For the next magic trick, Pixel handsets are making app icons disappear

For the next magic trick, Pixel handsets are making app icons disappear
According to Reddit posters (via 9to5Google) a strange new bug is affecting some Google Pixel handsets running Android 10. After installing the December Android security patch, app icons have been randomly disappearing from the Pixel Launcher leaving the name of the app on the screen. But since there is no name used for the five apps in the Favorites tray, icons missing there leave a completely blank spot. Just because an icon is gone doesn't mean that the app is uninstalled; tapping on the empty space will still open up the app selected.

The bug can not be replicated and the app icon affected often belongs to one of the last apps opened by the user. Complaints have been posted by individuals sporting a Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3a and both Pixel 4 models. We can report that this bug has not infected our Pixel 2 XL running Android 10 with the December security update installed.

If your Pixel app icons are ghosting your handset, you might want to reset the Pixel Launcher by wiping the data from it. Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > App info. Scroll down to Pixel Launcher and tap on it. You then choose Storage & cache > Clear storage. If the missing icons return, you're good to go. If not, you will have to rely on Google to push out an update. At this point, it is possible that the company is not even aware of this issue considering that it has not been a widespread problem.


One of the Redditors with this problem shared a video showing the bug in action. If your Pixel is acting up and making icons disappear, you can contact Google by going to Settings > Tips & support and select Phone or Chat.

Related phones

Pixel 2 XL

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.2
  • Display 6.0 inches 2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3520 mAh
  • OS Android 11
Pixel 3a

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.5
  • Display 5.6 inches 2220 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 11
Pixel 4

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

8.7
  • Display 5.7 inches 2280 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 11
Pixel 4 XL

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

8.8
  • Display 6.3 inches 3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3700 mAh
  • OS Android 11

FEATURED VIDEO

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless