How to Fix App Store Missing from iPad/iPhone

The guide talks about how to fix App Store missing from iPad or iPhone. If your App Store disappeared from iPhone/iPad, read the post to get some possible solutions.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 17, 2020

App store icon disappeared from iPad! I went to browse some apps earlier and realized that the App Store icon is completely gone. I don’t know where is my App Store. Does anybody know what I can do?

– A Question from iPad User

Then how to get App Store back on iPad/iPhone? In the following post, we introduce 5 quick tips for you to fix App Store missing from iPad or iPhone. Read on to know how to make it.

How to Fix App Store Missing from iPad/iPhone

Tip 1. Make Sure the Icon is not in a Folder

Check every Home screen and every folder. Also, use search to see if you can find it. From the Home screen, swipe all the way to the left screen, then search for “App Store” to see if it appears.

Search for App Store

Search for App Store

Tip 2. Check Restrictions

Go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > iTunes & App Store Purchases > Click on Installing Apps > Make sure the Allow button is on.

If this tip works for you, getting back the iPhone App Store icon. So to prevent this problem from ever happening again, you can Turn Off Screen Time from the bottom of the Screen Time page.

Check Restrictions

Check Restrictions

Tip 3. Reset Home Screen Layout

Go to Settings > General and scroll to Reset > Click on Reset Home Screen Layout. This will return all app icons to default settings and restore the App Store icon.

Reset Home Screen Layout

Reset Home Screen Layout

Tip 4. Reset All Settings

Here, all settings include network settings, the keyboard dictionary, the home screen layout, location settings, privacy settings, and Apple Pay cards. Once you enable Reset All Settings, those are removed and reset to their defaults. No data or media are deleted. 

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and confirm. After restarting iPhone or iPad, search for the App Store.

Tip 5. Check for iOS Update

It’s always advisable to keep iOS device updated to ensure it’s more secure and able to run smoothly. On your iPhone/iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update to update your iPhone or iPad.

Many reasons might cause data like photos, messages, contacts, notes, call logs, etc. missing from your iPhone or iPad. For example, a failed iOS upgrade or restore, or even mistaken deletions. Thus, you may need a professional iOS data recovery tool to help you recover lost files on iPhone X/8/7/6s/6 or iPad.

PhoneRescue for iOS is the one we would like to recommend to you. It enables you to preview all files on iPhone iPad before retrieving, and then you can selectively choose what you want to recover. This way will avoid a whole restore of your iPhone or iPad from the iTunes or iCloud backup, that is to say, all current data’s safety on iDevice will be ensured.

Detailed Steps to How to Recover Lost Files on iPhone X/8/7/6s/6 or iPad

Step 1: Go to the PhoneRescue download page to get PhoneRescue for iOS installed. Launch PhoneRescue – iOS Data Recovery on your computer. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. Choose Recover from iOS Device mode and click Scan button on the bottom-right corner.

How to Recover Lost Files on iPhone/iPad - Step 1

How to Recover Lost Files on iPhone/iPad – Step 1

Step 2: Check the file categories you want to recover > Click OK button to scan the deleted files. By default, all categories will be selected. You can uncheck Select All option and then choose the data based on your needs.

How to Recover Lost Files on iPhone/iPad - Step 2

How to Recover Lost Files on iPhone/iPad – Step 2

Step 3: Preview and select the files you prefer > Click To Computer button or To Device button to recover your deleted files now.

How to Recover Lost Files on iPhone/iPad - Step 3

How to Recover Lost Files on iPhone/iPad – Step 3

The Bottom Line

PhoneResuce for iOS offers you 3 options to recover lost or deleted files. You can retrieve files directly from iOS device, PhoneRescue for iOS also enables you to access your iTunes/iCloud backup without many limitations, and selectively choose lost or deleted files to recover. All retrieved data is in a totally readable format. Get PhoneRescue for iOS to explore more.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.