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    Default Play Store App Missing

    So all of a sudden the Play Store app icon disappeared from my phone. It used to be right on my home screen now it's gone. It's not even listed in my application manager. Now when I want to go to the Play Store I have to Google search for it. I can't even find a way to reinstall it on my phone, I don't even see it in the Play Store.

    Did they change it or something? Also, I tried to install this game called "Smash Cops Heat" and rather than installing it immediately it says something like "Congratulations! Smash Cops Heat will be installed soon!". Yet when I view it in the Play Store it says it's installed, but it's not listed as an app on my phone. I've restarted my phone several times and it's still acting weird.

    Android version 4.3

    Thanks for any help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiredcrazy View Post
    So all of a sudden the Play Store app icon disappeared from my phone. It used to be right on my home screen now it's gone. It's not even listed in my application manager. Now when I want to go to the Play Store I have to Google search for it. I can't even find a way to reinstall it on my phone, I don't even see it in the Play Store.

    Did they change it or something? Also, I tried to install this game called "Smash Cops Heat" and rather than installing it immediately it says something like "Congratulations! Smash Cops Heat will be installed soon!". Yet when I view it in the Play Store it says it's installed, but it's not listed as an app on my phone. I've restarted my phone several times and it's still acting weird.

    Android version 4.3

    Thanks for any help.
    Welcome to the forums. So, you don't have Play in the app drawer?
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    Sorry, forgive my ignorance, not really an S3 guru. What exactly is the "app drawer"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiredcrazy View Post
    Sorry, forgive my ignorance, not really an S3 guru. What exactly is the "app drawer"?
    Should be the button on the bottom row marked Apps, basically like the start menu for Windows.

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    You probably could factory reset and see if it works, or download the playstore .APK file and load it on a SD card and try to install off of the card. or internal storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiredcrazy View Post
    What exactly is the "app drawer"?


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    I had same experience while using 'android wear' app.
    After installation of application, I tried to execute it and app icon disappeared at the Home screen.
    I found this disappeared app in the NOT USED list of app drawer.
    So far no solution per this problem.
    I am looking forward to seeing any resolution.
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    If you can see the icon ANYWHERE in the app drawer, just hold it down till it "vibrates", then you can place a copy of the icon on your home page! This is true of any app in the app drawer.
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    open manage apps and enable it,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiredcrazy View Post
    So all of a sudden the Play Store app icon disappeared from my phone. It used to be right on my home screen now it's gone. It's not even listed in my application manager. Now when I want to go to the Play Store I have to Google search for it. I can't even find a way to reinstall it on my phone, I don't even see it in the Play Store.

    Did they change it or something? Also, I tried to install this game called "Smash Cops Heat" and rather than installing it immediately it says something like "Congratulations! Smash Cops Heat will be installed soon!". Yet when I view it in the Play Store it says it's installed, but it's not listed as an app on my phone. I've restarted my phone several times and it's still acting weird.

    Android version 4.3

    Thanks for any help.
    Go to your settings -> application manager. Up at the top where you see Downloaded, SD card, Running, etc., scroll to the right until you see Turned off. Look for Play store in the list, click on it then click the Turn on button & you should be good to go.
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    Default Re: Play Store App Missing as well as many apps missing in phone

    Hi guys i have S3 phone suddenly many apps missing even i con't see play store also, i check in application manager >downloaded it shows sd without icon, but i dont have sd card in phone, but my storage is still fill,,,, any solutions without factory reset?
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    On my phone, I had to scroll right in the App Manager until I got to the "All" tab, then scroll down to the very bottom of the list to see turned off apps.

    Just go into the turned off Google Play app and hit "Turn On"
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    Sd card also refers to the internal sd card partition. That is what is full.

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    I'm having the same issue - nexus 7, 2013 tablet. There is no option for turned off apps where I can turn it back on. It's enabled, but icon is missing. It's also not in the app drawer.
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    You will probably have to do a factory reset.
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    Thank you! This has been driving me crazy for a month!
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    Maybe clear cache turn off phone. Hold volume down, power , and home key, let go of home key after vibration then you'll see clear cache and it'll direct you on what to do next
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    Thank you so much... It was in my turned off apps!
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    Thank you. It has taken literally months of searching to find this answer. Now that I know, couldn't e any easier
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    Thanks Jodi, a clear concise answer followed your instructions and it's back working again

    Ian
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    I am finally able to restore it from my cloud backup, in my case it is from mi cloud
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    Happened to me when the restricted access changed notification appeared.
    But it went back to normal after 5 min or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodi S View Post
    Go to your settings -> application manager. Up at the top where you see Downloaded, SD card, Running, etc., scroll to the right until you see Turned off. Look for Play store in the list, click on it then click the Turn on button & you should be good to go.
    Thanks. Just the solution for my Note 2!
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    Awesome, never knew the extra column existed lol! Cheers :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadgerVadge907 View Post
    You probably could factory reset and see if it works, or download the playstore .APK file and load it on a SD card and try to install off of the card. or internal storage.
    My play store went missing and I don't even know how and now, none of the Google family are responding. Will factory reset work? I'd really appreciate your help.
    My phone is Samsung galaxy S2

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