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How to see your phone's notification history

It's not so different between devices.

Published onMarch 3, 2023

Whether you love them or hate them, notifications are a big part of a smartphone. Whether they are informing you of a new email, a new SMS, or a new update to your favorite app, it’s important to know how to view your phone’s notification history in case you need to refer back to them. This is a brief overview of where you can find that notification history, whether on Android or iPhone.


You can see recent notifications on the lock screen. For any that you have swiped away or deleted, you can enable notification history by going to Settings > Notifications > Notification History on Android. From that point on, when you swipe down to view your notifications you can tap History in the top left of the screen to see your old notifications.


How to see your notification history on Android

The exact location and wording on the screen may vary slightly, depending on which Android model and version you have. The following was taken on a Google Pixel 4, running stock Android. Your mileage may vary if you have another device.

Go to the phone’s settings and tap Notifications.

android pixel 4 settings

From here, App settings will control what notifications you get from individual apps. Notification history will give you older history that you may have previously swiped away in a hurry.

android pixel 4 notification history

However, turning this on does not magically make old notifications appear. Turning it on will apply only to future notifications.

android notification history

Once Notification History has been enabled, a new History button will appear on your screen when you swipe down. Tapping that will take you to the notification history screen, where you can view all your old deleted notifications.

android notification history link

How to see your notification history on an iPhone

All of the notifications on an iPhone are collected in an area called Notification Center. There are two ways to access Notification Center.

The first one is simply to leave your phone locked and see the notifications on the lock screen.

iphone notifications

For this, you will need to go into Settings–>Notifications and set each app to show notifications on the lock screen. You should also make sure that Notification Center next to it is checked.

iphone lockscreen notification settings

The lock screen will only show you recent notifications, however. If you want to see notifications from a day or two ago, you will need to go into the Notification Center properly. To do this from the main screen, swipe downwards from the center of the screen. On any other screen, swipe downwards from the top of the screen.

ios notification center


To make your iPhone flash when there’s a notification, go to Settings–>Accessibility–>Audio & Visual. Turn on LED Flash for Alerts. On Android, go to Settings–>Accessibility–>Hearing. Tap Flash Notification and then toggle on the feature.

Notification grouping is when the phone takes all the notifications from one single app and stacks them all together to make the screen neater. To read them, just tap the one on top, and they will all separate on the screen. Tap again to stack them back together.

Most likely because you have notifications set to make a noise when the notification arrives, but you haven’t set a banner notification as well. Check your app’s settings.

To change the notification sound on an Android phone, check out our article on the subject. We also have a tutorial on how to change the notification sound on an iPhone.

Rich notifications are ones that are sent to a user’s device with a rich media attachment such as an animated GIF, video, image, or audio.

No, if the phone is switched off, it did not receive the call, therefore it will not register the missed call. The only way you will know if someone called you is if they left you a voicemail.

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