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How to find missing iPhone apps and restore them

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It’s a weird bug, but it does happen to some iPhone users.

I was setting up a new iPhone the other day and so I decided to download all the apps that I usually use. My mobile data connection during that time wasn’t really cooperating, so I had to wait for a long time for the apps to be downloaded. However, I actually had to pause and resume the download multiple times because it was getting stuck and it’s not moving at all.

The next day, I was wondering why I’m not receiving email notifications on my phone when I clearly downloaded the app the night before. Since it’s not in my app drawer, I figured I’d just download it again. To my surprise, it was already downloaded when I fired up the App Store. In fact, there’s an “Open” button which I can use to access the app. But that’s all there is to it. I can’t find the icon in my apps and folders, even the recent apps deck doesn’t show it.

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I asked some of my friends and a number of them actually experienced the same thing. They told me an easy fix, but it didn’t work out for me. I continued digging in the settings menu to find anything that can help fix my problem and I eventually found a solution.

Here are two ways on how you can restore missing apps on an iPhone

Reboot

Yes, the easiest fix to this issue is a good ol’ restart. If there’s something weird happening to your device, try rebooting it and the problem will probably go away (for some reason). It fixes 90% of gadget problems nowadays.

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Enable and disable “Restrictions”

Now if the reboot solution didn’t work for you, try this one. Go to Settings > General and look for Restrictions. Tap Enable and set a 4-digit password.

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After enabling it, simply disable it again and after you input the 4-digit passcode, the missing apps should now appear in your app drawer.

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This is the method that worked for us and we hope that it worked for you, too. If you encountered the same issue and came up with a different solution, share with us so we can add it to this article.

That’s it! If you have any questions, drop them in the comments section below and we’ll help you out.

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