iPhone notifications stopped working after the iOS 13 update

When notifications stopped working without apparent reason, the problem could be just pretty minor. The worst case scenario here is that it can be a hardware problem, which means that the loudspeaker may have been damaged. But some iPhone owners reported to us about this problem that started after the recent iOS 13 update. That alone is a clear indication that this could just due to a minor firmware problem. 

So in this post, I will guide you in troubleshooting your iPhone with notifications that stopped working for some reason. We will try to look into all possibilities and rule them out one after another until we can determine what the problem really is. If you’re an owner and you have a problem like this, then continue reading as we may be able to help you through this article. 

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Troubleshooting an iPhone with notifications that stopped working

Most of the time, this problem is just pretty minor and you may be able to fix it just by doing one or a couple of procedures. Try to go through the solutions below and see what works for you. 

First solution: Flip the Ring/Silent switch

It is possible that this problem occurred after the ringer switch was flipped without you knowing about it. So the first thing you have to do is to flip the switch and see if your iPhone is set in silent mode. 

Flipping the switch down enables Silent mode. If enabled, notifications and other audio may be disabled on your iPhone as well. So, make sure that silent mode isn’t enabled by flipping the switch up. 

After this, press one of the volume buttons to see the volume level on your device. While you’re troubleshooting your phone, make sure to turn the volume all the way up. 

When you’ve made sure that the silent mode isn’t enabled and that the volume is set to maximum level and your device still doesn’t sound off when calls and text messages arrive, then move on to the next solution. 

Second solution: Force restart your iPhone

If this problem occurred after an update, then it is possible that his has resulted from a pretty minor system glitch. Sometimes a reboot can fix this problem but it’s best to do the more effective procedure, the forced restart. 

It is a simulated battery removal that refreshes your iPhone’s memory and reload all its applications and services. It’s a pretty effective solution against minor firmware problems. If it’s the case with your device, then this should be enough to fix it. Here’s how you do it: 

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button, and then the Volume Down button. 
  2. The moment you release the volume down button, press and hold the Side or Power key until the Apple logo shows on the screen. 

Once your iPhone has finished rebooting, try to send a text message to your number or call your own number to see if your device plays the notification audio. If the problem persists, then move on to the next solution. 

At this point, we know that the notifications stopped working not because of a minor settings or firmware glitch. So, it’s time to troubleshoot the firmware itself.  

Third solution: Reset all the settings on your iPhone

This solution will bring all the settings of your iPhone back to factory defaults. But unlike the factory reset, none of your files or data will be deleted. Since this problem started without apparent reason or cause, then this procedure should be able to fix the issue. This is how you do it: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings. 
  2. Find and tap General. 
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then touch Reset. 
  4. Touch Reset All Settings. 
  5. If prompted, enter your security lock. 
  6. Tap Reset All Settings at the bottom of the screen, and then tap Reset All Settings again to confirm. 

Your iPhone will reboot after this, once it has finished rebooting, try to use the phone as you normally would to see if it still does not play the notification audio when calls and texts are received. 

If the problem continues even after this procedure, then it’s clear that the notifications stopped working not because some settings were changed in your iPhone. It’s time for the ultimate solution to this minor problem. 

Fourth solution: Factory reset your iPhone with notifications that stopped working

At this point, it’s best to just reset your iPhone. If the problem continues after the first three procedures, then the problem is more serious than we first thought. But as long as it’s not a hardware-related issue, you should be able to make notifications work again after the reset. However, before you actually reset your device, make sure to create a copy of your important files and data as they will be deleted and you may not be able to retrieve them after that. When ready, follow these simple steps to reset your iPhone: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings. 
  2. Find and tap General. 
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then touch Reset. 
  4. Tap Erase All Contents and Settings. 
  5. Tap Erase Now. 
  6. If prompted, enter your security lock. 
  7. Tap Erase iPhone at the bottom of the screen.  
  8. Tap Erase iPhone again to proceed with the reset.
  9. Now, enter your Apple ID to finally reset your device. 

After the reset, set up your iPhone as a new device and see if the notifications work properly now. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then it’s possible that the problem is with the hardware. It’s best to set up and appointment at the Genius Bar so that a technician can check it for you. 

I hope that this troubleshooting guide has been able to help you with your iPhone with notifications that stopped working after iOS 13 one way or the other. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!

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