Fix: Discord Notifications Not Working

Discord notifications can sometimes have issues. Luckily, there are ways to fix it. Here's how you can fix Discord notifications for desktop and mobile.

Discord is undoubtedly the best voice communication platform on the Internet right now. All other contenders are still a couple of steps behind.

However, when choosing a communication platform, we imagine you find consistency in notifications very important. You don’t want to miss out on anything.

Unfortunately, Discord desktop notifications have some issues from time to time.

So, if you are having such issues, this guide will provide you with both the most common and uncommon fixes for desktop (and mobile).

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Fix Discord Desktop App Notifications Not Working

First, let’s have a look at the fixes for desktop users.

Fix 1: Enable Discord Desktop Notifications

Before we can accuse Discord that its features are not working, let’s look at the settings to ensure that the issue does not lie there.

Here’s what you will need to do:

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Click on the cogwheel icon on the bottom-left of Discord to open User Settings.
    Discord User Settings
  3. Click on the Notifications tab.
  4. Make sure “Enable Desktop Notifications” is checked.
    Discord Notifications tab

You now have desktop notifications enabled, so have someone message you to check whether the notification will pop up.

You may have to play around with Windows’ settings if you’re still not getting discord notifications.

Fix 2: Enable App Notifications On Windows 10

By default Windows 10 allows notifications from applications, but if you’ve disabled this in the past, you will have to enable it now.

Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Open Start Menu and head into Settings.
    Windows Settings
  2. Next, click System and then open the Notifications & actions tab (on your left).
  3. Here, you’ll want to have “Get notifications from apps and other senders” enabled.
    Windows Notifications & actions tab

Under the option you just enabled, you can also enable some of these settings:

  • Show notifications on the lock screen
  • Show reminders and incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen
  • Allow notifications to play sounds

These are optional, but we recommend them for a better experience.

Right under these settings, you can specify which apps can or cannot send notifications, so make sure Discord is checked (if available).

Windows Get Discord Notifications

Now do a quick test to see if Discord desktop notifications work.

Fix 4: Turn Off Focus Assist

There is one more option in Windows 10 we’ll need to check, which might be muting Discord notifications, and that’s Focus Assist.

Focus assist helps you stay focused on the task at hand by blocking certain notifications, alarms, etc. You can customize or disable it completely; it’s your choice.

To get to this setting, head on back to Settings – System. Select the Focus Assist tab and ensure this feature is set to “Off.”

Windows Focus Assist

If you like this feature, you can select “Priority only,” then click on “Customize your priority list,” and choose Discord.

Once you do this, even if you are in-game, you’ll get notifications from Discord.

Fix 4: Make Sure Your Status Is Set To Online

The reason why you still aren’t getting any notifications even after playing around with Discord’s settings might be because you’re not “Online.” Setting your status to Invisible or Do Not Disturb will block notifications.

This is why you need to change your status on Discord to appear online, and here’s how:

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Click on your profile picture at the bottom left of the Discord window.
  3. Here you can pick between Invisible, Do Not Disturb, Idle and Online. Select “Online.”
    Discord Online

Now give the Discord desktop notifications a test.

Fix 5: Disable/Edit Discord Streamer Mode

One handy feature of Discord is Streamer Mode. It automatically enables whenever you have any kind of recording overlay/software active. So, for example, if you run OBS, Streamer Mode will immediately activate to hide any private information, invite links, and desktop notifications.

So, if you are in Streamer Mode, you can disable it or customize it to allow desktop notifications.

Here’s how:

  1. Open User Settings in Discord.
  2. Go to the Streamer Mode tab.
  3. Uncheck the “Enable Streamer Mode” option.
    Discord Streamer Mode
  4. Alternatively, you can uncheck the “Disable Notifications” option and leave Streamer Mode enabled.
    Discord Streamer Mode Disable Notifications

Fix 6: Try A Different Discord Account

If none of the five fixes have brought back Discord desktop notifications, it may be a good idea to try a different account.

To do that, you can just click on your profile picture (bottom left), click “Switch Accounts,” then “Add an account,” and log in.

Discord Add an account

You can easily register a new account, or you can ask one of your friends.

Once you’ve switched accounts, check if you will receive any desktop notifications from Discord.

Fix 7: Force Update

Discord often gets updated, but users usually don’t have to do anything. The application updates automatically.

However, if it doesn’t, users might end up with issues like you’re facing. So, let’s try forcing the update.

There are a few ways you can do that:

  • At the top-right corner of the Discord window is a button with a down-facing arrow that forces Discord to close and update. If there’s no such button, press Ctrl + R torefresh Discord which might cause it to appear.
    Discord update or download
  • If the above solution does not work, you can exit Discord and then run it as admin. Right-click the Discord icon and select “Run As Administrator.”

Fix Discord Mobile App Notifications Not Working

Here is the list of fixes for push notifications on Discord mobile.

Fix 1: Enable Notifications On Discord

Like with the Windows version of Discord, we’ll do the same on Android.

So, let’s ensure that the notification options are all enabled:

  1. Open Discord on your phone.
  2. Click on the little profile picture on the bottom-right and scroll down until you see “Notifications.”
    Discord Mobile Notifications
  3. Ensure that “System notifications” and “In-app notifications” are both enabled.
    Discord Mobile System notifications and In app notifications

From now on, you should be getting system notifications on your phone.

If not, don’t close this screen, as you’ll need it to tweak specific settings on your phone.

Fix 2: Editing Phone Settings

While on that same screen, click on “Tweak notification settings.

In this next screen, ensure that “Show Notifications” and “Allow sound and vibration” are both enabled.

Discord Mobile Show Notifications

This should fix your notification-related issues with Discord.

If not, we can have a look at some more options on your phone:

  1. Open your phone’s settings, search for Notifications and open the first search result.
  2. Head into Included Apps.
  3. Here, search for Discord and make sure it is enabled.
    Discord Mobile Included Apps

If this option is disabled, the phone will not allow the app to push notifications.

Fix 3: Reinstall Discord

If both of these fixes don’t resolve the issue, the easiest solution might be to just reinstall the application.

So, find the Discord icon, give it a long press, and then hit “Uninstall.”

Discord Mobile Uninstall

Now, go to the Play Store/App Store, type Discord in the search bar, and hit install. In no time, you should have Discord up and running again with notifications finally fixed.

Discord Mobile Install

Final Words

We hope that at least one of these fixes will prove helpful and finally resolve your notifications with Discord.

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