WhatsApp Not in the Notifications List on iPhone [Solved]

Most smartphone users like to have alerts getting notified on their iPhone screens whenever they receive any messages, or calls from any app like Phone, WhatsApp, etc. For customizing the notification alert for a particular app, the user has to do it through the notifications settings on the iPhone.

But recently, most iPhone users have started complaining about an issue on their iPhones where they are unable to find the WhatsApp application in the Notifications list. This has made it very difficult and frustrating for iPhone users because they are not able to enable the notifications for WhatsApp since it is missing from the Notifications settings list.

This problem could be because of outdated iOS on their iPhones or WhatsApp application, poor internet connection, internal technical glitch within the iPhone, etc.

In this article, you will find some best solutions that would totally resolve this issue and you will start getting the WhatsApp app on the Notifications list on your iPhone.


Fix 1 – Update the WhatsApp application

When any application is out of date, it might create such problems as discussed above in this article. So try updating the WhatsApp app on your iPhone using the steps below.

Step 1: First of all, you need to open the App Store on your iPhone.

Step 2: Then click on the Search tab at the bottom of the App Store as shown below.


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Step 3: Now type WhatsApp in the search bar and open the WhatsApp page.


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Step 4: After the WhatsApp page appears, if it displays Update, please tap on it to start updating to the latest version.

Step 5: If it shows Open, it means the WhatsApp application on your iPhone is in its latest version.


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Fix 2 – Uninstall WhatsApp and Install it back

If there was any interruption during installing WhatsApp earlier, it might lead to such issues on any iPhone. Therefore, we recommend our users uninstall WhatsApp and then install it back after some time.

Here are the steps below.

Step 1: Uninstalling might delete some data if not backed up. So try backing up your WhatsApp data.

Step 2: To do so, first open your WhatsApp app on your iPhone.

Step 3: After WhatsApp is open, tap on the Settings icon at the bottom right side as shown below.

Step 4: Select the Chats option from the Settings page as shown.


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Step 5: Tap on the Chat Backup option.


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Step 6: Make sure you are signed into iCloud on your iPhone to back up.

Step 7: Now you need to click Back Up Now.


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Step 8: Wait till it finishes the process.

Step 9: Once done, close the WhatsApp app.

Step 10: Now long press on the WhatsApp icon from the home screen and select the Remove App option from the context menu as shown below.


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Step 11: Click the Delete App option from the popped window.


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NOTE – You have to again tap on the Delete option on the popped-up window.


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Step 12: This starts uninstalling the WhatsApp app on your iPhone.

Step 13: Once uninstalled, open the App Store on your iPhone.

Step 14: Search for the WhatsApp app and open its page.


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Step 15: Now tap on the cloud-shaped icon to download and install the WhatsApp icon on your iPhone.


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Fix 3 – Enable Airplane Mode and Disable it

When there is any interruption in the network connectivity on an iPhone, this may actually create some obvious issues as discussed above. So to avoid that, you can refresh all network connectivities in one go by enabling the airplane mode and then disabling it.

Step 1: Unlock your iPhone first and head toward the Settings app.

Step 2: After opening the Settings app, enable the Airplane Mode by tapping on its toggle button at the top of the Settings page.


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Step 3: Once it is enabled, wait for some time.

Step 4: After that, disable the Airplane Mode by clicking on the toggle switch as shown in the below image.


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Fix 4 – Turn On WhatsApp Notifications Settings

There is a notification setting within the WhatsApp application which when disabled can cause such issues as discussed above. Therefore, follow the steps explained below on how to turn on the notification settings from the WhatsApp app.

Step 1: Launch the WhatsApp app on your iPhone first.

Step 2: Once the WhatsApp app is open, tap on the Settings icon at the bottom of the app.

Step 3: Select the Notifications option by clicking on it as shown in the below image.


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Step 4: After the Notifications page appears, tap on the Show Notifications toggle button to turn it on under the Message Notifications section at the top.

Step 5: Once done, enable the Show Notifications under the Group Notifications section by tapping on its toggle switch as shown in the below screenshot.

Step 6: Next, tap on the In-App Notifications option as shown below.


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Step 7: Make sure the Banners or Alerts option is selected instead of None.

Step 8: Also, ensure that the Sounds and Vibrate toggle buttons are enabled as shown in the below image.


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Step 9: Once you are done enabling them, go to the Notifications settings on your iPhone and you can see that WhatsApp appears on the Notifications list.

Fix 5 – Remove any App Limits set for WhatsApp

If any user has restricted the use of WhatsApp on their iPhone through App Limits in Screen Time, it might disallow users from using and also getting alerts from WhatsApp on their iPhones. So check and remove if any app limit is set for the WhatsApp app.

Step 1: Open the Settings page on your iPhone first of all.

Step 2: Then go to the Screen Time option by tapping on it as shown below.


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Step 3: Now select the App Limits option by clicking on it.


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Step 4: If you find any App Limit has been set for WhatsApp, you can disable the App Limits altogether by tapping on its toggle button as shown below.


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Step 5: You can also just tap on WhatsApp and disable it by toggling the App Limit option as shown below.


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Fix 6 – Reset Location & Privacy

If none of the methods explained above are working for you, you can try resetting the location & privacy option on the iPhone by following the steps explained below.

Step 1: You need to first open the Settings app.

Step 2: Then go to the General option from the list of Settings.


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Step 3: Now tap on the Transfer or Reset iPhone option at the bottom of the General page.


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Step 4: After that, you need to select the Reset option at the bottom as shown below.


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Step 5: This pops up a context menu and you should tap on the Reset Location & Privacy option.


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Step 6: To continue, you may have to enter your iPhone passcode when asked.


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Step 7: Finally, just click on the Reset Settings option as shown below.


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Step 8: This starts resetting your location and privacy settings on your iPhone and you will not face this problem.

Additional Fixes

Check your Internet connection

For any alerts or notifications to be received by any device, it needs to have a good and stable internet connection. Therefore, it is a good idea to first check whether you have a good internet connection on your iPhone by browsing something on Chrome or accessing any video on the YouTube app.

Try restarting your Wi-Fi router once to refresh the Wi-Fi signal and see if this worked. If there is any problem with the Wi-Fi signal, you can switch to Mobile Data by going to the Settings app and clicking on Mobile Data. Then enable the Mobile Data by tapping on its toggle switch.

Update the iPhone Software

Some users have been able to rectify this problem by simply updating their iPhones to their latest version. Since Apple releases the best version of their software for most iPhones, it is a best practice to keep your iPhone updated regularly.

To update your iPhone, first, you need to go to the Settings app and navigate to General > Software Update. This page searches online for any updates available for your iPhone. This might take some time depending on your internet speed.

If there is any update, please download and install them.

Restart your iPhone

No smart devices are completely flawless and occasionally there can be some internal technical glitches in the iPhone. These technical problems within the iPhone can be the reason for causing this notification issue.

For eliminating these technical problems, all you need to do is restart your iPhone once and see if this helps in fixing this issue. This has helped many iPhone users.