Here's what you should do to get back the missing App Store icon

April 13, 2020

When you find the App Store missing on iPad or iPhone, you cannot download or purchase any app. Chances are, you have restricted its use. There can be other reasons as well for its absence. Whatever the case is, this tutorial will help you fix the problem and restore the missing App Store icon.

App Store Icon

How to restore the missing App Store icon on iPhone?

Before proceeding further, make sure the icon is not in a folder. Check the Home screen and every folder. This is because, sometimes, the icon unknowingly gets attached to a folder. As such, you'll need to open each app one at a time to see if the icon is hidden there. When found, just drag it out and place it on the Home Screen. If these tricks fail to find the missing App Store icon, do the following.

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  1. Open iPhone/iPad Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Screen Time option.
  3. Locate the Content & Privacy Restrictions menu.
  4. Expand the menu and go to iTunes and App Store Purchases.
  5. Choose the Installing Apps option.
  6. Enable the option.

If some restrictions have been configured on your device then, chances are the App Store icon may not show on your home screen. To fix this issue, keep reading.

How do i get app store icon back on my iphone?

Launch the ‘Settings’ app on your iOS device.

Screen Time Setting
Screen Time Setting

From the list of options displayed, select ‘Screen Time’. The app helps you better understand the usage of your mobile phones.

Privacy Restrictions Setting
Privacy Restrictions Setting

Locate ‘Content & Privacy Restriction’ option.

Privacy Restrictions
Privacy Restrictions

When found, enable the option. If prompted for a code, enter your ‘Restrictions passcode’. After you confirm your passcode, you'll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. Enter it and proceed further.

Now tap on ‘iTunes & App Store Purchases’.

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Allow Installing Apps
Allow Installing Apps

In the next screen that appears, select ‘Installing Apps’ Here, make sure the toggle for ‘Installing Apps’ is set to ‘Allow’.

That’s it!

Missing App Store Icon Restored
Missing App Store Icon Restored

Once, you have completed the above steps, the App Store missing on iPhone should reappear on your iPhone Home Screen.

Also, check out our earlier post - How to change Apple’s Weather app’s unit from Celsius to Fahrenheit and Transfer your old iPad cellular data plan to new iPad.

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