Three simple actions to fix problems with notifications in an app

three simple actions to fix problems with notifications in an app
three simple actions to fix problems with notifications in an app

It is possible that an app is not showing notifications as it should, and there are some ways to check if the system is preventing this.

Android has matured a lot as an operating system, and its operation, in general, is much better than what it had a few years ago, allowing users in Spain to take advantage of it for more tasks. However, it is true that there are still some specific cases in which some applications, such as WhatsApp , can cause problems, especially related to notifications .

This is something specific that happens in some models and applications , but it is by no means widespread on Android. However, if these applications are used for work, or they are apps in which notifications are important, the inability to access notifications can be quite harmful for the user.


We have collected a series of tips and possible solutions to avoid this malfunction. In the best case scenario, the error can be caused by misconfiguration of the applications’ optimization options, and the fix can be quite easy.

Turn off optimization

All Android phones have an option thanks to which it is possible to optimize the performance of the applications so that they consume a little less battery and thus be able to prolong the daily autonomy of the device. However, this can also cause notifications to not work as they should.

This can be especially annoying on platforms like WhatsApp, where notifications are intended to be displayed instantly. By accessing the tab of each app, it is possible to modify this, specifically in the Battery Usage section.


The option to choose is “No restrictions”, since this will give it permission to run in the background. This, of course, can imply greater battery consumption, so you should only do it with those apps in which you want to receive notifications exactly at the moment they arrive in the app.

Check the Settings

Notification settings on Android have become a fairly extensive section within the settings. Unlike what happened a few years ago, now Android phones and tablets are capable of differentiating the different types of notifications within each application.


In the case of platforms such as Twitter or Instagram, different settings can be established for each of the types. For example, you can silence all notifications that come from groups or those that are not direct messages.

It is possible that these settings are preventing a type of warning from being displayed. Within settings you have to go to the notifications section and once there click on app notifications and access the one that is specifically causing problems to check if they are all activated as they should.

Access app options

There are some cases in which the previous method does not work because it is the application itself that has notifications disabled from its internal options. In these cases, you have to open the application in question and look for the notifications section within its settings.

It is possible that some change could have been made that prevents its proper functioning, or even that certain senders have been silenced, so it never hurts to take a look to check it.

If notifications appear but do not sound, it may also be caused by the notification tone having been changed or removed. There are cases in which apps, to avoid disturbing users’ rest, allow you to configure a notification schedule and even pause them.


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