What Does Blue Dot Mean On My Home Screen?

You may notice that blue dots appear next to some of your apps. And you may wonder why these blue dots appear sometimes and what does that mean?

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These blue dots may appear next to some apps (left side of the app name – under the app icon, as you can see below) on the home screen or inside folders. This shows that apps with blue dots have recently been updated. In other words, when an app is updated (automatically or manually), little blue dots will appear next to the app name indicating that your app just updated. It further means that you have not launched the app since it was updated.

recently updated apps

All apps release updates on a regular basis. These updates may include new features or they may include bug fixes. Thus, you may want to update apps. Sometimes, an app will not work until you update it. To update your iOS apps, you have two options:

  1. You can manually update the apps. You need to do this by opening the App Store app on your iPad or iPhone and then tap Updates. You can update the apps individually or you can update apps in bulk by tapping “Update All”.
  2. You can automatically update your apps. You can turn on or off this option. To enable automatic app updates, simply go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores > and then toggle on “Updates” (under the automatic updates section). If this option is grayed out and not available, that is because your iPhone or iPad is in Low Power Mode. You may want to charge your device and you may want to turn off Low Power Mode by going to Settings > Battery >  and turn off  “Low Power Mode”.

The blue dot will be removed after you open the app for the first time after an update. Also please note that, currently, there is no way to stop these blue dots for updated apps. Please also note that you may want to update apps over a Wi-Fi connection to avoid data charges, also note that cellular data downloads are limited to 150MB. If an update is bigger than 150MB, you will have to use a Wi-Fi connection. Lastly, if you do not want to automatically update your apps over your cellular network, you can turn this off by going to Settings > iTunes & App Stores and toggle off “Use Cellular Data”.

turn off updates over cellular data

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4 thoughts on “What Does Blue Dot Mean On My Home Screen?”

  1. It’s not telling me what a blue round icon with a red dot on the right top corner and a 1 means

  2. I have auto updates on. There is a blue dot next to Roblox app. When I click on it the page loads and kicks me out. I was going to delete and reinstall but it says it will lose data and my son has a lot on there. Any suggestions welcomed! Thanks! CJ

  3. This is all well and good but my device is android not ios why have I been directed to here also iam not a developer could I have been hacked can anyone help I believe the person involved is using developer privileges and is called Mr Stuart graves can anyone help

    • Those dots on app icons also mean they have notifications or have recently updated. This is a new feature with android 9 (Samsung galaxy series got it alongside android 9 with OneUI)


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