How to Resolve the iPhone Camera Icon Missing Problem

"The camera icon is missing on my iPhone after I updated the software, how do I retrieve it?" According to a recent survey, a handful of iPhone users have discovered their Camera app icon has disappeared after updating iOS to the latest version. It is still a mystery and Apple did not release any statement. The good news is that you can fix this problem although you do not understand why it happens.

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Part 1. How to Fix iPhone Camera Icon Missing

Solution 1: Enable Camera App

The Camera app is the built-in utility on iPhone, so you cannot delete it. If the iPhone Camera icon is missing, chances are that it is restricted. You can enable it from the Settings app following the steps below.

Enable Camera
Step 1.
Run the Settings app from your home screen.
Step 2.
Tap Screen Time and press Content & Privacy Restrictions.
Step 3.
Touch Allow Apps, scroll down and locate the Camera, and toggle it on. Go to your home screen and check the Camera icon.

Solution 2: Reset Home Screen Layout

As mentioned previously, you cannot uninstall the preinstalled Camera app. Sometimes, you may delete the icon accidentally. In such a case, you can get back the Camera icon by resetting Home Screen Layout.

Reset Home Screen Layout
Step 1.
Also, head to the Settings app on iPhone when you cannot see the Camera icon.
Step 2.
Tap the General option, scroll down and tap Reset.
Step 3.
Choose the Reset Home Screen Layout. If prompted, enter your passcode, and tap Reset Home Screen. Now, the Camera icon should go back to your home screen.

Solution 3: Find Camera from App Library

In addition to the home screen, iPhone also manages your apps in App Library. Therefore, you can resolve the problem that the iPhone Camera icon is missing by retrieving it from the App Library screen.

App Library
Step 1.
Tap the App Library icon on the dock of your iPhone.
Step 2.
By default, head to the Creativity or Utilities folder and you will see the Camera app. If not, you can search for the app from the search bar
Step 3.
Deep press the Camera app, and choose Add to Home Screen. Now, you can check the Camera icon on your home screen

Solution 4: Find Camera by Search

Sometimes, you just miss the Camera icon among oceans of apps on your home screen. The quick way to find the app is through the search feature.

Swipe all the way left from your home screen, type camera in the Search box, and you will get the icon. Tap it and you can use your Camera app as usual.

Part 2. Ultimate Way to Recover iPhone Camera Icon

Experts analyzed that the missing Camera icon on iPhone may be caused by bugs in the update. Therefore, you need a system recovery tool, such as Aiseesoft iOS System Recovery, to fix this problem.

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How to Recover iPhone Camera Icon

Step 1.
Connect iPhone

Plug your iPhone into your computer with a Lightning cable. Launch the system recovery tool after installing. Choose iOS System Recovery to recognize your iPhone. Click the Start button to enter the next screen. Now, you can click Free Quick Fix to get the missing Camera icon. If it does not work, move to the next step.

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Step 2.
Choose a mode

Click the Fix button and you will get two modes, Standard Mode and Advanced Mode. You can read the description and choose the proper mode according to your need. Click the Confirm button and check the information. If anything is wrong, correct it.

Repair Type
Step 3.
Repair iPhone

Once you are ready, click on the Repair button to begin getting back the missing Camera icon on iPhone.

Confirm Firmware Information

Part 3. FAQs about iPhone Camera Icon Missing

Why has my Camera icon disappeared on my iPhone?

Sometimes, you might disable or restrict the Camera app and leading to the icon missing.

Where is my App Library on iPhone?

Tap the App Library icon at the dock and you will enter the screen. Here you can manage and view all apps on your handset.

How to restore hidden apps on iPhone?

If you find apps disappeared from iPhone, you can restore apps hidden on the home screen from App Library or vice versa.


This guide has told you what you can do when the Camera icon is missing on iPhone. Firstly, you can try the common solutions to get back your Camera icon from App Library, by resetting the home screen layout, from the Settings app. Moreover, Aiseesoft iOS System Recovery can retrieve the Camera icon on iPhone easily. More questions? Please write down below.

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