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Missing app icon in app drawer after installation

AnnXAnnX Member ✭✭


I developed an app with Visual Studio 2019 that is not going to be published in the app store. When I install from the APK, the app is **not ** there in the app drawer and not on the home screen. But when I use the finder, it can be started from there.

Any idea what could be missing?

Best Answer


  • YelinzhYelinzh Member, Xamarin Team Xamurai

    Have you set the icon for the application in AndroidManifest.xaml?


    Check the tutorial:

  • AnnXAnnX Member ✭✭

    Thanks Jarvan! I checked the icons and icon references in my app and they are fine. Also, the icon shows up when the finder displays my app, therefore I think that the icon's not corrupt.

  • YelinzhYelinzh Member, Xamarin Team Xamurai

    Make sure that intent-filter for MAIN and LAUNCHER is not mixed with other intent-filter. If the intent-filter is configured with different kinds of data and actions in AndroidManifest.xaml, please divide the intent-filter to multi parts like:

      <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>
      <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER"/>
      <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW"/>
      <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"/>

    Similar issue:

  • AnnXAnnX Member ✭✭

    Thanks for pointing me to that! But that's also not the problem.
    I suppose that my developer device is the cause, because when I install the app on another device (same model) it shows up normally in the app drawer.

  • AnnXAnnX Member ✭✭

    Thanks for pointing me to that! Clearing the cache of the launcher did the trick, now the app shows up fine after installation.

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