A few users tell us that after updating to latest iOS versions from older ones, apps are getting lost. Even with an iTunes backup, this problem appears to be bothering a lot many people.

While we’re not exactly sure as to what causes the problem, but there is an easy solution that does work. That’s precisely what we’ll take a look at in this post.

iCloud Backup / Restore

One of the earliest solutions is to restore your iPhone not via iTunes but through iCloud. Suppose you’ve got things backed up to iCloud, you might want to restore your iPhone/iPad through iCloud. Most users are still fond of iTunes backup so they generally tend to restore their updated iPhone via iTunes.

This is what usually ends up in apps going “awol.”

When you update your iPhone, try to restore it via iCloud. This might fix the trouble. What if you restored already (via iTunes) and the apps are missing? Hit Reset Everything and restore via iCloud.

How to Get All Apps Back if Missing on iPhone and iPad After Updating the iOS

iTunes Restore Purchases

This works good. When you find that apps don’t appear even in iTunes or if the sync doesn’t really put all apps into the iPhone, you might want to head over to the “Purchases” section (under Quick Links) in iTunes store. You’ll find the apps you’ve already downloaded via the App Store here.

Download the apps and you can then sync them to the iPhone. This way, the apps will be back on the iPhone.

Manual Mode

Perhaps, if nothing works, you’ll have to individually download all the apps. I know this is bad but this option works like a charm although it’s tedious and no fun. To ease things, however, Apple does show you the apps that you’ve already installed.

  • Go to the App Store
  • Now tap on Updates
  • Tap on Purchased
  • Tap on “Not on this iPhone
  • Install the apps that you want.

Arguably, this is a lengthy process but this definitely ensures that all your apps are back.

And oh, do note that if the app isn’t compatible with the firmware you just updated, you might not see the app getting downloaded or if it does get downloaded, you might run into trouble using the app.

  • D

    I’ve tried all those things and I feel lost. I’m desperate to get back my signature app. It’s a notepad app that also saves photos using a drawing to sign in. That app held photos of all my serial codes for my homeowners as well as many important financial documents that were only saved there. I’ve tried twice to get the app back. Each time, I watch it download and during the install, it disappears before my eyes. I also tried to manually re-download the app. But it’s not listed in my purchases. I’ve searched the App Store and cannot find it there either. Since this disaster, I’ve turned off iCloud backups in hopes that someone will know what to do, so I have a iCloud backup that includes said app with all my data still in it.

    Is there anyone who knows how to help me?

  • connie

    Hi. I am hoping you can help me. I lost several apps in the most recent upgrade. One is called Stocard. I placed all of my membership numbers here and got rid of the physical cards. It is still in iTunes but i do not see how I can sync (every time I go to iTunes the functionality has changed). I dont use the Cloud. What can I do to restore Stocard along with a few other apps I lost?? Thx.

  • Max

    Hi, can you help me with this? I just updated my phone and then this happened. My phone app and App Store apps are missing and many others too. Please help! I got this phone rather recently.

  • Fauzi Arifin

    can you help me?most of my icon missing suddenly. it even doesn’t show in itunes when i sync the phone. when i check with ifile, all the missing apps were still in my phone.is there any way to reappear the icon back?i have try reset the home screen and check the restriction but no luck.

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Could be any one of the tweaks that you installed recently? Try going
      into safe mode (Reboot, but press volume up when rebooting). Then try to
      remove/upgrade tweaks.