life360 notifications not working

It isn’t very pleasant when you find Life360 notifications not working since you won’t be able to check on your family’s safety.

To fix the notifications not working on Life360, you must check all settings that interfere with push notifications. Further, check for the app’s integrity or update status, your network, and your phone’s status.

It might seem like a lot to work on simply because of push notifications. However, it is necessary to check all possible culprits of such an unpleasant situation.

Moreover, we will guide you through all the steps so you don’t have to worry too much.

Life360 Notifications Not Working – Reasons

why the life360 notifications not working

When you face the issue of Life360 push notifications not working, several reasons could be behind it.

In this section, we will explore them so you can get a good glimpse of the situation.

If the reason clicks with something you’ve been experiencing, you can proceed immediately to the correct solution.

That is the best scenario, allowing you to fix the issue in seconds.

Incorrect Notification Settings

Sometimes, the lack of notifications implies a settings misconfiguration.

Poor Internet

a poor internet conenctions

When your router, ISP, or cellular data fails, apps will also fail to deliver notifications that depend on the internet.

Your App is Outdated

If it is not up to the standard version, it will have communication difficulties when receiving data from other users or across the web.

Background App Restrictions

A few restrictions beyond simple notification settings can prevent some push notifications from showing up.  

The Phone is Overloaded

That could either mean you have too much data on your phone or your phone’s been processing too much and needs a restart.

How To Fix Life360 Notifications Not Working

how fix the life360 notifications

Notifications not working on someone’s phone, even if only for an app, are much more common than you could imagine.

Thanks to that, the solutions devised for such an issue are widespread. If you don’t know the solutions because you have never faced such trouble, don’t worry!

We will guide you step by step until you get your Life360 notifications back to work.

Solution #1: Change Notification Settings

Once installed, many apps will ask you whether they can access permissions for push notifications.

Others will have presets for those, or your phone will enforce presets that don’t allow notifications.

Whatever the case, it might have occurred that you forgot to check if Life360 has permission for notifications.

Correcting that is very simple (either on Android or iOS):

  1. Head to your phone’s Settings
  2. Now choose Apps & Notifications.
  3. Find Life360 and open its settings.
  4. Locate the permissions for the app. 
  5. Toggle “on” for the permissions related to push notifications

After such a procedure, there is no need to restart your phone, for example. As soon as something important happens, Life360 should notify you.

Note: If activating notifications doesn't work, or if notifications were already configured correctly, move to Solution #2.

Solution #2: Clear Background Restrictions

clear background restrictions

Perhaps your phone is setting restrictions on the way apps function. That can be due to Airplane mode, battery saving, or other reasons.

You must revert those restrictions in any situation if you want Life360 to push notifications correctly.

If airplane mode is on, you must drag the dropdown menu and deactivate it. There is usually an icon with a plane symbol.

Now, if the restrictions are battery-related, here is how you proceed on Android:

  1. Head to “Settings
  2. Click “Battery“/”Battery saver.”
  3. Choose “Battery optimization” or “App power saving.”
  4. Select Life360
  5. Choose “Don’t optimize” or “No restrictions.”
  6. Confirm

Things are a bit different on iOS:

  1. Find “Settings
  2. Click “Notifications
  3. Choose Life360
  4. Toggle “Allow Notifications” on
  5. Allow “Badge App Icon,” “Sounds,” and “Show in Notification Center

Solution #3: Check For App Updates

check for an app updates

Either on iOS or Android, some apps might fail to install automatic updates.

For example, perhaps your phone is not set for automatic updates, or the app is having communication issues.

In any situation, ensuring the app is up to date is necessary.

On your Android phone, do the following:

  1. Open the Play Store
  2. Tap the three lines icon
  3. Select “My apps & games.”
  4. You will see a list of all apps on your phone
  5. If there is an “update” option for Life360, click it

If you possess an iPhone, here are the steps:

  1. Open the App Store
  2. Click on the “Updates” tab
  3. A list of all app updates will show up
  4. If Life360 is on the list, click on “update” next to it

The download and installation will be done automatically (on either system). After that, you must check if notifications are working again.

Tip: Sometimes, an update might change a few app settings. After updating, you must check all its settings to see if anything is out of place.

Solution #4: Check Your Internet Connection

check the internet connection

When the connection is unstable, you are unlikely to receive all the push notifications your apps should send you.

It is especially true if such notifications are coming from the web.

That is very much the case with Life360 since it alerts you about other people’s activities for safety purposes.

If you are home and rely on your router, it is time to give it a good old reset:

  1. Locate its power button
  2. Hold it until the lights go out
  3. Wait for a minute
  4. Restart the router

Reset Your Mobile Data

On the other hand, if you are using cellular data, you must check how other apps handle it.

Are you receiving notifications from them? Also, check if you can even navigate the web on a browser.

If your connection is bad, do the following:

  1. Locate the Mobile Data icon from the dropdown menu
  2. Deactivate it for a few instants
  3. Activate mobile data again

That is a cheap trick, of course. If nothing changes after doing that, you should get in touch with your carrier data company.

Solution #5: Restart Your Phone

restart the phone

One possibility of causing Life360 (and perhaps other apps) to fail is that your phone needs a reset.

Usually, we never turn our phones off. However, just like a computer, they manage a lot of data, and their processing might become jammed. 

You can restart an Android phone by doing this:

  1. Hold the power button for a while
  2. Tap on “Restart“/” Reboot
  3. The phone will automatically restart

Restarting An iPhone

iPhones require a bit more work to restart.

Here are the steps for iPhone 8 and older:

  1. Hold the side button
  2. Drag the on-screen slider to turn off
  3. Hold that same button again until the Apple logo shows up

iPhone X and later work like this:

  1. Hold the side button and either volume button
  2. Drag the on-screen slider to turn off
  3. Hold that same button again until the Apple logo shows up

Solution #6: Reinstall The App

reinstall the app

A few apps present issues that can only be solved by reinstalling them.

Such issues can include corrupted or overloaded data cache and other corrupted files. 

Although there is an option to only clear the cache, we advise reinstalling the app. It is the most efficient.

Reinstall The App On the Android

So here is how you will do that on Android:

  1. Hold the Life360 app
  2. Press the info icon
  3. Choose to uninstall
  4. Go to the PlayStore
  5. Look for Life360 and install it again

Reinstall The App On iOS

reinstall app on ios

On your iPhone, this is the procedure:

  1. Hold the Life360 app
  2. Press the “X” icon that shows up
  3. Confirm by pressing “Delete.”
  4. Go to the App Store
  5. Find Life360 and install it
Note: During installation or when you open the app again, it may ask you for permission. Allow permissions for notifications if those are prompted.

What We Learned

What to do when you see Life360 notifications not working? That will depend on what is causing such odd behavior.

You must normally check the app’s permissions on your phone’s general settings.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and it is the reason the guide above includes other solutions too. 

Nicole B