Even after all these years, there’s still no way to retrieve lost notifications on Android. Alerts which you accidentally swiped away or which you only noticed as they began to vacate the list after you tapped the ‘clear all’ button. To overcome these drawbacks, let me present you a free Android app which is appropriately named “Notification History Log”.
The app is rather straightforward in terms of both functionality and what problem of your digital life it aims to mend. “Notification History Log” records every notification that your phone receives and creates a searchable database from it. Therefore, even if you miss any alert, you can just fire up the app, type in the search phrase or scroll through the entire list and revisit that tiny bit of information again. There’s also an option for checking Android’s native notification log but that only shows the app name, not the notification content. The cornerstone of this app lies in the “advanced history” tab.
To get started, head over to the Play Store and download “Notification History Log”. Once that’s done, launch the app and grant all the necessary permissions so that it can read your incoming notifications. That’s about it. Now, whenever you’d like to read a past notification, open up the app, tap “Advanced History” and there you have it.
Tapping on any individual notification can take you to the respective app, its Play Store listing or the info page in settings. The only feature missing from this app right now is that it doesn’t link to the specific page of the app from where the notification was generated. For instance, if it’s a WhatsApp message, the app can launch WhatsApp but not the particular chat window.
If you’re unable to locate the particular alert, you can search as well by tapping the icon present on the top bar. For dismissing an entry in the advanced history, you can swipe left from the right edge. However, this is a Pro feature for which you’ll have to shed an extra dollar and a half. Another Pro perk is the ability to block specific applications from appearing on the list. In addition to that, the Pro purchase will get rid of in-app ads too. Hence, if this is something you see yourself using quite often, the premium package seems like a no-brainer.