iPhone notes app that shows number of notes on icon?
March 28, 2013 6:34 AM   Subscribe

When I have email on my iPhone, the Mail app displays the number of unread emails on the Mail icon on the home screen. I want an app like Notes that does this with the number of notes - and not through emailing my notes to me. No other fancy features desired, just something that gives me an easy visual reminder that I have notes to check.
posted by capricorn to Technology (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe use the reminders app instead?
posted by greta simone at 6:36 AM on March 28, 2013

Not to threadsit, but Reminders does not do this. I also don't want something that sets an alarm or ties the 'notes' to a particular day or time.
posted by capricorn at 6:46 AM on March 28, 2013

The red numbers on the app icon, in ever case I can identify, is a "notification" indicator of some type. I don't believe you're going to find an app that utilizes that function in any other manner. as mentioned, using reminders could work if you just indicate the current date/time for the reminder. from that point forward those reminders will be indicated on the icon (this also gives you the date you created it).
posted by HuronBob at 7:07 AM on March 28, 2013

Some apps will also use the red numbers as a running total (think calorie tracking or budgeting apps). This article tells me that Smart Notes does this, although it's from 2010 and I haven't personally used it. nvNotes apparently lets you tag certain notes and have the number of notes under that tag show up as a badge icon, which may actually work better for your purposes. Very limited syncing support, though.
posted by Phire at 7:28 AM on March 28, 2013

Notesy has an option in the settings to show a "badge note count" which should be what you want. It does require a DropBox account.
posted by bcwinters at 7:29 AM on March 28, 2013

Thank you bcwinters and Phire, now I know it's called a badge and the question is Googleable.

The winner is Erica Sadun's To Do, which is free and does exactly what I need and nothing more.
posted by capricorn at 8:13 AM on March 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

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