Top 10 Fixes for Instagram Notifications Not Working on Mobile

Push notifications are essential for staying updated with the latest updates and messages on social media platforms like Instagram. But what if Instagram notifications stop working on your iPhone or Android? It can be frustrating and ruin your overall experience. In this article, we will discuss the top 10 ways to fix Instagram notifications not working on mobile.

1. Check Notification Settings

Before diving into advanced fixes, let's start with the basics. Ensure that Instagram has the necessary notification permissions on your Android and iPhone devices to deliver the latest updates to your inbox.


  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and select Instagram.
  3. Go to the Notifications menu and enable the Allow Notifications toggle.


  1. Long-press on the Instagram app icon and open the app info menu.
  2. Go to the Notifications menu and enable the Show notifications toggle.

2. Make Changes from Instagram Settings

Instagram provides an option to pause notifications from the app settings. If you have previously used the pause function, it will prevent any notifications from being sent until you manually disable it. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android.
  2. Go to your account and tap on the More menu at the top.
  3. Open Settings.
  4. Navigate to Notifications and disable the Pause All toggle.

3. Disable Focus Mode (iPhone)

With the iOS 15 update, Apple introduced Focus mode, which replaces the Do Not Disturb mode on iPhones. When Focus mode is enabled, you won't receive notifications and calls from apps and contacts. To disable Focus mode:

  1. Swipe down from the upper right corner (iPhone X or later) or from the bottom (for iPhone users with the home button).
  2. Disable Focus mode.

If you still want to use Focus mode for a distraction-free experience but receive Instagram notifications, you can add Instagram as an exception. Here's how:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone and go to the Focus menu.
  2. Open your Focus profile and tap on the Apps menu.
  3. Tap on Add and add Instagram to the exception list.

4. Disable Do Not Disturb (Android)

On Android, you can simply open the notification center and disable the Do Not Disturb toggle. You also have the option to add Instagram as an exception. Open Settings and go to Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Exceptions > Apps, and add Instagram to the list.

5. Enable Background App Refresh (iPhone)

If you have disabled background app refresh on your iPhone, Instagram won't be able to send new notifications while running in the background. To enable it:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to the Instagram menu.
  2. Enable the Background App Refresh toggle.

6. Disable Notification Summary (iPhone)

Notification summary on iPhone allows you to receive notifications at a set time. If you have enabled notification summary on iPhone, it's time to disable it. Open Settings and go to the Notifications menu. Tap on Scheduled Summary and disable the Scheduled Summary toggle.

7. Disable Low Power Mode (iPhone)

Low Power Mode temporarily reduces background activity on your iPhone, which can interfere with Instagram notifications. To disable Low Power Mode:

  1. Navigate to iPhone Settings > Battery.
  2. Disable the Low Power Mode toggle.

8. Clear Instagram Cache (Android)

Clearing an app's cache data can resolve notification issues on Android. To clear your Instagram cache:

  1. Long-tap on the Instagram icon and open the app info menu.
  2. Go to Storage and tap on Clear cache.

9. Lock Instagram in the Background (Android)

Some Android skins, like MIUI and ColorOS, have aggressive power management settings that kill apps running in the background. To prevent this from happening to Instagram:

  1. Use the swipe-up and hold gesture on your Android phone to access the multitasking menu.
  2. Find Instagram and long-tap on the icon.
  3. Select Lock.

By locking Instagram in the background, your Android device won't completely kill the app, and you will continue to receive new notifications from the platform.

10. Update Instagram

If Instagram is not sending notifications, it could be due to an outdated app version on your phone. Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and download the latest Instagram version.

These fixes should help you resolve Instagram notifications not working on your mobile device. Stay connected and enjoy the latest updates on Instagram!