Instagram Notifications not Working on iPhone – 16 Best Fixes

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Are your Instagram notifications not working? You’re not alone. Over 1 billion people use Instagram daily, and some iPhone users with the latest iOS version (iOS 17) have reported issues. However, it’s unclear whether iOS is the cause, as some users have also had problems with the app’s alert settings or loading.

It does not matter; we will look at possible fixes for this irritating Instagram bug on your iPhone.

Guide to Resolve Instagram Notifications Not Working on iPhone or iPad

Here are 15 solutions to fix Instagram notification issues on iOS, so let’s go step by step to improve your iOS Instagram app problems quickly.

Solution #1: Enable Instagram Notifications

Possibly, if you have disabled the Notifications for Instagram from the settings, the iPhone will not show any Instagram notifications. So you should first check if it is disabled or not—[You can get here picture guidehow to turn on notifications for Instagram iOS].

Part #1. Turn on Insta Notification Using Settings App

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone 
  2. Scroll to the “Notifications tab.
  3. Again scroll the screen to an Instagram setting. [if the Instagram Setting missing in iOS 16 or earlier, please go to the next Solution]
  4. Turn on “Allow Notifications” and also “Show on the lock screen.”
  5. Lastly, change the Notification Tone.
open setting choose notifications and choose Instagram on iphone
turn toggle green next to allow notifications in on to sounds and badges on instagram settings iphone

Furthermore, you can turn on Instagram notifications on an iOS app using the following steps:

Part #2. Turn on Insta Notification in Instagram App

Step #1. Launch Instagram App.
Step #2. Tap the Profile button on the right-lower on the screen.

Open instagram and click on profile icon on iphone

Step #3. Tapping on the Three horizontal line icon.
Step #4. Now tap Settings and Privacy.

Choose Three horizontal lines and got with Settings and Privacy on iphone

Step #5. Select Notifications
Step #6. Please ensure that the Pause All toggle is turned off. (in my case, this button is off, if on your device it is enabled, you may face issues like Instagram notification pause for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, or 8 hours.)

select notifications and keep turn off Pause all button to fix instagram notification not working on iphone

That’s it.

Solution #2: Delete & Reinstall Instagram App to Allow Notification

On your iPhone’s Notifications settings, Instagram Settings are missing or Don’t appear on your device. Then This solution helps to get back.

If the above solution doesn’t work, delete and reinstall Instagram. After the installation process finishes, your device will ask you to allow notifications for Instagram, Please tap Allow on both pop-ups.

Part #1. Steps To Delete Instagram App,

Step #1. Touch and Hold on the Instagram app icon until the app icon pop-up.
Step #2. Now click on Remove App

click-on-instagram-app-and-choose-remove-app

Step #3. The next screen will ask you – Remove “Instagram”? Removing it from the Home screen will keep the app in your App Library. But your Instagram notifications not working, so go with Delete App
Step #4. Choose Delete App
Step #5. Tap on Delete to confirm the uninstallation process for Instagram on your device.

how-to-delete-instagram-app-on-iphone

After that, follow the bottom given guide to re-install the Instagram app back.

Part #2. Way to Reinstall the Instagram app

  • Open the App Store on iPhone
  • Type Instagram into Searchbar using Keyboard Tap on the Cloud with the down arrow icon to install again.
  • After all, A pop-up asks if Instagram wants to send you notifications. Choose Allow
  • Most users get solved Instagram notifications issued using this technique. Our happy readers say they get insta DM notifications when the next person messages them.
open app store find instagram and click on cloud with down arrow icon to reinstall instagram on your phone then choose allow to enable notifications

Solution #3: Check Your iPhone Silent Switch

All iPhones have a silent switch that is useful to make mute all sounds of the iPhone quickly. The Silent switch is located on the left side edge close to the Volume up button.

Unmute & Enable Ring Mode iPhone
Pull up the Silent Switch to off (Unmute)

Case #1) iPhone silent switch turn downside means the phone is the silent mode.

Case #2) is your phone silent switch is an upward side that denotes your handset’s all sound alerts are turned on.

Would you please make sure that your Apple phone is not placed in silent mode? However, in the case of silent switch On, the Insta Notification sound is not working, then turn the switch downside and turn the silent switch upside. This may fix your problem. In the more, press and hold on the volume up button to increase the Phone volume.

No solution worked; don’t go anywhere to continue. All free troubleshooting will fix Instagram notification problems in iOS, such as Instagram won’t show up notifications on Screen.

Solution #4: Hard Reboot Your Device

Generally, a soft restart Apple handset does fix the typical problems. For example – currently, you are facing Instagram notifications not working. So it is clear to resolve, but you should know how to do your phone hard reboot. If you don’t know, don’t worry, that is no big deal, models-wise restart procedure varies on different Apple handsets.

  1. Press and Quickly Release Volume up (+) button.
  2. Press and Quickly Release the Volume Down (-) button.
  3. Lastly, quickly Press and Hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo on the iPhone screen. Wait 8 seconds and try to turn it on using the side/Power button [Press and Hold button].
Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step
Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step

Solution #5: Update the Latest Software on your phone

Out-dated Software may cause App notification issues; therefore, ensure your Apple smartphone has the latest firmware installed.

  1. Open the Settings App
  2. Scroll to General
  3. Tap Software Update – the latest update is iOS 16.6 or later available.
head to setting app and tap general choose software update on your iphone

– any new update iOS 16 or later is available, please connect your phone to Wi-Fi to download and install the latest software to run your insta app features smoothly.

Solution #6: Check that DND is OFF

Focus or DND is a facility to stop all notifications, phone calls, etc. It does work after turning DND switch on in the settings app. However, sometimes accidentally or sometimes knowingly, the switch turns on, but you forget to turn off the DND toggle quickly. Hence, your phone stops notifications and calls. So maybe your phone’s Instagram Notifications are not working.

The focus will now manage all types of do not disturb services across all of your Apple devices signed in with the same Apple ID. For example, according to your Work type, we can Manage Notification interruption on iOS devices. Follow to disable Focus on iPhone.

Step #1. Launch Control Center from the top-right corner of your iPhone.
Step #2. Look at Focus
Step #3. In my case, I have personal focus mode, so tap on the personal icon to turn off Do Not Disturb or Other Focus Mode. On your device, it may be a different mode or icon, so please tap on the icon next to focus so that it will turn off DND. And tell your friend to send you Dm so you can test whether insta notifications are workable or not.

Turn off Do Not Disturb or Focus Mode on iPhone
Turn off Do Not Disturb or Focus Mode on iPhone

I hope DND can help you to solve your iPhone notifications that don’t Work problems. But, unfortunately, DND has already been turned off, and the problem persists, So various other solutions are continuing in this post below.

Solution #7: Check your Phone Network Connection

Is Instagram not popping up? Internet connection must be a reason why Instagram is not showing up on the lock screen.

Instagram sends the push notification to you from Server for different kinds of alerts like Posts, Storied, Comments, Following and Followers Updates, Direct Messages, Live and IGTV, and Through Email and SMS. So it must require an active internet connection.

Instagram is Working on Both Cellular and Wi-Fi networks. So you can reset it under Settings and Reconfigure it automatically for mobile data. Here you can read what happens if resetting your iPhone’s network settings.

To Perform Reset Network Settings,

Step #1. Open the Settings App
Step #2. Tap General
Step #3. Now scroll the screen up to the end, tap Transfer or Reset iPhone

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Step #4. Click Reset

tap-reset-go-with-reset-network-settings-and-enter-screen-time-passcode

Step #5. Tap Reset Network Settings to confirm and follow on-screen instructions.

Your phone will reboot once and will turn on again. Unlock iPhone and Connect Wi-Fi manually after resetting it.

click-enter-your-screen-time-passcode-and-choose-reset-network-settings

I hope it will fix serious internal Network problems that happen with your iPhone. After this, check whether your mobile Instagram Notifications working or not. If the same issue occurred, let’s go to the following workaround.

Solution #8: Check Instagram App is Updated

Ensure your insta app version is not outdated, Sometimes, the app store cannot check for the latest app update on the iPhone app store. Instead, go to the App Store on Mac or PC, Find the App Version option, and Note App Version in digits.

Now On your iPhone,

Step #1. Go Settings
Step #2. Tap General

open setting choose general on iphone

Step #3. Scroll to iPhone Storage
Step #4. Find Instagram App and Tap on it. Now check the app version.

Tap iphone storage and scroll to instagram on iphone

Step #5. If your app is outdated, delete it from the same screen. Again tap Delete App to confirm. That’s it.

Tap delete instagram button again click delete insta app on iphone

Now re-install the Instagram app from the App Store. (follow the steps mentioned above to reinstall the insta app on your device).

Solution #9: Enable Background Refresh

Some iOS users keep the force Stop background app process with the option available on the iPhone settings app. saves lots of Power consumption and other heating problems for the affected devices.

This is the ideal solution for Battery saving tips. So we can turn off the background app refresh for the Instagram app only.

Step #1. Go to Settings App
Step #2. Tap General

open setting choose general on iphone

Step #3. Tapping on Background App Refresh, and Please Turn on Background App Refresh (Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Tap background app again click background app refresh and choose wifi or cellular on iphone

Step #4. Scroll to Instagram and turn the toggle to green. (If the switch next to Instagram is white), you can see the below example picture; in my case, the toggle is green, which means BG app refresh is activated for the insta app.

scroll to instagram and turn on toggle green to enable Bg app refresh on iphone

Solution #10: Logout Instagram Account in App and re-login

Your Instagram app is asking for a login after a long time. For security reasons or multiple Instagram accounts on the same app create a problem like this. I want to recommend signing out of your profile and signing in again. That might be the final solution for Instagram Notifications not Working on your mobile.

  • Open the Instagram app
  • Tap on Profile at the bottom right corner
  • Tap on More [At top right corner]open-instagram-app-and-click-on-more-setting
  • Tap on Settings at the bottom
  • The last option is Logout.open-settings-now-click-logout-and-confirm-logout
  • Now close the Instagram app,
  • Re-open Instagram app on your iPhone and log in with your username and password. In this way, you got the solution of Instagram notifications not sounding alert or not working.

Solution #11: Disable Low Power Mode on your Phone, Low Data Mode

As discussed earlier, low power mode will stop all background app refresh, So anyone app can’t receive new notifications or Get a push notification that alerts you. Until you turn off the low power mode on iPhone, the Low power mode will stay turned on. So I recommend turning on low power mode,

Go to the Settings App > Scroll the screen Battery > Turn Low Power mode [Toggle off to grey].

turn-on-low-power-mode-on-iphone
turn-on-low-power-mode-on-iphone
  • Low Data mode is the same features but it saves internet data from the Data consuming app. Go to Settings > WiFi > Tap on {i} icon and Turn off Low Data Mode.
  • For Mobile Data, Settings app > Cellular > Cellular Data Option > Disable Low Data Mode.

Solution #12: Check notification settings from a different phone

Now take a test with your secondary mobile or your Friend’s iPhone. Just log in to your account on other devices and send a simple message. Then a popup and alert will be notified under the notification center. If the test works on another device, the problem is only with your iPhone. That we can fix using the clean restore your iPhone. Clean restore means. First, all data is wiped from the device and copied again after installing the new latest software. The restoration process is explained in the next solution. Follow it carefully.

Let’s check your Instagram account login activity and logged out of all devices, and after that, sign in back. As an advanced action, you should change your Instagram account password.

Solution #13: Restore Your Apple Device

Your iPhone is affected by an internal software bug that crashes the notifications and does Not Show on your iPhone lock screen under the notification Center. Install a new iOS on your iPhone after backup iPhone data Using iTunes/Finder on PC/Mac.

Note: macOS Catalina or later macOS users can use Finder to Restore iOS devices because there is no more iTunes on the latest macOS.

  1.  Open the latest iTunes/Finder on PC/Mac.
  2.  Connect your iPhone to your Mac/PC Using a lightning cable. Unlock your iPhone using the passcode to pair it to your Mac/PC. After Pair iPhone with iTunes/Finder.
  3. Click on Device from the iTunes window, and Finder Sidebar.
  4. Click on the Restore button that will Erase all Data from your iPhone and install a new copy after downloading it from the internet.
  5. After Restore the device, Connect your iPhone to iTunes/Finder and Restore the latest backup you have taken.

After Clean Install iOS, albeit; Instagram issues occur, then go on the following solution will teach you to send bug feedback to Instagram developers.

Solution #14: Report a Feedback bug to Instagram Owner: Here’s How to report a bug to the Instagram developer on iOS App?

Here’s a Full guide to contact Instagram App developer to send a bug report; Instagram app notifications are not working on mobile or pc.

Step 1: Launch the Instagram App on your iPhone > Tap on the Profile icon that appears at the bottom-right side corner.

Open Instagram Tap on Profile icon on iPhone

Step 2: Now Tap on More at the top-right side > Choose Help in the Settings and Privacy screen.

Tap on More Select Help in Settings and Privacy Section on iPhone

Step 3: Tap Report a Problem > From here, you can Select to Navigate back to where you saw the issue and Shake your phone to Report the Problem Or Select Report Problem without Shaking. 

Tap on More Select Help in Settings and Privacy Section on iPhone

That’s it.

Complete Guide to Turn on Instagram Notifications on Your iPhone

Bottom All settings have three options Off, From People I Follow, and From Everyone. Would you mind ensuring you have selected an accurate setting for specific Instagram notifications?

Instagram notifications for Posts, Stories, and comments

Likes, Likes, and comments on Photos, Photos of you, Comments, Comment Likes, First Posts, and Stories.

Instagram notifications for Following and Followers

New Followers, Accepted Follow Requests, Friends on Instagram, Mentions in Bio, Recommendations for Others, Recommendations from Others

Instagram notifications for Dm or Direct Messages

Message Requests, Messages, Group Requests, Video Chats

Instagram notifications for Live and IGTV

Live Videos, IGTV Video Uploads, IGTV View Counts

Instagram notifications come from Instagram

Reminders, Product Announcements, Ads, Support Requests

Other Notifications Types

Email and SMS
Feedback Emails, Reminder Emails, Product Emails, News Emails, Text (SMS) Messages

Suppose you guy is not getting sound on Instagram alert and want to change its settings, then you may encounter that Instagram Notifications Settings are not showing up that you can fix using this trick.

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood is a journalist based in Ohio who specializes in covering Apple and technology trends. With a varied experience in reporting on public safety, government, and education, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, providing readers with a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. If you need to contact me, you can reach me at karlywood.ohio@gmail.com or through (Facebook)

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