How to View Dismissed Notifications on Android Without Any App

Notifications on phones are a crucial element of our daily life, but sometimes we don’t have time to attend all of them at the very moment. As a result, we close or dismiss them only later to realize what we missed. Sadly, there’s no easy way to get them back and you always end checking every important application. However you can still view the notification history to some level with a little Android trick.

Check Closed Notifications in Android

With few simple steps, you can create a shortcut that shows the all past notifications.

Step 1. First, go to your home screen and get into the “Widgets” menu by long pressing a free space.

Step 2. Locate “Settings shortcut” in there, press and hold to place it on your home screen.

setting widget

Step 3. A list will slide in that contains all the settings available. Find “Notifications log” and tap it.


Step 4. Click the shortcut you made on the home screen and it will show all of your past notifications.


That’s all! You can see which applications have pushed notifications since your last restart. Unfortunately, you will not have entire text or action of the notification but only the title, associated app and time history.

Also, you won’t be able to open the apps directly and check that notification. But now, you know which ones you missed or failed to attend. Clicking a particular item will direct you to that particular app’s info.

Note that this trick works only on Android 4.3 and above.

If you have a heavy customized theme or if you are facing difficulty in finding “Notification Log”, then you can use this little app (only 13K) to create the shortcut. It does not require any permission and does not have any ads.

Let us know in the comments down below if you are stuck at some step.

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Filed under Android Tricks. Posted by Shubham and last updated on February 17, 2016.

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