Here are some methods to recover the Missing App Store Icon on your iPhone or iPad, in case the App Store Icon is Missing on your iPhone or you believe that you must have deleted the App Store Icon from your iPhone.
Restore Missing App Store Icon On iPhone or iPad
Even if you are pretty sure that you have deleted the App Store Icon from your iPhone, the good news is that you did not delete it and you just cannot delete the App store icon on your iPhone.
Although, you certainly can delete apps on your iPhone or iPad, you cannot delete certain native or permanent applications like Notes, Messages, Settings, Safari, Camera, Photos, Wallet, Find My iPhone and the App Store.
Hence, the most likely possibility is that the App Store app is misplaced somewhere on your iPhone or your device is Restricting you from accessing the App Store.
With this reassurance, let us go ahead and try to recover the Missing App Store Icon on your iPhone or iPad.
Look For App Store On Your iPhone
It is quite possible that the App Store Icon is hiding in some mystery folder on your iPhone. Hence, it is a good idea to first ask your iPhone to check for the Missing App Store icon.
1. Swipe down on the screen of your iPhone
2. Next, type App Store in the search field.
Your iPhone should be able to bring up the App Store in the search results.
Reset Home Screen
It is possible that the App Store icon is hiding on a different Home screen. Hence, you can try resetting the home screen to make the App icons come back to their default places.
1. Tap on Settings > General.
2. On the next screen, scroll down all the way to the bottom and tap on Reset (See image below)
3. On the Reset Screen, tap on Reset Home Screen Layout option.
This will make the Home Screen Layout on your iPhone come back to its default settings, which should make it easy for you to locate the App store icon in its usual or default location.
Disable Restrictions on App Store
In case you cannot find the App store icon after looking everywhere on your iPhone, it is likely that your iPhone is preventing you from accessing App Store.
This can happen, in case you had accidentally or intentionally enabled Restrictions for the App Store on your iPhone. This is normally done to prevent kids or anyone else from making purchases on the App store and to prevent in-app purchases during game play.
If this appears to be the case, you can follow the steps below to disable restrictions for the App Store on your iPhone.
1. Tap on Settings > General.
2. On the next screen, tap on Restrictions.
3. On the next screen, enter your Restrictions Passcode.
Note: In case you have forgotten your Restrictions Passcode, you can refer to this article: How to Reset Restrictions Passcode on iPhone.
Your Restrictions Passcode maybe different from the Lock Screen Passcode.
4. On the Restrictions screen, enable the option for Installing Apps by moving the toggle to ON position (See image below).
Hope this helps you Restore the Missing App Store Icon on your iPhone or iPad.