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 How to get notification badges in Google Now Launcher

How to get notification badges in Google Now Launcher

Google Now is great. In the past few months I used Google Now Launcher on all my Android devices. However, one tiny thing was missing: Notification badges. For those of you not familiar with this term – I’m talking about the small numbers on top of the app icon, stating the amount of new messages or emails. While this feature is available on iOS or Nova Launcher Pro, it’s not included in the Google Now Launcher. Luckily, there is a solution to this issue. Here’s how to get notification badges in the Google Now Launcher.

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Before we get started

There are a few things you need to get notification badges in Google Now Launcher. That’s what you need:

If your device is not rooted, have a look at our guide. Xposed Framework is always worth installing and has many cool add-ons that might be interesting for you.

How to activate notification badges

Once you’ve installed all required apps, activating notification badges is actually quite easy and can be done in a few steps.

  1. Open Xposed GEL Settings
  2. Select Notification Badges (Beta) in the sidebar
  3. Select Open MissedIt!
  4. In the Shared Elements tap, make sure to add all apps that you wish to display notifications using the plus button
  5. Head back to Xposed GEL Settings and enable badges
  6. Relaunch your device
  7. That’s it – You’re done!

I hope that I was able to help you! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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Philipp Greitsch

Philipp Greitsch

Philipp Greitsch is a mobile enthusiast with great interest in the latest trends and developments in mobile, technology and things that make our everyday life awesome.
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9 thoughts on “How to get notification badges in Google Now Launcher

Interesting and simple too!!
Technology is rolling up very faster than it was before!


Fuck you I’m not ropting my phone. If I have to do that to get notification badges then it’s simple, Google now launcher sucks sick and u shouldn’t download it




I think your name fittingly set the expectation for your contribution.


anyone find solution??

Martin Adamssays:

I share the disappointment but hope I’m a little more eloquent. I think I could grow to love Google Now but, call me old-fashioned, I can’t live without the notification badges and have no desire to root my phone. Very disappointed.

Tony Burgmeiersays:

I am also disappointed. There is a need for this feature. Google had it earlier for a reason so why would they take it away. Google should give their customers what they need, not what Google thinks they need. There are sounds and icons on upper left indicating messages have come in but not great visuals as the notification badges are. Google please bring back the badges.


This is not a foolproof method as not all apps are currently compatible (e.g. Inbox). But it does work relatively well. I just wish that the notification badges were cumulative and not tied to the notifications in the tray. The badges are only as good as the retention of notifications in the tray. Unlike IOS or older Android, the badge does not tell you how many unread emails you have or missed calls. You may have unread emails in Gmail, but each time you open the app, the badge disappears until a new email comes in, activating the badge again.

Empirically, this seems like a simple thing to code. But I’m no coder so I can’t speak to that. However, I do appreciate having some sort of badge. I just wish that Inbox was compatible with it. If inbox was compatible with this and had an interactive widget, it would be the best productivity manager out there. Unfortunately that’s a no-go right now.


Yeah, this is insane… I don’t understand this AT ALL!!!!! I’ve had and HTC EVO LTE for years, finally tried to make the switch to another android (for the 3rd time now) and the most BASIC functionality is missing?! I just don’t understand these designers?? Why not take what works and leave it alone??????? This new pixel phone is great in a 5.0 screen and is why I made the move, but I had to install nova launcher to try and get the UI to behave and appear/work sensibly, yet…. this essential feature is still unchanged! GRR…… I’ve never understood why iPhones are popular, but I’m now starting to understand why. YIKES?!?!

PS On another note, Android found the error in their ways regarding not allowing badges on their text “messenger app,” so there newest version is out there, but you have to DL it from a 3rd party site lol…No joke.. they made a major press release about a Messenger 2.0, but failed to actually place it on their app store! Nevertheless, it’s out there now and finally, you can see missed TXT msgs on your app icon.


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