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Save Your Swiped Away Android Notifications!

With so many notifications coming in, it’s easy to swipe away important ones. But did you know there are ways to retrieve your lost notifications?

As you’re quickly scanning through your phone and getting multiple notifications at the same time, it’s easy to lose notifications you wanted to keep. But never fear — there are several ways to retrieve these lost notifications. If you have an Android 4.3 Jellybean or above, the system gives you a simple way to retrieve your lost notifications. If you have a different Android operating system, don’t fret. You can still recover your abandoned notifications, you’ll just have to download an app. Read on and we’ll explain how to retrieve your notifications both ways.

If You Have Android 4.3 Jellybean or Above

  1. Press and hold a blank section of your home screen. This will bring up your Widgets option.
  2. Tap and hold the widget labelled “Settings shortcut.”
  3. Drag this widget onto your phone’s home screen.
  4. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be asked which settings screen you want to link to. When prompted, choose “Notification log.”
  5. This shortcut, then, will always take you to your list of notifications, with your most recent notifications at the top.

Read More: Organize Your Android Notifications by Color Coding Them


If you don’t have those versions of Android, install Pushbullet to retrieve your lost notifications. The Pushbullet app makes sure you never miss a notification by collecting all of your notifications and phone calls on your computer. You can also text and receive texts on your computer, reply to messages from a variety of messaging apps, and share links and files between all of your devices.

Desktop Notifications

Like Pushbullet, Desktop Notifications does what its name promises: it gives you notifications from your Android devices on your PC. This app lets you sort by most recent notifications, as well as by individual messaging programs, like Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger. While the app is functional for you, it’s also part of a study that collects anonymous data about how users interact with notifications. To use Desktop Notifications, you also need to install the companion browser extension for Google Chrome.