One thing that hasn’t changed much over the years is the look of the red notification badges that appear over the Home Screen’s app icons whenever they have missed notifications that require attention.
Do Not Disturb mode is an indispensable feature on iPhones and iPads that I’ve grown particularly fond of over the years. Although it isn’t new, I still use it just as much today as I did when it first came out.
There’s just one problem — it’s can be all too easy to forget that you turned Do Not Disturb mode on in the first place, which sometimes results in missed notifications that you otherwise didn’t intend to silence.
Jailbreakers may recall earlier this month when we showed you a new jailbreak tweak dubbed AnimeMyBadges by iOS developer Antony M that provided a rather interesting breathing animation for your Home Screen’s notification badges. It was simple, short, and sweet, but if you were looking for a different notification badge animation, then you would have found yourself out of luck.
That changed this week with the release of AnimeMyBadges Pro, a paid upgrade from the aforementioned free release that offers nearly a dozen different badge animation styles to choose from.
It’s typically an easy task to remove a notification badge from an app — merely open the app in question and acknowledge the notification. In some instances, however, the process isn’t quite as cut and dry. The Setting app, for example, likes to display a notification badge when there are pending software updates for your handset.
Since the notification badge isn’t as easily remedied in the aforementioned circumstance, and potentially others that we haven’t discussed, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that jailbreak tweak developers often create workarounds for the community. One such example is a newly released add-on called Begone by developer Beckett OBrien.
After receiving a notification from one of your apps, iOS and iPadOS put a badge on the Home Screen’s app icon to alert you to missed and/or pending notifications. The badge appears as a static red dot at the top-right of the icon, and while we’ve seen jailbreak tweaks-a-plenty that permit color customization of these badges, tweaks for animating said badges seem to be far less common.
Enter AnimeMyBadges, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Antony M that gives Your handset’s notification badges a unique breathing animation that causes them to wax and wane with what can only be described as the in-and-out rhythm of a breath.
I have always hated the way notification badges look on the iOS Home screen. Although the red dots are great at catching my attention, they do so in an incredibly hideous way, and I sometimes think that it takes away from the beauty of Apple’s platform.
If you agree that iOS’ notification badge system is due for a facelift and you have a jailbroken iPhone or iPad at your disposal, then you just might want to try a new and free jailbreak tweak called BadgeBar by iOS developer JannikCrack.
Albeit true that Apple’s native badge notification system leaves a lot to be desired in terms of color customization, the jailbreak community has long offered solutions to this communal grievance. Unfortunately for our wallets, many of those solutions cost the end user money in some way, shape, or form.
Here to shake things up a bit is a newly released jailbreak tweak called Pastel by iOS developer ConorTheDev, which lacks a price tag of any kind. With that in mind, you can now customize the color of your jailbroken iPhone’s notification badges without paying a cent out of pocket.
Apart from a few tiny revisions in iOS 7 and later, iOS’ notification badge system has appeared mostly unchanged since its conception. Jailbreakers seeking a fresher take on notification badges would do good to check out a newly released jailbreak tweak called CozyBadges by iOS developer NoisyFlake.
As depicted in the multitude of screenshot examples above, CozyBadges replaces the traditional red circular notification badge with something much more subtle — an updated icon label that appears highlighted or colorized when there are missed notifications. Moreover, the label can be configured to display alternative text, assuming the user wants this.
The infamous notification badge has looked almost the same on the iOS platform for more than a decade. The single most significant transformation befell with the release of iOS 7 when Apple nixed skeuomorphism from the bulk of iOS’ user interface, but even then, it didn’t change much.
The circumstances are absolutely astounding, but they aren’t hopeless. Those lucky enough to have a pwned handset in their possession can change how their notification badges look right this very second with the help of a newly released jailbreak tweak called BadgeMe by iOS developer Sirius24.
I've never personally enjoyed the badge-centric aspect of iOS’ notification system, and with that in mind, I’m always looking to try new jailbreak tweaks that present novel ways of communicating when an app has a missed or pending notification that needs attention.
One of the latest releases in this department is a tweak called Firefly by iOS developer Sean Caissie. It replaces the standard application icon badges with something that’s both easier on the eyes and a bit more pronounced: a colorized underglow.
If you receive a lot of app notifications from one day to the next, then perhaps you feel like looking at something a bit more aesthetically pleasing than a plethora of red icon badges randomly dispersed across your Home screen.
If you can relate, then you might take a liking to a free jailbreak tweak called Goodges 2 by iOS developer NoisyFlake. This tweak replaces those tiny red atrocities with dynamic app icon labels that notate precisely how many missed notifications you have for all relevant apps.
When you wake up every morning and see a plethora of missed notification badges sitting on your Home screen, do you ever think to yourself, “man… I wish I could customize those things…”?
If you answered yes to that question, then you’ll be pleased to learn about a new free jailbreak tweak called BaseBadges by iOS developer midey. With this tweak, you can customize the format of your missed notification badges such that they display a variety of bases, notations, and numeral systems!