Missing the App Store Icon on Your iPhone? 3 Ways to Get It Back

If there's no App Store icon on your iPhone, don't worry. The app can't be deleted, so you just need to find the missing App Store and restore it to your Home screen to make it easy to find again.

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 several ways to find and bring back your missing App Store icon, so you can download and update your apps once again.

Related: How to Find Hidden or Missing Apps on Your iPhone

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No App Store Icon on iPhone? Get Help from Search

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 the misplaced icon:

  1. From the middle of your Home screen, swipe down to access the Search feature.
  2. Type App Store in the Search field. This should reveal the App Store in your search results.
  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.

    Swipe down from the center of your Home screen to access SearchEnter App Store in the search bar and look to the right of the App Store result to see where the app is located
     

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.
  2. Scroll down and tap on General.

    Open the Settings appScroll down and tap on General
     
  3. Scroll all the way down and tap on Reset.
  4. Select Reset Home Screen Layout.

    Scroll all the way down and tap on ResetTap on Reset Home Screen Layout
     
  5. Tap Reset Home Screen to confirm that you want to reset your home screen to its factory default.
  6. The Home Screen will be reverted to its default layout, and you should see the App Store icon restored.

    Confirm Reset Home Screen

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.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Screen Time.

    Open the Settings appTap on Screen Time
     
  3. In the Screen Time menu, select Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases.

    Select Content & Privacy RestrictionsTap on iTunes & App Store Purchases
     
  5. If Installing Apps is set to “Don’t Allow”, tap on it, and select Allow.

    If Installing Apps and/or Deleting Apps say "Don't Allow," tap on them to change this setting.Tap on Allow
     
  6. Go back one screen. If Deleting Apps is set to “Don’t Allow”, tap on it, and select Allow.

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

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith is a Feature Writer 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 seven 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.