How to fix Action Center notifications not working on Windows 10 version 1809

If notifications are not showing up in Action Center after installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, try this fix.

Windows 10 Action Center and Background apps settings
Windows 10 Action Center and Background apps settings

On Windows 10, Action Center is a feature that groups app and system notifications and puts them into a single interface that can easily be accessed using the taskbar. In addition, Action Center also hosts the quick actions buttons to help you get access to your most-used settings and apps quickly.

Unfortunately, several users have been reporting that after upgrading to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), notifications no longer show in Action Center. While it may seems just another bug in the pile of problems with this feature update, this issue can be traced to the background app feature.   

In this guide, you’ll learn the easy steps to troubleshoot and fix the problem causes Action Center to stop showing notifications after installing version 1809 of Windows 10.

How to fix Action Center notifications with Windows 10 October 2018 Update

To start seeing notifications again in Action Center after upgrading to the October 2018 Update, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Privacy.

  3. Click on Background apps.

  4. Turn on the Let apps run in the background toggle switch.

    Background apps settings
    Background apps settings

If the option is already enabled, on step No. 4, turn off the toggle switch, restart your device, and then turn it on again.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].