Messages Repeat Alerts Not Working On iPhone in iOS 16?

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Repeat Alerts not working iOS 16.2

Messages Repeat Alerts not working on iPhone after iOS 16 update? Option doesn’t even show up in Settings? Or, if it does a single alert is triggered no matter if you choose twice, 3x, 5x or 10x? Issue persists in iOS 16.2?

Repeat Alerts Not Working iOS 16?

This problem has been reported by JM:

“iMessage repeat alerts stopped working since iOS 16.2 update. Only one notification for incoming SMS. Repeat 2x /3x/5x/10x every 2 minutes not functioning.”

We couldn’t replicate this issue but have found several other reports regarding Repeat Alerts in iOS 16 on Reddit. Most of them are complaining that Customize Notifications option isn’t available in Messages:

“New iPhone 13 Pro with iOS 16 missing Repeat Alerts Option for messages.”


“I can’t find repeat alert to turn it off on a new phone in iOS 16.”

Are you also encountering iOS 16 Repeat Alerts problems? Share them in the comments section please.

How To Fix Messages Repeat Alerts Not Working

Here are the troubleshooting options that you should try out:

1. Reboot iPhone

Users have confirmed that they managed to fix Customize Notifications not available in Settings -> Messages -> Notifications, after rebooting the device.

Tip: We recommend you to perform a force restart for quicker results.

2. Reconfigure Repeat Alerts

If Customize Notifications is available and you’ve turned On Repeat Alerts, but are getting a single notification, try to cycle this option:
messages repeat alerts ios 16

  • 1. Go for Setting -> Messages -> Notifications.
  • 2. Scroll for Customize Notifications.
  • 3. Tap Repeat Alerts and select Never.
  • 4. Reboot iPhone.
  • 5. Return to the above menu and select Twice, 3x, 5x or any other alert number.

Have you managed to fix Repeat Alerts not working in Messages? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: For more iOS 16.2 bugs and available workarounds check our detailed review.