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How to recover dismissed notifications on Android Wear

Ever dismiss a notification on your watch, only to wish you hadn't? The latest update allows you to do just that.

Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani Contributing Writer, ZDNet
Jason Cipriani is based out of beautiful Colorado and has been covering mobile technology news and reviewing the latest gadgets for the last six years. His work can also be found on sister site CNET in the How To section, as well as across several more online publications.
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Swipe right, swipe right, swipe right...doh!

Insert Tinder joke here.

Clearing a notification on your Android Wear watch is a repetitive gesture, and one that makes it easy to get carried away as you go through open cards on your wrist.

With the recent update to Android Lollipop 5.0.1, recovering a dismissed notification is now possible -- you just have to be quick.

Left: Clearing a notification on Android Wear. Right: After swiping down, tap on the button to recover a dismissed notification. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

  • The trick is to immediately swipe down on the screen after dismissing a notification.
  • A "Dismissing" dialogue will be presented, complete with a timer surrounding the button you need to tap in order recover the message.
  • Tap on said button, and the card will be brought back.

Told you it was easy, but again, you have to be quick. On a few different occasions since the update I've attempted to go back and recover a message, only to watch the timer expire and the message disappear.