Camera Icon is Missing from iPhone or iPad

Is your camera icon missing from the Home screen of your Apple iPhone or iPad? It’s a very common problem. Here are some things to try to help you find the missing Camera icon.

Check Restrictions

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Select Restrictions.
  4. Make sure the Camera isn’t restricted. It should be set to On (iOS6 & lower) or Green (iOS7 & higher).

iOS Camera Restriction

If you get prompted for a password when you select Restrictions and are not sure what the password is, you’re not along. This often happens without everybody who uses the iPhone or iPad knowing. Perhaps a kid got to tinkering with the device. Check with family members or anybody who had access to the device to see if they know the password.


Check all Home Screens

Swipe back and forth between Home screens to make sure the icon is not on a different one. Some users may forget that you have multiple Home screens.


Check all Folders

Check every app folder to see if the Camera icon is hiding there.

iOS Camera Icon in Folder

Is the Camera icon still missing from your iPhone or iPad home screen? Well, these next suggestions may be a bit extreme, but if you really need the Camera app, you may want to go ahead and try them in the following order.


  1. Memaw says

    Ok so yeah my 4year old granddaughter must have added a restriction code. I don’t know what it is. Can’t get into restrictions to restore missing apps (camera is one). Now what? Help!!!

  2. Veronica McKnight says

    Followed your instructions to reset missing camera icon from my Apple 6 Smartphone and HOORAY it worked, but only because I correctly remembered my secret 4 digit password !!! Thanks so much

  3. Gail says

    Thank you so much! Got my Safari and camera back on iPhone 6 with your easy and concise directions. Better than Apple or last 5 options I found online.

  4. Evert says

    Have my camera back on my iPhone 5S.
    Thank you so much an easy fix with your instructions.
    Much better than on the apple site.

  5. Grandmas says

    Please repeat the cure as I can’t see it. My camera icon missing from he screen on iPhone 4s. Where did it go I have version 7.1.2. Help

  6. Nancy Gravley says

    Thanks so much. My iPad was turned off in Restrictions. As soon as I follow your steps to fix that the camera reappeared.

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