Notifications are a great way to keep up with the latest updates and messages you’re receiving on your phone. iPhones allow you to control various aspects of your device noticesincluding audio, banners and decals, Lock screen notifications, and much more. However, sometimes it may happen that you are unable to view the badges on the app icons on your iPhone.
Badges appear as small red dots above the app icons and display the pending unread count notices. This is a great way to keep up with the number of notifications without having to check the app or your notification shade. However, if you are facing a similar issue where badges fail to appear on your iPhone, here is how you can fix it. Let’s get started.
Why are notification badges missing from my iPhone?
There are several known reasons why notification badges may not appear on your iPhone. You may encounter problems with focus modesAnd the iOS errors, or application errors. In addition, badges can also be disabled in the Settings app, which may prevent them from appearing on apps when you receive notifications.
All these causes and cache issues on your iPhone can prevent notification badges from appearing on your iPhone. Use the following section to help you troubleshoot missing notification badges on your iPhone.
How to fix missing notification badges on your iPhone
Here are all the fixes to help you troubleshoot missing notifications on your iPhone. We recommend that you start with the first fix and work your way through the list until you can fix your issue.
Method 1: Check Focus Modes (DND Disabled)
Focus modes can prevent you from displaying notification badges on your iPhone, especially if you use DND. DND is a known cause of missing notification badges for many users, especially if you use automation and focus filters to automatically activate and deactivate this focus mode. We recommend you to use the steps below to check focus modes and disable DND or any other mode if it is active on your iPhone. (If you recently updated to iOS 16.1, this may be the problem.)
Access the Control Center on your iPhone by swiping down from the top right corner. Now press to focus.
If any of the focus modes are highlighted, it means that they are currently active on your iPhone. Tap the same focus mode to disable it.
The selected focus mode will now be disabled. You can now check your apps and if you are missing badges due to focus mode, the issue should now be fixed on your iPhone.
Method 2: Force restart your iPhone
You may lose notification badges due to temporary errors, cache issues, or residual files. All of these issues can be fixed by force restarting your iPhone. A force restart helps clear cache files, re-register background services, and reactivate all real-time services that depend on push notifications. In this way, a force restart will help you to restore the notification badges on your phone if you are facing errors or issues on your iPhone. Use the steps below to force restart your iPhone.
If you know the standard reboot procedure, a force restart is pretty much the same. Start by quickly pressing and releasing the Volume Up button, followed by the Volume Down button on your iPhone.
Once done, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo. As soon as the Apple logo appears on the screen, let go of the Sleep/Wake button and let your iPhone restart normally.
The notification badges on your iPhone should now be restored if you are experiencing temporary errors or cache issues.
Method 3: Make sure that badges are enabled
If the notification badges are still missing from your iPhone, chances are that they can be disabled in the notification settings. We recommend you to use the steps below to check and enable it on your iPhone.
Open the Settings app and tap notices.
Now scroll the list and tap and select the affected app which is missing notification badges.
Scroll down to File Alerts section and check switch for badges. If it is off, tap and turn on the toggle for badges.
Go home and check out the app. Badges should now be available for the selected app. You can now repeat the above steps to enable notification badges for all affected apps.
And that’s it! If the badges are disabled for your apps, they should now be restored on your iPhone.
Method 4: Reinstall the app
This is a known fix that seems to work well for most apps but is highly recommended for system apps like Mail and more if they are missing notification badges. Follow the steps below to help delete, restart, and reinstall the app, which helps restore notification badges on your system.
Find the app you’re having issues with and tap and hold on it. Choose Delete the app.
Faucet delete to confirm your selection.
Now restart your device by pressing and releasing the Volume Up button followed by the Volume Down button quickly. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo. Once the logo appears on your screen, let go of the Sleep/Wake button and let your iPhone restart normally.
Once your iPhone restarts, find the app in the App Store and install it again.
Set up the app as you like and wait for a notification to arrive. The badges should now be visible as intended if you are having issues with remaining app files and cache.
Fifth method: Toggle notifications for the app
You may also encounter problems with notification-related background services on your iPhone. The app may encounter errors that simply record or display push notifications. In such cases, you can toggle notifications on and off for the respective app to see if that fixes the problem for you. If you are having issues due to notification service conflicts, this can help you fix it. Use the steps below to help you along the way.
Open the Settings app and tap notices.
Now go to the apps list and tap on the respective app since you can’t view notifications.
turn it off Allow notifications at the top by clicking on it.
We now recommend that you restart your iPhone for good measure. Once your device restarts, go back to Settings > Notifications > Affected Application Then turn on the toggle for Allow notifications On the top.
And that’s it! Badges should now be visible on the affected app if you’re experiencing issues due to background notification conflicts.
Method 6: Disable Low Data Mode
Low data mode is a great way to save mobile data and reduce background internet usage on your iPhone. However, this is a known cause of problems with some apps that constantly refresh data in the background for real-time updates. We now recommend you to try to turn off low data mode on your iPhone to check if you are missing badges because of it. Use the steps below to help you through the process.
Open the Settings app and tap mobile data On the top.
Click and select Mobile data options.
Click and select data mode.
Now press and select Basic or Allow more data on 5G.
Similarly, let’s turn off low data mode for the current Wi-Fi network as well. Go back to the Settings app and tap WIFI.
Click on next to your current Wi-Fi network.
Now turn off the toggle for Low data mode.
Similarly, turn off the toggle for Low data mode To other Wi-Fi networks you also use. We now recommend that you restart your iPhone for good measure. This, however, is completely optional.
If Low Data Mode is preventing notification badges from appearing on your iPhone, the problem should now be fixed for you.
Method 7: Make sure that Background App Refresh is enabled
Background App Refresh is a feature in iOS that allows you to control which apps are allowed to access the network in the background to show real-time updates and notifications. If Background App Refresh is turned off for certain apps, they won’t be able to send notifications and push notifications when they arrive, which may be why badges are not available on your iPhone. Here’s how to check if the background app refresh is running for affected apps.
Open the Settings app and tap general.
Now press and select Background app refresh.
Now check out the file Background app refresh The list is at the top. If he reads About, then Background App Refresh is turned off for all apps. Click on it to turn it on.
Click and select WIFI or Wi-Fi and mobile data according to your preference.
Now go back to the previous screen and tap and turn on the toggle for all affected apps where you can’t receive badge notifications.
And that’s it! If you are not receiving badge notifications on your iPhone due to a background app refresh, the issue should be resolved by now.
Recent resort repairs!
If you still can’t receive badge notifications, it’s time to take some drastic action. We recommend that you try the extreme fixes listed below and if they don’t work for you, then you might be looking at a device-specific problem. In such cases, we recommend that you contact Apple Support in such cases. Use the relevant section below to help you along the way.
Method 8: Wait for the app to update
If this is an issue with a specific app on your iPhone, chances are that other users are also experiencing the same problem. We recommend that you submit a bug report to the app developer and wait for the update. It’s possible that the developers of the app are already aware of the issue and are working on a fix. We recommend you to wait for the next app update which will probably fix the missing badges error for you and other users around the world.
Method 9: Contact Apple Support
Finally, we recommend that you contact Apple Support. This may be an error specific to your iPhone, and an Apple support technician will help you diagnose and troubleshoot it better. Use the link below to contact Apple Support in your area.
We hope this post helped you to easily restore notification badges on your iPhone. If you encounter any issues, feel free to reach out to us using the comments.
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