With the advent of over-the-air (OTA) delta updates, Apple has brought a significant convenience to the majority of their users. Now, not only do you not need to be near a computer to update iOS, but updates are generally much smaller than they were previously.

On the flip side, OTA updates make things a bit more annoying for jailbreakers and potential jailbreakers, as you’ve likely already experienced…

Not only do most jailbreakers avoid OTA updates like the plague, but potential jailbreakers, i.e. those with iPhone 4S devices, are staying away in hopes of an untethered jailbreak in the future.

Needless to say, the iPhone 4S jailbreak is taking some time to come to fruition. As a means to add insult to injury, Apple is now pushing notification badges to the Settings app as a reminder that a delta update for iOS 5.0.1 is available for download and install.

This gets old very quickly, especially if you have no intentions of ever updating using the OTA method. Fortunately, there’s a new jailbreak tweak entitled noOTA badge that eliminates the pesky Settings app notification badge.

The unfortunate thing about this tweak is that it’s just that, a tweak. This means that iPhone 4S owners are still stuck with that annoying little red badge icon, taunting them day by day, urging them to slip up just once and update.

As a 4S owner, I feel your pain, but if you’re rocking any other jailbroken iOS 5 device, feel free to download noOTA badge and eliminate that Settings app notification with ease.

  • Donavan Asmawidjaja

    The badge stays when the Settings.app is in a folder (what I have)…

  • You said that on your iPhone 4 you can revert back to iOS 5.0, could you post a tutorial on that. I hate iOS 5.0.1

    • When I say revert, I mean iOS 4.3.3. There’s no way to downgrade to 5.0 at the moment unfortunately, so I advise all to stay on 5.0.

  • Anonymous

    reset all contacts and setting on phone restored from older backup in icloud and it went away .ip 4 and 4s

  • im updating my 4s as i am having battery issues i am more worried about that at the moment rather then the jailbreak need a battery issue fix hopefully with 5.0.2 or 5.1

  • Anonymous

    +1 noOTA Badge

  • Anonymous

    Never even seen the badge so ha!

  • OMG … God bless You Jeff 🙂

  • gilad weiss

    i thought you can’t OTA on a jailbroken device… is the badge there anyway?

  • So need a jailbreak just to get rid of this badge on a i4s

  • I don’t know if I’m lucky or not, but I don’t have that badge on my 4s. Haha

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  • Anonymous

    Worked great for me. Thanks for the heads up, Jeff!

    Edit: iOS 5 on iPhone 4 (GSM) with semi-tethered Jailbreak.

  • Freddy Eldaya

    im on 5.0 (iphone 3gs) and i don’t have the badge since the update came out. does anyone know the reason why the badge isn’t there?

  • Weird, i am on an iPhone 4, 5.0 and I dont have a badge, I go to settings every day and even go to the software update section but the badge never appears for me even though 5.01 is available.

  • Dan

    Works on iPhone 4 OS 5.0. That badge was starting to piss me off, I almost updated my accident. They should give you an option to disable the upgrade warning.

  • Jonathan Harland

    Restoring from a backup pre ios5 removes the badge.

    My backup was from my old 3GS to 4s.

  • Thank you for this