Huawei EMUI: Display Counters Instead of Notification Dots on App Icons

Today I will explain how to display badges with counters instead of dots on Huawei phones running EMUI 10.1, 9 and 8.2. All screenshots taken on my Y6p and Nova 3i. But the guide is also applicable to other models, such as P20, P30, P40 Pro/Lite, Mate 20/30, Honor 8X, etc. I will add extra steps as soon as new EMUI version comes out with changes.
4/2/2020 update: added steps for EMUI 9.
8/21/2010 update: added steps for EMUI 10.1.

Do you remember how happy we were when Google rolled out those dots for apps? It seemed so exciting to see dots right on the icons on new message, discussion reply or other event. Some time later the badges appeared and began to compete with dots.

There is no doubt that the notification with counters look more informative because they can tell you the exact number of notifications the apps has for you. Personally I prefer to know how many calls I missed or how many messages I received when I gaze at my Huawei phone’s screen. Otherwise, I will need to open each app to find that out.

Notification dots Huawei

By default Huawei phone shows dots if an app has notifications. It looks like the following – a dot on the upper right corner of an icon: 

How to Enable Notification Counters on EMUI 8.2 (Android 8)

Follow the steps to switch from dots to badges with counters for all supported apps on Huawei phone or tablet:

  1. Long tap on the empty area of any of your home screens.
  2. Select Settings at the bottom of the screen: home screen settings EMUI 8.2
  3. Go to Badge app iconsbadge app icons
  4. Tap on Badge display modebadge display mode
  5. Select Unread messages to display numbers of unread notifications: Display Unread messages


How it looks now – notification counters:

Notification counters Huawei

How to Enable Badges with Counters on Android 9 (EMUI 9)

If your Huawei device is already running Android 9 with EMui 9, the badge display settings look slightly different.

  1. Long tap anywhere on an empty area of your home screen.
  2. Select Home screen settingsHome screen settings EMui 9
  3. Here tap on App icon badges: Home screen settings - App icon badges
  4. Tap Badge display mode at the very top of the screen: Badge display mode setting Huawei EMui 9
  5. Select Unread messages if you wish to see dots with numbers: display Badges as Unread messages EMUI 9
    The New notifications option respectively means you will have just dots without numbers of unread events.

How to Switch from Dots to Numbered Badges in EMUI 9.1

Not so long ago, I noticed that this instruction is no longer suitable for my device, since it received another EMUI update. Therefore, now this setting is here:

  • Go to Settings;
  • Dive into Notifications: Notifications Settings EMUI 9.1
  • Tap App icon badges: App Icon Badges EMUI 9.1
  • Now tap Badge display mode: Badges display mode EMUI 9.1
  • Here you can select Numbers or Dots to your liking:
Display Badges as Numbers instead of Dots Huawei EMUI 9.1
Numbered Badges instead of notification dots (EMUI 9.1)

Switch Icon Badge Mode from Dots to Numbers in EMUI 10.1 (Android 10)

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down a bit and dive into Notifications:
    Huawei EMUI 10.1 Notifications Settings
  • Here select App icon badges up top: app icon badges EMUI 10.1
  • Now select Badge display mode: badge display mode EMUI 10.1
  • Select Numbers (or Dots, depending upon your preferences): Number Badges or Notification Dots Huawei EMUI 10.1

Closing Words

It should be said that not all apps support displaying counters but the majority of popular apps do. Among them: phone, messages, settings, Chrome, WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, Instagram, etc. Enjoy using icon badges with counters on your Huawei phone or tablet as a more informative mode. Tell us in the comments:

  • do you like the tweak from this article?
  • what else do you prefer to tweak in EMUI and why?

Good luck!

12 thoughts on “Huawei EMUI: Display Counters Instead of Notification Dots on App Icons”

  1. It is ok… But the problem still exists. I mean this number notification system is working for some specific apps other apps notifications are hidden… There are no numbers or anything for them. So we miss other apps notifications

  2. Problem is, that the newest version of Huaweis system software does NOT HAVE this tab for badges anymore! Why did they remove it?

  3. Hi!
    Problem is with Gmail app. No badges at all. It is not even on the list with other apps who gets the badge notification.
    Mate 20pro EMUI 10
    Best regards!

    • Hi! I just checked it out. The same result: neither notification dots, no number badges on receiving an email. EMUI 9.1.0 Nova 3i.

  4. It has worked for some apps but there are no notification numbers for most my apps like Snapchat , Gmail, Instagram and things like that?


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