How to See Old Notifications on Instagram [Notification History]

Instagram has become a must-have social media app for today’s generation. Everyone who wants to stay connected with the world and their friends need an Instagram account to enjoy a plethora of exciting features. You can share your stories, talk to your friends, and stay connected with your loved ones on Instagram.

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If you have been using Instagram for a while, you must have noticed the notification icon that’s located at the bottom left corner of your screen. It is a small heart-shaped button that brings you to all the latest notifications.

It shows the list of people that liked your posts, commented on your pictures, sent a follow request, tagged you in a post, mentioned you in a post or story, and more. In short, all the notifications are displayed here.

Instagram also groups similar actions in one notification so that your notification tab is not filled with the same notification. For example, if you have received tons of likes on a photo, the notification for the same will be displayed in one single notification.

Now, the question is how can you see old notifications on Instagram. In simple words, is it possible to view the notification history of Instagram?

In this guide, you’ll learn how to see old notifications on Instagram.

How to See Old Notifications on Instagram

It’s easier to find the newer notifications on Instagram as they show up at the top of the screen. Every time you have a new notification, the heart button will show that on your screen and you can easily navigate to the notification tab to view the recent notifications.

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But, what about the previous notifications? How do you view the history of the notifications?

The main problem here is that the notifications are automatically deleted once it crosses 100. This means you will not be able to view the notifications beyond 100. Now, Instagram only deletes the notification and not the actual action taken on the post.

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For example, if someone drops a like or comment on your post, the same will remain until they undo the action. Instagram does not remove the action, but the notification. This means there’s no way you can find the history of notifications you had received earlier on Instagram.

How to See More Than 100 Notifications on Instagram

1. Android Notification History

If you are using a smartphone with the Android 11+ version, you can easily see notification history through the Settings app. But the Notification History option is not enabled by default, after you enable it, it will keep a log of every notification. It’s like a recycle bin for accidentally deleted notifications.

2. Third-Party Apps

The easiest way to view the history of notifications on Instagram is by using a third-party app. It shows you all the notifications you have received to this day. You also get an option to mark these notifications read. Note that there are plenty of notification apps that show you the history of notifications for many apps.

So, you may have to filter it by the app name (Instagram, in this case) to receive the list of notifications you had received on Instagram.


Instagram does not have any built-in tool that can allow users to view the history of notifications within the app. If you really want to know who viewed your profile or took action on it, you must view the latest notifications. For past notifications, you can simply use a third-party app.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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