Seeing as there are dozens of people who are claiming issues with receiving notifications. I figured it's time to make this thread.
The following has worked for me to restore notifications for every single app I use.
To date, I have had absolutely no problems whatsoever with getting any notifications from any apps. Regardless of the app itself, time, battery state of the phone or 4G/5G/Wifi et cetera,
These are the steps that I have done. They worked for me. If you have already done other steps and things are not working for you. You may likely have broken something on your own, in which case these below steps obviously won't work for you.
Most of this is just simple a' la: https://dontkillmyapp.com/vivo
- I got my new phone
- I ran the Debloat Script
- Rebooted the phone to check everything is working, no force closes etc.
- Installed the apps I needed manually (did not copy from any previous device or use a transfer app)
- Settings > Battery > Set to Balanced
- Settings > Battery > Background Power Consumption > for messaging apps and other real-time important apps I set "High Background Power Usage"
- For each app > Go to "App Info" (longtap on app) > Permissions > All Permissions > Autostart ON
- Install APKPure store
- Update these: Google Play Store, Google Services Framework, Google Play Services, Carrier Services
- Make a test notification from another phone to my Vivo - it works.
- Open the app, then use the App Manager to swipe it away from the recents drawer
- Make another test notification - it works.
I have tested this with the following apps (and many more I could not be bothered to list):
- Whatsapp (all message notifications are fine, can receive calls too)
- Facebook Messenger (all message notifications are fine, can receive calls too)
- Telegram (all message notifications are fine, can receive calls too)
- Signal (all message notifications are fine, can receive calls too)
- Threema (all message notifications are fine, can receive calls too)
- Snapchat (all message notifications are fine, can receive calls too)
- Google Photos (sync works fine, also got shared photos notification)
- Gmail (all email notifications working, also Google Meets notification reminders)
- Google Calendar (calendar reminders all working)
- Microsoft Todo (reminders working fine, also added shared tasks notifications working)
- Protonmail (all email notifications working)
- Tutanota (all email notifications working)
- Weawow Weather (weather alerts working fine, plus persistent notification not being killed for weather)
- Pano Scrobbler (automatically opens and detects any playing music correctly even if I haven't opened the app in days)
- Youtube Vanced (subscription notifications working fine, so are recommendations)
- NewPipe Sponsorblock (same as Youtube Vanced)
This allows apps to start by themselves (also when invoked by another app in the background), it also prevents them from ever being killed in the background so you still get notifications.
Other things to note:
- Dark Mode - I have it set to always on, no problems with notifications whatsoever and I have never had a problem
- Do Not Disturb - When the schedule is set, all notifications are still received but are muted
- com.vivo.pem - Still installed on my phone, I never removed it and I do not recommend removing it
- 120hz Mode - I am using this all the time
- Battery saving or task killing apps? - I have none installed. They are all unreliable.
- TradingShenzhen - I got my phone from here
- System Version - PD2227C_A_22.214.171.124.W10.V000L1
My phone barely even drains 20-35% in a day. This is by far the best phone I have ever used when it comes to battery drain. I have never had a problem with the battery draining at all. Not even randomly or overnight. The longest I have left my phone on without any kind of reboot is about 9 days. The phone drains on average about 1.3% per hour if I am not using it and 3% an hour with light use. Even using the camera and taking 4K video, the drain is very minimal. I use auto brightness and I have the always-on display turned off.
Battery drain will always come down to how you use your phone:
- How much you pick it up,
- Did you Debloat your phone,
- Do you play games (I do not),
- Are you using 5G (much higher drain) or Wifi (lower drain),
- Do you have lots of apps syncing high volumes of data in the background,
- Do you have Bluetooth on constantly and NFC in the background always on,
- Do you watch a lot of videos (I do not),
- Do you regularly properly close apps you aren't using?
and all things like this. As always YMMV
. For me though, I could not get a single day out of my Samsung S22U. I can get almost 3 days out of my Vivo X90 Pro+ whilst taking a lot of photos, quite a few videos, having a few calls and using my browser a lot.
Here's 2 screenshots of my battery usage. Purple bars are background usage, which you can see is really nice and low for all apps. Turquoise (blueish) is foreground usage and I think those levels are normal. Notion is a massive battery hog, so is Libby. Notion due to sub-optimal coding and the over aggressive syncing it does when you're even just typing. Libby is just badly made. Likely I will also prevent Libby running in the background, but I allowed it only so I get notifications when my books are ready.
What about *x* app?
I don't know man, do these steps and try it for yourself. This is just what I have done and I have literally a perfect experience with this phone so far, which I think is to be expected because I wasn't chopping up my OS and removing system apps etc. If you feel like you are having a really bad experience, likely the only way forward is to fully factory reset the phone and try these steps.
What about com.vivo.pem?
Look. Friend... If you haven't figured out by the screenshot evidence and everything else I've been saying here and in my other threads, that you absolutely do not
need to remove it (and absolutely should not). Then I can't help you and I won't say it again. What I will say though is this. There are a few people who have removed it, all of which STILL are having problems. ALL of which who are facing far WORSE problems like battery drain so bad that one of the biggest advocates for deleting this package is now selling his Vivo X90PP because he's unwilling to admit he bricked it by removing this package. Yet despite this he's still telling others to remove it . What we do know? Well removing to causes massive battery drain, your phone won't even last a full day. Removing it also can make it impossible to install any apps after an OS update . Removing it can also do all sorts of other weird things with your phone like force close apps randomly and cause random restarts. So why did people remove it? Because some "genius" was convinced it was a good idea. Because one guy who owned an X80 said it solved a problem getting his notifications to work. Because instead of looking for a really solution, some guys got out the axe and started hacking. So, keep the package? The worst you'll get is what... a notification might not work (which this whole guide should fix anyway). Remove it? Then only God can help you (or maybe a factory reset). My advice: Leave the package alone. If you already removed it and are having problems, factory reset and run the new debloat script and follow this guide.
I don't really use this community at all. Nor do I check posts very often. I help out only in my spare time and I don't have any interest in being some active member. In the past I have found this community unwelcoming, toxic and full of chest beaters, so I am really only interested in getting the tools and info I need and then getting out. I am not sure even why I bothered fixing the script for everyone else, I guess because it was simple and I really love this phone and want others to enjoy it. In short, I want more good phones like this and with a little bit of tweaking it can be an amazing device. However, lately, a lot of people have been DMing me after I fixed the debloat script, like over 20 people. Please do not DM me, I will likely not see these posts at all. All my notifications are disabled now after too much spam. Plus I won't reply to them individually. Make your posts in a thread where more than just me could give you an answer and do not pose your questions to "just me". I won't help you with your specific issues. The community here has always been adamant that you need to help yourself, otherwise just buy some overpriced Samdung or iPhone and forget about XDA altogether. My 2 cents.
In any case, I hope this thread helps some people going forward.