The App Store is one of the applications that is not removable from the home screen applications on the iPhone, but you may lose it for one reason or another, so what do you do to restore it? In this article, we explain all possible ways to get the App Store app back, also you can use the same method to block and hide the app from your kids device.

Reasons to delete the application store from the iPhone?

Some may think that the app was deleted by mistake. But as mentioned above, the App Store app is an essential part of iOS, and there is no way to delete it manually.

The application may be restricted only, so you think it was deleted from the iPhone, or the application icon may have been removed from the home screen only.

How to open the lost application store and restore it on the iPhone home screen

Here are all solutions to restore the application store icon on the iPhone or iPad.

Unblock the App Store from the iPhone settings

With the Screen Time feature, you can restrict apps to an age-appropriate category “4+, 9+, 12+, 17+” or even block the installation of all new apps.

When you decide to block the download of new apps, iOS automatically removes the App Store app from everywhere. As a result, you can't use it again or even summon it with Siri, and you won't find it anywhere on the home screen, in the App Library, in Search, or anywhere else until you reinstall the apps.

Here's how to restore the App Store on the iPhone:

◉ Open Settings and tap Screen Time.

◉ Click on Content & Privacy Restrictions.

◉ Choose iTunes & App Store Purchases, and enter the Screen Time passcode if prompted.

◉ Tap on Install Apps and choose Allow.

◉ With this, you will see the App Store icon on the home screen again. If you can't find it, search for it in Spotlight search.

Note: If you see that Screen Time is not enabled from the beginning, it means that Screen Time Restrictions are not enabled, and you can skip all the above steps. Similarly, you can skip the remaining steps if Content & Privacy Restrictions are not enabled.

Does the App Store show a downtime icon?

A parent can also restrict apps and limit their use for a limited time. Mostly, parents use app limits for communication apps and media apps like WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. But if they choose to restrict all apps, that will also include the App Store, so you won't be able to download or update apps. In this case, you'll see a small hourglass icon next to the App Store, and when you open the app, you'll see Time Limit.

If you see an hourglass icon, the app is blocked until midnight, 12am. You can tap Request More Time, or if you know the Screen Time passcode, and do whatever you want.

Note: Screen Time passcode or device usage time is different from the iPhone passcode.

To permanently delete the app limit, go to Settings > Screen Time > App Limits and turn them off, or swipe left on the App Store and delete.

Use Spotlight search to restore the App Store

You can find and recover the lost App Store just by searching for it. You can turn it on and use it or add it to your home screen. Here's how:

◉ On the home screen, swipe down to open Spotlight search.

◉ Type App Store.

◉ From the search results, tap the App Store app to open it.

◉ Or tap and drag down the App Store app icon on the home screen to add it to it.

Find the App Store in the App Library

You can also find the App Store in the App Library, by swiping left to the last page on the Home screen, in the Widgets folder.

Or you can scroll down on the App Library screen to see all the apps in alphabetical order. And since the App Store starts with the letter A, it will be at the top.

You can tap and drag an app icon to the left to add it to the home screen.

After following the above solutions, you should have restored the App Store on your iPhone. If you don't find it, follow these procedures:

◉ Restart the iPhone.

◉ Update the iPhone through Settings > General > Software Update.

◉ Reset the home screen app layout, which will reorganize all your apps on the home screen in the default order, and the app store will be on the first home page.

◉ If none of the previous steps work, restore the iPhone through a computer or Mac.

Have you encountered the problem of the disappearance of one of the non-deletable default Apple applications? And what did you do to get it back? Tell us in the comments.



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