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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

iOS Get Badge Number

So, you want to get the number currently set on the iOS notification badge, do you?

One of the coolest and underused features of iOS (as it pertains to small, independent developers) is the notification badge. Setting the badge number tells the user that there is something important to do, and when they open the application, they should expect to see something interesting and valuable. But, since you're coding this, you may not care about conventions, you may just say "Just show me the code, dangit!". You sir, are a gentleman with no time for dickering about.

Here is how you get the current value of the notification badge on the iOS home screen:

  NSInteger *badgeNumber = [UIApplication sharedApplication].applicationIconBadgeNumber;

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Save yourself some time in formatting your NSDates to NSStrings, and use the Blind NSDate app, which you can download from iTunes. There's also a website where you can format your NSDates:

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