Apple Music App Missing on Home Screen With iOS 10? How to Get It & Your Music Back

With the iOS 10 update, users have noticed apps seem to be disappearing from their home screens— apps that couldn’t be deleted before iOS 10. If your Music app has gone missing, it’s likely due to an accidental delete. When Apple released iOS 10, it gave us the option to ‘delete’ stock Apple apps from your Home screen. While the apps are more hidden than actually gone, it’s managed to cause a few people to panic (including myself) when a standby app suddenly disappears. If your Apple Music app is missing, here’s how to get it back. 

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I don’t know about you, but when I updated to iOS 10, the first thing I did was delete lots and lots of Apple stock apps. Many of which I found I needed at some later point in time and had to figure out how to get them back. Luckily, the solution is incredibly easy. If your Music app is missing, it’s likely you accidentally deleted it some point after updating to iOS 10. To get it back, we need to download it like any other app from the App Store.

How to Get Your Music App Back If It’s Gone Missing

  • Open the App Store and tap the Search tab at the bottom of the screen.

  • Search for Music. Find the Music app by Apple and tap the download button that looks like a cloud with a downward arrow.

  • It will download in an instant since it was never truly deleted. Tap Open to open your re-installed Music app.

My Music is Gone! What Do I Do?!

Don’t panic. Lord knows I did. When you redownload the Music app, your iCloud Music Library will be turned off and your Apple Music music will have disappeared. To get it back, we need to do two things. First:

  • Open Settings and tap Music.

  • Toggle on iCloud Music Library.

  • Select Keep.

Now, to get your music back, we need to sync your iPhone to your computer. This will only work if your iCloud Music Library was active on iTunes before you deleted the Music app. To know whether it was or not, open iTunes and check to see if the music from your iCloud Music Library is there. Then:

  • Plug your iPhone into your computer using the USB-to-Lightning cable.

  • Once your computer recognizes your iPhone, it will restore the music you had added to your library.

The music you previously downloaded won’t be on your phone but at least your collection of music on Apple Music will still be intact.


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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.