You may have encountered the phrase “Badge App Icon” either when talking to someone about something on your iPhone, or when exploring the various options on the Settings menu. However, this term might be a little confusing if you haven’t seen it before, so you may be wondering what it is.
A Badge App Icon is a number in a red circle that appears at the top-right corner of an app icon. It indicates that there is some number of notifications available for you to read. This is meant to provide a quick and effective means for you to know that something with that app requires your attention. You can see an example of a Badge App Icon below, on the Podcasts app.
However, some people don’t like these icons, and would prefer that they not display there. One way to do this is by reading those notifications in the app, but a more effective long-term solution is to simply disable the Badge App Icon for the app. Our tutorial below will show you how.
How to Turn an App’s Badge App Icon On or Off With an IPhone 7
The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. Note that the badge app icon for each app is controlled individually, and that the badge app icon can mean different things for different apps. For example, the badge app icon for the Mail app indicates the number of unread emails. However, a badge app icon for the Settings app means that you have an iOS update available to install.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the Notifications option.
Step 3: Choose the app for which you want to disable the badge app icon. I am going to disable the badge app icon for the Discord app in the next step.
Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Badge App Icon to turn it off.
If you go out to your Home screen you should notice that the red circle with the number is now gone from that app icon.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office, and many other popular applications and devices.