How to Fix: Discord Notifications not Working

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Tanja Messaging / Discord

5 min read

Lately, gamers around the world have been agreeing on one thing - Discord is one of the best platforms, especially when it comes to gaming setups.

However, since the platform’s number of users increased drastically over the course of the past two years, more and more bugs have been appearing in the app.

Hence, a big number of users have started changing Discord with other platforms, such as Twitch.

However, for those users who are sticking with Discord, they’re experiencing issues way too often - messages failing to send or messages not loading at all.

Additionally, even though Discord seems to be showing errors too often, almost every error is fixable, in a few easy steps.

Reportedly, one of these common issues is notifications not going through on a device - could be a PC, or a smartphone.

If you seem to be missing out on Discord notifications one too many times, you’re in the right place.

We created a step-by-step guide to help you get your Discord account back to normal. Keep reading and find the easy fix in the article below.

How do I fix the notifications not working on Discord - Desktop?

The issue of notifications not going through on any device might be due to multiple reasons. However, they’re fixable, and the process of fixing them is not complicated whatsoever. Read through this section if you’re using Discord’s Desktop app.

1. Enabling Desktop notifications for Discord

If you have the Desktop Notifications option disabled for Discord, you might come across an issue such as this one. To unable Discord notifications, follow these steps:

  • Open the app on your PC, click on ‘User Settings’ (gear icon), find ‘App Settings’ and click on ‘Notifications’.
  • If the ‘Enabled Desktop Notifications’ is disabled, turn it on, this should solve the problem.

2. Voice Output Device

Having the wrong Voice Output Device selected will cause you to not be able to hear any of the notifications coming through. To double check which Output Device you have connected, follow these steps:

  • Open the Discord app, and click on the gear icon in the lower-left corner.
  • Click on ’Voice & Video’ in the left part of the screen, find ‘Output Device’ and click on the option to see the drop-down menu of devices.
  • Set the correct device as the default device.
  • You can exit the ‘Settings’ menu, and check if the notifications are back to normal.

3. Disabling Streamer Mode

Sometimes, having the ‘Streamer Mode’ activated or not activated, can cause issues with the notifications. To double check, follow these steps:

  • Open the Discord app, and click on the gear icon.
  • In the ‘App Settings’ section, click on ‘Streamer Mode’ in the left part of the screen.
  • Check the status of ‘Streamer Mode’, and turn it off if necessary.

4. Enabling Streamer Mode

As we mentioned, having Streamer Mode both off or on, causes issues with you receiving notifications. If you previously disabled Streamer Mode, try enabling it to make sure that’s not the issue with your platform. To do so, follow the steps mentioned in Step 3.

5. Discord server Notifications

You might have muted the notifications from a certain server, and thus, you’re not receiving any notification whatsoever. To change this, follow these steps:

  • Open the Discord server you’re not getting notifications from.
  • From the options menu, click on ‘Notifications Settings’.
  • From ‘Server Notification Settings’, click on ‘All Messages’ and click ‘Done’.
  • If you have more than one server, follow the same steps for each of them.

6. Updating to the newest version of Discord

If you’re running on an older version of Discord, many more issues might surface beside the notifications not coming through. Make sure to update the app, to do so, open the app, and press ‘Ctrl + R’.

7. Updating the computer system

Making updates to the PC itself, might help and solve bugs you’ve been getting from any app, not just Discord. To do so, click Windows + I, or if you’re using a MacBook, look up Software Updates from ‘System Preferences’.

How do I fix the notifications not working on Discord - mobile?

Fixing the issue when using Discord from a smartphone has the same possible fixes for both Android and iPhone users.

1. Restarting the app from phone Settings

Apps can sometimes glitch due to cache memory, or issues similar to this. Hence, try and force close the Discord app from your phone settings to check if notifications start coming through.

2. Checking notification settings

Make sure you haven’t muted the notifications for Discord altogether. To do this, open the ‘App Settings’ and tap on ‘Notifications’. Enable the notifications by toggling the buttons.

3. Phone notifications

If you have ‘Do not Disturb’ activated, on both iOS or Android, notifications will stop coming through. Make sure you have this feature turned off in order to receive all notifications properly.

4. Server notifications settings

If you have notifications muted for several Discord servers. Notifications will stop coming through. To double check if you have that done, open the server you’re not getting notifications from, in the top, click on the three dots, and click on ‘Notifications’, and unmute the notifications. Unfortunately, you’ll need to do this for each server.