Can’t find an app icon on your iPhone? Has an app disappeared from your device? Don’t worry, this has a solution. There are reasons for an app to disappear from the home screen of your iPhone, but if you have made sure that you have the app downloaded from the App Store and you do not see the icon, it may be the fault of one of the new features that came with iOS 14.
With iOS 14 came the App Library, a place located to the far right of the home screen where we have all the app icons. So if you can’t find an app on your iPhone, it is most likely in this place.
How to Recover Deleted Icon from iPhone
As we have mentioned, there are several reasons why an icon of an app such as WhatsApp or Instagram has disappeared from the home screen of your iPhone, although it is most likely that you can find it in the Apps Library, there are other possibilities.
Check that you have not deleted the app from the App Store
The first step is the most basic, but it is something that could have happened to all of us: we have accidentally deleted the app from the home screen of our iPhone. All you have to do is enter the App Store and manually search for the app.
If you see a small cloud next to the icon, it means that you accidentally deleted the app. If the Open app appears, it means that you have the word downloaded even if you cannot find the icon on the home screen of your iPhone.
Verify that you don’t have a hidden app page on your iPhone
One of the ways to recover the icon of an app that you have not deleted it from the hidden pages options of iOS. From iOS 14 we can hide an entire page of apps with all its icons, and it may be that on one of those pages the app that you have lost is found.
Just press and hold the iPhone screen until the icons start to vibrate. Now click on the small dots below, just above the dock. You will enter a new screen where all the app pages appear.
Those that are shown appear with a “tick” and those that are hidden appear empty. Simply click on the small circle below each page to stop being hidden and thus recover your app.
Enter the App Library and search
If this is not your case and the missing app is not on this page, what you should do is go to the App Library. Just swipe until you see the last page of the iPhone on the right. You will see a page with a bunch of icons organized by folders.
Press in the upper area to search for the lost app. Once you find the app icon, press and hold and drag it to the left to the home screen pages and place it where you prefer. If you see the icon you can also hold it down and tap Add to the home screen.
Prevent new apps from showing up on the home screen
You can prevent newly downloaded apps from going directly to the App Library as soon as you download them. There is a setting that allows putting an application on the iPhone screen immediately after downloading it. Follow these steps:
- Enter the Settings of your iPhone.
- Scroll down and enter the Home Screen section.
- Under Recently downloaded apps check to Add to the home screen.
Hopefully, you were able to recover that missing icon from your iPhone for no apparent reason. It is possible that you accidentally deleted it, or that someone did it harmlessly.