How to View Your Notification History on Android

Dan Price 25-08-2017

We’ve all done it: a notification flashes up on your phone, but before you’ve had a chance to read it, you’ve accidentally swiped it away. It’s gone forever. Or is it?


If you use an Android device, there’s actually an easy way to see your entire notification history — and it’s a cool hack that doesn’t require root access!

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.

How to View Your Notification History on Android setting widget 571x500

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.

How to View Your Notification History on Android android notification log 571x500

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.

Speaking of notifications, if you’d like to silence them all when you need to focus, see how to disable notifications from any app How to Disable Notifications From Any App in Android Here's how to turn off notifications in Android, plus how to fine-tune the notifications you do want. Read More and how to set up and customize Do Not Disturb on Android How to Set Up and Customize Do Not Disturb on Android Set up Do Not Disturb on Android to stop annoying mobile notifications during meetings or when you're trying to sleep. Read More .

Whatsapp Pinterest

Enjoyed this article? Stay informed by joining our newsletter!

Enter your Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Chris Benson
    November 9, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Notification History does not seem to be a Settings widget option on any of the LG devices - it's definitely not on my LG G6 (AT&T Model).

  2. Raunak Sharma
    June 5, 2018 at 2:33 am

    The way of seeing notification log in setting widgets is not working for me...It only show the notification title of the apps. When you tap on a notification it takes you to the app settings... So I installed "UN UNSEND app"......But I want to see messages which were deleted before I have installed nova1 launcher or any other third party app....Is there any way to do that...Please reply??

  3. 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.

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

    Can't find settings anywhere what do I do now

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

    Not on Galaxy S8

  8. 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.

    August 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Not on the one plus 3t

    • Michel
      August 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Yup. Too bad.

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

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