Messages Notifications Not Working On iPhone In iOS 16? Fix?

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Posted in Errors and Issues, Bug Fixes by Mike on November 17, 2022

Messages notifications not showing iOS 16

Text messages notifications not working on iPhone after iOS 16 update? Notifications not showing up on Lock Screen, or they display but no alert tone is played and the screen doesn’t light up when they’re triggered? Issue still happens after iOS 16.1.1 update?

Messages Notifications Not Working iOS 16

This problem has been reported by spok (iPhone 13 Pro Max, iOS 16.1):

“I changed from an iPhone SE 2022 iOS 16.1 to a 13 Pro Max also on iOS 16.1. And boom no messages notifications anymore unless the phone is unlocked. In lock mode I get no sound and the device won’t even turn on to show a preview, nor flash the LED, which it all did on all previous phones.”

Issue has been confirmed by Ade (iOS 16.1.1) on our YouTube channel:

“I stopped receiving text messages notifications after upgrading.”

messages notifications not working ios 16.1.1 report

We couldn’t replicate the issue but have found similar complaints on Reddit (1 and 2).

How To Fix Messages Notifications Not Showing Up

Considering that Silent Mode is disabled on your device, you’re not using Focus modes and all other Notifications settings are properly set up you can try the following:

1. Turn Off Bluetooth

Several users experiencing this issue have related it to the Apple Watch. A temporary workaround requires you to disable Bluetooth on iPhone:
Go for Settings -> Bluetooth and turn it Off. Does it help?

Credits: AngryBunnyHater on Reddit.

2. Reset All Settings

If disabling Bluetooth is not a option you can also try to Reset All Settings in Settings -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset. However, this fix might prove itself only a temporary fix before the bug reoccurs.

3. Reinstall iOS 16

A more extreme fix requires you to clean install the current iOS 16 version using a computer. Over-the-air updates can carry on glitches and a reinstall could help with these messages notifications issues.

Tip: For a detailed step-by-step guide please check this article.

Have you managed to fix text messages notifications not working on iPhone in iOS 16? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments.

Related: For more iOS 16.1.1 issues and the available workarounds check our extended review over here.

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