Number badge is part of Samsung TouchWiz launcher. You can find it in almost all Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets. But it is not easy to clear number badge prior to Android Nougat update,
In Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you can now quickly clear number badge without opening the app.
What is number badge in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?
The number in the number badge indicates total number of unread messages inside the app.
In Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, only pre-installed apps and Samsung apps may have the number badge.
The number can remind you on any unread messages. It is a useful feature.
But to clear number badge, it is not easy prior to Android Nougat update.
You have to open the app and read all messages to clear the number.
Sometimes, the number is not cleared properly if the messages is stored in remote locations (servers) due to syncing frequency and caching.
For example, your voicemail messages are stored in your carrier’s server. You may find the number is not cleared even after you read all messages. It may have a few hours delay in updating.
This can be annoying.
Now, in Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, you can easily clear number badge from Galaxy S7 home screen without opening the app, and without reading the messages.
How to clear number badge in Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with Android Nougat update?
As mentioned, the “old” method to clear the number badge is to read the messages!
Once you finish reading all unread messages, the number will disappear.
In Android Nougat udpate, Samsung allows you to clear number badge from Galaxy S7 home screen directly without reading them.
Step 1: Tap and hold the app icon
In this example, you want to clear the badge for Facebook, which has 25 notifications.
But you do not want to read them.
You can tap and hold (aka long tap) Facebook app icon as shown below.
You now should get the context menu as shown below.
Step 2: Tap Clear badge as shown below.
In the context menu, you can find the clear badge option for you to clear number badge without checking them.
If an app does not support number badge, or there are no unread messages (number badge is not showing), you will not have this option.
The other two items in the context menu is universal.
For pre-installed apps, you can disable them. For third-party apps installed by you, you can uninstall them.
After you tap clear badge, the badge will be removed. It will appear again only after you get new messages/notifications.
Please note, this method does not work on Galaxy S7 apps screen because long tap gesture in apps screen is for adding apps to home screen.
In addition, this is simply a context menu and has nothing to do with launcher shortcut introduced in Android Nougat 7.1.
Currently, Android Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is Android Nougat 7.0, which does not support launcher shortcuts.
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You can get the official Samsung Galaxy S7 user manual (user guide) in your local language here, and Galaxy S7 edge user manual (user guide) in your local language here. Official user guide for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge with Android Nougat update can be found here.
For other guides on using Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, please check Galaxy S7 online manual page.
For detailed Galaxy S7 how-to guides, please check Galaxy S7 how-to guides page.
For Galaxy S7 camera guides, please check Galaxy S7 camera guide page.
If you have any questions on Android update for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, please check Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge Android Nougat update guide.