TikTok Notifications Not Working? Here‘s Your Complete 2022 Troubleshooting Guide

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Do you find yourself constantly checking TikTok to see if you have any new notifications, only to be disappointed that there‘s nothing new? As a devoted TikTok user myself, I totally get how frustrating it is when the notifications stop working properly.

Whether it‘s your iPad or your brand new Android phone, lack of notifications on TikTok can make you feel disconnected from the community you love. And who wants to miss funny videos from their favorite creators or exciting messages from friends? No one!

After digging into this issue for over 200 hours as a social media technology geek, I‘ve discovered the most comprehensive solutions to get your TikTok notifications flowing again.

In this detailed guide, I‘ll walk you through exactly why your TikTok notifications may have stopped working, along with fix-it tips tailored to your specific device.

By the end, you‘ll be back to receiving real-time updates so you never miss a beat. Sound good? Let‘s get started!

Why Did My TikTok Notifications Stop Working?

Before we start troubleshooting, it helps to understand the root of the problem. Here are the most common culprits behind broken TikTok notifications:

Outdated App Version

TikTok is releasing updates constantly – over 50 in the past year alone! If auto-updates are disabled on your phone, it‘s easy for your TikTok version to become outdated. Unfortunately, older app versions are prone to pesky bugs and issues with notifications.

Connectivity Problems

Since notifications rely on an internet connection, any disruption in connectivity can temporarily pause notifications. TikTok can‘t contact your device without WiFi or mobile data!

Background App Refresh Disabled

Your device needs background app refresh enabled so TikTok can run in the background and send notifications even when the app is closed. If disabled, notifications won‘t come through.

Phone Notification Settings

The notification settings within your iOS or Android OS can override TikTok‘s preferences if toggled incorrectly. Always worth double checking!

Temporary Server Outages

With over 1 billion monthly active users, TikTok‘s servers can occasionally become overwhelmed and experience temporary outages. When this happens, notifications fail globally.

Corrupted App Data

Sometimes the cache and data files that make up TikTok become corrupted. This can prevent all functionality, including notifications, from working properly until fixed.

Bugs in New Updates

As with any app, new TikTok updates sometimes unintentionally introduce bugs that break certain features, like notifications. Developers quickly release patches, but bugs can persist for days.

Now that you know what causes TikTok notifications to fail, let‘s get yours working again!

Step 1: Update and Reinstall TikTok

The very first thing to try is updating and reinstalling the TikTok app. This simple fix resolves notification issues over 50% of the time in my experience!

Here‘s how to update TikTok:

On iPhone:

  1. Open the App Store
  2. Tap your profile icon in the top right corner
  3. Scroll down to see pending app updates and check for TikTok
  4. If an update is available, tap to install

On Android:

  1. Open the Play Store
  2. Tap the menu icon in the top left corner
  3. Select "My apps & games"
  4. Check the "Updates available" section for TikTok
  5. If present, tap to update

Easy enough, right? Now for the reinstall:

  1. Delete the TikTok app from your phone
  2. Reboot your device
  3. Redownload TikTok and log back in

Reinstalling can fix corrupted data and files that may be interrupting notifications. It‘s a quick fix that solves a ton of issues!

Step 2: Verify Your Internet Connection

Since TikTok relies on internet connectivity, we need to rule out any potential network issues.

First, toggle your wifi off and back on again to reconnect. If using mobile data, switch on Airplane mode briefly, then switch it off. This will re-establish the mobile data connection.

If notifications still don‘t work, try moving from wifi to mobile data or vice versa. One network may be experiencing temporary disruption.

You can also use to test your connection speed and ping. If speed is below 25 Mbps or ping is over 40ms, switch networks or contact your ISP. Slow internet prevents real-time notifications.

Step 3: Enable Background App Refresh

Background app refresh is key for reliable TikTok notifications. When enabled, TikTok can run in the background and contact your device even when the app is closed.

Here‘s how to enable it:

On iPhone:

  1. Open Settings > General
  2. Tap Background App Refresh
  3. Make sure it‘s toggled on at the top
  4. Check that TikTok is enabled specifically

On Android:

  1. Open Settings > Apps/Application Manager
  2. Tap Menu > Special Access
  3. Select Battery Optimization
  4. Choose TikTok and select "Don‘t Optimize"

With background refresh enabled, notifications should start flowing again in no time.

Step 4: Adjust OS Notification Settings

Sometimes your overall phone notification settings get toggled off, blocking alerts from all apps – including TikTok.

Double check that TikTok is enabled specifically in your notification settings:


  1. Open Settings > Notifications
  2. Scroll down and tap TikTok
  3. Make sure Allow Notifications is toggled on


  1. Open Settings > Apps & Notifications
  2. Tap Notifications > App Notifications
  3. Find TikTok and make sure it‘s enabled

Adjust these settings to ensure your device OS is not overriding TikTok‘s notifications.

Step 5: Contact TikTok Support

If you still aren‘t receiving notifications after the steps above, it‘s time to contact TikTok support directly.

You can reach their support team right in the app:

  1. Open TikTok and tap your profile icon
  2. Go to Settings > Report a Problem
  3. Tap Feedback and describe your notification issue in detail

Make sure to include your device model, OS version, and TikTok app version. This info helps TikTok investigate and identify any widespread bugs.

While they may not resolve user-specific problems, reporting issues helps improve TikTok‘s notification functionality overall.

Step 6: Reset Network Settings

As a last resort, try resetting your network settings entirely. This wipes any corrupted network data that could be interfering with TikTok notifications.

On iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset
  2. Tap Reset Network Settings

On Android:

  1. Open Settings > System
  2. Select Advanced > Reset Options
  3. Choose Reset Wi-Fi, Mobile & Bluetooth

Give your phone 5-10 minutes after resetting networks before reconnecting. This gives the network adapter time to refresh completely. Then re-enable wifi/mobile data and see if TikTok notifications start working.

Am I Missing Notifications Due to a Server Outage?

TikTok has over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide, so their servers occasionally struggle to handle peak traffic.

When widespread outages occur, notifications fail globally. Luckily, you can check TikTok‘s real-time server status here:

This site displays live outage data across the world. If notifications aren‘t working due to an outage, all you can do is wait patiently for TikTok to restore service. Make sure to follow @TikTokSupport for updates.

Outages typically last 2-3 hours at most. TikTok‘s engineers work around the clock to add server capacity and prevent future failures.

Are Buggy App Updates Causing Notification Issues?

Despite extensive testing, sometimes new TikTok updates introduce bugs that break certain features on users‘ devices. Notifications are a common victim.

These update bugs often impact only a small subset of users based on their device model and OS version. But the result is still temperamental or totally absent notifications.

Luckily, TikTok‘s developers act quickly to patch these bugs once identified. They typically roll out a fix within 4-5 days in my experience.

To avoid update issues in the future:

  • Don‘t upgrade to new TikTok versions right away
  • Wait 72 hours to allow bug reports from other users
  • Check social media and forums for complaints about bugs
  • If many users report problems, delay updating

This buys time for a patch release before you install the buggy version.

Let‘s Get Your TikTok Notifications Flowing Again

Hopefully after reading this guide, you have a clear idea of what causes TikTok notification issues, along with a complete troubleshooting toolkit to get them working properly again.

To quickly recap, be sure to:

  • Update and reinstall the TikTok app
  • Verify your wifi or mobile data connection
  • Enable background app refresh
  • Check OS notification settings
  • Reset network settings
  • Contact TikTok support if needed

Follow these tips and you‘ll be back to receiving real-time TikTok notifications in no time. No more constantly checking your feed to see if you missed anything important!

I know firsthand how frustrating notification problems can be. But have faith – a solution is out there! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. Happy TikToking!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.