Instagram notifications not working on iPhone? Here is a fix

How to fix Instagram notifications not working on iPhone

Instagram sends you notifications for new direct messages, followers, likes, etc. These keep you on track with the latest improvements. However, recently many users have reported that Instagram notifications are not working on their iPhones. If you are one of those, you have come to the right place. I have listed 10 tested solutions to fix this Instagram notification issue. Take a look.

  1. Check iPhone notification settings
  2. Check if “Do Not Disturb” is on
  3. Check your Instagram app notifications
  4. Check your network connection
  5. Restart your iPhone
  6. Reinstall the Instagram app on your iPhone
  7. Logout from your Instagram account
  8. Enable background refresh
  9. Disable low power mode
  10. Update Instagram app

Solution 1. Check iPhone notification settings

  1. Open the Settings app and tap Notifications.
  2. Scroll down and tap Instagram.
  3. Make sure the switch for Allow Notifications is green.
  4. Next, ensure that all three options under ALERTS are ticked.
  5. Also, ensure that the toggle for Sounds is green.Check iPhone Notification Settings

Solution 2. Check if “Do Not Disturb” is on

Check if Do Not Disturb is on

When Do Not Disturb (DND) is on, you won’t receive any app notification. Thus, bring up the iPhone Control Center and make sure the crescent moon icon isn’t purple. If it is, tap it to turn off DND.
You can also do the same by following the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Do Not Disturb.
  2. Turn off the switch for Do Not Disturb, if it is ON.

Solution 3. Check your Instagram app notifications

  1. Open Instagram on your iPhone and tap the profile icon from the bottom right.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon (three lines) from the top right.
  3. Tap SettingsNotifications.Go to Instagram Settings and tap Notifications
  4. Ensure Pause All is not enabled.
  5. Next, tap individual options like Posts, Stories, and Comments, Following and Followers, Messages, etc. From the next screen, choose the desired option.Ensure Pause All is not enabled and choose desired Instagram notification settings

Solution 4. Check your network connection

Instagram notifications will only work when your iPhone is connected to the internet. It can be Wi-Fi or Cellular data.

Let us quickly check if your iPhone has an active net connection or not. For this, open Safari and try to visit any website. If it loads, that means things are fine here.

Tip: If you are on mobile data, open the Settings app → Cellular → scroll down and make sure the switch for Instagram is green.

If the internet is not working, the following resources will help:

Solution 5. Restart your iPhone

It is understood that in the regular course of use, your iPhone may encounter glitches that are addressed effortlessly by a simple restart.

Thus, one potential solution to fix the Instagram notifications issue is to turn off your iPhone and turn it back on after a minute.

Solution 6. Reinstall the Instagram app on your iPhone

  1. From the iPhone Home Screen or App Library, long-press the Instagram app icon. Tap Delete AppDelete.
  2. Restart your iPhone.
  3. Long-press the App Store icon and tap Search.
  4. Type Instagram and download the app.
  5. Re-login and the notification issue may no longer bother you.

Solution 7. Logout from your Instagram account

  1. Inside the Instagram app, tap the profile icon from the bottom right.
  2. Tap the hamburger icon from the top right.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap Log out [your username].
    You may tap Remember, which will help you re-logging in.Logout from your Instagram account

Solution 8. Enable background refresh

In rare cases, if Instagram (and other apps) notifications are inconsistent, enabling Background App Refresh may help.

  1. Open the Settings app and tap General.
  2. Tap Background App Refresh.
  3. Tap Background App Refresh and choose an option other than Off.
  4. Go back and make sure the toggle next to Instagram is green.Enable background refresh for Instagram app on iPhone

Tip: This may affect the battery life. Thus, you may choose to turn off the toggles for other apps.

Solution 9. Disable low power mode

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap Battery.
  2. Turn off the switch for Low Power Mode.
  3. For some users, disabling this has helped. Thus it is worth a try.Disable low power mode on iPhone

Solution 10. Update Instagram app

  1. Long-press the App Store icon and choose Updates.
  2. Pull down this screen to refresh it.
  3. Tap UPDATE next to Instagram.Update Instagram app on iPhone

Fix Instagram notifications not working on your iPhone!

These were the effective solutions to start receiving Instagram notifications flawlessly on the iPhone. I believe one or a combination of fixes worked for you.

Next, take a moment to read some more Instagram related posts to stay updated.

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I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.


  1. I appreciate your suggestions for fixing IG notifications. I’ve tried all of them over the past few days. Still not working. I have an iPhone XR. I hope the next ioS update will fix the issue. The notifications literally just stopped a few days ago. I hadn’t touched a thing on my iPhone or iPad.

    Thanks again.

  2. Sorry to hear that. If you’re on iOS 15, you should also check that you’re not on Do Not Disturb or Focus mode. Disable these and see if it fixes the issue.
    If it doesn’t, the last resort you could try is to reset all settings. Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset All Settings.
    This will not impact your data but restore all customized settings to their default state. It might fix the problem you’re facing with Instagram notifications.

  3. Hello, i have the exact same problem. I have done everything from restarting my phone, logging out, switching off do not disturb, resetting all settings, clearing history and cache. Nothing worked. Ive updated both the app and my phone. Extremely frustrating. I get a badge but no outside notification, i cant preview who sent what.

    Please help, thanks

  4. I tried all the steps you shown, but its not working.
    Its very difficult to handle , if i open instagram notication are shows on top, if close suddenly just showing notifications without sounds, after 10,15 secs the problem is same not showing notifications, i enabled all settings in instagram also and my phone toooo please help me

    1. You can try updating your app and your iOS version on the device. Also, if you’re using a beta version of iOS, it might be causing the issue. In that case, I’d suggest switching back to the stable version for a smoother experience.

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