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How to recover lost notifications on Android


The Android notifications menu sometimes fills up with so much stuff that it’s easy to instinctively close it without checking everything that was on it. If you’ve done this, but think there might have been something important on the notifications menu that you accidentally swiped into non-existence, then 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.

How to recover lost notifications on Android

The notification log – where you can view deleted notifications – is only available on Android 4.3 Jellybean or above. In our walkthrough, we used stock Android Lollipop.

androidpit recover notificationsLong-tap on an Android homescreen, then tap Widgets. Swipe left until you reach Settings shortcut, then drag it  to a homescreen and choose Notification log in the above-right list. / © ANDROIDPIT

  1. Long-tap an empty space on your Android homescreen, then tap Widgets
  2. Swipe left until you get to the Settings shortcut widget.
  3. Long-tap the widget until your homescreens appear, then drag it to a homescreen of your choice.
  4. In the Settings shortcut menu that appears, scroll down to Notification log and tap it.
  5. A Notification log shortcut will appear on your homescreen. Just tap it, and you’ll have access to your notification history.

androidpit recover notifications 2Once the Notification log widget is on your homescreen, just tap it to see your current and deleted notifications. / © ANDROIDPIT

Once you’re in the notification log, you’ll see active notifications in white, and notifications that you closed greyed out. You can tap the greyed-out notifications just like you would normally, and you’ll be taken straight to the source of the notification.

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