Have you accidentally or due to any other reasons deleted the app icon from your Android phone?
If “Yes” then I know how you are feeling now. But you don’t need to panic as you can recover deleted/lost/missing/disappeared icons on Android. This guide will show you different solutions to restore deleted icons from Android phones.
Solution 1: Check If Icons Are Still Available Under App Drawer
If the icons have disappeared from your device then you can easily get them back from the app drawer. The app drawer icon contains all the apps icons installed on your phone.
To find the app icons you need to tap on app drawer icon (white circle with 6 squares on it). Here you will get all the icons. You can find the disappeared icon easily by typing its name in the search box.
(App Drawer Icon)
Now, you can hold that icon and drop it where you want. You can put it on another page also.
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Solution 2: Long Press On Empty Space On Home Screen
This is an easy way to restore deleted icons on Android.
Here, follow the steps to recover deleted icons on Android.
Step 1: On your device’s Home Screen tap and long press on blank space. Doing this will display a new menu with set up options for your Android phone.
(Select what you want to add to your Home Screen)
Step 2: After that to open a new menu you need to choose Widgets and Apps.
Step 3: Then hit on Apps. Now, select the app that you have accidentally deleted earlier.
Step 4: Tap and hold the icon and drag it to your device screen or to another page on your device’s screen.
Solution 3: Remove The Battery And Put It Back
You can also get your icons back on your Android phone by removing the battery from your device. And after few seconds insert it again to its same place.
Note: You can only use this solution if you have a phone which has a removable battery.
Solution 4: Restore Hidden Apps On Android Or Re-Enable Disabled Apps
If you have hidden/disabled any apps on your phone then it can result in the icons to be missing. You can also use this solution if you want to find/restore hidden apps icons.
Here, follow the steps to check it.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Apps.
Step 2: Then hit the app which icon you want to view.
Step 3: If you see the “Enable/Start” then your issue is solved. Tap on it to restore the icons.
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Solution 5: How To Restore Deleted App Drawer Icon On Android
If your Apps Drawer icon has disappeared from your phone then you can easily restore it to your phone. But, the steps may vary from phone to phone models as the different phone has different settings.
(Solo Actions Screen)
Here, follow the steps to recover the deleted App Drawer icon.
Step 1: On your phone go to the static bottom panel on your device (Lower Dock).
Step 2: If there is not enough storage space then move one of the apps on this panel to make space for the app drawer. You can also delete one of the features. If you want to delete then press and hold it and confirm delete/move it to an unused hole on Home screen.
Step 3: It should turn into a plus sign.
Step 4: If, you hit on this icon then it may show you a list of options. You can select from to fill the space.
Step 5: Choose the “App Drawer icon” to send it to the Home screen.
Step 6: If you can’t find the plus sign then long-press Lower Dock and hit on the default icon. Here, you can see and choose the app drawer option.
When you get back the app drawer icon it will become easy to restore any hidden/deleted app icon.
Solution 6: Make Sure The Launcher Does Not Have the App Hidden
Your Android phone may have a launcher that can set apps to be hidden. You have to bring up the app, then choose Menu. Here, you can unhide the apps. The option may vary depending on your launcher app or Android phone.
Solution 7: Reset The Home Screen Launcher
You can also reset the home screen launcher to fix this problem. But it will reset your home screen completely.
Below, follow the steps to reset the home screen launcher.
Step 1: On your Android device, go to “Settings” > “Apps & notifications” > “App info”.
Step 2: Choose the app that handles the launcher. The app will be different depending on your Android phone model. Find something related or which contains the word Home or Launcher (for example – Nova Launcher). On a Samsung phone, it may be called TouchWiz.
Step 3: After that select Storage and then select “Clear data”.
Solution 8: Check If You’ve Deleted The Entire App
When you don’t find the app icon on the app drawer then you may have uninstalled the app completely.
So, in this situation, go to Google Play Store and search for the app that has disappeared. If you find Install button (in place of Update or Open) then it means that you have mistakenly deleted the app.
If so, then you can easily install the app icons again from Google Play store. Don’t Worry! Your app’s data is safe as the app leave a cache on your Android device for future re-use.
Solution 9: Uninstall Apps From Settings & Reinstall It
To fix this problem, you can just uninstall those apps you are having this issue by going to Settings > Apps > App name > tap on Uninstall button. After uninstalling the app again install the app from Google Play.
Solution 10: Uncheck The Apps From Settings
Step 1: Open Settings app on your phone.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Apps and then tap on 3 vertical dots (menu button) on the right side.
Step 3: Now, tap on Protected apps.
Step 4: Here, you will find all the installed apps and the apps which are installed and missing will have a tick mark beside the app.
Step 5: Tap on the tick mark box to uncheck the apps and then reboot your phone.
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Solution 11: Factory Reset Your Phone
If all the above-mentioned solutions do not help then doing a factory reset will help you to get back deleted icons on Android phone.
But it is my suggestion that you should follow this solution when none of the above solutions fix this problem.
Note: Before resetting your phone you should create backup of all valuable data from your Android phone as it will wipe all data and apps from your device.
Here, follow the steps to factory reset your Android device.
Step 1: On your phone open Settings app.
Step 2: After that tap on System.
Step 3: Then tap Advanced.
Step 4: Now, tap on Reset options.
Step 5: Next, tap on Erase all data (factory reset).
Step 6: Hit on Erase all data.
Step 7: If asked enter the passcode.
Once the factory reset process gets over, your device will reboot. After that, you need to set up your phone. After setting it up. Go to Google Play Store and installed all the apps. Now, you will not face any problem.
There are 11 different solutions to restore deleted icons on Android. I hope you have solved this problem.
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Jasper Madison is a passionate technical writer with more than 9 years of experience. She has a keen interest in Android and iOS and everything surrounding it. She is a technology enthusiast and fascinated with technology since her childhood days.