10 Best Solutions to Bring Back Disappeared App Icons on iPhone

If you're unable to locate apps on your iPhone, you're not alone. Many people have complained about tirelessly scrolling through their Home Screens and not finding their favorite apps. But don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are the 10 best solutions to bring back disappeared app icons on your iPhone.

1. Restart Your iPhone

Restarting your device is one of the most basic troubleshooting tricks that helps clear out any minor glitches with your iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the side and use the slider to turn off your iPhone. Wait for a minute or two before switching it on.

2. Check If App Is Installed

If the app icon disappearing issue is limited to one or two apps, then open App Store to verify whether the app is actually installed on your device. To check if the app is installed, open the App Store and use the search bar at the top to look for the missing app. If there's a “Get” button next to it, then you don't have the app installed on your iPhone. If it says “Open” or “Update,” then you have it on your iPhone and you can move to the next solution.

3. Check Folders

Organizing apps in folders is a good way to declutter your Home Screen. If you can't seem to locate the installed app, then it could be inside one of those folders. Look inside the app folders to see if you can find it there.

4. Use Spotlight Search

Another way to find missing apps on your iPhone is by using the Spotlight search. Swipe downward on the Home Screen and type in the name of the app. If the app is installed, you'll be able to launch it from here.

5. Check App Library

App Library on iPhone is where you'll find all your apps even if they're not on the Home Screen. To find the missing app, navigate to the rightmost Home Screen page and swipe from right to left to reveal the App Library. Tap on the search bar up top and you'll find all the installed apps in alphabetical order. Scroll down or use the search bar up top to locate the app. Once you find your app, press and hold on to the app icon and select “Add to Home Screen” to move the app icon to your Home Screen.

6. Check Screen Time Settings

Screen Time is a useful feature on iPhone that can help you limit your app usage by hiding their app icons. If you've restricted certain apps on your iPhone, they won't appear in the Spotlight search or in the App Library. To unhide the restricted apps, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps and make sure the toggles next to all the apps are enabled. Then go back to Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restrictions > Apps and select “Allow All Apps.”

7. Unhide Home Screen Page

If you're able to fetch the app through Spotlight Search and App Library but can't seem to locate its icon, it's possible that you might have hidden the Home Screen page containing that icon. To unhide your Home Screen, tap and hold anywhere on the empty space on your Home Screen. Tap on the dots at the bottom to edit your Home Screen pages. Make sure all the Home Screen pages are ticked and tap on Done.

8. Reset Home Screen Layout

To quickly locate your missing apps, arrange them in alphabetical order by resetting your Home Screen. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout.

9. Unhide Purchased Apps

If the app is appearing on your home screen but not in the App Store, it's possible that you have hidden your purchases. To unhide them, launch the App Store, tap on your profile picture in the top right corner, and go to Hidden Purchases. Tap on the “Unhide” option next to the app.

10. Free Up Storage Space

Clearing storage space has worked for many while getting their missing app icons back. To clear storage space on iPhone, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Analyze the storage space occupied by various apps, media, messages, etc. Make sure the iPhone has at least 1GB of free storage space.

By following these 10 solutions, you'll be able to bring back the disappeared app icons on your iPhone's Home Screen. Happy app hunting!

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