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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…. :D 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
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  • 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!