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  1. jallenaz's Avatar
    We just bought a S5 and everything looks good. But when we just installed a couple of weather apps the icons did not show up. On the install it said it was creating an icon. If we go to Play Store the app is there running. But no icons. We installed other apps earlier today and they have icons. We are probably doing something wrong as we are new to this.

    TIA for any help.
    11-29-2014 07:11 PM
  2. KCAndroid1's Avatar
    When you go to the Google Play store, it downloads the app and puts it in your app drawer. That's the icon on your "dock" - the bottom row of your home screen - that looks like a circle or square with a few dots. The app drawer shows you all the apps installed on the phone. But the icons on your home screen are really just shortcuts that only show up if you put them there. So open your app drawer, press and hold the app icon of your choice, and you'll be presented with the chance to place it on your home screen. If you remove the icon from the home screen, by pressing and holding and dragging to a trash can or an X, the app will still be on your phone in the app drawer, just not on the home screen.

    Same is true of Widgets, which display, on your home screen, real time info from an app. For example, you can have a simple icon to open your weather app, or you might instead place something that actually shows the current temperature.

    In the Play Store settings, you can check a box to always place an icon on your home screen when you download an app.
    11-29-2014 07:22 PM
  3. jallenaz's Avatar
    The apps are not showing up in the app drawer either. I can go to the folder icon on the home screen and they all show. But I can't do anything with them from there. That I know of.
    11-29-2014 07:35 PM
  4. Javier P's Avatar
    Some apps are going to create just a widget icon. I'm not familiar with TW but just look in the widgets tab and most likely they are going to be there.
    11-29-2014 07:46 PM
  5. KCAndroid1's Avatar
    Javier P has a good point - it could be confusion between apps and widgets. Look in both drawers & be certain before considering any possibility of malfunction. These weather apps you installed - are you certain if they were apps or widgets? They are in separate portions of the app drawer.

    Otherwise, you could take it back to the store, but that's not pleasant on Black Friday weekend.
    There's a chance the phone's software just stumbled somehow when setting up your Google Play account. A few things to fix it:

    Settings-storage-cache. This will clear the cache across all apps.
    Restart the phone.
    Turn off the phone, remove the back cover, remove the battery, wait a minute, put it back together & turn on.


    If neither of these helps, consider removing than reinstalling your Google account. This might require a factory reset, which you do through settings-backup & reset. Normally this is a big deal but since your phone is brand new, you won't have much to reconstruct.
    11-29-2014 07:46 PM
  6. jallenaz's Avatar
    What we installed were apps. They are not in the Widgets either. I have them all installed on another device. We might try a factory reset and start again. Maybe we did something to mess it up.

    Thanks,
    11-29-2014 08:29 PM
  7. KCAndroid1's Avatar
    One last thing to check before you go to the trouble of a reset: When you are in the Google Play store, look at one of the apps you've installed. Does the screen have two boxes for Uninstall and Open ? When you press Open, what happens?
    11-29-2014 08:36 PM
  8. Javier P's Avatar
    What's the name of those weather apps?
    11-29-2014 08:45 PM
  9. jallenaz's Avatar
    When in the Google Play store the last app to be loaded has an Uninstall and Open. When we select Open the app opens.

    The last app installed was the TCM app for Turner Classic Movies. The other weather apps were for Weather.com and Weather Bug.
    11-29-2014 10:16 PM
  10. jallenaz's Avatar
    What's the name of those weather apps?
    Weather.com and weather bug
    11-29-2014 10:19 PM
  11. KCAndroid1's Avatar
    When in the Google Play store the last app to be loaded has an Uninstall and Open. When we select Open the app opens.

    The last app installed was the TCM app for Turner Classic Movies. The other weather apps were for Weather.com and Weather Bug.
    Ok, so we know your apps are being successfully installed. You mentioned a folder on your home screen where you can find the apps. What is that folder? You might be able to drag them out of that folder and on to your home screen individually.
    11-30-2014 04:08 AM
  12. KCAndroid1's Avatar
    Have you tried uninstalling then reinstalling any of these apps?
    11-30-2014 04:17 AM
  13. Javier P's Avatar
    Have you tried uninstalling then reinstalling any of these apps?
    That's the first thing you should do. Factory reset is a bit radical, I think
    I had a quick look to that weather bug. There's an app and a widget. There are some problems reported in the comments that look similar to yours. Have a look. Some people couldn't find the app / widget or make it work.
    11-30-2014 07:57 AM
  14. jallenaz's Avatar
    Did what I should have done long ago with any computer. Reboot and now the last apps icon showed up. Reinstalled the other two apps and the icons showed up. We messed up something in our ignorance. Learning though

    Thanks for the help. Really appreciated it.
    11-30-2014 08:26 AM
  15. Javier P's Avatar
    Glad everything is working fine. See you around the forums.
    11-30-2014 08:33 AM
  16. KCAndroid1's Avatar
    You didn't mess anything up. Computers, including Androids, are always vulnerable to mysterious gremlins. As a general rule, when your Android phone gets weird, here is what to try, in order from least to most disruptive:

    Settings-Apps - select the misbehaving app and clear the cache
    Restart the phone (which never hurts following any of these actions)
    Settings-storage-cache to clear it across ALL apps
    Clear the app's data and/or uninstall-reinstall the app
    Reboot from recovery mode and clear the cache partition
    Factory reset only after all else has failed

    Enjoy your new S5!
    11-30-2014 09:12 AM
  17. Dragonslayer2065's Avatar
    Thank you, that last sentence solved my problem. Great job guys
    09-02-2015 08:10 PM
  18. Paul Tackes's Avatar
    We just bought a S5 and everything looks good. But when we just installed a couple of weather apps the icons did not show up. On the install it said it was creating an icon. If we go to Play Store the app is there running. But no icons. We installed other apps earlier today and they have icons. We are probably doing something wrong as we are new to this.

    TIA for any help.
    Why can't Edge so appear. Had before, not now. Why?
    05-03-2016 12:55 PM
  19. Dawn coker's Avatar
    Why are'nd installed
    05-24-2016 08:48 PM
  20. Isaiah Adedeh's Avatar
    Why is it that my phone is not able to show any application on the screen?
    07-16-2016 05:22 AM
  21. Anna Foreman's Avatar
    My apps I downloaded are not showing up on my icons anymore but they are still showing installed. How do I get them back
    08-01-2016 01:40 PM
  22. lcataneda's Avatar
    I tried Installing an app, downloaded then it shows that it was installed but does not show on the map app icon
    08-04-2016 01:21 PM
  23. Roy Rahul's Avatar
    For this you need to open setting->apps->all-> launcher->clear data.It works in my device I also having the same problem😉
    11-19-2016 10:29 PM
  24. Aram Denian's Avatar
    Well I am having the same problem I can tell you it is not stupid issue it is really bug that happens for me as many other on this form I see it starts randomly when you mess with something on your phone, any time you install a new app on your phone it dose not show up in the app drawer at all however you can access the app through the app store and try uninstalling and installing it again though no use, I believe this bug dose have to do with system think that all your new apps are system and not their own third party apps.

    Phone and system info:
    Motorola nexus 6
    Android 7

    How it started for me:
    When enabling developer mode and messing around with and installing and running Activity Launcher, I did reset all the developer mode options and I did uninstall Activity Launcher, though non of that helped.

    I am still trying new thing to fix it till now I know I believe this bug with the new system update, but other than that I have no clue till other people tells us what they did so we can find the common action that would cause this bug.
    01-09-2017 01:45 PM
  25. Beliketomi's Avatar
    One last thing to check before you go to the trouble of a reset: When you are in the Google Play store, look at one of the apps you've installed. Does the screen have two boxes for Uninstall and Open ? When you press Open, what happens?
    I have this issue. I can't find my app on my phone after going through all the process you mentioned. I went t playstore, and I saw only one box which is uninstall, it doesn't have open. Pls help. What can be done?
    06-09-2017 01:40 AM
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