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How to recover lost notifications on Android

The Android notifications menu sometimes fills up so fast, it's easy to close it without properly checking it. If you've done this, and think you might have accidentally swiped something important into non-existence, you can still get it back. Here we show you how to recover lost notifications on your Android device by finding the Android notification history.

The notifications log was first introduced all the way back with Android 4.3 Jellybean, and is still accessible from Android Lollipop through Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat. The Notification Log enables you to view deleted notifications (in fact, you can see all system notifications), but it is only accessible through an almost-secret widget. It seems that you need to enable the Developer Options first to unlock the widget on some phones. To unlock the developer options, go into your phone Settings > About Phone and then tap on the Baseband version several times. After 3 or 4 taps, you'll get an on-screen notification letting you know you are now a developer (it also adds a new section in your Settings menu). 

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The notification log is key to recovering lost notifications. / © AndroidPIT

How to recover lost notifications on Android

1. Long-tap an empty space on your Android home screen then tap Widgets.

2. Swipe left or scroll down the widget menu until you get to the Settings shortcut widget. 

3. Long-tap the widget until your home screens appear, then drag it to a home screen of your choice.

4. In the Settings shortcut menu that appears, scroll down and tap Notification log.

5. A Notification log shortcut will appear on your home screen. Just tap this, and you’ll have access to your notification history.

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Get the Notification log widget on your home screen, then tap it to see your deleted notifications. / © AndroidPIT

Once you're in the notification log, you'll see active notifications in white and notifications that you closed in gray. You can tap the gray notifications just as you would normally, and you'll be taken straight to the source of the notification.

Have you accidentally deleting your notification history? How did you try to recover it? Let us know in the comments.

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  • For Samsung users (I have S7 edge) that don't have this widget, I found this app called "Notification History [4.3+] and it worked for me. When you open it, it will show current notifications and the dismissed notifications are grayed out. Tap on the notification that was dismissed and it shows a bunch of stuff that I don't understand, however, if you sift through it you can make out what the notification said by looking for android.text. I don't think there's a way to open the dismissed notification but you can at least see what the subject of it was.

  • How about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5? Am I able to retrieve a voice mail that I accidentally deleted? Someone left a message threatening my life. I was getting ready to take it to the police. But accidentally, I deleted it while listening to it again. I have t-mobile. Can I get it back? Does anyone know how? I would appreciate your help with this.

  • Mark G. 1 month ago Link to comment

    There is no settings widget on the Samsung S7. I believe it used to be on the Samsung S3.

    • Georg Seebode
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      1 month ago Link to comment

      yes thats right - they removed it for some reason in the newer devices. Ill dig around and see if I can find an alternative solution for Samsung devices (unless you know of one?)

  • golaok 4 months ago Link to comment

    Nice sharing. I want to know if I need to root my phone before recovering lost notifications on Android? I tried some android file recovery tools, most of them need to root.

  • Perfecto

  • I have version 5.1.1 but I doesn't have the settings when long pressing to pull up widgets.

  • Tom Anjing 11 months ago Link to comment

    This is all absolutely useless on the note 3. All of it.

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  • It seems these steps take me to the source of the notification, but not to the notification. How can I see the notification?

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    AnnieChow Mar 16, 2016 Link to comment

    You can use an recovery tool to restore them, I think it is very useful! Have a look at this, http://goo.gl/o52tkZ
    which tells you to recover many kinds of files on the phone.

  • Sorry, but this does not work for Android 6.0 there is no notifications log on the settings shortcut menu.

  • NotiBox Feb 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I'd rather suggest my app - Notibox app - try out and see, it works better.

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    I found a good recovery tool, http://goo.gl/TzKNYp , give it a try!

  • Gautham Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

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  • Gautham Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

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