How to Get the App Store Back on iPhone 12: A Step-by-Step Guide


Michael Collins

Losing the App Store on your iPhone 12 can feel like a nightmare. But don’t worry, getting it back is easier than you think! With just a few taps and swipes, you can restore the App Store icon to your home screen in no time. Follow this guide and you’ll be browsing and downloading your favorite apps again.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Get the App Store Back on iPhone 12

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what these steps will do. This process will involve searching for the App Store using the iPhone’s search function, checking the app library, and resetting the home screen layout if necessary.

Step 1: Use the Search Function

Swipe down on your home screen to access the search function and type "App Store."

When you swipe down, a search bar will appear at the top of your screen. Simply type "App Store" into this bar. If the app is still on your phone, it should pop up in the search results. Tap it to open it, and you can then drag it back onto your home screen.

Step 2: Check the App Library

If the App Store doesn’t show up in search, swipe left on your home screen until you reach the App Library.

The App Library is a new feature on the iPhone 12 that organizes your apps into categories. If you accidentally removed the App Store from your home screen, it should be located in the "Utilities" category here. Once you find it, you can drag it back onto your home screen.

Step 3: Reset Home Screen Layout

If you still can’t find the App Store, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout.

This step should be a last resort because it will rearrange your home screen icons to their default settings. But if you’re sure the App Store is missing, this will bring it back. Remember that you’ll have to rearrange your icons again after this step.

After completing these steps, the App Store should be back on your iPhone 12’s home screen, just as it was before.

Tips: How to Prevent Losing the App Store on iPhone 12

  • Always be careful when rearranging icons on your home screen.
  • Avoid using the "Remove App" feature unless you’re sure you want to delete an app.
  • Regularly back up your iPhone to preserve your settings and layouts.
  • Familiarize yourself with the App Library and how it organizes your apps.
  • If you have children who use your phone, consider enabling restrictions to prevent them from deleting apps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the App Store be deleted from an iPhone 12?

No, the App Store cannot be permanently deleted from an iPhone, but the icon can be removed from the home screen.

Is it possible to hide the App Store from the home screen on purpose?

Yes, you can hide the App Store by moving it to the App Library or a folder.

What if the App Store isn’t in the App Library or search results?

If you can’t find the App Store at all, you might need to restore your iPhone from a backup.

Can I prevent apps from being deleted in the future?

Yes, you can enable restrictions in your settings to prevent apps from being deleted.

Will resetting the home screen layout delete my apps or data?

No, it will only rearrange the icons on your home screen to their default settings.


  1. Swipe down and search for the App Store.
  2. Check the App Library.
  3. Reset the home screen layout if necessary.


There you have it, a simple and easy way to get the App Store back on your iPhone 12. While it might be a slight inconvenience when the App Store icon goes missing, it’s reassuring to know that it’s often just a few taps away from being restored. Remember, it’s practically impossible to delete the App Store entirely, so there’s always a way to get it back. Whether you’ve accidentally removed it while organizing your home screen or it’s hiding in the App Library, you now have the knowledge to retrieve it. Keep these tips in mind to prevent this from happening in the future, and happy app downloading!