Missing the App Store Icon on iPhone? 3 Ways to Get It Back (2022 Update)

What happens if you delete the App Store? The app can't be deleted, so you just need to find the missing App Store.

If your App Store icon is missing and you’re wondering how to restore it, we’ve got great news for you. A missing App Store icon on iPhone doesn’t mean you deleted the app. While there are other native apps that you can delete, the App Store is not one of them. Our guide will show you how to reinstall the App Store or just find it on your iPhone.

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No App Store Icon on iPhone? Get Help from Search

If you think you accidentally deleted the App Store, don't worry: The App Store cannot be deleted, so it's just a matter of finding out why the App Store icon is missing. One of the common causes for a missing App Store icon is that it’s inside a folder on your phone or hidden in the App Library. Rather than looking through each of your folders, using the Search tool is an easier way to find or "reinstall" the App Store icon:

  1. From the first page of your Home screen or your Lock screen, swipe from left to right to open Search.

    Swipe left to right
  2. Type App Store in the Search field. This should reveal the App Store in your search results.

    Search App Store
  3. Next to the App Store search result, you'll see where the app is located. Mine, for example, is located in my "Extras" folder.

    See folders
  4. You can open the App Store right from Search, or you can navigate to the folder it's in and open it there.

    Open App Store

You can also learn how to view your Apple purchases.

Restore Your Home Screen to Get App Store Back on Your iPhone

If your App Store didn’t show up in your search results, the next option is to restore your Home Screen to its default settings. It should be easier for you to find the App Store icon once it’s back to its original location:

  1. Open the Settings app.

    Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll down and tap on General.

    Scroll down and tap on General
  3. Scroll all the way down and tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone.

    Transfer or Reset iPhone
  4. Select Reset.

  5. Tap Reset Home Screen.

    Reset Home Screen Layout
  6. Confirm that you want to reset your home screen to its factory default.

    Reset Home Screen
  7. The Home Screen will be reverted to its default layout, and you should see the App Store icon restored.

    Open App Store

App Store App Disappeared from Your Home Screen? Check Restrictions

If your App Store icon is still missing after searching for it and restoring your Home screen, it’s likely due to restrictions on your phone. Whether you placed these controls by choice or accidentally, it’s easy to change them back to let you access your App Store once again.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll down and tap on Screen Time.

    Tap on Screen Time
  3. In the Screen Time menu, select Content & Privacy Restrictions.

    Select Content & Privacy Restrictions
  4. Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases.

    Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases
  5. If Installing Apps is set to “Don’t Allow”, tap on it.

    If Installing Apps and/or Deleting Apps say "Don't Allow," tap on them to change this setting.
  6. Select Allow.

    Tap on Allow
  7. Go back one screen. If Deleting Apps is set to “Don’t Allow”, tap on it.

    If Installing Apps and/or Deleting Apps say "Don't Allow," tap on them to change this setting.
  8. Select Allow.

    Tap on Allow
  9. When you go back to your Home screen, you should see your App Store icon once again.

Having access to your App Store icon is important. It allows you to download new apps and lets you keep your current apps updated. Once you’ve restored this handy icon, make a note of its location and your phone’s restrictions to ensure easy access to your App Store in the future. You can also find out how to use the App Store on other Apple devices, like your Apple TV. The Mail app has been known to dissapear from your iPhone, fix it here.

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Erin MacPherson

Erin is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.