How to View Notification History on Android

One of the most important things on an Android smartphone will have to be notifications. These notifications show you messages or real-time information about apps on your smartphone. At times you can receive so many notifications that you simply tap on the clear all button to declutter your notification panel. In the joy of clearing out the notification panel, there could be some notifications that are important and now you cannot remember what it was all about. And so here I am with a guide to see notification history on Android.

Of course, trying to recollect what the notification was or from what app it was sent can sometimes be difficult. This is something that has happened with me as well. So what can you do to see old notifications on Android that you discarded by mistake? Well, Android smartphone users can check their notification history with ease. Want to know how? Read on!

How to View Old Notifications on Android

If you’re running an older version of Android like Android 10 or older, your device might not have the option to view or check out the notification history. However, if you have an Android device that is running on Android 11 and newer, you can enable notification history on your Android smartphone. Follow these steps.

View Notification History On Android

Check Notification History On Android

Enabling notification history on your Android smartphone is simple and easy. You don’t have to dig through too many menus and options to enable it. Here are the steps to enable notification history on your Android smartphone.

View Notification History On Android
  1. Open the Settings app on your Android smartphone.
  2. Now, scroll and tap on the Notifications option.
  3. With the Notifications menu open, you should see the Notifications History option. If you don’t see the option, it could be inside any of the available options like Advanced Notifications settings.
    View Notification History On Android
  4. Tap on the toggle to switch it on. If it was already enabled you will see your previous notifications here.
  5. Now that you have notification history enabled, you can always head into this menu to see through all the notifications that you receive including that you cleared.

If you want to turn off Notification history, switch the Notification History toggle to off.

View Notification History On Android

This is the standard way to enable or disable Notification History on Android smartphones that have a near-stock user interface like Google Pixel phones. If you are using a Samsung Android smartphone, the steps can be slightly different. Worry not as we have the steps on how you can enable Notification History on Samsung smartphones.

Check Notification History on Samsung Galaxy Phones

For this process, we will be making use of the Galaxy S24 Ultra running on Android 14 with One UI 6.1. Here are the steps:

View Notification History On Android
  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung smartphone.
  2. Now scroll and tap on the Notifications option.
  3. Now, tap on Advanced Settings.
  4. You should see the Notification history section, open it.
    View Notification History On Android
  5. Now, Turn On the toggle if its off and you have enabled Notification History on your Samsung-powered smartphone. You can see old notifications here.
  6. Disabling it is also simple. Just follow the above steps and then switch the toggle to Off.

How long does a Notification stay in History?

The notifications on Android phones are stored for 24 hours only. Once a notification crosses 24 hours, it gets removed from the history page.

This concludes the guide on how you can easily see old Notifications on your Android smartphone. Do note that this feature is available on Android smartphones running Android 11 and newer.

So, what do you think about the Notification history feature on Android? Is it something that you like or do you simply wish it had a bit more options to play around with? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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