How do I find a missing icon on my iPhone?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

If you’re wondering how to find a missing app icon on your iPhone, don’t worry – it’s a common issue and there are several methods you can try to locate it. Here are some steps you can follow:

1. Drag the Missing App From the App Library to the Home Screen:
– Swipe left on your home screen to access the App Library.
– Look for the app you’re missing. You can use the search bar at the top or browse through the different app categories.
– Once you find the app, press and hold on it until it enters jiggle mode.
– Drag the app icon from the App Library to your desired location on the home screen.
– Exit jiggle mode by tapping anywhere on the screen or pressing the home button (for iPhones with a physical home button) or swiping up from the bottom (for iPhones without a home button).

2. Use Spotlight to Find the Missing App:
– Swipe down from the middle of your home screen to open the Spotlight search.
– Start typing the name of the missing app in the search bar.
– As you type, Spotlight will suggest matching apps. If the app you’re looking for appears in the suggestions, tap on it to open it.
– If the app doesn’t appear in the suggestions, tap on “Search App Store” at the bottom of the search results. Sometimes, the missing app might need to be reinstalled.

3. Ask Siri to Open the Missing App:
– Activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri” (if enabled) or by pressing and holding the home button (for iPhones with a physical home button) or the side button (for iPhones without a home button).
– Ask Siri to open the missing app by saying its name. For example, you can say “Open [app name].”
– Siri will attempt to open the app for you. If the app is still installed on your device, it should open.

4. Look Inside Folders to Find Hidden Apps:
– Check if the missing app is inside a folder on your home screen.
– Tap on each folder to open it and look for the missing app.
– If you find the app, you can drag it out of the folder and place it on the home screen for easier access.

5. Check Screen Time to Unhide Restricted Apps:
– Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
– Scroll down and tap on “Screen Time.”
– Tap on “Content & Privacy Restrictions” (or “Restrictions” if you’re using an older iOS version).
– If prompted, enter your Screen Time passcode or device passcode.
– Look for the “Allowed Apps” section and make sure the missing app is enabled. If it’s not, tap on the toggle switch next to it to enable it.
– Exit the Settings app and check if the missing app icon is now visible on your home screen.

By following these steps, you should be able to locate the missing app on your iPhone. Remember to check different screens and folders, and make sure the app isn’t restricted or hidden by settings.