1. fragin's Avatar
    I've just updated my S4 (GTi9505) to version 4.3, and now all the apps which are on my SD card are grey squares rather than their own icons! How can I sort this out and keep them on the SD card? I've tried moving them to the phone storage and the pics come back, but as soon as i move them back to sd card they're gone again! It wasn't like this before, any ideas how I can fix it? Thanks
    11-11-2013 10:49 AM
  2. NexusNick123's Avatar
    check your setting and see if your SD is mounted if it is unmount it remove it then put it back in and remount it
    11-11-2013 11:00 AM
  3. fragin's Avatar
    Hi, thanks have tried that, no luck, still the same problem, any other ideas?
    11-11-2013 11:55 AM
  4. patruns's Avatar
    This worked for some:

    "For those apps that are grayed on the home screen but not in apps, looks like the shortcut is losing some of the link information to the app on the sd card. Delete the delete the defective shortcut from your home screen and remake it (long press in blank space, select Apps and Widgets, select app). The new shortcut should look and work OK."

    Verizon Galaxy S4 updated with Optical Reader, bug fixes | Android Central
    11-11-2013 03:21 PM
  5. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Try the the suggestion posted above, it should fix the issue.

    If it doesn't, try uninstalling the app then reinstalling it.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    11-11-2013 03:26 PM
  6. Devilsbane's Avatar
    I experienced this with my Evo out of the box. When booting, the SD card wasn't available so it couldn't get the picture. I would load up a memory intensive app that would close background processes and then then when I went back to my home screen, the process would restart and I'd have icons. Recreating the icons would also work, until a reboot. Never had this as a problem with my Galaxy (I have an L720.08 on Sprint), even after upgrading to 4.3 yesterday.

    What kind of memory card are you using (brand, class, and size) and how much free space is on it?
    11-12-2013 12:38 PM
  7. AitchKay's Avatar
    Same here - had to make new icons for all of them.

    Is this normal for all phones or could it be a sign that my SD card is about to fail?
    12-12-2013 10:36 AM
  8. philly0308's Avatar
    don't mind this post
    12-20-2013 08:07 AM
  9. philly0308's Avatar
    This was the best fix for my exact same issue.
    Thanks

    This worked for some:

    "For those apps that are grayed on the home screen but not in apps, looks like the shortcut is losing some of the link information to the app on the sd card. Delete the delete the defective shortcut from your home screen and remake it (long press in blank space, select Apps and Widgets, select app). The new shortcut should look and work OK."

    Verizon Galaxy S4 updated with Optical Reader, bug fixes | Android Central
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    12-20-2013 08:12 AM
  10. kstraley369's Avatar
    Thanks so much! Worked perfectly for me
    03-10-2014 10:33 PM
  11. Susan Rae's Avatar
    "For those apps that are grayed on the home screen but not in apps, looks like the shortcut is losing some of the link information to the app on the sd card. Delete the delete the defective shortcut from your home screen and remake it (long press in blank space, select Apps and Widgets, select app). The new shortcut should look and work OK."

    THIS ANSWER WORKED FOR ME ON SAMSUNG GALAXY S4, THANKS
    03-11-2015 09:26 AM
  12. fixius's Avatar
    What about if they're greyed out on shortcuts on home screen AND in the app drawer? Galaxy s5 6.0.1
    08-09-2016 08:13 PM
  13. Figueroa4's Avatar
    Thanks!
    12-24-2016 02:41 PM

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