How to See Your Notification History in Android

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Notifications are a key part of smartphones, so it can be annoying if you accidentally swipe one up before reading it. Introduced in Android 11, “Notification history” is a log of every notification you have ignored. Here is how to use it.

The Notification History feature is not enabled by default. Once activated, it will keep a log of all rejected notifications in the last 24 hours. This includes system notifications and alerts that appeared and disappeared on their own.

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On your Android phone or tablet, swipe up from the top of the screen (once or twice depending on your device manufacturer), then tap the “Gear” icon to open the “Settings” menu.

Android settings menu

Select the “Apps & Notifications” option from the menu.

select apps and notifications

Then tap on “Notifications”.

select notifications

At the top of the screen, select “Notification history”.

select notification history

Finally, turn on the switch at the top of the screen to “Use notification history”.

use the notification history toggle

The log will be empty at first, but it will start storing notifications after activating the function. Once the notifications appear in the log, tap on it to access the associated app, just like a regular notification.

notifications appearing in the history

The next time you accidentally delete a notification, you can visit this section to see what it was!


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