Most of us receive countless notifications on our phones daily. But how many times have you brushed them off too quickly, and because you weren’t really looking, you ended up rejecting something important? The good news is that it is possible to retrieve your notifications if the need arises. Here’s how to view your notification history on Android.
Once rejected, your notifications no longer have to go to the land of permanent oblivion. From missed messages and emails to notifications about game updates or events, it’s all always there on your Android phone. You just need to learn how to access this information.
Note: You will not be able to access the notifications you received before activating the feature described below, but if you want to keep track of your notifications in the future, this guide is for you.
Check if your phone has a notification log
Many Android smartphones have a built-in notification log function. Since it’s a bit hidden, the trick here is to learn how to find it. Follow these steps on your Android device to see if the feature is available to you.
1. Long press anywhere on the Home screen – preferably in an area that is not occupied by apps.
2. Select Widgets from the options that appear at the bottom of the screen.
3. Scroll down until you find the Settings widget.
4. Long press on it and drag it to your Home screen.
5. Tap it to access a list of features.
6. If your device has it, you will find the notification log listed here. Tap on the widget and you will have access to your notifications.
It should be mentioned that the view offered by the notification log is rudimentary. Basically it looks like code, and you will have to research very carefully what information you want to retrieve (like the title of an email). Additionally, it is not possible to interact with these fetched notifications in the same way you would with the originals. For starters, you won’t be able to click a link or quickly reply to a message. Another weak point is that the notification log only shows you the notifications that you received during the day during the process of deleting the oldest ones.
We tried to check different phone models to see if they had a notification log. The OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, and Honor 7S all had this feature; however, the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) did not. If this is also the case for your phone, then don’t worry because you can still access your notification history.
No notification log? Try this workaround
If you have a phone where the notification log isn’t listed anywhere or just want a more intuitive way to view your old notifications, we recommend installing the Notification history log app on the Google Play Store. The app requires Android 4.4 KitKat or higher to run and should therefore be compatible with the vast majority of devices currently available.
To start viewing your notification log, press the “Advanced History” button. Here you will find all your notifications grouped by application. Just tap on a specific app to view notifications associated with it.
Interact with your notifications
Unlike Android’s default notification logs, you’ll be able to interact with notifications from this app, albeit in a limited way.
For example, a restored BBC News notification gave us the option to “Open” the link. However, when we tapped on it it just redirected us to the BBC News app and not the exact story. Obviously, you can use the information in the quick view to search for the news article using the BBC’s search feature, but it would have been nice to have a more direct route available.
Likewise, a recovered WhatsApp notification will only show the app icon and message, but it will not allow you to send a quick response. It is possible to click on the notification, but doing so will take you directly to the app and not to that particular conversation.
Another advantage of the notification history log is that it does not delete older notifications, so you can check those older than the current day.
How to filter notifications
The app has a very handy filter feature which you can use to search the notification log. Tap a specific app, then tap the inverted pyramid icon in the top right to open the filter and select details. For example, you can filter to show new or old notifications first or organize them alphabetically from A to Z or Z to A.
The app also includes a free search feature that lets you search for specific notifications – for example, to quickly check if you’ve received an email from PayPal that you may have missed.
In addition, there are a few more options for users of the Pro version. For example, you can filter notifications based on their estimated time of arrival. An export feature is also available, but to unlock the Pro version, users will need to spend $ 5.99.
Now that you know how to check your notification history, you might also want to learn more about it. Find out how to hide sensitive notifications from your Android lock screen and how to see Android notifications on your Windows 10 desktop.
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