How to quickly access notifications on your Samsung Galaxy phone

Notifications on a Galaxy Note 10
Notifications on a Galaxy Note 10 (Image credit: Android Central)

Getting a ton of notifications can be rather annoying, and that's made especially true when accessing said notifications isn't very easy. As phones get bigger and bigger, swiping down from the very top of your screen to see who texted you is far from ideal. Thankfully, by following these handy tips, you can get access to all of your notifications with a lot more convenience. Let's take a look!

How to access notifications with the home screen gesture on Galaxy phones

To start, let's talk about the most popular way of quickly accessing notifications — swiping down from anywhere on your home screen. This is a setting that allows you to bring down your notification panel by swiping anywhere on your screen, not just from the very top. To enable it, all you have to do is the following:

  1. Press and hold down on a blank part of your home screen.
  2. Tap Home screen settings.
  3. Tap the toggle next to Swipe down for notification panel.Source: Android Central

This gesture only works when you're on your home screen, meaning if you're in an app or game, you'll still need to swipe down from the very top. Even so, it's a great feature to have and is hard to live without once you experience it for yourself.

How to access your notifications with the fingerprint sensor on Galaxy phones

Our second tip only applies if you have a Samsung phone with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, such as the Galaxy S9, S8, Note 9, or Note 8. More recent Galaxy phones with in-screen sensors (such as the S10 and S20) are out of luck.

If you do happen to have an older Galaxy with a rear-mounted sensor, listen up. Hands down, this is the best way to access your notifications.

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Advanced features.
  3. Scroll down and tap Motions and gestures.Source: Android Central

  1. Tap Finger sensor gestures.
  2. Tap the toggle next to Off.
  3. Once it turns blue and says On, you're all set.Source: Android Central

No matter what you're doing on your phone, you can now just swipe down on your fingerprint sensor and view all of your notifications. When you're done looking at them, swipe up on the sensor to hide the notifications.

How to get better notifications on your lock screen on Galaxy phones

Our final tip isn't necessarily for accessing your notification panel, but it does make it much easier to get more information out of the notifications on your lock screen.

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Lock screen.
  3. Scroll down and tap Notifications.Source: Android Central

  1. Tap View style.
  2. Tap Details.Source: Android Central

With this changed, you'll now see actual info about your notifications on the lock screen instead of a simple icon. You can tap the toggle next to Hide content to show or reveal more notification info, and the Transparency slider allows you to change the appearance of lock screen notifications.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.