This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. OK
Authored by:

How to recover lost notifications on Android

Authored by: Robert Zak — 4 months ago

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 notification log – where you can view deleted notifications – is only available on Android 4.3 Jellybean or above. For the purposes of this walkthrough, we used stock Android Lollipop.

androidpit recover notifications
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 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.

androidpit recover notifications 2
Get the Notification log widget on your homescreen, 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.

Are you guilty of accidentally deleting your notification history? Let us know in the comments.

A tech aficionado since he first picked up a NES controller, Robert has written about technology, videogames, and film across a range of sites and magazines, including Den of Geek, Gamasutra, and Computeractive. At AndroidPIT, he'll be bringing you the latest Android news and reviews from the front line in the UK.

59 comments

Write new comment:
Show all comments

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. More info

Got it!