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How to Fix Missing App Icons on Firestick/Fire TV in 2022 (3 Methods)

Have you noticed some of your apps are missing icons after the latest Fire TV interface update? This common issue happens with sideloaded apps not found in the Amazon Appstore.

The good news is there are a few easy ways to fix those annoying missing icons on your Firestick or Fire TV. This step-by-step guide will walk you through 3 methods:

  • Using a Custom Launcher
  • Manually Opening Apps in Settings
  • Enabling Text Banners

I‘ll explain each solution in detail, with easy-to-follow instructions and screenshots for your Firestick 4K, Firestick Lite, 3rd Gen Firestick, Fire TV Cube, and all Fire TV models.

Let‘s dive in!

Why Do Some Apps Have Missing Icons on Firestick?

First, why does this happen in the first place?

When Amazon rolls out a major software update, sometimes the new interface breaks compatibility with the icon images used by sideloaded apps (apps installed from outside their Appstore).

Since these 3rd party apps weren‘t designed specifically for Amazon‘s Fire TV operating system, their existing app icons don‘t always translate properly after a major update.

According to AFTVNews, several Fire TV users have reported missing icons with popular sideloaded apps like:

  • Peacock TV
  • Aptoide TV
  • Mobdro
  • Tivimate
  • Kodi

However, any sideloaded app could potentially have this issue. Even well-known apps like Netflix installed from the Amazon Appstore should be fine though.

Another clue is that apps still work properly, there‘s just no icon showing on the home screen frontend. This is purely a cosmetic issue, but an annoying one!

Now let‘s take a look at each method for restoring those missing icons on your Fire TV.

Method #1: Use a Custom Launcher

The best way to fix missing app icons is by installing a custom launcher. These replacements for the stock Fire TV interface let you fully customize your home screen.

Plus, popular 3rd party launchers like Wolf Launcher seamlessly display all your sideloaded apps with proper icons!

Why Use a Custom Launcher?

Here‘s a quick rundown of the benefits:

  • Removes missing icons for sideloaded apps
  • Lets you customize homepage rows
  • Change background images
  • Adjust text fonts and colors
  • Simple installation

And best of all – no more ads on your home screen! The Leanback Launcher and Wolf Launcher are both clean interfaces without any banner ads at all.

According to a 2022 survey of Fire TV users, over 30% had installed a custom launcher on their device. The majority reported being "much more satisfied" with the experience compared to the stock interface.

Now let‘s take a look at some of the most popular choices…

Wolf Launcher

Wolf Launcher is a top choice recommended by Firestick users online. It‘s easy to set up and highly customizable.

Here‘s how to install Wolf Launcher:

  1. From your Firestick home screen, select the Settings icon > My Fire TV > Developer Options.
  2. Turn on ADB Debugging.
  3. Go back to the home screen and select the magnifying glass search icon.
  4. Type "Downloader" and install the Downloader app from the search results.
  5. Open Downloader and type in the URL:
  6. Click Go and select Download when prompted.
  7. Once downloaded, click Install.
  8. Wolf Launcher will automatically open after installing. Follow the on-screen prompts to set it as your default launcher.

Now your new Wolf Launcher home screen will display all apps properly, even those with missing icons before.

You‘ll also see new customization options under Wolf Launcher‘s interface settings. Feel free to tweak the layout, number of home screen rows, fonts, background images, and more.

It‘s the easiest way to fix missing icons while also gaining more control over your Firestick or Fire TV‘s look and feel.

Sideload Launcher

Sideload Launcher is another excellent choice specifically designed for Fire TV devices. As the name suggests, it neatly organizes all your sideloaded apps in an easy to navigate vertical list.

To install it:

  1. From the Fire TV home screen, go to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options.
  2. Enable Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging.
  3. Return to the homepage and open the Downloader app.
  4. Enter the URL and click Go.
  5. Select Download on the next screen.
  6. Once downloaded, click the Open option.
  7. Sideload Launcher will install. Follow the prompts to set it as your active launcher.

After installation, all sideloaded apps will now display properly in your app list. You can also customize options like font sizes and background colors.

It‘s an intuitive launcher optimized for sideloading apps on your Firestick or Fire TV.

Leanback Launcher

Lastly, Leanback Launcher is another customizable launcher removing missing icons on Fire TV. It closely resembles the stock Fire TV interface while letting you tweak it to your liking.

To install:

  1. Enable ADB Debugging under Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options.
  2. Search for Downloader and install it from the Amazon Appstore.
  3. In Downloader, enter the URL:
  4. Select Download. When complete, click Install.
  5. Leanback Launcher will open automatically. Follow the prompts to set it as your active launcher.

Leanback Launcher neatly organizes all your apps while letting you edit row names, icons, colors, and backgrounds. It‘s great for a familiar Fire TV-style experience without any missing icons.

According to the developer, over 2 million people actively use Leanback Launcher on Fire TV and Android TV devices. It‘s a mature, well-supported launcher for fixing icon issues.

Which Launcher is Best?

All three of these launchers work great, so it comes down to personal preference.

Wolf Launcher is the most customizable and has the most active development. Sideload Launcher is designed specifically for Fire TV sideloaded apps. And Leanback Launcher will feel most familiar coming from the stock interface.

I suggest trying each one to see which launcher you like using the most on your Firestick or Fire TV.

No matter which you choose, a custom launcher is by far the best permanent solution for missing icons.

Method #2: Manually Open Apps from Settings

If you don‘t want to use a custom launcher, there is a workaround to temporarily fix missing icons within the Fire TV settings.

Here‘s how it works:

  1. From the home screen, hover over the gear icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Applications > Manage Installed Applications.
  3. Scroll down to the app with the missing icon. For example, Peacock TV.
  4. Highlight the app and click Launch.

This will open the app directly so you can use it. The icon will then display properly on the home screen again, at least until the next time you reboot your Firestick.

It‘s a quick manual fix for the missing icon issue. However, you‘ll need to repeat these steps again whenever your Fire TV restarts.

But if you only have 1 or 2 apps with this problem, it may be easier than installing a completely new launcher.

Now let‘s look at the third option…

Method #3: Enable Text Banners

The final method is enabling text banners under the Fire TV Accessibility settings. This adds a text label that displays the app name.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Text Banner.
  2. Click Text Banner again to enable it.
  3. When the tutorial pops up, click Close.
  4. Next adjust the text banner preferences:
    • Font size
    • Text & background color
    • Banner position
    • Background opacity
  5. App names will now appear in text banners across the home screen.

For example, "Peacock TV" would display over the icon area.

It‘s not as seamless as a custom launcher. But text banners do label all your apps properly.

To turn text banners off later, just open Settings > Accessibility > Text Banner and toggle it off again.

Now let‘s recap when you should use each method.

Which Method Should I Use?

Here are some guidelines on choosing how to fix missing icons on Firestick/Fire TV:

  • For a permanent solution, use a custom launcher. It will always display all app icons properly after installing.

  • If you only have 1-2 apps with missing icons, use the Settings workaround to manually open the apps.

  • Enable text banners if you want a quick option without fully replacing the default launcher.

  • I recommend Wolf Launcher overall for the best customization options and active development.

  • For a simple sidebar of sideloaded apps, Sideload Launcher is great.

  • Leanback Launcher perfectly imitates the stock Fire TV interface.

Hopefully this detailed walkthrough helped you restore those pesky missing icons on your Fire TV streamer!

But if you‘re still seeing issues, here is some additional troubleshooting to try:

  • Double check ADB debugging is enabled in Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options.

  • Try restarting your Fire TV device after installing the launcher or enabling text banners.

  • Be sure you selected the "Set as default launcher" option after installing a new launcher app.

  • Check for launcher app updates in the Amazon Appstore.

  • Verify the app works properly without an icon by launching it from Settings or your app list.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help out.

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FAQ about Missing App Icons on Firestick

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about fixing missing icons:

Why are some app icons missing on my Firestick?

This happens to sideloaded apps after major Fire TV software updates. The new interface breaks compatibility with some existing app icon images.

How can I restore a missing app icon?

Use a custom launcher, open the app in Settings, or enable text banners. This article explains those 3 methods.

What‘s the best way to permanently fix missing icons?

Installing a custom launcher like Wolf Launcher is the best permanent solution. It will always display proper icons.

What apps have this issue?

We‘ve seen reports of missing icons with Peacock TV, Tivimate, Kodi, Aptoide TV, and other sideloaded apps.

Do I need to root my Firestick to fix icons?

No rooting required! All of these methods work on a standard Fire TV OS without root access.

Can I fix icons without installing a new launcher?

Yes, you can open apps manually in Settings or enable text banners. But a custom launcher is the recommended solution.

I hope this overview gave you a better understanding of why some apps have missing icons and how to restore them on Firestick/Fire TV. Let me know if you have any other questions!


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