What is the Red Circle with a Number on the App Store on My iPhone?

  • The red circle with the number inside of it appears when you have app updates available.
  • You can stop that number from appearing by enabling automatic app updates.
  • You can also change a notification setting to stop that number from appearing.

Many of the apps on your iPhone can display badge app icons to let you know that something needs your attention. It could be new text messages or emails but, in the case of the App Store, it means that you have app updates available.

You can manually install app updates to get that red circle with the number to go away, but there are a couple of other ways you can clear the notification, too.

Our tutorial below will walk you through how to manually install app updates, how to enable automatic app updates, and how to turn off the badge app icon notification for the app store.

How to Install App Updates on an iPhone 11

The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.3.1, but will also work for other iPhone models using iOS 13.

Step 1: Open the App Store.

open the App Store

Step 2: Choose the Today tab, then select your profile icon.

choose the Today tab, then your profile icon

Step 3: Tap the Update button to install an individual update, or tap Update All to install all of them.

what is the red circle with a number on the app store on my iphone

In the next section we will show you where to find the setting that lets your iPhone install the updates itself.

How to Enable Automatic App Updates on an iPhone 11

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open settings

Step 2: Choose the iTunes & App Store option.

open the itunes and app store menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of App Updates.

enable automatic app updates

In the last section below we are going to show you how to change a notification setting to prevent that red circle from appearing even when there are app updates available.

How to Turn off the Badge App Icon for the App Store on an iPhone 11

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

tap the settings icon

Step 2: Select the Notifications option.

open the notifications menu

Step 3: Choose the App Store option.

select the app store

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Badges to turn it off.

how to remove the red circle with the number from the app store on iphone

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