How to See Old Notifications on iPhone

Learn how to view and use past notifications on your iPhone

What to Know

  • Swipe up on your iPhone’s lock screen to pull up the Notification Center.
  • You can also reveal the Notification Center when your iPhone is unlocked by swiping down from the top-left corner of the screen.
  • There is no way to recall deleted notifications.

This article explains how to find and interact with older notifications on your iPhone.

How Do I See Past Notifications on iPhone?

Notifications that have recently popped up on your iPhone’s lock screen should remain visible for some time. However, eventually, they will disappear or be replaced by more recent ones. If you happen to miss any notifications, recalling them is simple.

Attempting to view older (but still active) notifications on your iPhone’s lock screen uses the same steps regardless of whether you allow notifications to display on a locked iPhone.

  1. If your iPhone’s screen is turned off, turn it on by tapping it or, depending on which iPhone you have, pressing either the Power or Home button.

  2. Swipe Down on your iPhone’s lock screen to pull up a list of notifications. If there are no notifications to pull up, you’ll see No Older Notifications appear instead.

    If your iPhone unlocks quickly via Face ID, you can swipe down from just off the top of the screen to pull up notifications, too.

  3. Depending on the number of pending notifications, you may see all of them or they may be organized into groups based on the app they originated from.

    iPhone lock screen showing the Notification center
  4. Tap on a notification, such as a text, to pull up the Open button.

  5. Tap Open to open the connected app. If your iPhone is locked you will need to unlock it with Face ID, TouchID, or your password in order to continue.

  6. Swipe Left on a notification (or grouping of notifications) to pull up the Options and Clear/Clear All buttons.

  7. Tap Options to pull up a small menu to you adjust notification settings for the app the notification originated from. If desired, you can use the menu to mute notifications for the app or turn notifications off for the app entirely.

    iPhone Notification screen with Open, Options, Clear All highlighted and swipe left indicated
  8. Tap Clear or Clear All (depending on if there's one or several notifications in one category) to delete notifications from an organized group. This will remove existing notifications from your lock screen until new ones appear but will not affect anything from within the app itself. It will also not affect notifications badges that might appear on the app’s icon.

  9. If you want to delete all current notifications at once, tap X (next to Notification Center), then tap Clear All Notifications. As with Clear All, this will remove existing notifications from your iPhone’s lock screen.

    iPhone Notifications with Clear, X, and Clear all Notifications highlighted
  10. To view notifications when your phone is not on the lock screen, Swipe Down from the top-left corner of the screen. This will reveal your iPhone’s lock screen (though it won’t actually lock your phone).

  11. The (unlocked) lock screen will display any available notifications, which will be organized by app.

  12. If there are no notifications to view, the screen will display No Older Notifications instead.

    Swipe down on screen indicated and No Older Notifications highlighted
  13. You can interact with any available notifications in the same way as above.

How Do I See Deleted Notifications?

Unfortunately, there is no way to view notifications once you've deleted them. If you delete, clear, or open one, it will no longer appear on your iPhone's lock screen, and there's no way to retrieve it.

If, however, the notifications have not been deleted and instead can't be seen when you first turn on your iPhone's screen, you should be able to view them by following the same steps as above.

FAQ
  • How do I turn off notifications on an iPhone?

    To turn off notifications on an iPhone, open the Settings app and tap Notifications. Tap any app you want to disable notifications for, and then toggle off Allow Notifications. To temporarily disable notifications, put your iPhone in Do Not Disturb mode.

  • Why am I not getting text notifications on my iPhone?

    If you aren’t getting notifications about texts on your iPhone, check your notification permissions. Open Settings and tap Notifications, then scroll down and tap Messages. Ensure that Allow Notifications is toggled on (green).

  • How do I turn on Instagram notifications on my iPhone?

    You'll enable Instagram notifications via Settings. Open settings, tap Notifications and then tap Instagram. Toggle on Allow Notifications.

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