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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by GaryD163, Mar 10, 2021.

  1. GaryD163

    GaryD163 Lurker
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    I must have changed a setting. Until recently, every time I install an app an icon for the app would appear on the last "page?" of apps. Now, when I install an app I do not get an icon anywhere. The app is definitely installed but I have to go to the "store," type the name of the app and hit "open." What setting did I change? Thanks very much! Please reply here and copy to xapis2@aol.com.

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  2. MrJavi

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  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Most launchers include an app drawer, so even if the app isn't on a home page it should be in there.

    But yes, you've probably turned off a setting to automatically add icons to your home screen (this is actually one of the first things I do on any device, turn this off). Precisely where this setting is will depend on what phone you have or what launcher you use (the "launcher" the the app that handles the home screens and app drawer), but I'm sure that's what's happened.
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  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I don't know what this means?
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  5. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Just to clarify, when you refer to '...newly downloaded apps', is this a reference to apps you've installed from the Google Play Store, or is it a reference to manually installing apps using downloaded APK files? They're both ways to install apps and involve 'downloading' but there are fundamental differences involved.

    -- If using the Play Store to install apps, the Apps menu on your phone will by default display them alphabetically. But if you're viewing your installed apps using the Play Store app itself instead, in the Library tab there are options on changing the list view (i.e. alphabetical or most recent)
    -- If you install apps manually via APK files, the downloaded APK installer file will most likely be in your browser's Downloads folder and you then need to use something like a file manager app to view that folder and execute the APK installer to install the app onto your phone.

    With both ways to install an app, some apps will automatically install an icon on one of your screens (might be the Home screen, or one of the secondary screens). But some apps don't, and then you just go to your Apps menu to drag-and-drop an icon for that app onto a chosen screen.
  6. keith Taylor

    keith Taylor Lurker

    I've had this happen once and it sorted itself out eventually. App apparently installed ok, but like the OP there was no icon. Went back into Google Play and uninstalled. Reinstalled with the same issue. Went though that loop a few times and eventually gave up without uninstalling. A couple of days later the icon appeared. I only realised it had because one of the apps I use most had moved on the screen!

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