Why Is There a Little Blue Dot Next to an App on My iPhone?

Were you recently scrolling through the app screens on your iPhone, only to have a small blue dot catch your eye? It’s probably something that you haven’t seen before, and it’s only next to some of your apps.

This little dot identifies an app that has recently been installed or updated, but which you have not yet opened. In the image below, for example, the little blue dot is next to the Dropbox app.

little blue dot next to iphone app

I have automatic updates enabled on my iPhone, which means that the iPhone will automatically download and install new updates as they become available in the App Store.  Since I would not otherwise know that an app update has been installed unless I checked the Updates section of the App Store, this is a helpful little benefit.

Now that you know more about the little blue dot next to an app on your iPhone, you can recognize this indicator in the future and know which of your apps have recently had an update installed.

The little blue dot will go away once you have opened the app.

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