[Fix] What and Why are these Blue Dots on iPhone [iOS New Feature]

There is a new UI feature in the new iOS7 which puts a blue dot behind the name of the application which has been recently installed or which has been recently updated. Now in this post I will tell you that what does this signify and if your iPhone is automatically putting this in front of every application now and then (even if you don’t manually update it), then what is the reason behind it.


This blue dots just tell you that after the install of that application or after its latest update you have not opened it once. The moment you open it, this blue dot will go away and there is not provision to completely remove it. However, if this comes on every application even if you don’t update it, then there is a small unknown setting on iPhone which has been doing this.

Reasons Why They Exist

Open the Settings section and then search for the option of App Store. Here you will see that the automatic updates option is toggled as ON, which means that as soon as the update arrives it uses the WiFi network through which your iPhone is connected and then updates that application. Hence, you see that Blue dot without doing anything.


It may also happen if you will update the applications on your iTunes on desktop or laptop and then once your iPhone is synced with it, iTunes will replace all the old applications with the new updated versions and thus again you will see the same dot before the name of the updated applications (as they have not been opened since updated.)


This feature has really troubled many of the users. I just took a look at one of my friend’s iPhone and told him that you have not used this application till now. He was surprized that how did I tell him and so here goes the trick in this post. Please let us know if you face problem while following this tip or if you face any other problem on your iPhone.

By Abhinav Singh

I am an MBA student and a founder member of NXTInsight. I love to keep the track of smartphones, tablets, wearables and other similar gadgets, so that I could help my readers to make the right decision before buying a gagdet.

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