How Samsung and OnePlus are negatively impacting Android notification history

Discovering a backlog of unread notifications on your phone, only to accidentally swipe them away with a new arrival, can be an incredibly frustrating experience. What you might not realize, especially if you’re using a Samsung or OnePlus device, is that Android has had a solution to this problem for years – Notification History.

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Android, as a mature operating system, rarely introduces significant new features. However, in 2020, Google introduced notification history – a game-changing option that allows users to access notifications that were accidentally swiped away. Unfortunately, not nearly enough users are aware of this feature, which is typically disabled by default as a privacy measure. Enabling it is simple and easy, but unfortunately, Samsung and OnePlus devices don’t make it as obvious as Google’s Pixel devices.

On Pixel devices, turning on notification history is straightforward and grants you a quick shortcut in the notification shade to access history. However, on Samsung and OnePlus devices, the process is buried deep in settings, making it needlessly difficult to access.

Despite its usefulness, Samsung and OnePlus continue to bury this feature, unlike Google. If you’re using Samsung’s One UI 6 or OnePlus’s OxygenOS 13, you’ll have to navigate through multiple levels of settings every time you want to use notification history. On these devices, the handy shortcut in the notification shade is missing, making it even more inconvenient to access.

While iPhones don’t offer notification history in the same capacity, Samsung and OnePlus could learn a thing or two from Apple and make this user-friendly feature more accessible. We hope they reconsider and stop burying a feature that’s actually unique to Android for now.

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