iPhone's Home Screen showing notification badges.

Even though Focus on iPhone blocks incoming notifications, it will still, by default, allow those red notification counter badges to appear on your apps. Here’s how you can set your Focus Mode to hide them when active.

Beginning with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, the Focus feature lets you reduce any distractions while you work or rest. Focus is an improved version of Do Not Disturb and allows only select apps and contacts to reach you. It also blocks all incoming notifications, although you’ll continue to see those annoying notification badges in Focus mode on your iPhone’s Home Screen and App Library.

Disabling the red notification badges and reenabling them later for all apps is a tedious and painful task. Instead, you can hide notification badges for all apps from the Home Screen while using Focus to get a clean, distraction-free look.

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How to Disable App Notification Badges in Focus Mode

To get started, open the “Settings” app and select the “Focus” option on your iPhone.

Select "Focus" option after opening the Settings app.

Tap on “Do Not Disturb” or other custom Focus modes you’ve set for your iPhone.

Pick "Do Not Disturb" or other custom Focus mode.

Note: From this screen, toggle off the “Share Across Devices” option if you don’t want the changes to sync and automatically apply to your Mac and iPad, too.
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On the next screen under the “Options” section, select the “Home Screen” option.

Select "Home Screen" under the "Options" section.

From the following screen, toggle on the “Hide Notification Badges” switch.

Toggle on the "Hide Notifications Badges" switch.

That’s it! The next time you use Focus mode, you won’t see any app notification badges on your iPhone’s Home Screen. You can always choose to hide or show those notifications badges in App Library with or without Focus mode.

RELATED: How to Show or Hide Notification Badges in the App Library on iPhone

Samir Makwana
Samir Makwana is a freelance technology writer who aims to help people make the most of their technology. For over 15 years, he has written about consumer technology while working with MakeUseOf, GuidingTech, The Inquisitr, GSMArena, BGR, and others. After writing thousands of news articles and hundreds of reviews, he now enjoys writing tutorials, how-tos, guides, and explainers.
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