If you wake up every morning to several unread notifications, then you probably know what it’s like to have a Home screen littered with unsightly red notification badges. Over the years, I’ve seen people refer to the experience as having a bevy of little red eyes staring back at you, and it’s not difficult to understand why.

Anyone looking for a subtler way to acknowledge their apps’ unread notifications might enjoy new free jailbreak tweak dubbed AppColorBadges by iOS developer Cole Cabral. This tweak color-matches your badge notifications to the app icons they sit on top of.

In the screenshot example above, you can see how AppColorBadges impacts your Home screen’s notification badges. You can see how the Twitter app’s icon badge turns blue, while the Messages app’s icon badge turns green. Each replaces the eye-jarring red color that iOS displays for every app out of the box.

Once you’ve installed AppColorBadges, there isn’t anything to customize or configure. Nevertheless, you’ll find a preference pane in the Settings app for toggling the tweak on or off on demand:

A complimentary respring button in the navigation bar lets you save your changes whenever you toggle the tweak on or off.

Notably, AppColorBadges comes with both pros and cons, and it’s only fair that I mention both sides.

As for what I enjoy about AppColorBadges, I think it’s a lot more aesthetically pleasing. Furthermore, the personalization is a great way to make your device stand out from everyone else’s.

On the other hand, your notification badges become too well camouflaged into your app icons, which can make it more challenging to discern whether you have any missed notifications or not at first glance. You’ll need to train yourself to look harder for the color-matched badges, and this takes some getting used to.

If you’d prefer something a little bit different from the usual red notification badges, then AppColorBadges might be worth a try. The tweak is available for free from Cole Cabral’s beta repository in Cydia, and it works on all jailbroken iOS 10 devices.

You can follow these steps to add Cole Cabral’s beta repository to Cydia and install AppColorBadges:

1) Launch the Cydia app and go to the Sources tab.

2) Tap on the Edit button and then tap on the Add button.

3) In the text field of the pop-up that appears, type in the following repository URL:

http://ca13ra1.github.io/repo/

4) Tap on the Add Source button and wait for the repository to load into Cydia.

After completing all four steps, you should be able to find and install AppColorBadges by searching Cydia or checking the Changes tab once the app is done “Reloading Data.”

How does the tweak look on your device? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Chris Angel

    Sad, to do all this on android you don’t even need a jailbreak and you could be running the latest android version. Try doing this n iOS 11, lol.

    • hkgsulphate

      nice try

    • pries

      You don’t even need the latest version, just install a launcher.

  • Andrieux Querido

    Off topic: I just bought an Apple Watch and I am on iOS 10 with JB. The watch doesn’t want to pair it says that I have to upgrade my iOS . ???
    I don’t want to lose my JB . Is there something I can do ???

    • Vinnie Bones

      nope, you can’t downgrade the WatchOS

  • Eyal Rotem

    ColorBadges does this as well. And it’s been out there for years..

    • Edward Crabtree

      On top of that it works fine with latest iOS 10 build (10.3.3). (Haven’t tried 11.x) There’s about 7 versions for this tweak out there, I like ColorBadges the best.

  • Bill

    Why does that app’s icon have Kim Jong Un on it? Is that what the kids are into these days? Normalizing evil dictators? I guess it’s not too terribly surprising, given how many of them seem to really really want socialism and hate actual freedom.