Twitter notifications not working

Top 12 Fixes for Twitter Notifications Not Working on Android and iPhone

Twitter is a great platform to interact with like-minded individuals. If you are active on the platform and tweet a lot, you may want to get a notification every time someone likes your tweet or comments under it. The app gives you this option, but you may often find that Twitter notifications don’t work on your phone.

While Android devices mainly suffer from this problem, your iPhone may also be a victim. If your Twitter notifications are disabled or notifications are not working completely, here are some simple solutions that you can use to fix the problem.

1. Make sure you are connected to the internet

Twitter is an online platform which means you need an internet connection to use it at all times. If your phone isn’t connected to Wi-Fi or has no mobile data, Twitter can’t connect to its servers to send you push notifications.

Enable the Internet on the phone

Connect to any available Wi-Fi and you should automatically start receiving Twitter notifications. If you are abroad, enable mobile data on your smartphone instead.

If you are already connected to a network but Twitter still doesn’t notify you, try visiting other websites via your phone’s browser or use other apps that connect to the internet like Youtube To see if your connection is working or not. If not, connect to a different network.

2. Enable notifications within the Twitter app

It’s possible that the notification toggle within the Twitter app has been accidentally turned off. This will cause Twitter notifications to not work on iPhone or Android devices. Here’s how to turn on notifications via the Twitter app.

Step 1: Open the Twitter app on your smartphone. Tap on your profile picture in the top left corner of the app.

Step 2: Select “Settings and Support”. Then choose the “Settings and privacy” option.

Step 3: Go to the Notifications tab.

The fourth step: Select Preferences and head to Push Notifications.

Fifth step: Here, you will see all different types of notifications including likes, retweets, direct messages, etc. Enable the toggle next to all the types of notifications you’d like to receive.

3. Disable silent alerts

Twitter gives you an option to mute certain types of notifications from the app. Check if this option is enabled on your phone and disable it if it is.

Step 1: Open the Twitter app on your smartphone. Tap on your profile picture in the top left corner of the app.

Step 2: Select “Settings and Support”. Then choose the “Settings and privacy” option.

Step 3: Go to the Notifications tab.

The fourth step: Select Filters.

Fifth step: Choose the option to mute notifications.

Sixth step: Turn off all switches in this section.

4. Allow Twitter notifications from the Settings app

Another reason for not receiving Twitter notifications could be that you disable in-app notifications via your phone’s Settings app. Allowing notifications from there should fix the problem. Heres how to do it.

Allow Notifications on iPhone

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone. Head to the Notifications tab.

Step 2: Scroll down and find the Twitter app. Click on it.

Step 3: Turn on the toggle next to Allow notifications.

Allow notifications on Android

Step 1: Open the Settings app on Android. Head to the Notifications tab.

Step 2: Select Application Settings.

Step 3: Find the Twitter app and tap on it. This will allow you to access the notification settings.

The fourth step: Turn on the toggle next to all Twitter notifications.

5. Enable background data usage

Since your phone has to sync notifications in the background even when the app is not running, it is necessary to allow Twitter to access the internet in the background. Here’s how to enable it.

Enable Background App Refresh on iPhone

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone. Scroll down until you find Twitter. Click on it.

Step 2: Enable the toggle next to Background App Refresh.

Enable background data on Android

Step 1: Tap and hold the Twitter app to bring up additional options. Then select Application Information.

Step 2: Go to the “Mobile data and Wi-Fi” section.

Step 3: Turn on the toggle next to Background data.

6. Change Battery Usage to Unrestricted on Android

Some Android skins have strong battery optimization that may prevent the app from sending notifications. This might be the reason why Twitter Android notifications are not working on your phone. Here’s how to disable battery optimization for Twitter on Android.

Step 1: Tap and hold the Twitter app to bring up additional options. Then select Application Information.

Step 2: Go to the Battery section.

Step 3: Select the Unrestricted option.

NB: This may drain your phone battery a bit faster.

7. Keep the Twitter app running in the background

When you exit the Twitter app on your iPhone or Android and scroll up to go home, don’t kill the app from the recent apps list. What this means is when you swipe up from the bottom and hold to bring up the recent apps list, Twitter doesn’t swipe from here.

When you kill an app, it may stop the background activity of that app, resulting in delayed notifications or no notifications.

8. Log out and log back in to Twitter

Sometimes a simple solution like this can help you solve a complex problem. Try logging out of your Twitter account before logging back in to see if it will resume notifications. Here’s how to sign out of the Twitter app on iPhone and Android.

Step 1: Open the Twitter app on your smartphone. Tap on your profile picture in the top left corner of the app.

Step 2: Now, select the profile switch in the upper-right corner of the pane.

Step 3: Choose the edit option.

The fourth step: Tap the red remove button next to the account you want to sign out of. Then select Sign out.

Fifth step: You will now be logged out of your Twitter account. Now, log in again by entering your credentials.

9. Clear app cache and data on Android

Performing this step on your Android device can fix many issues including the one where you are not getting notifications from a specific app. Follow the steps to clear the cache and data of the Twitter app to see if that makes things better.

Step 1: Tap and hold the Twitter app to bring up additional options. Then select Application Information.

Step 2: Select the “Storage and Cache” option.

Step 3: First, tap on Clear Cache and then tap on Clear Storage.

10. Disable Focus Modes on iPhone

Apple introduced focus modes with iOS 15 to block unnecessary notifications during certain times of the day. If you don’t whitelist Twitter from any of your focus modes, you won’t receive notifications from the app. So, if you don’t see Twitter notifications on your iPhone, try turning off focus modes.

Step 1: Open Control Center by swiping down from the top (or swiping up from the bottom depending on your iPhone model).

Step 2: Press the focus mode toggle button to disable any active focus mode.

Toggle focus mode

Focus modes may be the reason why Twitter notification sounds are not working on your phone.

11. Update the Twitter app on your device

Some versions of the app may have bugs or loopholes that cause delays or erratic notifications. Therefore, it is best to update your apps to the latest version at all times. Try updating the Twitter app on iPhone or Android to see if the latest version fixes the problem.

How to update Twitter on iPhone

Step 1: Open the App Store on your iPhone and tap the display image in the upper-right corner.

App Store

Step 2: Scroll down to see a list of all pending updates. Select the Update option next to the Twitter app. Alternatively, you can tap Refresh all to update all suspended apps at once.

Update your favorite app

How to update Twitter on Android

Step 1: Open the Google Play Store on your phone and tap your profile in the top-right corner.

Go to your play store profile

Step 2: Now, select “Manage applications and device”.

Tap Manage apps on Android

Step 3: You will now see a section that says Updates are available. Click to see details below.

See app updates on Android

The fourth step: Either select the Update option next to the Twitter app or tap Update all to update all the listed apps.

Update all apps on Android

12. Uninstall and reinstall the Twitter app

If updating the app to the latest version does not help, try uninstalling it completely to remove any remaining files and then reinstall the Twitter app. This may help you fix Twitter notifications on your phone.

How to uninstall and reinstall Twitter on iPhone

Step 1: Find Twitter on your iPhone home screen. Press and hold the icon to bring up the contextual menu and select the option to remove the app.

Step 2: Tap Delete App to uninstall it from your iPhone.

Step 3: Next, head over to the App Store. Click on the search icon in the lower right corner.

The fourth step: Use the search bar at the top to search for Twitter.

Fifth step: Install and set up Twitter on your iPhone.

How to uninstall and reinstall Twitter on Android

Step 1: Find the Twitter app in your phone’s app drawer and long press on it to bring up the contextual menu. Click on the app info button.

Step 2: Select Uninstall.

Step 3: Press OK when prompted.

The fourth step: Head to the Play Store and search for Twitter using the search bar at the top.

Fifth step: Install and use the app on your phone.

How to enable Twitter notifications for a specific person/account

Twitter also gives you the option to enable notifications from a specific account so you don’t receive a barrage of notifications for all your tweets. Here’s how to take advantage of the feature.

Step 1: Open the Twitter app on your smartphone. Go to the account for which you want to enable notifications.

Step 2: Click on the bell icon next to the Continue button. Select the type of posts you want to be notified about. You can also select the All option.

That’s pretty much it. You have now enabled Twitter notifications from that specific account.

Don’t miss trending topics

Receiving notifications can help you stay up to date with the post you receive on Twitter. You may miss some important updates if your Twitter notifications are not working properly. However, following these steps should help you receive all your notifications on time.


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