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How to enable/disable notification badge on Samsung Android devices

If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, but specially, if you have a Samsung device, you are probably familiar with BadgeProvider, a type of system app that permanently runs in the background and that offers badge notifications regarding newly installed applications on your phone or tablet. It is a very practical feature that always lets you know what is going on. This function allows you to stay up to date with emails, calls, texts, WhatsApp messages and more. While BadgeProvider can be very useful, it also has some downsides.

Since it is a start up system app that is always running in the background, it uses up a lot of battery. In addition, getting notifications constantly can be annoying, especially when you are trying to focus on your tasks. If you want to avoid interruption, you can disable notification badge on your device. Given that Samsung is one of the leading names in the world of Android devices, we present a guide that will help you to turn off notification badges so that you can dedicate your full attention to a main task, without having to deal with a bunch of notifications.

Steps to disable Notification Badge in Samsung Mobile Devices

Disabling the notification badges in Samsung devices is actually quite simple. The notifications appear due to the fact that the system app known as BadgeProvider is constantly running in the background. This consumes a high amount of battery power, although it won’t completely deplete it. In theory, by turning off BadgeProvider or shutting it down, it is possible to disable all the notification badges. In order to disable the BadgeProvider system app in your Android device, all you need to do is to follow the below steps.

  1. Go to Settings, then Applications and open the Applications window by tapping on it.
  2. Open Application manager and click on the option that says More from the top-right corner and select the “Show system apps” option.
  3. From the list of “All apps” scroll down to find BadgeProvider option and tap it to open the application info section.
  4. You will see twp options: Force stop and Disable, tap on the option you want so that you can disable the app.

Keep in mind that in some devices, it is not possible to use the Disable option as it is not available. In order to be able to select Disable, the device has to be rooted. It is possible to completely uninstall Badge Provider app with the help of System App Remover (ROOT) application, or you can use Titanium backup pro to stop/disable the app.

It is worth noting that BadgeProvider is a convenient utility that provides alerts for notifications that are not seen and you don’t even need to open the apps. With this in mind, it would be better not to disable notification badge on you Samsung device. If you prefer to do so, at least temporarily, you can then re-enable the app to get all its push notifications. However, if you remove the app completely, you won’t be able to get it back. This is why it is important to back it up before you attempt to disable it for good in your Samsung device.

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