How to Remove Icon Badge Notifications / Count Bubbles?

WhatsApp mute function can really come in handy, especially when you are in one of those massive WhatsApp group that talks about everything and anything. Don’t get me wrong, I like big groups, it’s a very effective way to massively reach out to everyone at one go. But sometimes, sometimes you just need that peace and quiet, say like when you are trying to complete your dissertation. Sadly the badge notifications or count bubbles doesn’t seem to obey the mute instructions. So when that numbers keep adding up next to the icon even AFTER you’ve muted the conversations, you know something must be done!!

TouchWiz Badge Notifications / Count Bubbles
TouchWiz Badge Notifications / Count Bubbles

So after some Googling, I found this article which is exactly what I need. Turns out you just need to disable the BadgeProvider service. It’s apparently a uniquely Samsung TouchWiz thingie – trying to imitate iOS count bubbles I think. In short these are the steps I took and it worked perfectly! (I’m using Samsung Galaxy Note 2, running non-rooted 4.4.2)

  1. Go to Settings -> Application manager
  2. Scroll right to ALL
  3. Scroll to BadgeProvider
  4. Disable
  5. Restart the phone

Voila! Everything is working like a charm!