Fix Action Center Doesn’t Show Notifications in Windows 10 version 1809

The Action Center feature in Windows 10 might be familiar to Windows Phone users. It stores notifications about all important events like updates, maintenance and security warnings in a single place. A number of users reported that after upgrading to Windows 10 "October 2018 Update", version 1809, they do not have notifications in the Action Center. Here is a quick fix.

When the Action Center gets a new notification, it shows a toast banner above the taskbar. If you miss a notification, it is queued up in the Action Center.

Windows 10 Toast Notification Example

Action Center Notifications Example

One of the issues introduced in Windows 10 version 1809 is broken notifications in Action Center. The issue appears to be related to the background apps feature of Windows 10. If you are affected, do the following.

Fix Action Center Doesn’t Show Notifications in Windows 10 version 1809

  1. Open the Settings app. Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019
  2. Go to Privacy -> Background apps under App permissions.
  3. On the right, ensure that you have the option Let apps run in the background enabled.
  4. If the option is disabled, you should enable it.Windows 10 Fix Background Apps

However, if the mentioned option is enabled, but the Action Center notifications are still broken, you should try the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy -> Background apps.
  3. Turn off the option  Let apps run in the background.
  4. Restart Windows 10.
  5. After restarting your PC, open Settings again and enable the mentioned option.
  6. Restart the operating system.

This sequence should restore notifications.

Out of the box, some Universal apps are already enabled to run in the background in Windows 10. You may have never opened those apps, not even once and may not need them, but they are running anyway. Alarms and Clock, Photos, Store and some other apps are set to work in the background. The Alarms and Clock app for example is able to show you an alarm notification if you have set one when it is running.

That's why it is required to have the feature enabled and configured properly.

4 thoughts on “Fix Action Center Doesn’t Show Notifications in Windows 10 version 1809

  1. Terry

    Great! Thanks a trillion, Sergey. Got the broken Notification and Action Center fixed by following your sequence of steps.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Happy to read this

  2. Jozsef

    For a moment, I imagined a heading along the lines of ” Nothing works in Windows 10 Version 2109″ above a very long article with instruction for fixing it all. Have I finally discovered a rational explanation for what we’re seeing? Maybe they just want you to have an interesting challenge, Sergey. You might have friends in high places you didn’t even know about!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      haha, quite possible!


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