Android notifications can fill up rather quickly depending on how much of a social butterfly you are, and there might be occasions when you accidentally cleared the notifications without checking properly, only to realize that you have missed out on something important. If you've done this before and memories of swiping something important into non-existence by accident return, all hope is not lost! Let's find out how.
Prior to Android 11, things were a bit tricky in case you wanted to take a peek at old notifications. Stock Android 11 users, however, can recover and see recent notifications on their Android device without too much fuss.
Now that Android 12 is widely available for most smartphones and the different Android 12-based skins, it is an easy thing to retrieve your Android notifications in double quick time. Just in case you own a smartphone with an Android skin that doesn't natively support this feature, there are several other apps that could do this for you.
- How to view your Notification History in stock Android 12
- How to view your Notification History in stock Android 11
- How to see old notifications on ColorOS 11
- App-based solutions
To ensure that you have access to all notifications on your device, even after you thought you deleted them, you will need to turn on the 'Notification History' feature. Once this is done, the tool will keep track of every single notification you received over the past 24 hours.
Even if you swipe away notifications from the drop-down tray by accident, you can still access them provided you have enabled this feature and check it within 24 hours. Let's first learn how to enable the 'Notification History' feature on stock Android devices running Android 12.
- Launch the Settings menu on your Android smartphone that runs on stock Android 12.
- Scroll down to Notification & status bar from the menu and select More settings.
- Tap Notification history and ensure that the alert slider is enabled.
- Your smartphone will now keep a log of all notifications and it can be viewed for 24 hours.
In case you had already enabled the 'Notification history' option, you will be able to view a detailed list of notifications your smartphone received over the past 24 hours. Once enabled, the list of notifications will remain blank for some time. The moment you receive several notifications, you can access this menu to tap a notification and it will take you directly to the corresponding app.
First appearing in Android 11, you will find the following steps to be rather similar in many instances as in Android 12 above. To ensure that you have access to all notifications on your device —even after you thought you deleted them, you will need to turn on the 'Notification History feature'. Once this is done, the tool will keep a track of every notification you received in the past 24 hours. ´
Even if you swiped notifications from the drop-down tray by accident, you can still access them provided you have turned this feature on and check it within 24 hours. Let's first see how you can enable the 'Notification History' feature on stock Android devices that run on Android 11.
- Open the Settings menu on your Android smartphone running stock Android 11.
- Scroll down to Apps & Notifications from the menu and select and tap Notifications.
- Tap Notification history and ensure that the Use notification history toggle is enabled.
- Your phone will now keep a log of all notifications and it can be viewed for 24 hours.
In case you had already enabled the 'Use notification history' option, you will be able to see a detailed list of notifications your phone received over the past 24 hours. Once enabled, the list of notifications will remain blank for some time. Once you have received several notifications, you can access this menu to tap a notification and it will take you directly to the concerned app.
Oppo smartphones that run Color OS 11 also lets users access deleted notifications. The steps here are similar to what we saw on stock Android. This also means the user will need to turn on the 'Notification history' feature to start logging data. To access the notification history on ColorOS 11, you need to follow these steps
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Notification & Status bar.
- Then tap Manage notifications.
- Select More.
- Tap Notification History and ensure that the notification history toggle is enabled.
If your smartphone is running on Android 10 or older, getting access to deleted notification can be tricky.
Notification History Log
The above solution works fine for stock Android users, but we were disappointed to find that it wouldn't work on phones that had a different UI setup, such as is the case with Samsung phones. Fortunately, there is a useful app that will work on all phones that allows you to effectively recover and manage your notification history.
Notification History Log by ZipoApps is a well-designed app that keeps a log of all notifications (up to a day old, but you can pay for a more comprehensive history), and after you activate the 'Advanced History' settings, it allows you to launch the app responsible for those notifications. You're able to blacklist certain apps and customize what gets recorded for recovery. All in all, it can be quite useful, even with the free version.
How to access notification history using Nova launcher
If your phone's UI deviates too far from Android stock, you might want to consider installing a new launcher instead. While we have a list of favorite launchers available for your Android phone, Nova Launcher is always a favorite and comes particularly recommended for this purpose.
Hats off to Karl Bell, who shared this tip for retrieving your notifications using Nova Launcher in the comments: From the Nova launcher widget itself, select Activities and then Settings. In the options presented under Settings, you should find the Notification Log.
Have you ever accidentally deleted your notification history? How did you try to recover it? Let us know in the comments.
This article was updated in June 2022 while preserving previously published comments.