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I am using the stock SMS app on Android 4.1.2. I received an SMS message and read it but when I return to my home screen, the (1) in the top right corner of the app is still there. Inside the messaging app, it lists no messages as unread on any of my threads. I have tried killing the SMS app, restarting the phone, and even using a third party app that marks all your SMS as read, but the notification indicator on the app icon persists. How do I remove it?

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Go to Settings -> Application manager. Find an application called "Badge Provider" and clear it's data. Then restart the phone. The (1) goes away.

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