How do I get my App Store back on my iPhone?

If you are missing the App Store icon on your iPhone home screen, there are a few easy ways to get it back. The App Store is a key part of the iPhone experience, allowing you to download new apps, games, and updates for your existing apps. With a few quick troubleshooting steps, you can restore the App Store icon and regain access to all of your favorite apps.

Check Your Internet Connection

One of the first things to check is your internet connection. The App Store requires an active internet connection to function properly. Make sure your Wi-Fi is turned on and connected to a network, or that your cellular data is enabled if you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi.

You can check your connection status by going to Settings > Wi-Fi and ensuring the blue indicator is shown next to a network. For cellular data, go to Settings > Cellular and make sure Cellular Data is switched on.

If you don’t have an internet connection, you won’t be able to access or even see the App Store icon. Reconnect to the internet and then check if the App Store icon reappears on your home screen.

Check Restrictions Settings

If you have restrictions enabled on your iPhone, it’s possible the App Store was hidden from your home screen. Restrictions allow you to limit access to certain apps and features.

To check if this is the case, go to Settings > General > Restrictions. Enter your restrictions passcode if required. Then, look for the setting labeled Installing Apps and make sure it is switched on. This will allow access to the App Store.

You can also check Allowed Content and make sure Installation of Apps is set to Allow. With the proper restrictions settings configured, you should now be able to access and see the App Store app.

Update Your iPhone Software

An outdated version of iOS could also be the culprit behind a missing App Store icon. Ensuring you are running the latest software update can help resolve App Store access issues.

To update your iPhone software:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. Your iPhone will check for any available updates.
  2. If an update is available, tap Download and Install. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software update. Your iPhone may need to restart to finish updating.

With your iPhone now updated to the latest iOS version, try accessing the App Store again. Updating your software can help resolve bugs and glitches like a disappeared App Store app.

Reboot Your iPhone

If you’re still not seeing the App Store after the above steps, try rebooting your iPhone:

  1. Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button at the same time.
  2. Continue holding the buttons when you see the power off slider appear on screen.
  3. Drag the slider to turn your iPhone completely off.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side button again to turn your iPhone back on.

Once your iPhone has restarted, check for the App Store icon on your home screen again. A simple reboot can fix random software glitches and make the App Store reappear.

Force Close App Store

If you can find the App Store app icon buried in your apps, but it’s not showing up on your home screen, try force closing the App Store app:

  1. Find and launch the App Store from your app library if needed.
  2. Double-click the Home button if you’re on an iPhone 8 or earlier model. For newer iPhones, swipe up from the bottom and pause.
  3. Swipe left or right to find the App Store app preview.
  4. Swipe up on the App Store preview to force close the app.

Force closing the App Store app can help refresh things and make the icon reappear properly on your home screen.

Offload and Reinstall the App Store

If force closing the App Store doesn’t bring the icon back, you may need to offload and reinstall the app:

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Find and select App Store under the list of installed apps.
  3. Tap Offload App and confirm to offload the App Store.
  4. Next, go to the App Store listing on the App Store.
  5. Tap Get and then Install to reinstall the App Store.

Offloading removes the App Store data while keeping the app metadata. Reinstalling gives you a fresh App Store app that should properly recreate the home screen icon.

Restore Your iPhone

If all else fails, you may need to do a full restore of your iPhone to get the App Store icon back. Before restoring, make sure to backup your iPhone either locally or to iCloud.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
  2. Open iTunes on the computer and select your connected iPhone.
  3. Under Summary, click Restore iPhone. This will wipe your device and install a fresh copy of the latest iOS version.
  4. Set up your iPhone as new after the restore completes. Do not restore from a backup yet.
  5. Check for the App Store app after setup. If it’s still missing, try restoring from your backup.

Restoring or even setting up as new should allow the App Store icon to reappear normally after. As a last resort, contact Apple Support for further troubleshooting assistance.

Create a Web Clip Shortcut

If for some reason you’re still unable to get the App Store to properly reinstall, you can create a web clip shortcut to access it:

  1. Go to in Safari on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Share button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select Add to Home Screen. You can edit the name if desired.
  4. Tap Add in the upper-right corner to add the shortcut.

This will create a new icon on your home screen that opens the App Store website. You can use this to browse and download apps until the native App Store app icon reappears.

Contact Apple Support

If you still can’t restore the App Store on your iPhone after trying all of the above steps, your last resort is to contact Apple Support:

  • Go to and select iPhone > Apps & iTunes.
  • Click Contact Apple Support and sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Select App Store and describe your missing icon issue.
  • You can contact support by phone, chat, email, or schedule a callback.
  • An Apple Support advisor can further troubleshoot and hopefully determine why your App Store disappeared.

While a missing App Store icon is frustrating, Apple’s support team should be able to find a fix for you whether it’s remotely troubleshooting or arranging for a device replacement if needed.

Prevent the App Store From Disappearing

To avoid having this issue in the first place, there are some preventative steps you can take:

  • Always keep your iPhone updated with the latest iOS version.
  • Avoid jailbreaking your device as this can cause instability.
  • Be careful which apps you download from outside the App Store.
  • Back up your iPhone regularly either locally or using iCloud.
  • Monitor available storage and offload unused apps periodically.
  • If you notice app icons looking jumbled, restart your iPhone.

Following best practices for using and maintaining your iPhone can reduce the chances of core apps like the App Store disappearing from your home screen icons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did the App Store disappear from my iPhone?

Common reasons for the App Store disappearing include an unstable jailbreak, iOS bugs, full storage, restrictions being enabled, or the app being hidden from your home screen. In rare cases, the app may have become corrupted.

Can I redownload the App Store?

Typically you can redownload the App Store from the App Store listing. If the icon is totally missing, you may need to offload and reinstall it from iPhone storage settings or do a full restore to bring it back.

What should I do if I deleted the App Store?

If you accidentally deleted the App Store app, you can redownload it from the App Store listing as long as you still have internet access on your iPhone. Otherwise, connect to iTunes on a computer and restore the App Store app via syncing.

How do I restore my iPhone without losing data?

To restore your iPhone while retaining your data, you need to backup your iPhone before restoring either locally with iTunes or using iCloud Backup. After restoring, you can then restore your content and data from the backup.

How do I contact Apple Support?

You can contact Apple Support for troubleshooting at or by scheduling a callback. Support options include chat, phone, email, and Twitter. You can also book Genius Bar appointments at Apple retail stores.


Having your App Store app go missing can certainly be annoying and limit your iPhone functionality. Thankfully, it’s usually a fixable issue. By double checking restrictions, updating iOS, offloading and reinstalling the App Store, or performing a full restore, you should be able to get the App Store icon back in its rightful place on your home screen.

Relying on Apple Support is always advisable if you can’t resolve an App Store disappearance on your own after trying the recommended troubleshooting steps. With a few simple actions, you’ll have your App Store access restored in no time.

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