back to top
iGBHow-toApps missing from Launchpad on Mac? 3 Ways to get it back!

Apps missing from Launchpad on Mac? 3 Ways to get it back!

Did you try to open an app on your Mac only to find that apps are not showing in Launchpad on your Mac? Don’t worry; it can happen sometimes due to system glitches. And you can quickly get back your essential apps. In this guide, I’ll show you how to bring back applications missing from Launchpad on your Mac.

  1. Drag apps to Launchpad manually on Mac
  2. Rebuild the Launchpad database
  3. Reset Dock to default using Terminal

1. Drag apps to Launchpad manually on Mac

When you install new applications on your Mac, you’ll find them in the Launchpad automatically. However, if the app is downloaded from third-party websites, you must add it manually. Here’s how you can drag and drop applications to Launchpad:

  1. Open Finder on your Mac.
  2. Go to the Applications folder or the folder where you installed the app.

    Select the Applications folder in Finder on Mac
  3. Click and drag the application over the Launchpad icon in the Dock and release it.

    Drag and drop the application on the Launchpad icon in the Dock
  4. Restart your Mac, and the app will appear on Launchpad as usual.

Moreover, if the app is in other folders like Downloads, move it to the default Applications folder. It will automatically make the app icon show up in Launchpad.

2. Rebuild the Launchpad database

The Launchpad on Mac has a database of app icons, locations, and other relevant information. However, glitches in this database prevent Launchpad from showing all apps on your Mac. In this case, rebuilding the Launchpad database will reset the apps inside and get back the missing icons.

  1. Open Finder on your Mac.
  2. In the menu bar, navigate to Go → Go to Folder.
    You can also use the shortcut Cmd (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + G on your keyboard.

    Select Go in the menu and choose Go to Folder option when in Finder window
  3. Paste the following file location in the provided field:
    ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/

    Paste the Dock file location in the Go to Folder search bar
  4. Delete any files that end with DB extension.
    If you don’t see extensions, here’s our guide to enabling filename extensions on Mac.

    Delete the files with db extension in the Dock folder

Once you delete the database files, restart your Mac and then try accessing the Launchpad. Now, you’ll find your missing apps in the Mac Launchpad. If your problem hasn’t been solved, try the following troubleshooting method.

3. Reset Dock to default using Terminal

Launchpad is a part of Dock, and resetting the Dock can fix Launchpad sometimes. If you don’t know how to reset Dock using Terminal, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Terminal from Spotlight, Launchpad, or the Applications folder on your Mac.
  2. Paste the following code in the Terminal:
    rm ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/*.db; killall Dock
  3. Press the Return or Enter key on the keyboard to execute the command.

    Terminal window on Mac with command to reset Dock
  4. Restart your Mac to conclude the process.

This command resets the Dock, which resets the Launchpad simultaneously. As a result, it will fix apps that are not appearing in Launchpad on macOS.

Get back your missing apps in Launchpad…

Launchpad offers a quick way to launch apps on your Mac. However, if the app icons go missing from Launchpad, it can interrupt your workflow. I hope this guide helped you to restore apps in Launchpad. If you have further queries, please leave them in the comments below.

Read more:

  • Sajid

    Sajid Shaik is a tech enthusiast who explains complex concepts in a clear and concise way. For the past 7 years, he has been a regular contributor to tech blogs and publications, including MakeUseOf and iGeeksBlog. Sajid also has extensive knowledge of the Apple ecosystem, which he shares with his readers through his words. He has created a wide range of content, such as How-Tos, Reviews, Listicles, and much more. Aside from that, Sajid has a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, which gives him an advantage in better understanding technology at hardware level. Apart from writing, you can find him fiddling with Apple products or keeping up with all things Apple.

    View all posts


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles