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How to See Your Notification History on Your iPhone?

Have you ever experienced missing an important notification because you were too busy, or had your attention elsewhere? That’s relatable, buddy. You are not alone.

There’s no need to worry if you do end up in situations like those. A quick trip to your iPhone’s Notification Center, and you should be able to see what you missed.

Checking your iPhone notification history is as easy as a swipe of a finger. However, it’s a different story if you don’t have notifications activated in general or on certain apps. The same goes if you’ve accidentally deleted or cleared a notification.

Want to learn more about how you can prevent such situations? This article talks about how to see your notification history on your iPhone and its other settings. Read on for more info!

Can You View Your Notification History?

Viewing the notification history of your iPhone is simple and easy. By default, you can immediately see your notifications on your iPhone lock screen. It only works, though, if you’ve activated your notifications.

Another option to look at them is by swiping your finger downwards from the top left of your iPhone’s screen. This will show an extensive list of your notification history, given that you haven’t deleted or cleared them yet.

For ease of access, you can view your notification history either from your lock or home screen. Pretty convenient, right?

Can You Retrieve Deleted or Cleared Notifs?

It’s easy to understand the appeal of having a recycle bin for your iPhone notifications. You can find a feature like this useful in situations where you accidentally delete an important notification. One tap and you can easily view and restore those deleted notifications.

Unfortunately, this is currently not possible on an iPhone, as we’ve yet to have a built-in feature that allows it. But if you think it’s a good idea that’s worth considering, you can try submitting a feature request.

Who knows? We might be able to see something like it in the near future.

How to Turn On Your Notifications?

Notifications are a quick and easy way of getting reminders for important messages and updates throughout the day.

If you’re busy with work or anything else, a quick skim and scan on your iPhone will make you already updated. Additionally, you can easily return to them once you have the time to check thoroughly.

Want to make sure you’re up-to-date with notifications? Here’s how to turn on your notifications:

  • On your iPhone’s home screen, head to Settings.
  • Scroll down and look for Notifications, then tap on it.
  • Scroll down to find a list of apps that can have notifications.
  • Tap on the app/s you wish to have notifications on.
  • Toggle the Allow Notifications switch to turn on notifications from the specific app.

Personalize Your Notifications

Do you want a personal touch on your notifications? You can change how they appear on your iPhone lock screen. Notification displays include:

List Display

The list display shows the traditional look of iPhone notifications on your lock screen. It displays your notifications individually or by groupings in chronological order.

Stack Display

The stack display compresses your notifications view, looking like they’re literally stacked on each other. Your most recent notification will be stacked on the second most recent, and the third will display the number of other notifications you have.

Count Display

The count display doesn’t show the full display of your notifications unless you swipe them up on your lock screen. It will only let you know the number of notifications you currently have.

If you’re someone who gets bothered by visual clutter on your lock screen, you might want to consider this option.

Want to switch how your notifications are displayed? Simply follow these steps:

  • On your iPhone’s home screen, head to Settings.
  • Scroll down and look for Notifications, then tap on it.
  • You should find the Display As settings on top of the list. Select your preferred display.

Alert Styles

Apart from the display, you can change how you get alerted by a specific app’s notification. Alert styles include Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banners.

You can toggle one, two, or all of them at once for each app’s notifications. To do this:

  • On your iPhone’s home screen, head to Settings.
  • Scroll down and look for Notifications, then tap on it.
  • Under Alerts, select your preferred alert style.


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It’s important to have reminders to keep us updated, especially if we’re always busy and on the go. Communication is key, and a simple notification can loop us in on potentially urgent messages and updates.

It’s a good thing we have the freedom to customize how we like to be notified on our iPhones. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being up-to-date in style.

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