How to Restore Deleted or Removed App Store Icon on iPhone?

The app store on the iPhone is one of the few permanent apps that come with the phone. The app store cannot be deleted or uninstalled from the phone. But it can be hidden or misplaced either intentionally or unintentionally. Thus the user may get the idea that the app is deleted as he or she cannot find the app store anywhere on their phone.

App Store Icon

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can restore your hidden or misplaced app store icon.

Search for the App Store:

It is often the case that the app store icon is misplaced, and you cannot find it. It is still on your phone, and you just need to find it. In such cases, you’ll need to search for the application.

Just follow these steps:

Step 1: From the middle of your home screen, swipe down. The search option will appear on your screen.

Step 2: In the search field, type “App Store”.

You should now see your app store on the search screen.

Try resetting the home screen:

Your app store icon may have been placed on a different home screen. If so, resetting your home screen will restore your app store icon.

For this, you’ll have to follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Open “Settings” and then go to “General”.

Step 2: After going to the “General” screen, you’ll find the option “Reset”. Tap on it.

Step 3: On the “Reset” screen, look for the “Reset Home Screen Layout” option. Once you find the option, tap on it.

This will then reset your home screen layout, and you’ll find your app store icon in its usual place.

Disable the restrictions on the App Store:

If you still cannot find the app store on your phone by following the above-mentioned methods, there’s a possibility that restrictions have somehow been set on your app store. To disable the restrictions, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to “Settings” and open “Screen Time”.

Step 2: On the “Screen Time” screen, you’ll see “Contents & Privacy Restrictions”. Tap on it.

Step 3: Enter your four-digit “Screen Time Passcode” when asked.

Step 4: On the next screen, tap on “iTunes & App Store Purchases”.

Step 5: Next, allow the installation of applications by tapping on “Installing Apps” and then selecting “Allow” on the next screen.

After this, you should see your app store icon on your home screen.

Remember, you should try these ways in the sequence, as mentioned in this article.

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People also ask:

1. How do I retrieve a deleted app on my iPhone?

To restore a deleted app on your iPhone, you’ll have to go to the App Store -> Tap on “Updates” -> Tap on “Purchased” -> Switch to “Not on this iPhone” -> Find the app that you want to restore and then download it.

2. How do I restore an app icon on my home screen?

If an icon is installed on your Android phone but is missing from the home screen, you can restore it by finding the app on your phone and holding on to it until the option to place the app on the home screen appears. Alternatively, you can reset your home screen app layout on your iPhone. For this, you’ll have to go to Settings, then General, and then tap on the Reset option. On the next screen, tap on “Reset Home Screen Layout” and then confirm it. This should restore the app icon that you cannot find on your home screen.

Ahnaf Nihin is a senior content writer at Gametechia. He's having 10 years of experience in Technology and troubleshooting topics. Coming from a background in engineering, you will often see his writing stuff related to How To's, Android, and iOS.