I happened to download an app and it got completely downloaded (yes, its showing “open” next to the app in AppStore) but somehow its not showing up on the Home screen.

Points to consider:-

  1. I have not applied any restrictions to download any of the apps in Settings>General>Restrictions.
  2. The app is accessible from the AppStore and shows up in the spotlight search only the icon doesn’t show up anywhere no the phone’s screen.
  3. Yes I have completely checked in all folders and screen menus, but couldn’t find the app icon.

What steps need to be taken?

  • 1
    How many screens with apps are present in your iPhone?
    – Nimesh Neema
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 7:31
  • @NimeshNeema there are 7 of them..
    – user377340
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 7:32
  • What is the model of your iPhone? Please see if your iPhone is able to add a new Home Screen.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 7:34
  • @NimeshNeema its iPhone 7 plus..new home screen in what way?
    – user377340
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 7:37
  • 1
    Glad to hear! I'll add it as an answer for you. Sometimes apps don't install completely or correctly. Could be a network glitch, bad download, hiccup with the OS, etc. I'm not sure why it happened, you might never know.
    – fsb
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 7:43

5 Answers 5


This can happen for a number of reasons and you might not know why.

First, do the easy stuff, like you already did. Search with Spotlight, check for a new Home screen by swiping to the right, and check all your folders.

If those don't work, try a hard reset. After you restart the iPhone, search for the app again.

If the app is still missing, delete the app and reinstall it from the App Store. To delete the app (in iOS 11), go to Settings -> General -> iPhone Storage and find the app.

Tap the app and on the next screen select Delete App.

After the app's deleted, go back to the App Store and redownload the app again. Hopefully, it will install correctly this time and you'll be able to see it on a Home screen.

  • Thanks for your help! Well its amusing that many times even Hard resets help;)
    – user377340
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 7:57
  • I was wondering that would hard resetting in any way damage a “healthy” and newly functioning iPhone??
    – user377340
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 6:27

For iOS 14, Go to Settings > Home Screen and for "Newly downloaded apps", select Add to Home Screen.


In iOS 15, there is a setting to not show newly downloaded apps in the Home Screen and instead just show them in the Apps Library.

Check in the App Library by searching for your missing app. If present you can drag it to the Home Screen. If that was the problem you can revert the setting in Settings > Home Screen & Dock.


Do the Home Screen Layout Reset:

Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Home Screen Layout -> Reset Home Screen

Hope this will others also.



This happened to me and I finally found the app where I had embedded it two folders deep. Remember that home screens can have folders within folders.

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