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?
    – ale
    Jun 19, 2013 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, 2013 at 14:49
  • This might help: stackoverflow.com/questions/6357450/… 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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 16:35

5 Answers 5


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. Mar 22, 2015 at 19:09
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    didn't worked for me too ! I am using Android 5.0.2 CM12.
    – AGupta
    May 30, 2015 at 11:57
  • Works for Android 7 on my Galaxy S8.
    – Andrew B
    Jan 27, 2018 at 20:42

You can expand it by touching the notification and dragging down. The touch part of the gesture is very brief, so it feels like a single, quick gesture. This works on Android 7.1, I can't confirm for earlier versions myself, but would be interested I hearing if it works in earlier versions also.

Android 7.1 also shows a little caret (arrow) pointing down to the right of the notification time in the title area. Clicking the title area expands and collapses the notification, and you'll see the caret switch from pointing up to down.

  • The little caret works on Android 11.
    – Gqqnbig
    Oct 4, 2021 at 11:12

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...
    – Thomas Vos
    Jun 17, 2015 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.


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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