The Settings application on iPhone and iPad allows you to control the rest of your device. From here, you can turn off or on certain settings, change your data and time, and connect to WIFI. If you’ve accidentally deleted the settings icon, it can stop you from changing the rest of your device. Getting the settings app is easy and you probably haven’t deleted it.

There is no way to delete the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad because it’s the only app that allows you to control the rest of your device. If you hold the Settings icon down and try to delete it, the x icon won’t show up at the top of the app, so you haven’t deleted the Settings icon.

1. Moved to Another Place

Since the Settings app can’t be deleted, it may have been moved to a different place accidentally. You can look into another folder or through all the home screens and check if the icon is there. When you hold onto apps in the home screen, they can be moved into another folder – if you have loads of folders, then the Settings app may have got lot in one of these folders.

If you have loads of apps, you may have a few home screens – it can be easy to lose the Settings icon if you have loads of apps.

To get the Settings app back:

1. Swipe left on the home screen.

2. Click the Search bar.

Search for Settings

3. Search for Settings. When you search for Settings, look on the right side of the settings results and check if the name of a folder is listed. If you can see a name on the right, this is the folder that the Settings icon is stored in. You can go back to the home screen and look for the Settings icon.

4. Tap the Settings app to open settings.

2. Reset Home Screen Layout

If you did manage to find the Settings app in the Search feature but you can’t find it in the home screen, you can reset the home screen layout. When you reset the home screen layout, the layout of your iPhone is taken back to how it originally was – this might get the settings icon back.

To reset the home screen layout:

1. Tap Settings in Search.

2. Tap General.

Reset Home Screen Layout

3. Reset Home Screen Layout.

4. Enter password to confirm. Once your device has been reset, you can go back to the home screen and check if the Settings icon has come back.

3. Force Restart iPhone or iPad

After searching for the Settings app using the Spotlight feature, if you couldn’t find the settings app, there’s probably a bug on your device that stops the Settings icon from showing up. The easier way to troubleshoot the software on your device is to force restart it. When you force restart it, the software is refreshed and troubleshot for any problems.

If you have an iPhone 7 or above:

1. Hold the sleep/wake key and the volume down key.

2. Wait for the Apple logo to appear

If you have an iPhone X or 8:

1. Quickly press the release the volume up button.

2. Quickly press the release the volume down button.

3. Press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo.

To force restart your iPad:

1. Hold down the Home button and the power button.

2. Keep both buttons held until the Apple logo appears.

3. Let go of the buttons. From here, you can check if the Settings app has been restored onto your home screen.

4. Restore Old Backup

If the Settings icon still won’t come back, you always have the option to restore a backup that was made before the Settings icon was deleted. When you restore and old backup, it will restore your device back to the same state it was when the backup was taken. If there’s an available backup that was taken before the Settings icon went missing, you can restore it to get the Settings app back.

First, you’ll need to check if you have a backup in place. To check in iTunes, Go to Settings in the Search feature > Click your name > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups. If you don’t have a backup that before the Settings app went missing, you won’t be able to use this method.

To restore an old backup:

restore from icloud backup

1. Go to Settings in the Search feature > General > Reset, tap Erase All Content and Settings. Wait for your iOS device to reset.

2. On the Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud Backup > sign in to iCloud.

3. Choose backup, then choose from a list of available backups in iCloud.