Safari Icon is Missing From iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Is the Safari icon missing from the Home screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch? Here are some things to check.

1. Make sure you didn’t drag it to another Home screen. You can flick your finger left or right to switch between Home screens.

2. Make sure there isn’t a restriction on the application. If your employer provided you with your device they may have done this. Check underĀ Settings > General > Restrictions. Make sure Safari is set to On.

iOS Safari Restriction setting

3. Try to reset the icons back to default settings under Settings > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout.

iOS Reset Home Screen Layout option

4. If none of the above works. It’s time to try a Restore.

  • Connect your device to your computer and launch iTunes.
  • Select your device on the left pane under Devices.
  • Select Summary.
  • Select Restore.

iTunes Restore device option

Hopefully after trying these steps your Safari icon will be restored to the Home screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.


  1. Jim in Colorado says

    Thank you! I’m a new iPhone user and your site is very helpful! Saved me a trip to the Apple store to ask for their help. Your site is so easy to use – a simple list of alternatives with very clear action plans to investigate/implement. Very much appreciated!

  2. Bill says

    Wow, saved me from pulling my hair out (of which I have none) Lost I phone icons for safari and App Store. Got ‘me back now. Thanks

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