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.

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19 Comments

1. MsPooks

Posts: 311; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Mind boggling. Just mind boggling.

2. Georgio

Posts: 329; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

It's the beginning of the year and you don't have anything to write about? Just write some made up story, there are many trolls...

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22844; Member since: May 28, 2014

Another day, another bug/issue/problem that Pixel smartphones are having. It’s no wonder that Googles Pixels have become synonymous with those terms. Pixels are the most bug-ridden Android smartphones to be produced in recent memory.

5. Carlitos

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"bUT sToCK ANDroid iS THE BeSt"

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22844; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! That is what Stock Android Enthusiasts say, right? Any benefits from Stock Android on Pixel smartphones are severely hampered by all of the constant bugs and issues.

8. cevon3239

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

...and lack of features. It's basically an iPhone that runs Android. The Pixel is just a Nexus with a new name. People swear by vanilla Android. I think any iPhone above the 8 is a much better buy than any Pixel will ever be. And a older flagship Samsung wo UK lf better too

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22844; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Any iPhone above the 8 is better than any Pixel, and I personally think the 8 is better as well.

10. Koltt27

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 23, 2018

Any Samsung is better then both

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22844; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Samsung smartphones are especially much better than Pixel smartphones.

12. Venom

Posts: 4004; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

And any iPhone is better than the Pureview. Works both ways.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22844; Member since: May 28, 2014

Any iPhone is better than any Pixel, and the Pixel is a poor imitation of the iPhone. Any Huawei smartphone is better than any Pixel smartphone as well.

18. Vancetastic

Posts: 1890; Member since: May 17, 2017

I will disagree here...I've had no issues with my Pixel (and I'm starting to feel left out), and I very much prefer it to even the latest iPhones. It may be "simple", but I can still add whatever I want to it, and customize the screen to my liking if I so choose. Having said that, a Nokia may be my next device.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22844; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree to disagree, my friend. I’ve personally had enough issues with Pixels that I’ve used to not want to use them anymore. I’ve actually had a better experience on iOS than stock Android on a Pixel. It’s one of the reasons why I’m so disappointed in Google, because iPhones continuously has more issues than most. A company the size of Google that’s been in the business this long should not be having the amount the issues that is does with its branded smartphones. Same for Apple. But you have some ignorant people here that think that I’m talking out of my @$$ like they do when they claim to certain smartphones that we all know that they don’t, and I’ve even exposed a certain someone to be fabricating ownership of certain smartphones more than once. Now I will say that the midrange Pixels have less issues, so it appears that one of the issue is that Google has piss-poor optimization skills when it comes to more powerful hardware, like that on high end flagships. The midrange Pixels are the way Google should go, and they should scrap their awful high end flagship Pixel line. I will also say that I’ve had a far better stock Android experience on my Nokia smartphones than on the Pixels that I’ve used. For the problems that my Nokia 9 PureView has had, it’s nowhere near the amount of issues that flagship Pixels have had, and continue to have.

17. AlienKiss

Posts: 323; Member since: May 21, 2019

As a heavy-duty power user I have to say that stock android is good only when you have an outdated phone and you are still desperately trying to keep it working. That's all. Other than that there's absolutely no advantage over a Sony or a Samsung version. The only disadvantage of non-stock Android is that it may take longer to get the latest updates, BUT you're having a TON of features that you know for sure they will appear only in a few years on stock phones. And everyone wants features, even if they aren't using them. So: on one side you have the buggiest phone out there: the Pixel, with the best update service but more bugs, glitches and hiccups that a chinese replica, and on the other side you have brands that give you almost all the features available, but a bit slower updates. Of course I'm going to choose the second option.. PS with root you can install anything on a smartphone, even a full-blown Linux OS. Search for XDA Forums.

4. cozze02

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

For starters, he is obviously use a theme engine because those status bar icons are not stock. So this tells me he is rooted and probably using a few other mods. You do the math. And also where is the nav bar, even with gesture nav on there is still a bar at the bottom or at least a space to perform gestures

13. Venom

Posts: 4004; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Finally a voice of reason against the usual tripe of "documented facts" and Pixel issues that people sometimes exaggerate.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22844; Member since: May 28, 2014

Documented facts are what they are: Documented facts. There is no opinion that can dilute that. To say otherwise is illogical.

7. miketer

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Hahaha, the title....

11. Koltt27

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 23, 2018

Samsung is leading the game

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