Some of the apps on your iPhone might currently be showing a white number inside of a red circle. In a lot of cases, the number shown in that circle is probably pretty low. However, one red number that could be pretty high is the one on your Mail app. That number indicates the number of unread notifications from that app and, in the case of the Mail app, that means the number of unread emails you have. If you get a lot of spam or newsletters that you don’t often read, this could be a lot of emails.
Eventually that white number in the red circle, which is called a Badge App Icon, could be so high that it is effectively meaningless. Therefore, your preference might be to remove it, or turn it off. Our guide below will show you how you can remove the number in the red circle from the Mail app on your iPhone 7.
How to Remove the Number in the Red Circle on the iPhone Mail App
The steps in this article were performed with an iPhone 7 Plus using the iOS 10.3.1. operating system. These steps are going to change a notification setting for your Mail app by disabling the Badge App Icon, which is the white number in the red circle that appears on the Mail app. Note that if you have multiple email addresses on your iPhone, then you will need to complete these steps for each of those email accounts.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Choose the Notifications option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Mail app.
Step 4: Choose one of the email addresses on this screen.
Step 5: Tap the button to the right of Badge App Icon to turn it off. I have turned off the Badge App Icon in the picture below.
How to Mark All Emails As Read on the iPhone 7
If you don’t want to completely turn off the number in the red circle, but would like to automatically read all of the emails on your phone, then you do have the option to mark all of your emails as read. You can do this by completing the following steps.
Step 1: Open the Mail app.
Step 2: Tap the Edit button at the top-right of the screen.
Step 3: Select the Mark All option at the bottom-left of the screen.
Step 4: Select the Mark as Read option.
This will temporarily remove the white number in the red circle from your Mail app. However, the number will appear again as your iPhone starts downloading more new email messages. But if you have a lot of old messages that are causing that Badge App Icon to appear, and you can’t find them, then this method is typically a good way to resolve that issue.
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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.