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Restore Deleted App Icons on Android Home Screen

Restore Deleted App Icons on Android Home Screen
Written by Darren Wall

Sometimes, our smartphone and tablet screens can get crowded. Much like PC desktops, they can be a haven for icon crowding. Who would blame you if you wanted to get rid of a few every once in a while? However, there may come a time when you want to know how to restore deleted app icons.

Read on to learn more about why this may be the case.

Why Delete App Icons?

Smartphone and tablet screens get cluttered. Just like our desks and occasional chairs, they can often be used as dumping grounds and become akin to a hoarders paradise. So, having a digital spring clean is no bad thing. If you’re keen on saving space, it makes sense to tidy up regularly.

How to restore deleted app icons

Why Restore Deleted App Icons?

Unfortunately, mistakes happen, and we don’t always mean to delete icons. It’s easy sometimes to let your finger slip and lose access to one of your favorite apps on the home screen. On the face of things, it may seem as though you’ve lost your shortcut forever.

However, the removal of an apps icon from the home screen doesn’t mean that it is gone forever. Yes, it is where you keep and launch your favorite apps from, but you can gain access to them in a few other ways. What’s more, you’ll even be able to pop them back on the home panels for easy access.


Things to Try

There are a few different ways in which you can remedy this situation. So, in this article, I will be looking at two in particular. Meaning, that if you’ve accidentally removed an app, you will be able to get it back quickly.

restore deleted Android applications via the applications list

Solution 1: Open Up Your App Drawer

The first place you should head to when you accidentally remove an icon is in your app drawer. You will typically find this in the middle of your screen, depicted as six dots in a circle. You may even need to swipe upward! Doing either will give you access to the applications list, some of which are hidden away from the home screen.

No matter which Android OS your smartphone is running, you can now scroll up and down looking for and the missing app. You could also use the inbuilt search function if you are having difficulty finding the app. If that is the case, here is a tip. Sort your apps in alphabetical order leads to better organization and the easier finding of your chosen application.

how to restore a deleted app icon on home screen
Once you’ve found the app, press and hold it, after a couple of seconds, it will open your home screen back up again. From here, you’ll be able to drag and drop your icon wherever you need it to go. You can drop it back in the same place as before, or somewhere else.

This method is the quickest way to restore deleted app icons at short notice. While it can take a little time to get used to some of Android’s less intuitive controls, this is a situation you can remedy quickly.

Solution 2: Press and Hold The Home Screen

If you’d prefer to not dig through your app drawer, you can customize your home screen right from the source. Replacing lost icons is easy, and providing you know what you’re looking for, you can bring back your apps within minutes.

Another app icon restoration method
Firstly, press into the space left behind by the missing icon. Be sure to avoid touching another; this will prevent further accidents or the launching of that app by accident. After a second or two, your device will present you with a customization screen.

You will see a pop-up menu which enables you to pick and choose what goes onto your home screen. From there you can also change wallpapers and widgets, too. The second item on this menu’s list is ‘Apps.’ Naturally, you should tap this, and you will find yourself at a full list of applications installed on your device.

Scroll through or search for the app in question and tap and hold its icon. Again, this will take you back to the home screen, where you can drag and replace the icon in question.

This method offers you a nice and easy way to get your home screen in order. If you ever want to customize what’s there, press and hold for full access to all the controls you need.

Other Methods to Restore Your App Icons

There are plenty of different ways to restore deleted app icons on Android; however, the two methods listed here will work quickest for the majority of issues. If you can’t find the app you downloaded, you may need to look a little deeper into where your programs are stored. If not, you may need to download the software over again.

This guide applies all Android versions available at the time of publication, as well as all compatible devices.

About the author

Darren Wall

Darren hails from the UK, is a lover of all things mobile technology and likes to write about it all of the time. He's been writing for his own mobile tech blog and various others for over 13-years and cannot foresee a day in which he will become tired of doing so.

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