How To Access Notifications With Your Android Phone

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While iOS offers notifications, they’re presented pop-up style with little boxes you have to accept or ignore. Android takes a less intrusive approach with a notification shade that displays all of your notifications in one place, whether it’s new e-mail notifications, alerts when apps have been installed, Facebook messages, or quickly accessing music that’s currently playing.

Step by Step

  1. Slide your finger down from the top of the screen to reveal the notification area.
  2. Tap on the notification you want to access, such as New Email.
  3. Tap Clear to clear the notification area.
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  • daveT Says:

    You can also (certainly on recent versions of android) sipe individual notifications to remove them, rather than using the clear button to clear everything.

  • omg i amgoing to Says:

    friking punch this site. I found this doing a google search on how to access a list of notifications that have disappeared. if you don't know how to look at notifications, you also need to be punched.