What is a Badge App Icon on the iPhone 7?

Your iPhone notifications come in many forms. Perhaps the most common are the alerts or banners that appear at the center or top of your screen to let you know that you have a new text message, or that there is information that requires your attention.

But another common notification is called a Badge App Icon, and it is the white number in the red circle that appears at the top-left corner of an app icon. I have identified a badge app icon on the Starbucks app in the picture below.

what is red circle with white number on iphone 7


This notification can be useful, but some people prefer to disable it because they don’t like the way it looks on the Home screen. Our guide below will show you how to enable or disable a badge app icon for an app on your iPhone 7.


How to Turn On or Turn Off the Badge App Icon for an App on an iPhone 7

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.4.1. By completing the steps in this section you will be changing a notification option for one of your apps so that you either start showing or stop showing the badge app icon for that app. This will not affect the badge app icon for any other apps, no will it affect any other notification settings for the app.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open iphone 7 settings menu



Step 2: Select the Notifications option.

open notifications menu



Step 3: Choose the app for which you would like to enable or disable the badge app icon. I am going to turn it off for the App Store in the picture below. Note that it will say “Badges” next to any of the apps for which a badge app icon is still enabled.

select the app to change badge app icon setting



Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Badge App Icon to turn it on or off. I have disabled the badge app icon in the picture below.

what is a badge app icon on an iphone 7



Check out this article on deleting iPhone apps if you have a few apps on your iPhone that you don’t need anymore, and they’re just taking up storage space.