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What Does The Blue Dot Next To App Name In Your iPhone Mean?

Apple always promises to make the user interface of iPhone better, and they do it by continuously updating their iOs. But somehow they always fuck up and add some new feature which is irritating as hell and no one really knows what they are for?

Today I'm gonna reveal another mystery of annoying blue dot next to app name in iOS 7 and following updates. Do you know what it is for? Well, I don't. 

Don't worry; we will find out.

First of all, I don't own an iPhone and nor does anyone from my team. So, we had to borrow an iPhone from our CEO because no one apart from our CEO can afford to buy an iPhone and we were not in the mood to sell our kidneys. So we borrowed the iPhone from him. Of course, he was no willing to give it to us but somehow we convinced him.

But what will a writing team do with an iPhone? Of course, open Instagram and start looking at Kim Kardashian's new photo shoot. Well, what else could you expect from a viral content writing team?

So we had to bring in out tech team and finally solve this annoying blue dot next to app name bug/feature, whatever it is. But to our utmost surprise, even they didn't know about this blue dot next to app name in iPhone because well, even they didn't have an iPhone.

So, finally we had to play our last card, and that is, of course, our sweet Google. So we googled it, and we were finally relieved to find the reason behind this blue dot next to app name in iPhone.

Wanna know? Just read ahead.

What Does The Blue Dot Next To App Name In Your iPhone Mean?

What Does The Blue Dot Next To App Name In Your iPhone Mean?

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So, what exactly these blue dot next to app name mean?

So, what exactly these blue dot next to app name mean?

You might have noticed that these blue dots disappear once you open the apps and return to home screen. So, any guesses what they indicate?


So, here is what we found out?

So, here is what we found out?

By intense googling and even searching on to the 2nd page of Google search. Yeah, you read it right. We went to the 2nd page of Google search, and it really was haunting. If I were you, I would never go to that place ever.  

Here is what we find out:

1. An app has been downloaded from the App Store but has not been opened yet.

2. An app has been updated and has not been opened since it was updated.

Little confusing? No problem. I'll explain.

If you update an app from App Store or if you have enabled the automatic update of apps, then this blue dot next to app name is to notify you that this particular app was updated recently, and you haven't opened it after it was updated.

So, I used the iPhone for a little while and updated few apps from App Store. Then I realized that this blue dot appeared only next to apps that the App Store had updated.


Why did Apple add this odd feature?

Why did Apple add this odd feature?

Apple added this feature to let you know that iOS 7 now features automatic background updating of apps, and is activated immediately when you upgrade to new OS.

But people are not happy with this feature at all and are quite frustrated of this blue dot next to app name.

This feature is available to only those users who are using iOS 7 and following OS.

This feature is available to only those users who are using iOS 7 and following OS.

Earlier, this feature looked something like this.

Earlier, this feature looked something like this.

Could you remove this blue dot next to app name?

Could you remove this blue dot next to app name?

Well, technically yes. Yes, you could remove this annoying feature but, you've to jailbreak your iPhone first. 

And if you don't want to jailbreak your iPhone, there is no other way to remove this annoying blue dot next to app name so far. I hope Apple will come up with a disable option in iOS9 which is gonna be available soon.

Though you could disable automatic app updates.

Though you could disable automatic app updates.

To turn off the automatic updates go to

Settings > iTunes & App Store > AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS > Updates > Off (Grey)


This is how our tech team prepared themselves to solve this blue dot next to app name issue.

This is how our tech team prepared themselves to solve this blue dot next to app name issue.

Though I feel very sorry for them. 

So, finally, we solved the mystery of blue dot next to app name in the iPhone.

Wanna know more?

11 secret iPhone codes even experts don't know about.

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