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It won’t have the same amount of detail as the original alert, but it’ll show you which app it came from so you can try and hunt down some further information.

Setting Up the Android Widget

Oddly, there’s no way to access your notification history using the Settings menu or any other existing shortcut on the phone. You need to customize a special widget just for the job.

To start the process, unlock your Android screen and long-press anywhere on the home page. A new menu will pop up with three options: Wallpapers, Widgets, and Settings. Choose Widgets.

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Now you need to scroll all the way down to Settings Shortcut. It’s a 1 x 1 tile. When you find it, long-press on the icon, drag it onto your home page, and let go.

Your phone will display a list of shortcuts you can attach to the new widget. Scroll down and choose Notification Log. You will notice the widget icon has been renamed accordingly.

To see your notification history, just tap on the newly-created widget. You will see every notification you’ve received, along with a timestamp.

To expand the information, tap on an individual notification. Depending on the type of notification, you might be able to see a brief snippet of information from the alert.

Have you set up a notification history icon on your Android home screen? Do you find the feature useful? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. d2mm
    August 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

    It only show the notification title of the apps. When you tap on a notification it takes you to the app settings... a dead end. Instead use Notification Saver, it logs notifications of any app u choose.

  2. Jayne
    August 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Can't find settings anywhere what do I do now

  3. Ian Bragg
    August 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    This article makes it seem like this will work on any Android device. As the other comments have shown, that isn't the case. I know that my LG X Power doesn't have the Notification Log setting. Please amend this article with a list of devices this method works on, and if possible, provide an alternative method for other devices.

  4. David Mercer
    August 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Didn't get the "Notification History" option. Nearest I got was "Sounds & Notifications" which did not include the log.
    Android 6 Marshmallow on LG K8 350n device.

  5. TomG
    August 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Not on Galaxy S8

  6. Steve
    August 25, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Install a custom launcher like Nova to get this option.

    • John Ray
      August 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Not on Huawei P9 plus running Nougat and Nova.

  7. ROB NICHOLSON
    August 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Not on the one plus 3t

    • Michel
      August 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Yup. Too bad.

  8. Robert
    August 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Thanks - useful tip. Also shows you which tracks have been played in Play Music.