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How to retrieve notifications on Android

Have you regretted having discarded an important notification, before giving it real attention? This is a common problem, caused many times by eliminating large batches of careless notifications or the urge to keep these notices at zero.

This is one of the many uses that can be made of FilterBox, a complete notification manager for Android, an app that we will review in detail below.

FilterBox is an application of Chinese origin, available in the Play Store for devices with Android 5.1 or later. It works in English, but its intuitive handling makes it easy to use without having a good command of the language. It is relatively recent, since at the date of publication of this review the latest version available for download is 0.9.8. To operate properly, it requires access permissions to the notifications and storage of your device.

This notification manager presents the history of notifications issued by the apps of your device through a timeline, accumulating those of the last 30 days. Through this function you can re-check the notifications that you accidentally dismissed or those that are available by the original app, such as those of some games or banking apps. You can even check the notifications of deleted messages before reading them, sent through certain messenger applications that allow you to do it, such as WhatsApp or Telegram. However, if by the notification settings of your apps the body of the messages are not part of these, nothing else you can do, because FilterBox only collects data through this channel.

The collection of this information may be for analytical purposes, to analyze in detail your activity in front of your device through your notifications. For this purpose, it has a statistics section, which by means of graphics and figures will give you details at a general level and by app.

You can also filter your notifications on devices with Android 8.0 or higher through FilterBox. If you want to dismiss or silence certain notifications, according to the rules that you configure under criteria such as certain keywords or source apps. The volume of filtered notifications also has a dedicated section in the statistics section, so you don't totally lose track of them. If you want to retrieve a deleted notification using this method, the app offers the possibility to restore only the most recent 10.

In some versions of Android that have optimizations configured by the manufacturer of the device that contains it, the background operation of FilterBox may be obstructed. On the site Dont kill my app! compile a series of instructions to correct this situation, according to the case of each device listed in particular.

You can add an additional security fee by configuring access to the app with facial recognition or your fingerprint, whenever your device allows it. If you like the dark mode of Android, there is good news for you, because this app also allows it.

Regarding the privacy of your data, the developers of FilterBox were in charge of making it clear how everything works. The notification history managed by the app is stored only locally on your device. Access to the Internet by this manager is limited only to reporting bugs to the Microsoft AppCenter (optional feature, can be disabled) and its payment manager (for upgrades).

The download of this app is free, but it works for a trial period of 90 days. To continue using it later, you can sign up for a subscription or upgrade for life.

You can find more information about FilterBox on its website (in English) and access its download through Google Play.

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