iPhones with iOS 14.1 don’t always display messages

On social media, users have been reporting problems with the news app in iOS 14.1 or newer for weeks. In many cases they will receive SMS, but the iPhone will not notify them.

With major iOS version updates, minor bugs keep appearing that Apple did not notice during testing. Users often report such errors in Internet forums shortly after the updates have been installed. Most of the time Apple responds quickly and fixes the errors with an additional update.

SMS arrive without notification in iOS 14

A bug in iOS version 14.1 or higher, which has plagued numerous iPhone owners since the iPhone 12 was launched in October, has still not been resolved two months later. Posts on Reddit, the Apple support page and on Macrumors report that iOS does not notify you when new SMS or iMessages arrive. Usually, even in iOS 14.1, a pop-up notification appears when a new message arrives. The messages app also has a red dot that tells you how many unread messages there are. Victims of the bug receive regular messages – but they do not receive a pop-up or a red dot.

Others describe that in group chats with Android users they do not receive any messages, while they would be delivered as normal on Android. Some even get no SMS or iMessages in chats with individual people in iOS 14.1.

Not only iPhone 12 models that started with iOS 14.1 are affected, but also older iPhones that have received the update.

” Macrumors ” took up the forum contributions in an article back in mid-November . However, nothing has happened since then. Even with the current iOS 14.3 beta, the bug persists, as reported by ” The Verge “ . iOS 14.3 will be released as a public update later this week.

What can users do?

So far there is no solution that works for all messaging problems. In some cases it can help to close the Messages app completely. For others, notifications come back when pinned chat contacts are unpinned. For a general bug fix we have to hope for Apple itself. The company seems to at least know the problem. However, we do not know whether it is actively working on a solution.

Until then, affected users under iOS 14.1 only have to regularly check the messaging app themselves for new SMS or iMessages.

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