Last day, I found the App Store Icon missing on my iPhone. At first, I couldn’t believe what was happening on my iOS device. But just when I was about to unleash my anger, I thought of trying to try out some tricks.
Luckily those tricks paid off for me. In my case, the villain was none other than one of my favorite iOS features Restrictions aka Parental Controls. If you have also run into this same issue and don’t see App Store on your device, try out the below-mentioned tricks to get it back.
How to Fix App Store Icon Missing in iOS 12
While using your iPhone, you may have accidentally restricted the access to App Store on your device. So, first ensure, the app is not bound by Restrictions.
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on Screen Time.
Step #2. Now, tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions and enter the screen time passcode.
Step #3. Next, toggle OFF “Content & Privacy Restrictions”.
In case you hadn’t restricted App Store and still, it’s not available on your device, try resetting Home Screen Layout.
On your iDevice, Go to Settings → General → scroll down and tap on Reset → Reset Home Screen Layout.
Reset All Settings
If no luck yet, try resetting iPhone/iPad to factory default. One thing you should know that it will remove all the login details, and Wi-Fi passwords but your data, as well as media, will remain safe.
Open Settings app on your iOS device → General → Reset → tap on Reset All Settings and confirm.
Once your device has restarted, search for the App Store. It should most likely return to your device.
In most cases, you may not have to come this far. But just in case you haven’t got success as yet, update your device to the latest iOS version.
Besides, it’s always advisable to keep iOS device updated to ensure it’s more secure and able to run smoothly.
Open Settings app → General → Software Update.
App Store is like a gateway to the world of awesome apps and games. And when that goes invisible, getting panicked is reasonable. But one thing is sure, none of the stock iOS apps can ever go missing, they may be hidden, but not missing.
Which one of the tricks mentioned above worked for you?
Hopefully, you’ve got the better of the issue. Let us know the solution that clicked for you.
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