Notibox: backup, search and block Android notifications

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 22, 2016
Apps, Google Android

Notibox is a free application for the Android operating system that backs up notifications you receive for you among other things.

Notifications inform you about application or system events, say a new message on WhatsApp, a missed phone call or that a system update is available for installation.

You can tap on notifications to open the app that fired them, or swipe them to remove them from the list of notifications.

What you cannot do easily, at least not on the majority of Android devices, is to re-open notifications that you have closed.


While you get a protocol of notifications on some devices, most don't offer that option which leaves third-party apps for that if you require the option.

You need to authorize the application to tap into Android's notification system before you can start using its functionality.

The app takes you to the list of installed applications afterwards where you can customize the application's backup functionality.

Basically, you can decide to turn off notification backup for select applications. This can be useful if you are not interested in notifications fired off by some apps, or if you don't want specific notifications backed up.

The app backs up all notifications from that moment on and displays them in its interface in chronological order even if you have removed them from Android's own notification screen.

You may want to check the settings right away as you find useful preferences there. For one, you may enable the back up of system notifications there which can be useful as it keeps a record of updates among other things.

You may also change the back up period which is set to 1 week by default. The available periods are 1 month, 6 months and all.

Last but not least, you may disable the widget that Notibox displays on Android's notification screen.

The widget displays two options that you may find useful. The first is to run a search which takes you to the Notibox interface from where you can search all backed up notifications.

The second allows you to turn on do not disturb mode which suppresses notifications for as long as it is enabled. While notifications are not shown to you by Android during the do not disturb period, you can rest assured as they are all backed up by the application which means that you can access them at a later point in time.

The apps' list of received notifications offers two additional options beside chronological access and search: you can share a notification using Android's share system. May be useful if you share things regularly using various channels. The other options provides you with the means to add notifications to the calendar. You may use this for record keeping, or quickly adding a meeting or another important event to the calendar directly.

Closing Words

The majority of Android users may have no use for Notibox, but users who want access to a full backup of notifications received on their device might. Others may like the additional features that Notibox provides, like being able to share notifications or quickly adding events to the calendar. (via Caschy)

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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