How to Fix: Apps Disappearing from iPhone iPad after iOS 12 Update

iOS system update might cause you to lose some of your apps. So how to fix apps disappearing from iPhone iPad after iOS 12 or iOS 12.1 update? In this guide, you will find the exact answer and help you recover disappeared apps data with ease.

By Tom Boyer | Posted on: Jul. 18, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 02, 2018
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iOS 12 is on the way, you are suggested to know the pros and cons of iOS 12, including the iOS 12 bugs and issues you may meet, so that you can make a good decision on whether to update to the new iOS 12 on your iPhone iPad.

Once Apple Inc. releases a new iOS system, a great deal of iOS users will update their iPhone as soon as possible. But following the update are some unpredictable problems. You might find that your apps didn’t show on the home screen of your device, or even with the Spotlight Search, you still could not find your disappearing apps. So what could you do to recover the missing apps after iOS 12 or iOS 12.1 update from your iPhone iPad?

No need to worry. In this following guide, we will show you some easy-to-operate yet very effective methods to solve “apps disappearing from iPhone after iOS 12 update” problems and help you recover lost app data with no effort.

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How to Fix: Apps Disappearing from iPhone iPad after iOS 12/12.1 Update

Solution 1. Re-download the Disappearing Apps from App Store

Go to “App Store” > “Updates” > “Purchased” > “Not on This iPhone” to re-download the missing apps.

Solution 2. Recover Disappearing Apps from iPhone via iTunes

For the iPhone users, backup is always a reliable choice to restore your lost data. If you happen to back up your iPhone before updating to iOS 12, you can restore your lost apps from iTunes backup with ease.

But be noticed that recovering via iTunes could cause you to lose all your original data, and it is will be an overall backup. You can’t just recover app data only.

Step 1 Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable > Wait for the iTunes pops up automatically, if you don’t have iTunes on your computer, please launch it first > Click “the Phone” button to continue.

Recover Disappearing Apps from iPhone via iTunes – step 1

Recover Disappearing Apps from iPhone via iTunes – step 1

Step 2 Choose “Summary” > Click “Restore Backup…” > Wait for a moment to get your apps back.

Recover Disappearing Apps from iPhone via iTunes – Step 2

Recover Disappearing Apps from iPhone via iTunes – Step 2

Solution 3. Check out if You Turned on the Restriction or Time Limited

Restriction allows iPhone users to hide the built-in apps in iPhone, like Safari, Camera, Siri & Dictation, FaceTime and etc. So, if you find that some of your pre-loaded apps disappeared, please turn off “Restriction”, and go back to the home screen to see if your apps have been recovered.

Go to “Setting” > “Screen Time” > “Content & Privacy Restriction”, put into your password and go to Allowed Apps to see whether you enable restriction for the app.

Solution 4. Check if “Offload Unused Apps” is Turned on

Apple Inc. introduced the “Offload Unused Apps” feature with iOS 11 to help iOS users save their storage space. By default, this feature is turned off. But when you update your iPhone to iOS 12, this feature might be turned on automatically, then some of your apps will disappear. so when you find your apps disappeared after iOS 12 update, please check out if the Offload Unused Apps feature is turned on automatically.

Go on “Settings” > Swipe down and choose “iTunes & App Store” > Swipe down and find “Offload Unused Apps” to see if it is turned on > Turn off “Offload Unused Apps” if you want to keep your apps.

Bonus Tip: How to Recover Deleted App Data from iPhone iPad without Backup

With the above steps, your disappearing apps after iOS 12 update could come back to your device, but some of the app data might be lost due to the update or recovery from iTunes. So what about these deleted app data? How to recover them from your iPhone iPad?

Here, we highly recommend to you a brilliant and professional app data recovery software: PhoneRescue for iOS. With its help, you can surely recover the deleted app data from iPhone/iPad. And here are some outstanding features:

Just free download PhoneRescue for iOS and follow the simple steps below to recover deleted or lost app data easily.

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Step 1. Install and run PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Plug your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable > Check “Recover from iOS Device” and click the arrow on the right to proceed.

How to Recover Deleted App Data from iPhone without Backup –Sstep 1

How to Recover Deleted App Data from iPhone without Backup – Step 1

Step 2 Choose “App Data” > Click “OK” button to continue.

How to Recover Deleted App Data from iPhone without Backup – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted App Data from iPhone without Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Preview and select the app data you want to recover > Click “To Device” icon to get the app data back to iPhone, or click ”To Computer” icon to recover them to your Mac/PC computer.

How to Recover Deleted App Data from iPhone without Backup – Step 3

How to Recover Deleted App Data from iPhone without Backup – Step 3

The Bottom Line

As you can see, all the above methods can help you to solve “how to fix apps disappearing from iPhone after iOS 12 update” problem. Hope all your wanted apps are recovered. Also, if your app data are lost for some unforeseen reasons, just give PhoneRescue for iOS a free trial to let it help you.

Tom Boyer

A writer for iMobie, has been covering iOS, Mac and Android related How-to Articles / Apps Reviews for 3+ years. Like sharing something about data recovering knowledge and apps.