Top 8 Ways to Fix What­sApp Check­ing for New Mes­sages Noti­fi­ca­tion on Android

Parth Shah

WhatsApp is the world's most popular instant messenger. But, of course, that doesn't rule out the hiccups of using it, such as the video call not working, WhatsApp failing to download media, and more. In addition, WhatsApp often pushes notifications for new messages on Android. And you must've observed those notifications disappearing by themselves. If that's making you miss important messages, here's how you can troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Whats App checking for new notification error

WhatsApp keeps checking for new messages continuously. But that process slows down if you are in a poor network coverage area. And if you don't have a stable data connection, you will see WhatsApp checking for new messages notification on your Android.

1. Move to Better Coverage Area

WhatsApp works in the background to deliver constant push notifications on your Android phone. If you are in a low coverage area with one or two signal bars, WhatsApp will keep trying to check for new messages in the background, and you will end up getting checking for new messages notifications on your phone.

This shouldn’t be an issue if you are on a Wi-Fi network. But even then, we would advise connecting to a 5.0GHz frequency and not the 2.4GHz one.

2. Disable Critical App Alerts for WhatsApp

With the Android Oreo 8.0 announcement, Google released Notification channels for Android. In addition, WhatsApp implements Notification channels that allow users to break down the types of notifications for the app and customize the sound and vibration pattern for each channel.

Find the WhatsApp app on the home screen or the app drawer and long-tap on it. Next, select the tiny info button and go to the app menu.

Open whatsapp app info menu
Select whatsapp notifications

Open the Notifications menu and you will see different notification channels for the app. Disable Critical app alerts and checking for new messages notifications shouldn’t bother you again.

Disable critical app alerts notification

3. Disable Background Restrictions for WhatsApp

When not in use, WhatsApp runs in the background to fetch new messages, photo updates, etc., and deliver new notifications to your phone. Restricting the app to run in the background may leave you with issues with the app. Here’s how to disable background restrictions for WhatsApp

Step 1: Identify the WhatsApp icon and long-press on it.

Step 2: Tap on the info button and open the App info menu.

Open whatsapp app info menu
Select whatsapp battery menu

Step 3: Select Battery > Background restriction and remove the limit.

Open background restriction menu

4. Disable Data Saver Mode

The Data Saver mode on Android is designed to reduce data usage in the background. It prevents some apps from sending or receiving data in the background.

The Data Saver mode can interfere with WhatsApp functions in the background. It can leave you with checking for new notifications pop-ups on Android. Here’s how to disable it.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android phone.

Step 2: Go to Network & Internet.

Open network and internet menu
Turn off data saver menu

Step 3: Tap on Data Saver and disable the toggle from the following menu.

5. Enable Background Data Use

If you have disabled background data use for WhatsApp, the service won’t run in the background. WhatsApp will try to check the latest notifications, but it won’t deliver as it doesn’t have access to the internet while running in the background. You should remove such a limit from the Settings menu.

Step 1: Go to the WhatsApp app info menu.

You can open Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps > WhatsApp and access the app info menu. Or you can use the mentioned method above and jump directly to the App info menu via long-pressing the app icon.

Step 2: Open Mobile data & Wi-Fi menu.

Step 3: Enable Background data toggle.

Select mobile data and wifi menu
Background data usage for whatsapp

While you are at it, do enable unrestricted data usage that allows the app to function properly even on the Data Saver mode.

6. Keep WhatsApp Open in the Multitasking Menu

Third-party Android skins have a habit of completely removing apps from the system to save battery. However, they offer to set an exception for certain apps like WhatsApp, Google Photos, OneDrive, etc., that need to run in the background to function properly.

You can either keep WhatsApp open in the multitasking menu or use the lock button (some third-party Android skins like MIUI, Realme UI offer this) to keep it locked in the background.

7. Turn off Battery Saver

As the name suggests, the Battery Saver mode helps you save battery life, but it can hamper other features. For example, it limits the functions of certain apps, such as WhatsApp, in the background.

Open android battery menu
Turn off battery saver mode

You should disable Battery Saver mode from Settings > Battery > Battery Saver menu.

8. Update WhatsApp

WhatsApp showing irrelevant checking for new messages notifications might be due to a buggy build on the phone. The company is usually quick to resolve such issues.

Open the Google Play Store on the phone and update WhatsApp to the latest version.

Get Accurate WhatsApp Notifications

WhatsApp displaying random checking for new messages notifications might leave you with a scratching head. You will be more inclined to open the app even if there isn’t any new notification to deal with. Using the steps above, you can easily fix the issue.

Next up: Is your WhatsApp backup frequently gets stuck on Android? Read the post below to troubleshoot the issue.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.