Unable to Hear App Notification Sounds in iOS 15 on iPhone? Here’s the Fix!

Unable to Hear App Notification Sounds in iOS 15 on iPhone? Here’s the Fix!
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Rajesh Mishra-

Looks like iOS 15‘s tryst with miscellaneous issues won’t end any time soon. In addition to a plethora of annoying iOS 15 problems such as rapid battery drain, ill-functioning personal hotspot, and random app crashing, many iOS users have now complained that they can’t hear app notification sounds on their iPhones. Although the problem is prevalent with the Mail app, I can independently confirm that other apps like Slack and Gmail, and even the Messages app are also in the grip of the issue. But fret not, for we have found a few workable tricks that can help you fix iPhone app notification sounds in case they are not working in iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.

Tips to Fix iPhone App Notification Sound Not Working in iOS 15, iPadOS 15

But, what could be the reason behind the app notification sounds issue? Just like other iOS 15 problems that have cropped up recently, it also seems to be due to a software bug. We are sure Apple will soon come up with a fix. Until then, these hacks can come in handy. Before we start, it’s good to check if the alert slider on the iPhone hasn’t enabled the Silent mode. Sliding it to the right will turn the mode off and you can easily get notifications. If it’s already disabled, you can look at these hacks that can help in solving the problem.

Table of Contents

1. Adjust Your Notification Setting

The very first thing that you should do to fix the iPhone app notification sound not working issue, is to adjust the notification setting. Both iOS and iPadOS allow you to perfectly customize the notification setting of an app so that you can choose the desired alert sound and also pick a preferred badge style.

Since a large number of iOS users have complained that they aren’t hearing the notification sounds for the Mail app, it would be apt to talk about the ways to adjust the notification settings of the stock email app. You can also change the ‘Messages’ notification settings, among others.

It’s worth pointing out that if you enable the Alerts toggle, a new Sounds section will show up. Tap on it and then choose from a huge collection of alert tones and ringtones.

2. Update Apps

If you haven’t updated the apps for a while, there is a good chance that the “app notification not working” problem could be due to the outdated version. So, try updating apps on your device. For this,

Unable to Hear App Notification Sounds in iOS 15 on iPhone? Here’s the Fix!

3. Disable Do Not Disturb or Focus Mode

If you are not receiving notifications for phone calls or other app notifications, make sure to check if the Do Not Disturb or the Focus modes are disabled for they are meant to block notifications. To do so,

4. Disable Notification Summary

Another reason why you are unable to hear app notifications on iPhone could be the Notification Summary option. If enabled, this will end up showing all the notifications at a set time in iOS 15. Ensure you have it disabled. For this,

5. Disable Attention Aware Alerts

This is another hack you can try to get notification alerts. The Attention Aware Alerts feature checks for users’ attention before dimming the screen brightness, expanding a notification while the phone is locked, or decreasing the volumes of certain notifications. Here’s what to do:

6. Reset All Settings

Apart from force restart, factory reset is my go-to troubleshooter. Whenever a weird or a common issue crops up, this option can be given a try. For the notification issue, this can work too.

7. Delete and Reinstall the App(s)

If you still can’t hear the notification sound of any app on your iOS device, I would recommend you delete the app(s) and reinstall them. While there is no doubt that it’s a solution very few would like to happily go for, it’s quite effective for fixing app-related issues. Bear in mind that it will wipe out all the related data, so make sure to back up the apps before going for this option.

8. Update Software

Haven’t been able to fix the app notification issue as yet? There is no need to panic as we still have an efficient solution at our disposal. For better or worse, the software update has turned out to be a reliable troubleshooter for fixing random iOS/iPadOS issues these days.

So, if none of the tricks mentioned above has worked in getting rid of the problem, update the software on your iPhone or iPad. It would most likely fix the problem.

9. Enable Announce Notifications

There’s also an option for Siri to announce notifications for you when you are wearing headphones or driving with CarPlay. If you aren’t receiving app notifications while your iPhone is connected to CarPlay or compatible headphones, enabling Announce Notifications might help. To enable it:

Note: Apart from all the options we have provided you with, there’s one simple thing you can do, specifically for message notifications. Whenever you open a chat window on any app and respond to a message, always exit it before leaving the app. If not left, you may end up missing out on the notifications.

Fix App Notification Sounds Issue on iPhone, iPad

Hopefully, the problem is behind your back now. In most cases, customizing the notification setting and updating the problematic apps can help you get rid of the issue. If they do not work, deleting and reinstalling the apps will enable you to put the problem to rest.

Anyway, which one of the above-mentioned tricks has worked for you in solving the issue? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below.

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