How to View Cleared Notifications on iPhone (2022)

Once you clear a notification, it's gone for good, but if you just swiped away, here's how to view old notifications on your iPhone.

Can you view cleared notifications on your iPhone? If you've actually cleared the notification, then no. But if you just navigated away and now you can't find the notification, you're in luck. We'll go over how to access your notification history on your iPhone, and what to do if you actually did clear a notification you want to see again.

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How to See Past Notifications on iPhone

If you actually clear a notification by tapping the X in your notifications list or swiping left on a notification and tapping Clear, then you won't be able to see that notification again. However, there is a way you can see which app was trying to get your attention, which we'll go over shortly.

Frequently, though, people lose a notification they want to see by opening their Lock Screen or swiping away from a notification that popped up on the top of your screen. When this is the case, you can access your notification history on your iPhone. Here's how to see old notifications on your iPhone.

How to See Old Notifications on iPhone

  1. Swipe up on your Lock Screen to open the Notification Center. (Make sure that you don't swipe up from the very bottom of your Lock Screen. This will bring you to your Home screen or prompt you to unlock your phone with your passcode.)

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  2. Scroll to see all your past notifications.

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How to See Cleared Notifications on iPhone

If you have actually cleared your notifications and not just swiped away, you will not be able to see those notifications on your Lock Screen. However, if you enable notification badges you can see which apps have unread notifications. A little red number will appear on the top left of the icon on your Home screen, which will let you know how many unread notifications you have since opening that app.

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Author Details

Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.