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I've got a notification on my phone where the length of the text exceeds the width of the screen and it doesn't wrap, just wanders off the edge. How can I see the full text of the notification?

I've seen a suggestion here that long pressing for ~5 seconds shows it however all this does is bring up the App Info menu. Maybe on older versions of Android that didn't have the App Info menu this worked? Ideally looking for an answer that works on Ice Cream Sandwich and above (since I think that was when the App Info came about?) but I have a Nexus 4 running Jelly Bean 4.2.2 phone.

Here's the notification that I received. Hypothetical: Why did I lose data connectivity? What did I do!?!

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Have you tried "pulling down" on the Notification? Perhaps with two fingers? – Al E. Jun 19 '13 at 14:39
@AlEverett I accidentally got rid of it but I get them every week or so, I'll update when I next get one. – Peanut Jun 19 '13 at 14:49
This might help:… It may be only if the developers included the ability to read it. Also, in Android 4.1, larger notifications are allowed – SSumner Jun 19 '13 at 15:05
@SSumner Yeah I saw that, but thanks. FYI I'm running a Jelly Bean 4.2.2 phone (updated question to add this) so should have the larger notifications. – Peanut Jun 19 '13 at 15:53
This is a system notification, right? You can try turning the phone sideways, otherwise, I've never been able to read them – SSumner Jun 19 '13 at 16:35

In 4.2.x Jelly Bean you can pinch-zoom or two-finger glide in order to toggle between base and expanded [notification] layouts. Not all notifications can be expanded, however. The next time the notification appears try using two fingers to "pull" the notification down into an expanded layout.

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Worth trying, but it didn't work for me. – Tor Klingberg Mar 22 '15 at 19:09
didn't worked for me too ! I am using Android 5.0.2 CM12. – agpt May 30 '15 at 11:57

Not sure if this works for all notifications, or 4.x as originally asked, but I am using Lollipop (5.0.2) and just double-tapped a notification (from Google Play Store, about not being able to update an app because of insufficient storage space). It came up as a dialog box with the full text.

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Didn't work for me... – SuperThomasLab Jun 17 '15 at 12:40

On my Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 5.0.1 I can just "pull down" the notification (using one finger) or pinch-zoom it (using two fingers) to see the full text:

  • first, pull down the notification bar
  • then pull down the single notification, where the text is cropped

I don't know whether this is specific for Samsung's TouchWiz or if it's a standard Android feature. I just tried it with various notifications from Spotify, Gmail, etc.

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In addition to other answers, if pinch zoom and two-finger glide din't work, try to rotate screen to landscape mode by switching on the auto-rotate feature and read the notification in Landscape. It may help you read the notifications most of the times. Because clicking the nofication will open the specific app and you wont be able to read it until it shows up next time by itself and long press can show menus to turn off notifications compeletly. So the auto-rotate worked in my case(Not all the times but most of the times in my Lollipop).

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use: Notification.Builder(context).setFullScreenIntent(pendingIntent, true), manual to make the notification to show full screen

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This isn't a programming site, so an answer about how to write an app to add more info isn't relevant to us. The question is about how to find more info in notifications from apps other people have written. – Dan Hulme Jun 23 at 14:51

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