How to Delete the Update Badge From the App Store

Written by thomas mcnish
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All iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches have an icon on their home screen for the App Store, an app that allows you to download and install other apps directly to your device. One nuisance, however, is that the App Store sometimes gets a notification bubble on it, known as a badge. This little red bubble appears by the App Store icon any time one of your apps needs an update. Fortunately, there's a relatively simple way to get rid of it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

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    Jailbreaking Your Device

  1. 1

    Turn on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and open your Safari Internet browser.

  2. 2

    Type "" into the URL bar, then touch the "Go" button.

  3. 3

    Swipe the arrow button across the screen in the same manner that you do to unlock your device. The jailbreak should begin downloading itself.

  4. 4

    Touch the "OK" button when a pop-up notification appears, telling you that Cydia has been added to the home screen.

  5. 5

    Turn your device off, then turn it back on.

    Removing the Update Badge

  1. 1

    Open the Cydia app by touching it.

  2. 2

    Touch the "Search" icon located in the bottom right corner of the screen to open a new page. Type "Appflow" into the search bar, then touch "Search."

  3. 3

    Download and install the app by touching the "Install" button located in the upper right corner of the screen, followed by the "Confirm" button. The app should then download and install itself. Exit Cydia when the process has been completed.

  4. 4

    Open the "Appflow" app by touching its icon. A list of your apps should appear. Touch the "App Store" icon, then touch "Badge It."

  5. 5

    Type "0" for its value, then touch the "OK/Save" button. Your App Store badge has now been successfully removed.

Tips and warnings

  • Jailbreaking your device voids its warranty. Jailbreak at your own risk.

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