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How to fix ‘Discord notifications not working’ error?

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Discord is one of the most popular VoIP platforms on the planet. It was originally launched as a chat application for gamers but since then has evolved to serve a much wider audience. 

However, as well made a program Discord is, it’s still not immune to random bugs and glitches. In this article, we’re going over a few fixes that might help you fix Discord notifications. 

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Restart everything

Restart the Discord app, your device and your networking equipment. Restarting devices can fix a bunch of seemingly random issues, including notification issues with Discord. 


Check your internet connection

Discord requires an active internet connection to work. If you have an unstable internet connection, chances are you’re going to miss out on notifications. Suppose you’re on WiFi check to see if you’ve got internet access and strong signals. If you’re on mobile data, check to see if data is enabled and that you’ve got good network coverage.


Change your Discord status

Your Discord status also controls whether or not you get notifications from the app. If you’re offline or on Do Not Disturb. You’ll not see any notifications. Make sure to set your status online. To do so, click on your profile picture in the bottom left and change the status to online. 

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Update the app

If there’s a bug in Discord, chances are the developers have looked into it and already released a patch. Try looking for updates on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, depending upon what device you’re using. If you’re on a PC or Mac, check the app for any updates. 


Reinstall Discord

If updating the app didn’t fix the issue, try removing Discord from your phone or PC and reinstalling it again from scratch. This can help eliminate any corrupt files or data that might be restricting the app’s functioning. 

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Check your devices

Discord avoids sending notifications to your phone if you’re active on your PC. If you’ve got both the devices around and are using Discord on either of them, you won’t get notifications on the other. 

There’s an inactive timer in the Discord notification settings on the PC app that you can use to modify this behaviour. 

Step 1: Click on the Settings gear icon in the bottom left. 

Step 2: Scroll down and click on Notifications. Change the Push Notification Inactive Timeout to whatever you like. 


Check notification settings 

Next up, check your device’s notification settings to make sure Discord is allowed to show notifications in the first place.

On Android

Follow these steps to check Discord notification settings on Android.

  • Head over to your phone settings and tap on Apps & Notifications.
  • Tap on Show all apps.
  • Find Discord in the list and tap it to proceed. 
  • Tap on Notifications. 
  • Make sure that the Show notifications slider is enabled.

On Windows

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open Windows Settings and search for notifications. Click on Turn app notifications on or off from the search results. 

Step 2: Under Get notifications from these senders, find Discord and disable its slider.


On iOS

Follow these steps to check Discord notification settings on iOS.

  • Tap on Notifications.
  • Find Discord in the list and tap it to proceed.
  • Make sure that the Allow Notifications slider is enabled.

On macOS

Step 1: Open the Apple menu and click on System Preferences. 

Step 2: Click on Notifications.

Step 3: Under Notification Preferences, find Discord and toggle the Allow Notifications slider on.

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Check Discord notification settings

If your phone settings allow Discord to send notifications through, go ahead and check Discord’s in-app notification settings. 

On the Discord app

Follow these steps to check Discord’s in-app notification settings.

  • Tap your Avatar in the bottom right to get to the User Settings menu. Scroll down and tap on Notifications
  • Make sure that System notifications and In-app notifications are enabled. 

Discord on PC

Step 1: Click on the Settings gear icon in the bottom left. 

Step 2: Scroll down and click on Notifications. Make sure that Desktop Notifications are enabled. 


Clear Discord’s cache (Android)

Corrupt files in the cache might hinder an app’s functionality, including notifications. Here’s how to clear Discord’s cache. 

  • Open your phone’s settings and head over to Apps & notifications. 
  • Tap on Show all apps.
  • Find Discord in the list and tap it to proceed.
  • Tap on Storage & cache.
  • Tap the Clear cache button to clear the app’s cache.

Now restart your phone and try again. 


Disable Battery optimisation for Discord (Android)

Another thing you can do is disable battery optimisation for the Discord app.

  • Head over to your phone settings and tap on Apps & notifications.
  • Tap on Advanced.
  • Tap Special app access.
  • Tap on Battery optimisation.
  • Find Discord in the list and tap it to proceed.
  • Tap on Don’t Optimise.

Restart your phone and try again.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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