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Missing a phone icon on your iPhone home screen?

January 12th, 2011 admin

Someone just brought an iPhone to me which was missing an icon for the phone on the home screen!    Now obviously this reduces the functionality of the device as a phone somewhat!

Turns out there’s an easy fix though:

Go into Settings, General, then “Reset Home Screen Layout”

You should now have a working phone icon again!

Update: Several reports suggest checking Settings, General, Restrictions as this may also disable the phone icon.   More details on restrictions here:

Update 2: Another tip reported – double tap the home button and look for the icon in the tray at the bottom of the screen.   You can then drag it back from there.

  • Yagui


  • ken

    of all these tips for restoring the missing telephone to the homescreen, this was the easiest and it worked. thanks for sharing.

  • Sheneice Harry

    All the icons on my iPhone has disappeare how do i get back the only icon i hav on my phone is YouTube

  • Linda Brock

    I have completely removed my phone icon. it is no longer at the bottom of my screen. Any ideas where it might be. I was trying this suggestion. When the icon came up on the bottom of the screen, I tapped it and idisappeared.

  • Linda Brock

    vermind, I found my phone icon and all is well. Thx

  • Lena

    Nothing else worked but this! Thanks 🙂

  • Ione

    Thanks so much, this worked like a charm for me on a 4S! 🙂

  • Sharon in Texas

    thank you so much for your help

  • carla

    thank you soooooo much!!!!!!!! o/
    i’ve been freaking out for 3 days and the solutin was sooo simple…. 😀 thanks!!

  • Session36Photography

    Bless you

  • jules

    that worked!!!!!!! you’re a genius!! it just appeared!!!

  • Nayaab Khawar

    YOU DA BEST!!!!

  • Abii Abhishek

    Whu eva yu are! Thx a ton mate! Worked! (:

  • tony fetter

    Thanks for the tips. Found missing app after double tap trick. Sweet!

  • narith

    can u tell me more detail about this solution because i don know well about ios so i don understand what is the meaning of urs above. help me please

  • viveknv

    thanks for your kind information
    Recent post: FIND LOST ANDROID PHONE :


  • Alisha

    I managed to delete my phone icon on my iPhone and the “reset home screen layout” saved me!! Thank you!!

  • peteredwardj

    what if my settings is gone

  • Carole

    Thanks for the tip I was about to go back to the apple store . The icon is there now

  • Rich

    What of the settings is one of the missing icons?

  • Joy Greig

    Worked for me … Thank You!

  • Robert Snyder

    I removed my uber icon because it was not working. Then I tried to download uber and it wouldn’t except my email stating I was already registered. How do I get the icon to use uber?

  • disqus_C3GWATeXIu

    Worked. Thanks!!!

  • Desiree Wilson

    Worked Perfectly! Thank you!

  • SuzNet1951

    It worked on my phone… many thanks 🙂

  • Alexis


  • Tonya

    I had been without this icon for about two weeks and made the phone almost useless. This was an easy fix for me…Thanks!!!

  • Deborah Lakomy

    I just got a new iPad and the phone icon is missing. I tried everything suggested here and nothing worked. Help!,

  • Nick Gunn

    Hi Deborah, the iPad doesn’t have a phone icon? It can be used as a cell phone – if you want to make calls using it, you’ll need to use an app like Skype.

  • Deborah Lakomy

    My last iPad had the phone icon. When someone would call my iPhone I could answer it on my IPad.

  • Taiwo Olajide

    missing phone icon & import contact sim card to phone missing in my ipad after installing new software for my ipad 5.1.1

  • Eve Strickland

    This worked. So obvious once you’re told it

  • Carol Scott

    Have lost all icons on my Nokia Lumia 630 just got a blank screen can’t go into setting or anything else please help

  • marks

    Worked great Thanks

  • Richard O’Hara

    Worked for me. Thank you

  • Charvi

    hey i am totally zero in knowledge with IOS
    what is springboard and tada??


    Worked perfect, thank you!