How to Fix Android Delayed Notifications Issue

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You might have experienced delayed notifications on your Android phone, Sometimes notifications from certain apps arrive frustratingly late, minutes and sometimes even hours after a new mail or app alert has actually been sent out. While sometimes this aberrant behavior can be overlooked, in other situations (work scenarios, for example), not getting a notification on time can get you in a lot of trouble.

This issue most likely stems from how Android operates. In an effort to effectively manage your battery life, the system tends to force what it considers “low priority” apps to go to sleep. If your Android sees a certain app that way, it won’t be in a hurry to let notifications pertaining to the app go through.

Luckily, a fix is accessible through your device’s Settings. In this article we look at how to configure it. Provided you have a phone running Android 8.0 Oreo or above, this method should fix the delayed notifications issue on your phone.

How to Prevent Apps from Going to Sleep on Your Phone

We’ve used a OnePlus phone for the purpose of this tutorial; however, based on your phone model, steps and options may vary, as it will be discussed below.

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1. Open the Settings app on your device.

2. Go to “Apps & notifications.”

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3. Select “Special app access” (last option, at the bottom).

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4. Tap on “Battery optimization.”

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5. Select the app that’s suffering from delayed notifications from the list of apps.

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Here you’ll notice you have three options, including “Intelligent Control,” “Optimize” and “Don’t Optimize.” Your app is probably set on Intelligent Control, which automatically adjusts background power strategy according to the app’s characteristics and your usage. To prevent this from happening, go on and select the third option instead – Don’t Optimize. A warning explains that doing so may affect battery performance, but if you want to get your notifications on time, it’s worth it.

These options will look a bit differently if you are on a Huawei phone, in which case you have to follow a slightly different route to find them.

1. Go to Settings on your device.

2. Find Apps in the menu.

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3. Select Apps again.

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4. Tap on the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner.

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5. Select “Special access.”

6. Tap on “Battery Optimization.”

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Once there, select the app with the notification issue and tap it. A small pop-up menu will show up from the bottom of the screen revealing two options. You can either “Allow” or “Don’t allow” the app to take advantage of the battery optimization system in place. Select “Don’t allow,” but keep in mind that it may drain your battery more quickly.

Samsung phones have an additional layer of battery optimization, so remember to make sure you check this as well to confirm that the apps that matter to you won’t go to sleep. Follow this route to find the options: “Settings -> Device care -> Battery -> App power management.”

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From here, you can check out the list of Sleeping apps to see which apps are affected by restrictions. You can also tap on Apps that won’t be put to sleep and add the ones you don’t want to be limited.

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Turn Off Adaptive Battery on Your Device

Still not getting your notifications on time? Any Android phone running Android 9 Pie or above should have the Adaptive Battery feature. When active, this option helps extend your phone’s life cycle. But it may also cause issues like delayed notifications. It may be a good idea to also turn this feature off and see if it fixes things for you. You can do so by following these steps:

1. Go to Settings app.

2. Select Battery.

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3. Select Battery optimization.

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4. Tap on the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner.

5. Select Advanced optimization.

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6. Toggle off the Adaptive Battery setting.

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Disable Data Saver

Data saver is another useful feature, but it can sometimes prevent apps from sending or receiving data in the background. This may be another cause for your notifications to arrive late on your device. In order to fix that, turn Data Saver off. Simply open your Settings app and search for “Data Saver” and turn it off. Depending on your model, the setting may be under Network.

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On OnePlus devices, Data Saver even has a quick toggle setting which you can easily add to your Quick Settings. Swipe the notifications bar, then tap on the little pencil icon to see all the quick toggles and find the one for Data Saver.

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Once you have fixed the Android delayed notifications issue, you can improve your mobile notification experience. Read how you can see your Android notifications in Windows 10 or how to customize Gmail notifications on your phone.


Alexandra Arici Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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