Push Notifications

Clear Annoying iPhone App Badges With BadgeClear

Those red numbered badges on the iPhone home screen can be helpful, indicating new text messages or unread emails. Sometimes they can be irritating, especially when there's no easy way to tell an app to stop nagging you with its badge. One example is the Apple firmware update, which will appear as a badge on Settings until you update iOS.

BadgeClear tweak Cydia

Jailbreakers know that updating iOS to the latest version isn't always a good idea if you're interested in keeping your Cydia apps and tweaks. Thankfully, developer John Heaton has created the BadgeClear tweak so that annoying icon badges can be easily wiped away. No options or settings are added to your iPhone by the tweak, just added functionality on the home screen.

How can I sort notifications by time received?

iOS 5 Notification Center does a great job of keeping track of all notifications in one place. You may be wondering why the most recent notifications don't automatically come up at the top. There's an easy way to make sure that notifications are sorted by time of arrival.

sort iOS notifications by time

1. Navigate to Settings -> Notifications
2. Make sure the By Time box is checked under Sort Apps

iOS 5 Features Now: Improved Push Notifications

Push notifications are great, except when they constantly interrupt what you're doing on the iPhone. Luckily for iPhone owners with iOS 4.0 or later developer Peter Hajas has released a tweak that greatly improves iPhone notifications. In fact, Apple has even hired Peter to implement his MobileNotifier software in iOS 5.

improved notifications MobileNotifier Cydia

If your iPhone is jailbroken you can install this tweak and start enjoying the benefits of MobileNotifier immediately. To get started, open Cydia and follow these instructions to add a repository.

Google Mobile iPhone App Gets Push Notifications

The latest version of Google Mobile for the iPhone features some great improvements, including push notification functionality. The mobile Google app (now at now features an icon badge with the number of unread emails on your linked Gmail accounts. Push notifications that pop up on your home screen can be sent when a calendar event is about to take place on your Google calendar schedule.

apple iphone app google push notifications

What are iPhone badges?

The iPhone uses badges to indicate that a new message, email, push notification, or voicemail is waiting. Each app with new unread information has a white number with a red background in the upper right hand corner of the app icon. This is a badge.

When missed calls are viewed, voice mails are listened to, and SMS messages are read, the badges will count down accordingly or disappear when all pending information has been seen.


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