How to Re-download the App Store: A Step-by-Step Guide


The App Store is an essential component of Apple devices, providing a gateway to millions of apps, games, and utilities that enhance your digital life. However, sometimes you may accidentally delete the App Store icon from your device. While it’s a rare occurrence, don’t worry – it’s not gone forever. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to re-download the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Please note that Apple does not allow users to delete the App Store app, so if it’s missing from your device, it might be due to restrictions or other issues.

Step 1: Check if the App Store is Hidden

Before you attempt to re-download the App Store, check if it’s merely hidden from your device. To do this:

  1. Swipe down on your home screen to access the Spotlight Search.
  2. In the search bar, type “App Store.”
  3. If the App Store appears in the search results, it’s likely hidden but still on your device. You can unhide it by going to Settings.

Step 2: Unhide the App Store (If Hidden)

If you found the App Store in Spotlight Search, but it’s hidden, follow these steps to unhide it:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your device.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Screen Time.”
  3. Tap “Content & Privacy Restrictions.”
  4. Enter your Screen Time passcode if you’ve set one.
  5. Under “Content & Privacy Restrictions,” tap “Allowed Apps.”
  6. Toggle the switch next to “App Store” to enable it.
  7. Exit the settings, and the App Store should now be visible on your home screen.

Step 3: Check Restrictions (If App Store Is Still Missing)

If the App Store remains missing even after unhiding it, it’s possible that your device has restrictions enabled. To check and disable restrictions, follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings.”
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Screen Time.”
  3. Tap “Content & Privacy Restrictions.”
  4. Enter your Screen Time passcode if you’ve set one.
  5. Under “Content & Privacy Restrictions,” tap “iTunes & App Store Purchases.”
  6. Make sure that “Installing Apps” is set to “Allow.”

Step 4: Restart Your Device

Sometimes, simply restarting your device can resolve minor software issues and restore missing apps like the App Store. To restart your device, press and hold the power button (or the power button and volume down button on some models) until the slider appears. Slide it to power off, wait a few seconds, then turn your device back on.

Step 5: Update Your iOS/iPadOS

Outdated software can sometimes lead to issues with missing apps. Ensure that your device is running the latest version of iOS or iPadOS by going to “Settings,” then “General,” and selecting “Software Update.” If an update is available, follow the on-screen instructions to install it.

Step 6: Contact Apple Support

If none of the above steps work and the App Store is still missing from your device, it might be a more complex issue. In this case, it’s best to reach out to Apple Support for further assistance.


Re-downloading the App Store on your Apple device is typically straightforward, as it’s a core application that can’t be permanently deleted. First, ensure it’s not hidden or restricted on your device. If it’s still missing, consider restarting your device and checking for software updates. In most cases, one of these steps should help you regain access to the App Store, restoring your ability to download and enjoy a vast array of apps and services.

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