How to Track Every Missed Notification on an Android

Ben Stegner 02-03-2016

You’re probably constantly bombarded by notifications 5 Distracting Desktop Notifications & How To Turn Them Off [Windows] When you are working on a computer, it takes a fair bit of will power to resist the attempt to multitask. But even if you manage to restrain yourself, many programs manage to throw in... Read More throughout the day, whether on your PC or phone. Because you get so many, it can be easy to accidentally clear a few that you didn’t even get to check.


If you’re prone to dismissing notifications before you get a chance to respond to them, here are two methods to keep a running log of every ping.

First, you can create a widget to log notifications for you. Because of hardware makers’ changes to stock Android Android Skins Explained: How Do Hardware Makers Change Stock Android? Hardware makers like to take Android and morph it into something that is entirely their own, but is this a good or a bad thing? Take a look and compare these different Android skins. Read More , this method won’t work on every device (such as Samsung phones), so you’ll have to check if it works for your device.

Long-press on an empty section of your home screen and press Widgets. Next, scroll to Settings and drag its icon anywhere on your home screen. Once you place it, you’ll be greeted with a menu asking what you’d like this shortcut to point to.

Scroll down to Notification Log and you’ll now have a shortcut on your home screen that takes you directly to a history of notifications. Current notifications are shown in white, while past ones are light gray. You can tap any one to jump to its app info page.

If you don’t see this setting under your widgets, install an app like Notification Saver on any device running Android 4.4 or above. This app performs a similar functionality to the stock method, but also allows you to export the notification log if you desire.


Even if you can use the stock method, try this out if you’d like a bit more control over the log! Seeing too many updates from one app? Don’t forget you can disable notifications for 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 !

What apps do you get the most notifications from? Let us know if you found this trick useful by leaving a comment!

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  1. Harley
    August 26, 2017 at 3:12 am

    There is no purge setting in the app you suggested.

  2. Harley
    August 26, 2017 at 3:11 am

    There is no "purge" setting in the app you suggested

  3. Jon
    March 4, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Not happening on my phone because there is no settings widget. Android 4.4.4.

    • Ben Stegner
      March 4, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      As I said, if you're on a phone that doesn't have the widget, you can use the app instead. Did you try that?