It seems like every day we have to go through our phones to find something or someone left us a message, note, email, or text. Since most people start using their phone with the latest software version, it can be hard to search through all of your old messages.
Luckily, searching through your old messages is easy! You can either use an app that has an advanced feature for looking at past notifications, or you can do it manually. This article will show you how to view old notifications in iOS easily.
Viewing older notification logs is very important if you want to keep track of what happened during times when you didn’t have your smartphone. For example, if you don’t have access to your phone, then you won’t know about an argument you had or a bill you forgot to pay that was sent to you.
You also may not remember receiving some important messages because you were distracted by something else. By being able to look back at these things, you can save yourself time by paying more attention to things that matter to you. If you work, this can help you get into the habit of checking your phone less often so that you can focus more on work.
There are two ways to check your old notification settings. One is going into the Settings app, finding the Notification option, and clicking Show All under Clear History.
Sort by date
The way to view your old notifications is to sort them according to when they occurred. You can do this easily in iOS 12 or later by selecting “Show All” under Settings → Notification Center.
From there, you can choose to show all alerts, only new messages, or nothing at all.
You can also choose whether to include voice memos as part of an alert, which can be helpful if you need to refer back to what was said for context.
If you want to remove a notification completely, just tap it once and then select “Remove” from the drop down menu.
Look for relevant notifications
It is possible that you may have missed an important notification while your phone was locked or in sleep mode. You can check if this happens by going into Settings -> Notification Center, then click “Show All Views” at the bottom of the page.
If there are still old notifications in the list, go back up one level (Settings -> Notification Center) and make sure they are marked as “Awaiting Attention” instead of just “New Messages.
Read all notifications
It is not enough to only review your new messages, you have to check out what happened before that!
You can do this by going into Settings -> Messages -> All Conversations. Here, you will see an option to view older conversations.
When you tap this button, it will take you through each conversation in order of date. You can then tap individual dates or months at a time to get more detail about each message.
If you find there are too many messages, you can always group them together to focus on one topic or person. You can also hide or remove people and messages completely.
Revisit missed notifications
It is possible that you may have forgotten about an old notification, or perhaps you just never opened it because you had something more important to do at the time. Either way, you can now check your phone to see what all went down while you were away!
To view your past notifications, you will first need to open the app that displayed the notification. Then, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal your recent activities.
You will then be able to read the details of each event as well as add new events to keep track of in the future.
Delete all notifications
It is important to remember that you do not have to keep all of your old notification content saved. You can simply delete them!
To rid yourself of all past notifications, go into Settings > Notification Channels and select All. Then, use the button next to Clear Channel Default to clear every channel from here.
After doing this, you will need to re-sync your phone by going into System Settings and then clicking General -> Check for Updates. This process takes about 30 minutes depending on how fast your internet connection is, so make sure you do it before moving onto the next step!
Once everything has been synced, you will want to head back into Messages and remove all conversations that are no longer active. You can also choose to skip these or not as you see fit, but making sure nothing is left behind is best!
This article has helped you learn some ways to access and organize your messages in iOS.
Reboot your iPhone
If you find that old notifications have stopped showing, it is possible that your device has run out of space. Make sure to clear your phone of unneeded apps or files, this includes photos and videos!
You can also manually delete all of the app data in the Settings > Privacy > Application Data section. You do not need to completely uninstall these apps, but making sure they are no longer accessible either helps free up some room quickly!
This article will help you determine which apps use too much memory and should be deleted or purged.
Restore from a backup
If you accidentally delete all of your old notifications or tap too quickly on clear data, you can restore them by choosing “Restore” when asked to do so in the Settings app.
You will need to choose either iCloud Backup or Android Device Manager as a source for restoring the settings, depending on which device system you use. Make sure to have these backups ready before trying this!
Once restored, your older notifications should reappear under the My Messages tab. You may also want to refresh the screen to make sure they appear immediately.
Use a battery replacement
If you are still able to access your past notifications in the app, then try performing a software update or downloading an entirely new version of the app.
If you are experiencing issues where you cannot see old messages, chances are that your device is running out of space.
This can happen if you have too many apps installed, or if some apps use lots of storage space. You may also be saving very large amounts of data with iCloud or other cloud services such as Dropbox.