For the neat freaks and obsessives out there, having a clean, tidy, uncluttered workspace is super important. So much so that even a notification stack on your email or Snapchat icon can sometimes trigger feelings of untidiness. Thankfully, on iOS, there is a way to completely remove the red notification number associated with notifications or emails that haven’t yet been actioned.


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For most iOS users, keeping on top of the red notification icons that show on specific apps is quite an easy task. So long as you are checking your email or opening Snapchat regularly, notifications shouldn't get too out of control. Unfortunately, some iOS apps don’t have the red notification/count icon perfected, email, for example, has a tendency to continue to register all unopened emails as a notification. Even if they are junk, spam or have been sent to the trash unopened.

It’s safe to say that most users aren’t generally phased by this, however, there are users out there, myself included who can’t bear the sight of notifications/reminders showing on specific apps. If you are one of these people too, the steps listed below will finally show you how to disable red notification numbers showing on apps on iOS 11.

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How to Remove Red Notification Numbers for Apps on iOS 11.

Thankfully, hiding red notification badges on iOS apps isn’t a very difficult task, all you need to know is where to find the option. To start, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then go to Notifications. Next, scroll down the notifications page until you find the app you wish to stop showing notification numbers. When you find the app, simply tap the toggle to switch it from On or Off.

You can use this method to disable any or all the apps listed on the page. If you notice that there are apps missing from the list, you will need to open those apps individually, go to their internal settings menus, find the notifications heading and disable notifications.

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Note: They may still be the occasional app that doesn’t have an option to disable notifications displaying.

Once disabled, notifications will still show in the Notification Center but will be removed from showing on individual app icons. For example, the number of unread emails or facebook comments will be gone. Unfortunately, some apps that allow you to disable notifications internally will completely disable notifications from showing, even in the Notification Center, so make sure you double check after making a change. Otherwise, you may find yourself missing important messages or notifications.