If you are puzzled to find a particular App or certain Apps missing on Mac, you can find below the steps to Recover Apps Missing from Launchpad on Mac.
Apps Missing from Launchpad on Mac
The Launchpad on a Mac can be compared to the Home screen on an iPhone, which basically displays a screen full of neatly arranged App Icons.
The Launchpad on Mac functions by using its own dedicated database which includes App icons, information about where the Apps are located in the file system, where the Apps need to be displayed and other related information.
This allows the Launchpad to display App icons with lighting speed, which would not be possible if the Launchpad was programmed to build thumbnails for App icons, each time it was launched.
However, the Launchpad can sometimes go through problems and fail to show all the Apps as available on the computer, which is described by users as the problem of Apps Missing from the Launchpad on Mac.
Recover Apps Missing from Launchpad On Mac
Since, the Launchpad relies on its database to store all the information needed for it to perform, most Launchpad related problems can be fixed by forcing the Launchpad to rebuild its internal database.
This can be done by deleting the Launchpad Database and restarting the Launchpad. When the Launchpad is unable to find its Database, it scans for the Apps available on your Mac, grabs their icons and rebuilds its internal Database File.
1. Left-click on the Mouse and this will reveal the Go Option in the top-menu bar of your Mac.
2. Next, press and hold the Option key > click on the Go tab in top-menu bar and select the Library option in the drop-down menu.
Note: Press the Alt Key in case you are using a Windows keyboard with your Mac
3. On the Library window, open the Application Support Folder by double-clicking on it.
4. Next, open the Dock Folder by double-clicking on it.
5. Inside the Dock Folder, select files ending with .db and move them to the trash-bin.
After this, restart your MacBook (Click on Apple icon in the top-menu bar and select the Restart… option).
Once the Mac restarts, you should be able to see the missing App icons back in the Launchpad.