Fix for Disappearing or Wrong App Icons Problem in iPhone OS 3.0


iPhone OS 3.0

When we had reported that many users were facing the strange Wi-Fi connectivity issues after upgrading to iPhone OS 3.0, one of our readers, LegendarySwag informed us about another annoying issue after upgrading to iPhone OS 3.0.

The icons of some iPhone apps get replaced by icon of some other iPhone app or with a strange combination of multiple images.

Based on this Apple Discussions thread, it seems to be affecting some iPhone users.

LegendarySwag had provided the following details about the issue:

“There is also an annoying bug that causes my apps to change it's app icon which is pretty stupid. I've deleted all my downloaded apps due to that. My IM+ changed it's icon to Sims3. My need for speed changed to IM+… and the list continues. Although the apps still respond as regular it's a really ugly look. I tried deleting them and reinstalling, tried restarting my phone but it doesn't work. Really hope my beejive doesn't change.”

It looks like rebooting and syncing with iTunes solves the issue for some users.

But if that doesn’t help, you can follow these simple steps to fix the problem:

Step 1 – Go to the Applications section of iTunes on your iPhone/iPod touch and uncheck the affected application.

Step 2 – Sync your iPhone iPod touch.

Step 3 – Go back into the Applications section of iTunes on your iPhone/iPod touch and recheck the relevant application.

Step 4 – Sync your iPhone/iPod touch again.

Darrell Etherington who published this fix on TheAppleBlog (thanks to the tip from folks at Truphone) has confirmed that the fix resolves the problem.

Update:

shaggy9869, one of our readers has tipped us about another method that seems to work and has been confirmed by our long-time reader, Vishnu. Thanks guys, we appreciate it.

1. Go into App Store on Iphone and start download of an app that you
don't already have. Doesn't matter which one. Before the download is
complete "pause" it by tapping the icon for the new app.

2. Now power off your iphone and then power back on

3. Mixed up images for apps should now be fixed, you can unpause
download you had going, let it finish and keep it or delete it if you
don't want that app.

If you are facing this problem, please let us know in the comments section below if any of these methods resolve the annoying problem.

Thanks LegendarySwag for reporting the issue, we hope this solves the problem for the time being.

Let’s hope Apple provides a permanent fix for the issue in iPhone OS 3.1.

[via TheAppleBlog]

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  • shaggy9869

    Or another way to fix this I found on another thread, don't remember where, but it works all the same. I had the same problem going on. Here's the steps I used to fix it and still going strong for a week + now.

    1. Go into App Store on Iphone and start download of an app that you don't already have. Doesn't matter which one. Before the download is complete "pause" it by tapping the icon for the new app.

    2. Now power off your iphone and then power back on

    3. Mixed up images for apps should now be fixed, you can unpause download you had going, let it finish and keep it or delete it if you don't want that app.

    4. Abracadabra!!! You're done!

  • Vishnu

    Thank You iPhone Hacks i will try that also installed apps from installous is also disappearing ,if i reboot the phone it becomes visible also non of my apps were opening ,if i open it get to the home screen quickly,so i restored the phone and sync back the apps and still have the same problem again i restored and this time did not sync i freshly download the apps from the app store and its fine now but have the icon problem for some apps downloaded from the installous (not app store) I will try what u said ,first i should delete the app in comp (the one not openong ) and i should freshly transfer the apps to the comp and do what u said thank you

    iPhone 3GS 32GB BLK

  • Vishnu Sridhar

    Perfect works
    Thank You

    iPhone Hacks u should post this or update this post
    Thanks You

  • Thanks for the tip, we have updated the post with the method you have
    suggested. Thanks again!!!

  • Thanks Vishnu for testing it out. We have updated the post as you suggested.

  • Armanius

    i had the same problem once but after reboot it got fixed…

  • Craigybaby

    I tried this but it unfortunately didn't work. I believe my issue with missing icons exists because I had my iPhone jailbroken and the "Categories app installed to organize all my apps into folders.

    I think if a person has "Categories" installed, it's important to remove all apps from their folders before upgrading firmware. Now, no matter what I've tried, when I install a program I had previously that was organized in a "Categories" folder, the app disappears from my springboard. Now that I have a 3GS with video camera, I'd prefer to not have to jailbreak my phone again. I do the first time mainly to get cycorder.

    Anyone else experienced this issue with hidden icons due to a previous "Categories" app install? Muchas gracias.

  • emtff219704

    Go into settings and erase all data on the phone. Only do this if it is not currently jailbroken. Then after it's done set your phone up as a new phone. Sounds like you restored from a backup that you had from your jailbroken phone. This is causing your apps to disappear. I had the same problem with an app that will hide apps you don't want to see on the springboard. Hope this helps.

  • Z

    wrong. enable restrictions. disable restrictions. done.

  • smashcz

    I had the same problem, all you have to do is install bossprefs from cydia and there is setting to unhide the icons

  • installing ihandy from cydia and activating reflecting dock solved the problem for me as well (can be deactivated afterwards of course)

  • Tommy

    i had the very same problem on my 3GS AND I FIXED IT BY UNINSTALLING APPSYNC. it hasnt happened since, and i also realized that my apps open faster now. for those of you having this problem that do not have appsync installed, im not sure how to help you. however i am positive that appsync was the cause for this on my phone because i re-installed it just to be sure and sure enough, the icons started to change again.

  • Ed

    This issue is also occuring with some WebApps as well! So, it's probably an issue with the way the homescreen itself is coded.

  • sheathe

    My wife had this problem and shaggy9869's solution worked. Thanks guys!

  • Anonymous

    Hey, shaggy's method for wrong icons works but what about dissapearing ones?

  • Ruzzi

    That works. Download app – Pause – Reboot – Problem solved

  • Anonymous

    Shaggys method for unvisible icons didnt work for me. Do you have any other tricks?

  • d@uow.com

    I have the same issue with my 32Gig 3GS. None of the above solutions helped to fully resolve my issue. Deleting the apps and re-syncing them back fixed all the icons bar one, an appstore game by the name of 3d rollercoaster. For some reason this one app doesn't want to show the correct icon anymore, even if I completely remove the app from my system and itunes, re-sync, re-download and re-sync again. I am not attributing the issue to this app, just describing my problem.

  • shaggy's solution works for the wrong icons. thanks 🙂

  • my app for categories downloaded from cydia isnt on my springboard, i tried to delete and re-install it but it still wont appear on my springboard, Also i am on firmware 3.0 so i tried to search for it too but still nothing and i have tried the suggestions listed above. help?

  • pichito

    NICE FIND! Worked perfectly.

  • Tyler

    Thanks I have tried for over a year to get the Google App back on my phone and pausing a download and turning off and on the iPhone finally did it!!!!!

  • Karl

    Thanks this works great