algorithms that handle these are still iffy and can cause issues when they make wrong predictions.

Unfortunately, when this happens, your notification system is among the most affected areas. If you have been grappling with this problem, you can consider disabling these features for a couple of days.

If your device runs stock Android, disable Adaptive Battery by heading to Settings -> Battery and setting it to OFF for every app.

However, this step may be an overkill. You can simply turn off battery optimizations on a per-app arrangement under Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> [App name] -> Advanced -> Battery -> Battery optimization.

Go through the App’s Notification Settings

You can review the notification settings for the specific app. Most apps Android phone owners commonly use have their own collection of proprietary preferences, allowing users to modify the frequency of push alerts, the kind of notifications they want, and other options.

For instance, Gmail allows you to completely turn sync off. Thus, you need to be sure that while browsing the app’s settings, you have not inadvertently pressed any button that shuts off that option.

If you couldn’t get the necessary settings in the app, you can check Android’s notification settings for it by heading to Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> [App name] -> Notifications.

Android 8.0 (Oreo) and newer versions come with a revised notification system, enabling you to modify settings for various kinds of alerts.

Turn Off Proprietary Power Savers

In some phone brands, you will find even more power-saving tools, which automatically block any app that they consider to be of trivial use. Thus, along with those bundled by Google, you’ll need to confirm if your device features additional in-house optimizations.

For instance, we have a pre-loaded app known as Security on Xiaomi phones that has many of such functions.

Ensure Do Not Disturb Mode Is Off

The Do Not Disturb Mode
Check if Do Not Disturb mode is on

The majority of Android smartphones feature a reliable Do Not Disturb mode, offered to suppress every notification except for the few important ones you choose to allow. Software develops typically position its switch in places that can be readily accessed, such as under the Quick Settings. So, if you don’t know it is there, you might have accidentally put it on.

To review the Do Not Disturb mode, swipe down the home screen, and you will see its icon (shaped like a moon or long dash) among the array of features there. Simply tap it to switch it off, if it is on.

Alternatively, go to Settings -> Notifications or Sound (depending on your phone brand and model).

Check If Background Data Is Enabled

Android 8.0 (Oreo) and later versions allow you to stop apps’ access to your Internet data in the background. Though you might not have set this feature to ON accidentally, it is still a nice idea to check and confirm whenever there is a notification issue since if there’s no internet access, many apps will not work.

You can find this option under Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> [App name] -> Data Usage -> Background Data.

Consider Reinstalling the App or Waiting for Updates

If notifications are not showing for only one app, the developers might have mistakenly released a buggy update. In this kind of situation, there are three options to take.

You can uninstall the app and reinstall it, wait for an update to be released to tackle the problem, or downgrade the app to an older version. You can get an older version on APKMirror.

Check If the App Is Allowed to Work in the Background

If your device has Android Oreo or later versions, there is an option that allows you to completely shut off apps from working in the background when you are not using them. The feature is included for disabling apps, which consume phone’s battery life heavily.

While it is no doubt a beneficial option that preserves your phone’s battery life from getting drained by apps, it can equally cause issues when enabled for important apps. Sadly, Android normally makes changes to this setting on its own when necessary.

So, you need to go through the setting for those apps that has notification issues.

You can do this as follows: Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> [App name] -> Battery –Background Restriction.

Be Sure Data Saver Is Off

The Data Saver Option
Be sure Data Saver is off

The Data Saver option enables you to limit the amount of data that apps use when you are not on a Wi-Fi connection. This helps you cut down on Internet data expenses.

However, it can also make you miss out on notifications.

Here is how you can confirm the data saver mode is not the culprit: Make use of your smartphone without the option for some time (if it is currently turned on). Head to Settings -> Network & internet -> Data Usage -> Data Saver to check it.

Modify Sync Intervals Manually

Google discontinued the built-in function allowing you to tweak sync intervals on your Android device. Luckily, 3rd-party developers to have tried to fill the gaps.

You can use an app called Push Notification Fixer for easily adjusting sync timing.

You can choose to change the sync individually when you are on both mobile data & Wi-Fi connections. Also, you may increase it as much as 15min (Android default) and bring it down to as low as one minute.

But bear in mind that modifying these preferences will greatly affect your phone’s battery life.

You can download Push Notifications Fixer from the Play Store for free.

Wrapping up 

By trying one or more of the 10 fixes outlined above, you should now be receiving notifications for apps on your device. However, if the issue still persists, that means the problem is coming from your Tecno phone itself, and not the app’s settings per se.

If that is the case, you would need the help of a technician to fix your Android. And that brings to an end this write-up on how to fix app notifications not working on Tecno phone.

3 comments

  1. Had this issue few months ago, and it was terrible because it was the default sms app on my Huawei Y9 2019. I’d receive sms but won’t get the notification, so I had to once in a while launch the sms app to check if I had new messages. It was later I found out that somehow notification was turned off for the app. I turned it back on and all has been well with the world.

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