On your iPhone, you can see on-screen notifications for different apps depending on their settings. For example, if you receive a text message, you will get a notification for it. If you click on that notification, it will directly take you to the message. If you do not click on the notification, it will become an old notification which you can access In the Notification Center.
Moreover, you can directly reply to texts or WhatsApp messages straight from the notification. For example, if you desire to reply a WhatsApp text directly, just swipe over it to prompt the reply or view option. Tap on reply, type your message and send back. Doing this will also discard the notification, and it won’t appear in the old notifications’ section.
Now, what if you are busy somewhere and decide to ignore the notification for time being? This notification, as stated earlier, will go to the old notifications section. It will remain there for up to 30 days for the latest iOS and iPhones. It will expire after the 30 days duration. Now if you want to see a day, week, or fortnight old notification, you can:
1. Turn on your display by pressing the sleep/wake button.
2. Next, you will need to unlock your iPhone. It is not necessary if you have enabled notifications to display on the Lock Screen. However, if they are disabled, you won’t be able to access them. Therefore, unlocking the iPhone is a better option.
3. Once the iPhone is unlocked, swipe down from the top of your home screen to prompt the Notification Center.
4. On the screen, you will be able to see your old notifications (that you haven’t opened) under section Recent. Keep scrolling down to see all the old notifications. You can swipe over the notification to clear, reply or view it.
5. Also, there would be an X icon placed across Recent. Clicking it will clear all the notifications at once.
6. If you desire to see only today’ notification then swipe right over the Recent to make it happen. Swipe left over Today to go back to Recent.
7. You can also manage notification settings if you swipe over the notification. Tap on the option Manage and it will let you adjust the settings of that app.
8. If there are no older notifications, you will see the message no old notifications on Notification Center’ screen
Notification Center Settings:
For better viewing, it is recommended that you set your Notification Center only for the apps that are important for you. Doing this will limit the unnecessary notifications and it will actually help you see older notifications (important ones) quite easily. Also, Notification Center works in portrait orientation on the iPhone Home screen and in both portrait and landscape orientation when using an app.
Manage Notification Center:
1. Launch Settings on your iPhone.
2. Tap on the option Notifications.
3. Now tap on the App for which you want to see notifications in the Notification Center.
4. Toggle Allow Notifications to on and adjust the other settings in Alerts Section.
5. On this screen, you can also change the settings if you wish to view old notifications on Lock Screen or not.
So, that is how iPhone users can view old notifications on their phones. Remember, once you have viewed, cleared, or managed a notification, it will disappear from the Notification Center. Retrieving Old notifications can be done by using third-party apps, but the iPhone doesn’t have this feature as yet.