If you've been using Android for a while, you've probably accidentally wiped out a notification or two for one reason or another. Maybe you are in a hurry, or you accidentally deleted everything in the notification drawer without wanting to, or you are just wondering where all your notifications are going and whether there is a historical list of them after you have released them.
But do not worry. You can find everything from missed messages, emails, app updates and even system messages in the "Standard Notification Log" option – provided your phone can access it.
How to find your notification log
- Long press anywhere on your home screen.
- Choose Widgets from the pop-up menu.
- Scroll down and long-press the Settings widget. Then place it on your home screen.
- You will receive a list of the functions that the "Settings" link can access. Touch Notification Log.
- Tap the widget and scroll through your previous notifications.
What if I can't find the notification log?
Not every Android phone may have the standard notification log. I tested this shortcut on Google Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Razer Phone 2 – all phones with standard or almost standard versions of Android. With the Samsung Galaxy S9 and LG G7, the protocol was not listed anywhere in the system settings of Android. However, if your phone doesn't offer the protocol, there is a workaround written by Rita El Khoury on Android Police.
A much better approach is Unnotification https://t.co/vmywWdSuTV.
The notification log is super user-unfriendly and does not correspond to the return of the wiped notification.
We urgently need this as a standard Android feature, an undo button.
– Artem Russakovskii (@ArtemR), October 19, 2018
For phones that don't have the standard protocol (or want a more user-friendly experience), you can also download Unnotification. The app returns your last dismissed notification and your notification history. You can find the app in the Play Store.
Update April 2, 2020, 4:50 p.m. ET: This article was originally published and updated on October 19, 2018 to change the instructions slightly and refer directly to the review of Unnotifcation.
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