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On my Samsung Galaxy S2, sometimes all of the icons will disappear from the home screens except for the 4 built in icons (phone, messaging, web, applications). This sometimes happens at startup, and sometimes happens after the phone has been running for a while. It can only be fixed by rebooting the phone, although that is not a guaranteed fix.

More recently I've encountered an additional problem: Sometimes when the icons disappear, the Applications button stops bringing up my applications menu.

Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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It's a critical problem.. Backup your data and hard reset your device. –  Sachin Shekhar May 23 '12 at 20:25
    
define "critical problem"? –  t0mm13b Jun 28 '12 at 23:44
    
Sounds to me like the launcher app is having a problem. What happens if you clear data for the launcher app? Or install a 3rd party launcher? –  Mr. Buster Oct 27 '12 at 20:33
    
I guess I should update this: Eventually, a more serious problem started occurring where my phone wouldn't turn on. I took it to a service center, it was diagnosed as a hardware defect and they gave me a replacement phone. –  camomilk Feb 7 '13 at 22:57
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Just a thought based on what I experienced. I saw icons disappearing on an Android tablet, when I move the apps to SD card or apps installed on SD card instead of internal default flash memory. Are these apps installed on an external SD card? if the SD card is not initialized when the home screen becomes active, they may not be available.

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I do have an SD card, but I don't think any apps are installed there. –  camomilk May 30 '12 at 16:22
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