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

Many users have faced this issue in the past, and also in the present. Whenever a new iOS version is released by Apple, a lot of users complain about missing apps from their device. This is likely a bug that can be resolved quickly and you get back all Apps that were missing on your iPhone or iPad after updating iOS.

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. So keep reading and follow the instructions.

How to Find Missing Apps on iPhone or iPad After Updating iOS

Get Help from Siri

Before concluding that apps have disappeared, we first need to double check the root of the problem. But how do you check if apps have actually disappeared or it is just that they are not being displayed?

Let’s ask Siri to open an app that is missing on your device. If Siri opens the app, then there isn’t much work to do and you can proceed to the next fix and get back app icons on the Home Screen.

Ask Siri to open App that is missing on iPhone

Even if Siri doesn’t help, I’ll strongly recommend to try the second fix below.

Reset Home Screen on your iOS device

The problem of missing apps may seem disastrous, but it may be a minor glitch in iOS. So before moving to heavy and tedious fixes, let’s start with something simple.

It is possible that Apps aren’t actually missing, it may be just a UI glitch that isn’t displaying the app icons. How about resetting the Home Screen and try to fix the issue?

Go to Settings → General → Reset → Reset Home Screen Layout.

Reset Home Screen on iPhone or iPad

If the issue is mainly a software glitch, it should be resolved by the simple Home Screen reset. But it isn’t fixed yet, given some more fixes mentioned below.

Restore iOS Device via iCloud Backup

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.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

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.

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. You’ll find the apps you’ve already downloaded via the App Store

  • Go to the App Store → Tap on your profile picture
  • Tap on Purchased
  • Tap on “Not on this iPhone”
  • Re-download the apps that you want

Redownload Purchased Apps on iPhone or iPad

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 downloaded or even if it does, you might run into trouble using the app.

Signing Off

Even though the disappearing apps isn’t a widespread issue among iOS users, it becomes really frustrating if you are one of the victims. I hope one of the above fixes may have helped you resolve the problem.

You may also check out other troubleshooting guides:

Which solution from the list resolved your issue? Share it in the comments and let other iOS users know. And yes, do connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 there any way to reappear the icon back?i have try reset the home screen and check the restriction but no luck.


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