How to Get Back Disappeared Apps from iPhone

Your iPhone apps disappeared after iOS update, data sync or software restore? Don’t worry! This post offers you some quick fixes.

Tom Boyer Last Updated: May. 21, 2020
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“I have an iPhone Xs running the latest iOS (13.3.1) and recently my notes app has disappeared, I think it’s probably related with the new operating system, the fact is that I can’t find the app on the iPhone. I already tried searching for it on the phone with no success. In the mail app they don’t have the backup of my recent notes and I don’t have them synced with iCloud.” mia almeida questioned.

You may also meet a similar iOS issue just like what it shows above, and the app disappeared from your iPhone by accident after updating to new software, restoring from iTunes or syncing via iTunes. And the app won’t show on home screen or any folder on your iPhone. And sometimes, the Spotlight Search even doesn’t help you to find your missing app. Then how to get back disappeared apps on iPhone?

How to Fix iPhone Apps Disappearing

Step 1. Check everywhere on your Home Screen, including the folders on Home Screen.

Step 2. Use Search to find your disappeared apps.

Step 3. Restart or force restart your iPhone.

Step 4. Check whether you allow the apps to disappear by going to Settings > General > Restrictions.

Step 5. Check whether you log in with the right iCloud account by going to Settings > iCloud.

Step 6. Reinstall the apps on App Store. Just search the name of your disappeared app on App Store and go to download and install it. If you are going to download a lot of purchased apps, you can go to App Store > Updates > Purchased > Not on This iPhone.

Step 7. If you still cannot fix this problem, you can try to fix this problem by erasing your device and then restoring it from iTunes or iCloud using the latest backup.

Step 8. Report the issue to Apple Support and wait for a response.

The Bottom Line

After trying all tips, still cannot get out? You can detail your issue in the below comment section to discuss it. And if you lost some data, such as contacts, messages, photos, notes. when you tried recovering disappeared apps, you can use PhoneRescue for iOS to get back your deleted data.

Tom Boyer

A writer for iMobie, has been covering iOS, Mac, and Android related How-to Articles / Apps Reviews for 5+ years. Like sharing something about data transferring & recovering knowledge.