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. Joel said on February 23, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Martin & others, did u get to compare the experience with this app and the others on the GooglePlay ?
    When checking this one out I’ve noticed there are a few more but not all demand as many permissions as this one….
    So that always makes me wonder :\

  2. Peter said on February 23, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I quite liked the solution – Notibox app. I have this habit of dismissing notifications without looking at all of them. Also, some of the offers/deals by shopping apps i keep missing them.
    this should work, great idea actually. would be interesting to see what else will introduce apart from notification back up?

  3. Matt said on February 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I liked this particular solution to notifications. I often clean my notifications and realize later that I need to re-look at them.
    DND feature pleased me a lot. No bull shitting with notification alerts, still can view them later.
    Good design app. Good luck guys! I’ll give you a 5-star on Google Play Store!

  4. Joel said on February 22, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I don’t realllly realllly need it but for the sheer BackUp purpose I think I’ll give it a try!
    Hopefully it’s a reliable app\creator…

    There’s another way to access notification [not sure about backing them up, I think not!] by setting a Shortcut, like mentioned here:

    My problem is that most of those coming up for me are of PrivacyGuard, built-in app of CM [to limit apps’ access to phone info…] and NotiBox might just solve that specific problems [hiding privacyguard’s notifications…]

    Good Luck all

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