How to

View Past Notifications On Android

How To View Past Notifications On Android

Missed notifications are one thing on Android. It is when you discard a notification only to realize that you need it later. You can discard it accidentally or on purpose, but once it does, it rarely recovers. Some apps have their own built-in notification panel. Facebook and Twitter are a good example of such apps. If you discard notifications of one of these apps from the lock screen, you can still view them within the application. However, not all apps have their own notification panel. In fact, most apps do not have one. The good news is that Android keeps track of all the notifications you receive. You can use this log to view previous notifications on Android.

Access Notification Log

Reaching the notification log is a terribly complicated process. So much so that it will be difficult for you to remember how to get there. Fortunately, with Android, there is always an easier way to do things. In this case, you can also use a simple widget. You will not need to install a third-party app or anything else. All you need is already on your device.

Tap and hold the home screen. You will enter the edit mode for the main screen. Tap on Widgets and, from the list, you can add, select the Settings app widget.


The Settings app widget allows you to add a link to any setting on the main screen. If there is a setting you frequently access, you can use this widget to access it directly instead of browsing through the Settings app. Once you have selected the Settings app widget, you will be asked which “settings” you want to associate with it. Select the notification log.

That’s it.

The Settings widget will be added to the main screen and will direct you to the notification log where you can view previous notifications. Just tap the widget to go directly to the log.

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This shortcut will show you a list of notifications you’ve received, however, not the advanced notifications displayed on the Notifications screen. They can tell you which application sent the notification, what the notification is for and what time it was received. There is additional information that is not very relevant, such as the name of the app package, the title, the intention, etc. If you tap this notification, you do nothing, it will not take you to the app that sent the notification.

The good news is that it will let you see the text that was in the notification. For example, when you receive a notification from Gmail about a new email, a short snippet of the email is included in the notification. The record will show you this little fragment that includes the sender’s name. You can use this information to find the missing e-mail.

If you are not running Android from stock, you may be able to access the registry more easily or not be able to access it via the Settings widget.

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