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How To Fix Delayed Notifications on Android Devices

Finding notifications late? Here is how to fix delayed notifications on your Android device. Smartphones are getting more powerful and feature-rich with every iteration. Gone are the days when phones were only meant for making calls and sending / receiving text messages. Today, our smartphones keep us updated with our social accounts, email, and the world online – on the move. To serve this information in a timely manner, there are notifications. However, the timeliness of these notifications can be an issue on occasions.

In recent times, Android users have reported notification delay problem. There are reports of delay in notifications from apps and services like WhatsApp. Before you venture into a mission to resolve the notification delay on your Android Smartphone or tablet, it is necessary to understand why it happens. For some Android users the notification delays can range between couple of minutes to more than 20 minutes while there are some others who do not receive the updates until they unlock their device. It can be quite inconvenient, for sure.

Android apps like Facebook, Gmail, and Hangouts rely on Cloud Messaging service of Google to receive and send Push notifications. The fact is, your device needs to connect to Google’s servers and get new updates. This happens at an interval and this interval is the reason for the delay.

How to Fix Delayed Notifications for Android

There are a few effective ways using which you can override Android’s Notification delay issue.

Method 1 – Look Out for the Battery Saver Apps / Mode on Your Device:

Several manufacturers like Sony, Asus and Samsung offer battery saver modes to extract maximum performance from battery in their devices. Sony devices have a stamina mode that cuts down on many aspects to preserve battery life. This is also true about brands that offer a customized version of android such as MIUI. Some users also use third-party apps like Battery Doctor to make their Android device battery run longer.

These apps help you extract the most from your smartphone battery. But, that optimization comes at a cost. They cut either the mobile data connection or your Wi-Fi connection as you put the device in sleep mode. This means apps running in the background are cut-off from remote servers and notifications do not appear. So, its time you need to do a rethink and use an alternative battery saver app that does not impact data connection.

Method 2 – Stop Killing Background Apps Manually

Like a lot of Android users, you may have the habit of killing apps running in the background every now and then to free up the RAM on your device. Not only does it kill the background processes but also adversely affects the battery.

If you want to get rid of the notification delay issue, ditch the habit. Unless your Android device is clogged and has run out of memory, there is no reason to kill background apps. The only time you should kill an app is when it starts acting erratic or freezes.

Method 3 – Use Push Notifications Fixer App

After installation, launch the app on your device. At first, the app will prompt you for Superuser permissions. You have to tap on ‘grant’ button to give the permission and there are certain step to follow:

Step 1 – On the app’s first screen, you will get an option for “Mobile heartbeat interval”. Tapping on it you can set the duration for notification fetching interval. The app offers a recommended interval of 6 minutes- which should be okay for most users.

Step 2 – To set a default interval for fetching notification on a WiFi network tap on the “Wi-Fi heartbeat interval” option. Default WiFi notification interval is set at 5 minutes in the app.

Step 3 – After changing duration for both the options, click on “Apply settings” option. This will implement the duration changes.

Step 4 – The app will prompt you for a device reboot. Do so to enable changes.

Step 5 – This app has a setting to run the duration changes when the device boots up. Ensure that you select the option.

With all these methods you will be able to fix the delayed notification problem. If you are still having trouble, just drop a comment below.