How to see your Android notification history so you can reference dismissed notifications from the past 24 hours

How to see your Android notification history so you can reference dismissed notifications from the past 24 hours
Android 11 introduced a feature that lets you view past notification messages, even ones you've already dismissed.Tom Werner/Getty Images
  • You can see your Android notification history on Android 11 through the Settings app.
  • In Settings, go to "Apps & Notifications," then "Notifications."
  • You can think of this feature like a recycle bin for accidentally deleted notifications.

Clearing notifications is a double-edged sword; there's a satisfying sense of accomplishment to dismissing them, but every once in a while, you might be overeager and discard a notification you needed to read in more detail.

If you have ever deleted a notification a moment before you realized you needed it, Android 11 has a handy new feature. Its notification history lets you browse dismissed alerts from the previous 24 hours. It's like a recycle bin for your app messages.

How to enable your Android notification history on Android 11

Before you can begin using Android 11's Notification history, you need to turn it on.
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  1. Open the Settings app and tap "Apps & Notifications."
  2. Tap "Notifications."
  3. Tap "Notification history."
  4. When you first come to this page, it should be empty except for the toggle at the top. Turn on Notification history by swiping the button to the right.

How to see your Android notification history so you can reference dismissed notifications from the past 24 hours
Turn on notification history by swiping the button to the right.Dave Johnson/Insider

How to see your Android notification history on Android 11

After you enable the notification history, recently dismissed notifications will populate this same page. To see your notification history, just come back:
  1. Open the Settings app, then tap "Apps & Notifications."
  2. Tap "Notifications."
  3. Tap "Notification History."
How to see your Android notification history so you can reference dismissed notifications from the past 24 hours
Once enabled, you can see and interact with your recently dismissed notifications.Dave Johnson/Insider

You should see all the recently dismissed notifications (anything from the last 24 hours). You can interact with the notification by tapping it, just as if it were in the phone's pull-down notification shade.

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