Lost app icons In Nova Prime app drawer

DennisOS2

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After a lock up during an unintended restart I lost my desktop (home) screens and icons and the icons in the app drawer. Switching to the stock launcher everything is still in place desktop icons and app drawer icons. I've tried restarting again and clearing the Nova cache. Nothing. Is there a way to force Nova to reread the app drawer contents like when it was first installed? This is a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 running Android 5.1.1.
 

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Unless you've saved the Nova settings before, I don't think so. You'll have to uninstall Nova, restart, then install Nova ans start setting up your home screens and docks (and anything else you've changed) again.
 

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Unless you've saved the Nova settings before, I don't think so. You'll have to uninstall Nova, restart, then install Nova ans start setting up your home screens and docks (and anything else you've changed) again.

Thanks for the reply. Seems that something that is central to the system UI like the app drawer should be easily read by other launchers.
 

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Thanks for the reply. Seems that something that is central to the system UI like the app drawer should be easily read by other launchers.
Well, it's a mystery! I still believe the crash I had effected Nova Prime as I lost all the configuration I had done in Nova except for the dock. The other curious loss was all contents of the Nova App drawer. However, when I booted the tablet this morning after being off last night to charge, all apps were back again in the Nova App drawer. This was without reinstalling Nova. I have no idea how the app drawer was re-populated.
 

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After a lock up during an unintended restart I lost my desktop (home) screens and icons and the icons in the app drawer. Switching to the stock launcher everything is still in place desktop icons and app drawer icons. I've tried restarting again and clearing the Nova cache. Nothing. Is there a way to force Nova to reread the app drawer contents like when it was first installed? This is a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 running Android 5.1.1.

UPDATE: Since I posted this problem NOVA has been updated. I believe there was a statement about the loss of icons in the app drawer fixed with the update. Right after the update I checked the app drawer and, yes, all of the icons were back.
 

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In rereading the thread, I noticed a comment of yours - "Seems that something that is central to the system UI like the app drawer should be easily read by other launchers." The app drawer is part of the launcher itself, it's not part of the phone, so other apps shouldn't be able to read it (basic computing - one app can't fool with another app's storage space in most cases) unless they ask and you give permission. If Nova isn't there, another launcher doesn't see it (even if its data is still there), so it wouldn't know to ask. Most launchers, if you install them, will ask if they should get their data from {a list of installed launchers}.
 

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In rereading the thread, I noticed a comment of yours - "Seems that something that is central to the system UI like the app drawer should be easily read by other launchers." The app drawer is part of the launcher itself, it's not part of the phone, so other apps shouldn't be able to read it (basic computing - one app can't fool with another app's storage space in most cases) unless they ask and you give permission}.

It seems that the data (icons) for the app drawer of any launcher must be available for any launcher with a app drawer. It may not be a part of the system itself (although it makes sense) but surely part of the device. I guess launchers could go into the device a hunt for apps and the associated icons, but seems a convenient location from which launchers can obtain this info (and logical function, too) would be the app manager.