Don’t get Application notifications on your Android? There may be many reasons behind it. Typically, battery optimization problems or problems with notification access. Following is a step-by-step guide on how to fix “Android Application Not Sending Notifications”. We will start with some basic but necessary checks and then gradually move towards solving the problem.
Fix “Android Application Does Not Send Push Notifications”
Step 1: Check the “Don’t disturb” mode.
If you don’t get application notifications from most applications, it’s likely that you forgot to deactivate DND mode. Regardless of the Android device you are using, DND (Do not disturb) mode will completely block all Android application notifications. Therefore, make sure the DND mode is turned off.
To check the DND status, pull down the notification shade. Check whether “Do not disturb” mode is activated or not.
Step 2: Update the apps
If you don’t get a notification from one application, check whether the application is updated to the latest version. The latest updates largely eliminate unnecessary bugs.
To update an application, long press on the application, and tap “Application info”.
On the “Application info” page, navigate down and tap “Application details in store”. This immediately takes you to the list of applications on the Google Play Store. If you see something like the following screenshot, the application needs to be updated and tap the “Update” button. If there is no update for the application, you will have an “Open” button instead.
Step 3: Access Notifications
The application requires notification access to send push notifications. This notification permission is given by default. However, sometimes, without permission access permissions may have been revoked.
Therefore, in particular, we need to check whether the application has sufficient permissions to send you notifications. For that, long press on the application and select “App Info”. Under App Info, tap on “Notifications”.
Under Application notifications, make sure the switch next to “Show notifications” is turned on. Now, starting with Android 10, you will be in various categories of notifications.
For example, in the following screenshot, you will see separate notification switches for DM, Instagram, likes, comments, and IGTV. I can choose to turn off notifications for IGTV, likes, comments, product announcements but turn on DM DM Instagram and request messages.
Step 4: Check background access
On the same app’s Info page, tap on “Cellular data”. On the app’s data usage page, check whether “Allow background data usage” is turned on. If turned off, tap the switch next to “Allow background data usage” to turn it on.
Step 5: Whitelist Apps
One of the biggest reasons, an Application does not send notifications is Adaptive battery.
On Android 9.0, Google introduced the Adaptive Battery. It basically learns how you use an Android phone and turns off apps that you don’t use. This increases the battery life of your Android smartphone. But, other Android manufacturers such as Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi took it a step further in their devices. They begin to aggressively kill applications that you even tend to use often. Android 10 further exacerbates this problem and this is the page rank developed by the makers of third-party applications to rank OEMs based on application killing.
To fix this, we must whitelist our application or give it free permission to work in the background. To do that, long press on the application and tap on “Application info”. Under App Info, tap “Battery”.
Under the “Use battery” tab, tap “Optimize battery usage”. On the “Optimize battery usage” page, tap “App not optimized” and select “All“.
After switching to “All Applications”, tap the search icon next to the Optimize battery usage label. Search Instagram and tap to turn off battery optimization for this particular application. You can also disable the switch for some applications.
Step 6: Turn off the Adaptive Battery
In the case that adaptive batteries cannot be used (eg, OnePlus), instead of turning off battery optimization for some applications, it is better to turn off Adaptive Battery.
Now, turning off the Adaptive Battery is different depending on the Android skin you are using. On Samsung OneUI, this is called “Adaptive power saving”, not Adaptive battery. I will show you how to turn it off on Android stock.
Head to the Settings menu and tap Battery.
Under Battery settings, tap on “Adaptive Battery“. On the Adaptive Battery page, tap the switch next to Adaptive Battery to turn it off.
Step 7: Clean App Data
Clearing Application Data can also help reset application settings and preferences. To do that, long press on the application and tap on “Application Info”. On the Application Info page, tap Storage. On the Storage page, click “Clear Data” and “Clear cache” at the bottom of the page.
Turning off the Adaptive Battery will reduce the battery life of your device. But hey at least you can reply to your Instagram friends on time.
Step 8: Reinstall the apps
If all of the above methods do not work, reinstall the application from the Play Store.
Step 9: Check for Errors
If all of these methods don’t work, there is a chance that the application won’t work. A quick google search about the application and notification issues can provide you with information. In addition, you can also see app reviews in the Play Store about this problem.
Step 10: Factory reset your Android
Finally, if nothing works, we have to do the difficult thing and factory reset the Android device. This will erase all your data, uninstall third-party applications, and exit your Google account. Therefore, make sure you back up your data before a factory reset.
To reset the factory, open the device settings and navigate down and tap “General management”. Under General management, tap on “Reset”.
On the Reset page, tap on “Factory data reset” and follow the next instructions. A factory data reset might take a while and make sure your device is charged more than 70%.
After a factory data reset, log in with your Google account. Your Android device will be able to pull and download, restore all applications.
I have switched mobile devices a lot because of the nature of my work. Previously, when I wrote my opinion about Pixels, I mentioned this Adaptive Battery problem in another device. When OEMs begin to double aggressively on these adaptive batteries, third-party applications lose. A few days ago there was an AMA on Reddit by the Android engineering team and the most frequently asked question was Adaptive Battery.