Apps Disappear after Pangu Jailbreak Fix

Since its release several days ago, Pangu Jailbreak has proved to be very popular. Fully tested by P0sixninja and Musclenerd, the jailbreak was reported to be genuine and free of malware but despite the fact that it is a clean jailbreak, some people are suffering from one or two issues with it.

Image : Apps disappearing after Pangu Jailbreak

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The first was experienced by those who downloaded the original jailbreak and found themselves in a boot loop. The fix for that can be found in the given link. The second issue has arisen since the tool was updated to v1.1 – some users are complaining that some of their app icons disappear from their home screen following the jailbreak.

There has been no comment on this issue from Pangu team as of yet but there is a chance that it is down to a compatibility issue with a Cydia tweak. If this is the cause then the answer is to delete that tweak. The question is, how do you determine which tweak it is that has caused the problem. One way to do it is to delete your downloaded tweaks, one at a time, in the reverse order that you downloaded them, i.e. the last one downloaded should be the first one deleted. That way you should be able to determine which one is causing the issue.

Alternative Solutions :

  1. Install Mobile Terminal or OpenSSH
  2. Run uicache
  3. If it works, com.apple.mobile.installation.plist will be reloaded and the icon issue fixed.

If that fails :

  1. Download iFile [ext link] from Cydia.
  2. Use it to locate /var/mobile/library/caches/
  3. Delete the following two files from there – com.apple.LaunchServices-056.csstore and com.apple.mobile.installations.plist

This should sort the problem out although you will have to rearrange your icons again afterwards.

Warning : Please only delete these files if you know what you are doing. It is very easy to delete the wrong system file, which could result in you having to restore your iPhone, iPad or iPod. If you have to restore, you will lose all data that has not been backed up and you will have to reinstall the jailbreak.

Other reasons for app icons disappearing are linked to the use of AppSync and AppCake, both of which give the user access to pirate apps. If you are using either of these, remove them as they are the cause of the issue and there is no other fix.

Have you suffered from this or any other problem since installing the Pangu jailbreak? How did you resolve them ?

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14 Comments

  1. I used PanGu.I always do a fresh install on all my JB’s and then never have a problem. PanGu was a bit of a challenge. Icons disappeared yes. The above fix went well. I had to use IFile and was easy to find. Reboot when done and all is okay. Good luck to all
    Had a problem with other of the older apple apps,ie. Yahoo Weather/Live Weather icon. Caused the iPhone 5s to stay in safe mode
    Rusty. July14.

  2. I’ve found an easier and quicker method.Simply open Cydia,installed tab at the bottom and then expert tab at the top then scroll down to preference loader and reinstall allow to restoring and voila all should be good again……works for me 100% of the time.

    1. Dude, you’re a novice comedian? What if the CYDIA icon is among the group that disappeared?????

  3. I’ve found an easier and quicker method.Simply open Cydia,installed tab at the bottom and then expert tab at the top then scroll down to preference loader and reinstall allow to restoring and voila all should be good again……works for me all of the time.

  4. I’ve found an easier and quicker method.Simply open Cydia,installed tab at the bottom and then expert tab at the top then scroll down to preference loader and reinstall allow to restoring and voila all should be good again.

  5. Sorry for the triple post(1st two attempts said they had failed)and restore was meant to have read respring.

  6. My step son jb his iPhone 4 no problem, his friends new iPod no problem. Did my iPhone 5 and it would say complete and then re boot and nothing. Then tried my iPad mini and it worked then rebooted a couple of times and now I don’t have a single app on it. The ones you can’t delete are gone, settings, photos everything. I don’t have a single thing on my iPad. I’ve tried a factory reset and that won’t work. Anyone have any ideas???

  7. i jailbroke using pangu, installed cydia, was updating cydia that suddenly it said my storage is nearly full and need to delete apps.i went ahead to settings but settings kept on crashing. i restarted my device and then when i unlocked i could see only newstand and all the other default icons like settings,safari mail everything was gone except the apps installed from the appstore. i tried to search for pangu and cydia icon but none could be found.what should i do?i was trying to jailbreak for the first time.please help!

  8. I don’t usually leave comments but when my apps disappear I almost had a stroke. I tried iFile method and deleted those 2 files and reboot. Nothing happened then I put my phone on airplane mode and turned back on. Everything was back. Every single app. Thanks you saved me. I love you guys. I can’t thank you enough. I’m soooo happy. Thanks a lot. Please don’t install Appsync. Appsync made my apps disappear.

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