How to fix iPhone 11 notifications not showing after iOS 13.3 update [Troubleshooting Guide]

Did you ever experience missing an important message from someone important due to notifications did not play or work on your smartphone? Well, it can happen anytime, especially if your phone messes up. It is also possible if you’ve accidentally hit the silent switch on your device. 

Few iPhone 11 users are experiencing notifications that are not working after updating iOS 13.3 recently. Even when it is activated, they’re still not getting any sort of signal if there’s a message or a notification from social media platforms. If you’re one of them and want to know how you can possibly deal with such error, read further and find out. 


Troubleshoot notifications not showing on iPhone 11 after updating to iOS 13.3

If you’ve installed a messed software update, random bugs will usually attack your phone’s system and several glitches could appear after installing the update. This has been a common scenario not just on iOS but even on other smartphone manufacturers. Notifications that are not showing after iOS 13.3 update might be part of the minor software glitches and you can easily get rid of this problem by following the methods that you’re about to read below. 

Prior performing the steps, you can also check if Do Not Disturb feature is turned off. If this is accidentally turned on, it might have been the reason why notifications are not showing on your device. Here’s how:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  3. To enable Do Not Disturb feature completely, simply toggle the switch to turn it off. Notifications for incoming calls, messages and some apps are now activated.

If you’re iPhone is still not showing any alerts or notifications, continue troubleshooting.

Also read: How to fix cellular data not working on iPhone 11 after iOS 13.3 update 


First solution: Check ringer button and reboot your iPhone 11. 

The ringer button is the one that you can find at the upper-left corner of your iPhone. Silent mode is indicated by the switch in red position. If it is not on the red position, then your phone is currently set to Ring mode and therefore sounds should play for incoming calls, message alerts and other notifications.

But if your device is not set on silent mode and still you’re not able to receive notifications, try flipping the ringer button to put it on silent mode then flip it again to activate sounds. Once done, try sending a message to your own number and check if notifications will show up. If not, try rebooting your device. 

Restarting your iPhone 11 could improve its performance as it can remove minor software glitches that might have been causing the notifications not working problem. The phone’s system can also get a quick refresh. You can try performing a soft reset first. Here are the steps: 

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release both buttons once Slide to Power off prompt appears on the screen.
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Rogue apps or those apps that are not performing accordingly can also trigger notifications problem as they can hinder some functionalities on your device to work well. Performing a force restart can help you close those erratic apps and remove on your phone’s system. Here’s how to perform a force restart: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

As soon as you phone boots up, try testing if you can get notifications on your device. 


Second solution: Update all apps on your iPhone 11.

Outdated app versions can affect how your iPhone will perform. They could cause certain issues on your device after updating the software version to iOS 13.3 due to incompatibilities. They can also succumb to notifications error if they’re attacked with bugs from the recent software update.

The best way to remove any in-app errors and glitches that’s preventing notifications to work properly is to update the apps on your iPhone 11. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap on App Store to open it. 
  2. Tap on Today tab at the bottom. 
  3. Then tap on the user profile icon on the top right corner of the screen. 
  4. You should see the account details. 
  5. Scroll down to the Available Updates section. 
  6. Tap on Update next to the app to update individual apps.
  7. Tap on Update All to update all apps simultaneously. 

Once the updates are installed to all apps, reboot your iPhone 11 to remove any dump cache coming from the app updates and implement necessary changes. Then check if the notifications issue has been rectified. 


Third solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone 11. 

Notifications may not work as desired if there are incorrect or invalid settings on your iPhone. You might wonder how settings can be invalidated if you did not configure or change them. Let me tell you, settings can be altered by the iOS update automatically and that is what we call iOS overrides. 

Restoring all settings to their original state can help in fixing the notifications not working on your iPhone 11 as overridden information will be removed and any invalid settings will be corrected. If you’re not yet aware on where to reset all settings on your device, here’s how: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset. 

An automatic restart will happen on your device once the reset process is completed. Since features like Wi-Fi networks are removed, activate them again and check if notifications are now working as intended. 


Fourth solution: Perform a factory reset (master reset) on your iPhone 11. 

Getting back the default factory configurations on your device might do the trick in resolving the not working notifications on your iPhone 11. This will eliminate all contents on your iPhone together with the stubborn glitches that’s hard to remove on the system. If you’re eager to try this method, make sure that you’ve created backups of  your important files via iTunes or iCloud beforehand. 

Once backups are created and if you’re ready, here’s how to master reset your iPhone 11: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Your iPhone will reboot automatically once the reset is done. Set it up like a new one to use it again and check if the issue has been resolved. 


Fifth solution: Perform a recovery mode restore on your iPhone 11. 

Restoring the iOS on your device can also help in fixing the problem. This process will eliminate complex system error inflicted by the recent iOS update and causing notifications not to work on your iPhone 11. You will need a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed to perform this procedure. 

Also ensure that your computer runs on the latest operating system that is compatible with your iPhone 11. If all requirements are met, connect your device to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. Then allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files, if possible. Once the backup is secured, follow these steps to put your iPhone 11 in recovery mode and then restore iOS in iTunes:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Then press and hold the Power/Side button once prompted with Connect to iTunes screen. Do not release the button when Apple logo appears as you will need to enter recovery mode state.
  4. Once you enter the recovery mode, you’ll see either Update or Restore option.
  5. Select Restore if you want to reinstall and download iOS on your device without erasing data. 

Do not disconnect your phone and keep it connected until the entire restore process is finished.


Sixth solution: Perform a DFU mode restore on your iPhone 11. 

If you’ve tried all methods and none of them fixed the problem, then it’s time to perform a procedure that’s deeper than a recovery mode and the most in-depth type of restore that you can perform on your iPhone 11 which is a Device Firmware Update or a DFU mode restore. This is a process where it allows your phone to communicate with iTunes even when bootloader is not sync or activated. 

Be reminded that is just an option and if you’re not willing to take risks, you can always visit the nearest Apple service center in your area and have your device checked by their onsite technician. But if you want to give this a try, prepare your computer and follow these steps: 

  1. Connect your iPhone XS to the computer using the supplied USB/Lightning cable. Once connected, open iTunes on your computer. 
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume up button.
  3. Press and quickly release the Volume down button.
  4. Press and hold the Side/Power button until the screen goes black.
  5. After the screen turns black, press and hold the Volume down button while keep holding down the Power/Side button
  6. Wait for 5 seconds then release the Power/Side button but keep holding the Volume down button until your iPhone XS shows up in iTunes. 
  7. Release the Volume down button once you see your iPhone in iTunes then follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to start restoring your iPhone through iTunes.

Perform a force restart to exit DFU mode and check if this process is able to fix the notifications not working on your device. 


Still have a not working notifications on your iPhone 11? 

Your phone might have been severely affected by a software bug if the issue persists up to this point. Contacting Apple support should be your next step and provide them the complete details about the notifications not working on iPhone 11 after updating to iOS 13.3. They can provide you with official recommendations on how to fix your device.