How to Get the App Store Back on Your iPhone

by Mary Jo Megginson
The App Store can be restored to your home screen by changing the restrictions in your iPhone's settings.

The App Store can be restored to your home screen by changing the restrictions in your iPhone's settings.

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Apple's iPhone comes with an icon on its home screen that links you directly to the App Store. Introduced in 2008, the App Store celebrated its 10 billionth download in 2011. If you have removed the App Store icon from your iPhone by accident, you can restore it so that you have full access to purchase applications from your iPhone once again. Sometimes you can achieve this by changing the settings on your iPhone, but if that does not work you may need to restore your iPhone to factory settings.

Change Restrictions

Step 1

Tap the "Settings" icon on your home screen to open your iPhone's setting options.

Step 2

Touch "General" then tap to select "Restrictions."

Step 3

Enter your four-digit restrictions passcode.

Step 4

Move the slider beside "Installing Apps" until "ON" appears.

Step 5

Click the "Home" button to return to the home screen. The App Store application should now appear there.

Restore Your iPhone

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2

Select your iPhone under "Devices" after it appears in iTunes.

Step 3

Click the "Summary" tab and select "Restore."

Step 4

Click to select the "Backup" option when prompted to back up the contents of your iPhone.

Step 5

Click "Restore" to restore your iPhone to factory settings.

About the Author

Mary Jo Megginson has been writing since 1992 in academic and professional settings. Her experience ranges from writing policy documents and text panels for museums to technical writing for a major software company. She holds a Master of Arts in anthropology from McMaster University and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

Photo Credits

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