What Does Blue Dot Mean On My Home Screen?


All of us have seen a blue dot on some of the apps that we have and use in our IOS phones, although most of the time we tend to ignore it at the same time, we are also intrigued by it, wondering what it could be and what significance does it have? Therefore, this article will discuss it in the easiest way to understand its significance, meaning, sign, and usage.

The blue dots we see do not have an exact location. Sometimes they may appear next to some apps to the left side of the app name or under the app icon, on the home screen or inside the folders. The apps with these blue dots show that those apps have been updated recently.

In other phrases, whenever an app is updated either automatically or manually, the little blue dots that appear next to that particular app name is an indication that the app just got updated. Further, it also implies that you have not launched the app since it was updated.

Every application is found releasing its new features that require updates on a usual purpose. The updates of the apps are found to include new features or may also include bug fixes; therefore, the user may want to update certain apps. We see how sometimes an app stops working until and unless we update it. And to update the iOS apps, you are provided with two options-

Options to update iOS apps-

Option 1- Updating an app is no complicated task; one can update it manually. All one is supposed to do is, open the App Store app on your iPad or iPhone and then tap ‘Update’. In addition, you can update the apps singly or update apps in bulk, that is, multiple apps simultaneously, just by tapping “Update All”.

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Option 2- One can also put their apps on the automatic update option, which can be turned on or off anytime as per the requirements. To enable these automatic, computerised app updates, one can go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores > and tap on “Updates” under the automatic updates section.

If you see this option is greyed out and not available in the process, the Low Power Mode of your iPhone or iPad could be the reason. You need to charge your device and turn off Low Power Mode by going to Settings > Battery > and turning off “Low Power Mode”.

The blue dot is removed when you open the app for the first time after updating it. Presently, there is no way to stop these blue dots from appearing for updated apps. Also, note that you might need a Wi-Fi connection to update apps to avoid data charges. The cellular data downloads are restricted to 150MB.

If an update is bigger than 150MB, a Wi-Fi connection is required. Lastly, suppose you do not want to update your apps automatically over your cellular network. In that case, you can easily turn this option off by going to Settings > iTunes and App Stores and tapping off “Use Cellular Data”.


In the above-mentioned article,we discussed about the reasons behind the appearance of the blue dots we often see on some apps, we learnt what sign it gives to us, what its significance is, and how the apps are set for an update, which again invites the blue dot for just to disappear after opening that particular app.

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