How to Find Hidden or Missing Apps on iPhone

Have you ever lost an app on your iPad or iPhone? It can happen more easily than you might think. Maybe you stuck it in a folder in an effort to declutter your Home screen, or even deleted it in an effort to create space for the latest iOS update, and then forgot. Or maybe you just have so many apps it's lost in the crowd. Whether you have a missing app on your iPhone, a hidden app on your iPhone, or simply deleted your app, here's how to find out what happened to the app that disappeared from your device.

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How to Find Hidden or Missing Apps on iPhone

The best way to find a missing app is to search your device using the Spotlight search feature, which lets you search everything on your iPhone or iPad from your apps to your email, to the web, to iTunes and the App Store. 

  • To activate Spotlight, swipe down from the center of the Home screen.
  • Type the name of the missing app in the search field. Spotlight will present you with a list of search results. The app should be among the top results. Tap to open it.

  • If the app appears under the heading App Store, it means the app is no longer on your device. But if you tap View, you’ll be redirected to the App Store, where you can simply tap the cloud icon to download it again.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.