An S22 of my friend's has changed appearance overnight and now the app notification dots are not displaying on the home page icons, but the icons at the top of the screen are showing, which they apparently were not before. How can I re-enable the dots and hide the top-of-screen icons?

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  • "has changed appearance overnight" was this by any chance Easy Mode? Otherwise, are they using a 3rd-party home screen/launcher app?
    – Andrew T.
    Apr 3, 2023 at 15:45
  • My friend is non-technical and we were drinking last night and messing with the phone. While trying to screen share to the TV someone probably touched something and switched it over. This is apparently "my fault" and so I am tasked with fixing it. I will look at easy mode.
    – Matt
    Apr 3, 2023 at 15:51
  • I'm not sure about "top-of-screen icons" though, and it might probably help if we can get a screenshot of it...
    – Andrew T.
    Apr 3, 2023 at 15:52
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    Ah, the notification/status bar. By default, notifications will show icons on the notification bar, while notification dots/badges can be toggled from the home screen settings; e.g. by long-pressing on an empty space of the home screen. However, there are some other settings related to the visibility of notifications, like Notifications themselves and even maybe Do Not Disturb.
    – Andrew T.
    Apr 3, 2023 at 16:03
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    Glad to hear it's fixed. Also, feel free to self-answer it too :)
    – Andrew T.
    Apr 3, 2023 at 18:18

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Commenter Andrew T. gave me an answer.

Ultimately, long-pressing the background of the home-screen took me to the edit screen for the page, and there was a button in there to adjust the settings. Within that menu was a switch to enable the notification badges for the different app icons. I believe the notification icons were still present in the notification bar at the top of the screen, but we determined that was a success.

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