What to Do When Missed Call Notifications Won’t Go Away on iPhone

By Dave Johnson - Executive Editor
1 Min Read

You may not answer all of the calls you receive. Sometimes, you may want the call to go to voicemail, or sometimes you are too busy to talk. Your iPhone records these calls, and missed call notifications appear as a reminder to check for missed calls.

A missed call notification is a visual alert that notifies you when you’ve received a call but didn’t answer it. This notification serves as a reminder to check your recent calls and see who attempted to contact you to ensure that you never let an important call go unnoticed.

These missed call notifications stay on your phone until you view or clear them. On your iPhone, for instance, you might see the missed call notification on your Lock Screen, in the Notification Center, in the recent calls list, or as a badge on the Phone app icon. Once you check your missed calls or open the Phone app, these notifications are usually cleared. You can also clear them manually if needed.

Some users’ missed call notifications won’t go away even after they clear or acknowledge them. If you’re are also having this issue, you can try the following:

How to clear stuck missed call notifications on iPhone


Ensure that your iPhone has the latest version of iOS. Updating may get rid of missed call icon on your iPhone. It is easy to check for updates. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for updates. If there is an update, follow the on-screen instructions to update.

Check voicemail

Some missed call notifications may not disappear until you check the associated call’s voicemail. Listen to your voicemail and see if the notification clears.


Restart your iPhone by following these steps:

  • Disable notifications. Go to Settings > Phone > Notifications and turn off Allow Notifications. If missed call badge won’t go away on third-party apps, then turn off their notifications, too. If, for example, WhatsApp missed call notifications are stuck, then turn off WhatsApp notifications.
  • Restart your iPhone.
  • Turn Notifications back on.

Reset all settings

Reset all settings on your iPhone. Doing so won’t erase your content, like photos, apps, or personal data. However, it will reset system settings to their default values. These system settings include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset All Settings and then follow the onscreen instructions.

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By Dave Johnson Executive Editor
Dave Johnson is the editor-in-chief at GeeksChalk where he oversees all of site’s evergreen content to ensure it’s up to date with the latest information. Hailing from New Jersey in the US, he has over seven years of experience in the tech journalism space and holds a degree in English Literature. In his spare time, Dave can found checking out the latest video games, immersing himself in his favorite sporting pastime of football, and petting every dog he comes across in the outside world.
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