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

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This step-by-step guide will show you How to Fix Missing App Icons on Firestick/Fire TV using three different solutions.

With Amazon rolling out the New Fire TV Interface on their popular streaming devices, many users have noticed missing or broken app icons for some of their favorite applications.

This only occurs with certain 3rd party apps that are sideloaded onto the device from outside the Amazon App Store.


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We have seen several comments on the TROYPOINT website from visitors asking how to fix these missing app icons on their Firestick/Fire TV devices.

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Most notably, the Peacock TV app on Firestick/Fire TV is experiencing this missing icon issue. We use Peacock TV in our screenshots below.

In addition to Peacock TV, some other well-known sideloaded apps that we have seen with a missing icon include the following:

Note: If your Firestick/Fire TV hasn’t updated to the new interface yet, you can manually update your device by using our guide below.

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All of these methods outlined below for fixing missing app icons work on the Amazon Firestick 4K, Firestick Lite, 3rd Gen Firestick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TVs.

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Below you will find three methods on how to fix missing app icons on Firestick/Fire TV within the new interface.


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How to Fix Missing App Icons on Firestick/Fire TV

In the following screenshots, we are using an Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite, but these same methods will work on any newer Fire TV device.

We will continue to update this tutorial as more solutions become available in the near future.

The following list was last updated on Wed, Sep, 15, 2021

Method One – Custom Launchers

Due to these recent interface updates, custom launchers have become extremely popular among Firestick/Fire TV users.

We have found this to be the best solution for fixing the missing icon issue on 3rd party applications.

This is also a great way to Block Ads on Firestick/Fire TV!

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Custom launchers first originated on Android TV Boxes that ran the “Stock Android” operating system.

However, there are now a few custom launchers that work well on the Firestick/Fire TV that remove the missing app icons.


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Wolf Launcher

The Wolf Launcher has become one of the most popular custom launchers among Firestick/Fire TV users.

Not only does this launcher remove the missing app icons, but the Wolf Launcher is free of ads and the customization options are endless!

See our video tutorial below for installing Wolf Launcher on the Firestick/Fire TV.

Wolf Launcher – Video Tutorial

 

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Sideload Launcher

The Sideload Launcher is a basic launcher that displays your side-loaded apps in a simple layout that allows for better display and more customization options.

This launcher is easy to install on any Android-powered device and currently works great!

See the link below for installing the Sideload Launcher on Firestick and Android devices.

Sideload Launcher APK on Firestick/Android

Leanback Launcher

The Leanback Launcher is another well-known custom launcher that operates smoothly on the Firestick/Fire TV.

Similar to Wolf, the Leanback Launcher also removes the missing app icons and runs smoothly!

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Refer to our tutorial below for installing the Leanback Launcher on Firestick and Android devices.

How to Install Leanback Launcher

All of these custom launchers can also be found within our list of Best Firestick Apps.

Method Two – Fix Missing App Icons on Firestick Within Device Settings

The second solution to fixing missing app icons on your Firestick/Fire TV is to manually launch applications within the device settings.

Follow the quick screenshot guide below.

1. First hover over the Settings icon and select Applications.

The second solution to fixing grey app icons on your Firestick/Fire TV is to manually launch applications within the device settings.

2. Click Managed Installed Applications.

Click Managed Installed Applications.

3. Locate and click the application that is giving you the missing icon issue. For this instance, we are using Peacock TV.

Locate and click the application that is giving you the grey icon issue.

4. Click Launch application and that’s it!

Manually launching these apps within settings will fix the grey icon issue on your Firestick/Fire TV.

Manually launching these apps within settings will fix the missing icon issue on your Firestick/Fire TV.

See our Firestick Tricks & Tips guide for more information on settings and other device adjustments.

Method Three – Text Banners

Using text banners is another solution to removing missing app icons on the Firestick/Fire TV.

However, this process does require a few more steps compared to the other solutions above. We recommend trying those first.

Follow the guide below for enabling text banners to fix the missing app icon issue.

1. Hover over the settings icon and click Accessibility.

Using text banners is another solution to removing grey app icons on the Firestick/Fire TV.

2. Click Text Banner.

Click Text Banner to fix the grey app icons on your firestick

3. Click the Close Tutorial option with this message appears.

Click the Close Tutorial option with this message appears.

4. Click the back button on your remote and notice the Text Banner option is now turned on.

Click the back button on your remote and notice the Text Banner option is now turned on.

5. Next we suggest selecting Font Size & Color to adjust your text banner display.

Next we suggest selecting Font Size & Color to adjust your text banner display.

6. For this instance, we used a small font size with a red color.

For this instance, we used a small font size with a red color.

7. You can also adjust the background, click that option.

You can also adjust the background, click that option.

8. We used 0% opacity but you can adjust these settings to your preference.

We used 0% opacity but you can adjust these settings to your preference to fix the grey app icons on your firestick

9. You can also change the Vertical Position of text banners. We chose the Top option.

You can also change the Vertical Position of text banners. We selected the Top option.

10. Now return back to the Firestick home screen and hover over an app with the missing icon. Notice it says “Peacock TV” within the text banner.

Now return back to the home screen and notice the grey app icons on firestick are fixed

11. That’s it! To remove text banners simply go back into Accessibility within the device settings and click Text Banner.

To remove text banners simply go back into Accessibility within the device settings and click Text Banner.

12. Click Text Banner again to turn this setting off.

Click Text Banner again to fix grey app icons on firestick

Hopefully this guide helped you fix the missing app icons on your Firestick/Fire TV!

For more helpful Firestick/Fire TV tutorials like this, be sure to visit our popular guides below.

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Fix Missing App Icons on Firestick FAQ

How do you fix the missing app icons on Firestick?

In this guide we show three solutions for fixing the missing app icons issue on the Firestick/Fire TV.

Can you change the new Fire TV interface?

Yes. You can change the new Fire TV interface with custom launchers such as Wolf and the Leanback Launcher.

Why are there missing app icons on the Firestick?

Some sideloaded apps will have a missing icon if the previous image is not yet compatible with the new Fire TV interface.

What apps have the missing icon on Firestick?

Some sideloaded apps that may have a missing icon after installing include Peacock TV, Aptoide TV, Fast Task Killer, VirusTotal, and others.

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