App Store Icon Missing on iPhone or iPad? How to Fix It

If you’re wondering why the App Store icon is missing on your iPhone or iPad, this guide will help you find it. The good news is that the App Store is among the stock iOS apps, so it’s impossible to delete. It might have been placed in some folder, or you may have hidden it, which can make your iOS device restrict access to it. There are a number of methods to restore missing App Store icon on your iPhone or iPad.

Sometimes, the App Store may have disappeared out of sight into a folder full of apps. Searching for it can be an easy way of locating it

  1. Swipe down on your iPhone Home screen
  2. Tap the Search field and type in ‘App Store.‘ See if it comes up in the results.swipe down on iphone home screen and search for app store

Check Restrictions

If you can’t find the App Store on your iPhone after searching for it, you may have set up Restrictions that are preventing you from accessing it.

Follow the steps below to disable such Restrictions:

  1. Go to SettingsScreen TimeContent & Privacy Restrictions.
  2. Enter your four-digit Screen Time passcode.tap on screen time then tap content and privacy restrictions and enter passcode
  3. Now, tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases Installing Apps.tap on itunes and app store purchases and then tap installing apps
  4. On the Installing Apps screen, tap on Allowed option to enable Installing of Apps on your iPhone.disable restrictions for app store from screen time on iphone

These steps should restore the App Store icon. In case it doesn’t, try the tips below.

Reset Home Screen Layout 

This step will make your Home screen return to the default layout that it came with when you first set it up. Apps will not be deleted, but the stock apps will go back to their original placement on the Home screen, so it will restore the App Store icon.

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralReset.open settings tap on general and then tap reset on iphone
  2. Select Reset Home Screen Layout.reset home screen layout on iphone

Reset All Settings

This will go a step further than the previous tip and restore all your device’s settings to the default ones.

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralReset.open settings tap on general and then tap reset on iphone
  2. Now, tap on Reset All Settings, when prompted, confirm the action. Once done, your iPhone or iPad will restart.reset all settings on iphone running ios 13

Then, try searching for the App Store again.

Update iOS to The Latest Version

If you still can’t see the App Store, make sure that you have updated to the latest version of iOS.

Go to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.

open settings tap on general and then tap on software update

It’s best to keep your device’s software updated to ensure that things run smoothly.

Summing Up 

So, which of these tips helped you restore the missing App Store icon on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.