How to Remove App Store Update Badges

by John Ruiz

The App Store icon on your iOS device's home screen can show a small red badge indicating the number of iOS apps with available updates. As long as keep your installed applications updated, you shouldn't see this badge. But if you get irritated whenever this badge reappears due to new app updates being available, you can remove the badge by letting the apps update automatically. As long as this option is enabled, you won't ever see that badge on the App Store icon.

Open the App Store on your iOS device's homescreen and tap "Updates" to see what updates are available. Tap the "Update All" button to update all apps and remove the badges.

Go back to your home screen and open "Settings."

Tap "iTunes & App Store" and turn on the "Updates" switch to have your device automatically download app updates as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. If you are using an iPhone or iPad with mobile connectivity, turn on the "Use Cellular Data" switch as well.


Enabling the "Use Cellular Data" option can drain your data allowance very quickly if you're updating many apps at once. Turning on this option isn't recommended if your mobile plan has a data cap.

Information in this article applies to iOS 7. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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