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Why do I have duplicated "ghost" app icons on my springboard?


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Since I have upgraded to iOS 9 (from 8.4.1 to 9.2.1 via iTunes), there is a bug on my device. Whenever I update an app, it creates an duplicated "ghost" icon of it. So there are two icons: a normal one, that works, and a ghost/greyed out one, that does not work. If I restart the device (turn off/on) or reset the home screen layout, everything is fine again. Who knows about this issue? What options do I have without restoring it as a new device?


Ambassador Team Leader, Senior Moderator
Jan 8, 2012
I've never experienced anything like that. As for your options w/out having to restore, well, you can try the following:

1. Reboot
2. Uninstall and then reinstall the app
3. Go to Settings → General → Reset, and then select "Reset All Settings".