The new App Library feature in iOS 14 displays badges on app icons to denote unread notifications, but you can disable them if seeing those red circles is ticking you off. Follow along with our tutorial as we show you how to hide notifications badges in the App Library.
App Library on the Home screen
iOS 14’s App Library found at the end of your Home screen pages automatically organizes apps into one easy‑to‑navigate view (the feature is unavailable on the iPad). Aside from suggested and recently installed apps, it makes it a cinch to browse all of your installed apps alphabetically and it automatically sorts your apps into categories such as Social or Games.
Apple first publicly demonstrated the App Library feature during the June 22 WWDC 2020 keynote ahead of its commercial launch in the fall as part of the iOS 14 software update.
Like with app icons on your Home screen, the App Library displays notification badges. However, not everyone is a fan of these red circles denoting the count of unread notifications. Thankfully, you can turn the App Library notification badges on or off at will. Follow along with us to learn how to hide notification badges in the App Library on your iPhone.
How to hide notification badges in App Library
As mentioned, the App Library notification badges are enabled by default. Follow these steps if you’d like to hide icon badges for unread notifications in the App Library.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 14.0+.
- Tap the entry Home Screen in the root list.
- Slide the switch next to “Show in App Library” to the OFF position.
Doing so will instantly hide notifications badges in the App Library.
You will no longer have a visual confirmation that there are unread notifications in a specific app unless you check the Notification Center or open the app. Conversely, toggling on this option shall re-enable those icon badges for any unread notifications in your App Library.
Have you used the App Library in iOS 14 yet? If so, what were your first impressions? Do you prefer a clean App Library without any notification badges or are these red circles something that you like to keep enabled so that you know you have unread notifications?
I’ve hidden all but one app page on my Home screen so I can get to my App Library with a single swipe if I need to launch an app I rarely use. To me, at least, that’s precisely what the App Library is for and I don’t need to see notifications badges there so I’ve disabled them.