Top 5 Ways to Fix iPhone Camera App Disappeared

Has the Camera app missed on your iPhone? Find answers in this passage to solve the problem. And you can get a professional tool to help you factory reset iPhone to fix the issue.

Kathy by Kathy Updated October 7, 2023
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Camera icon missing on iPhone 14.

My Camera app for iPhone disappeared after update, and on the lock screen the camera icon is greyed out. What should I do to find my Camera app on iPhone?

- Question from Apple community

Why has iPhone Camera app disappeared?

As an essential feature, the camera app helps users capture and store important moments and beautiful scenes on their iPhones. However, some users may find that sometimes the camera app disappears after performing certain actions on their iPhone, such as updating iOS.

iphone camera icon missing

There are various situations that can cause the Camera icon to vanish from an iPhone.

⛔ A glitch or bug may exist in the new version after you update the iOS.
⛔ There might be an unknown bug within the Camera app.
⛔ A sudden system glitch appears on your iPhone.
⛔ Unintentional incorrect settings on iPhone.
⛔ The Screen Time feature may restrict the app.

How to fix Camera app disappeared on iPhone

There are 5 ways for you to fix the issue. You can restart your iPhone, check the Screen Time settings, search Camera app in the Apple Library, reset Home Screen Layout to retrieve your missed Camera app.

If all ways cut no ice, you can use FoneTool mentioned in Method 6 to factory reset your iPhone without any data loss.

Method 1. Restart your iPhone

Force restarting iPhone can be effective to solve the problem.

For iPhone 8 Plus/8/X or later: Press and release the Volume Up button > Press and release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

force restart iphone

For iPhone 7 Plus or 7: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 6 or earlier: Press and hold the Home button and Sleep/Wake button at the same time until the Apple logo is displayed on your screen.

Method 2. Check the Screen Time settings

Screen Time is a built-in feature on iPhones that provides a detailed overview of your app and website usage. It also allows you to disable specific apps. It's possible that you may have accidentally disabled the Camera app through Screen Time.

You can check it manually: Open the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap on Screen Time and enter your passcode if prompted > Select Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps > Ensure that the toggle switch next to Camera is enabled (in the ON position). If the Camera option was disabled in Screen Time, toggle it on.

change screen time settings

Method 3. Search Camera app in the Apple Library

When you find that iPhone camera app disappeared, you can utilize the App Library on your iPhone to locate the missing Camera app: Navigate to the Home Screen and swipe to the left until you reach the App Library page > Type Camera in the search bar to find it.

search camera in apple library

Method 4. Reset the Home Screen Layout

Many users like to personalize their Home Screen layout to their preferences, which may include organizing apps into folders or rearranging them. It's possible that during such customization, you may have unintentionally moved the Camera app to a location you don't recall.

Then resetting Home Screen Layout can be another available approach to fix the Apple iPhone camera app disappeared issue: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Choose Reset Home Screen Layout to make it.

reset home screen layout

Method 5. Reset your iPhone with the professional tool

If the above methods prove to be ineffective for you, performing a factory reset on your phone may be the most useful solution. Then the professional iPhone data management software - FoneTool can help you a lot.

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blushNo Apple ID restrictions: FoneTool supports restoring the iPhone selective/full backup or transferring iPhone data to another iOS device without the Apple ID restrictions.
blushDeep erase technology: With this feature, your deleted data cannot be recovered after erasing. So you can efficiently delete contacts, messages, photos, Safari history, podcasts, etc. on iPhone.
blushWide compatibility: With FoneTool, you can manage all models of iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch data on Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP efficiently, as well as iPhone 15 and iOS 17.

Now you can download it to fully back up and factory reset your iPhone.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your PC > Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Choose Phone Backup > Full Backup and click Get Started.

start to fully back up iPhone

Step 3. Check Enable Backup Encryption as you like. Then select a storage path to save the backup and click Start Backup to begin the task.

full backup

Now you can easily erase your iPhone to fix the camera icon missing on iPhone issue.

Factory Reset iPhone

Step 1. Click Toolbox > Choose Data Eraser.   

erase data

Step 2. Choose Erase all data and tap Get Started. (You can also go to Erase private data to remove documents and data on your iPhone.)

erase all data

Step 3. Check the instructions on the screen > Tap the Erase Data button to confirm the choice.

erase data

After the erasing, the problem may be fixed. Then you can go to Backup History and click Restore dot to restore your iPhone backup.

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That’s all about how to fix iPhone camera app disappeared issue. If all ways have no effect, you can use the professional app - FoneTool to help you fully back up and reset iPhone. With this rich-feature and wide-compatibility app, you can also transfer data from Android to iPhone when the Move to iOS app Wi-Fi disconnects.

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