Removing App Numbers or "We don't need no stinking badges!"

My wife and I recently updated the podcasts app on our iPhones. Although I enjoy the new features with the update I don't need the red number telling me how many new podcast episodes I have. It gives a certain sense of urgency. Since I am almost never caught up with all the podcasts that I subscribe to it means there will always be a bright red number staring back at me whenever I look at the podcast icon. So I decided to turn it off.

If you have an app that displays a number when you don't need it to there is an easy way to remove it.

  • First go to the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on Notifications.
  • Find your app in the list, in this case I'm choosing podcasts.In this menu you can adjust how the app is allowed to send you notifications.
  • Scroll down until you see the option Badge App Icon and change this setting to off.
  • Now hit the Home button and you'll see that the app no longer displays the red numbers.

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