I recently discovered the Google search bar which used to appear between the notification area and the topmost Widget has disappeared. Shortly before, I had received a largish OTA system update and at around the same time my father had gotten at my phone and accidentally knocked some things off the screen the way that fathers will.

Note that this is not the search widget, but the toolbar that appears (appeared) above the widgets.

I found one similar question
"Google Search Bar Widget is gone from Galaxy S5, it is not in the widgets section anymore"
but that didn't solve my problem. (The toolbar does not appear on the "Disabled" tab of App Manager.)

I have a Kyocera DuraForce E6560C running Android 4.4.2 unrooted. Any help is appreciated.

  • Have you tried clearing data of your stock launcher? Settings -> Apps -> All (Tab) -> StockLauncherName -> Clear data -> OK Nov 24 '15 at 3:34
  • The closest match I can find for StockLauncherName is Launcher. When I tap "Clear Data" the warning is sufficiently dire-sounding that No, I have not done that. Nov 24 '15 at 3:45
  • Do you have any apps called Kyocera Home or such?I have Touchwiz home on my samsung and Xperia Home on Sony device. I don't know about this device. Also there's a XDA-super thread on Kyocera Duraforce with information about your device. If possible install APK extractor and Open App-> App settings ->Toggle OFF Show All Applications -> Back to App main screen -> Menu (option overflow button) -> Show system Apps (NO root needed). Nov 24 '15 at 4:13
  • Thanks for the link. It'll take me some time to read through it. I'm new to Android, though, so could you please explain what APK Extractor will do for me? Nov 24 '15 at 4:19
  • It's built to extract apps to your sdcard for installation later but you can use it see the system apps by filtering. You may get the launcher name there. And clearing data only deletes your settings and widgets. No data other than that is lost Nov 24 '15 at 4:23

The widget may be listed under the ridiculously renamed Google Search app called "Launcher3" - find the 4x1 widget and drag to the desktop.

  • That isn't it. Whatever this thing was, I'm fairly certain it wasn't a widget. Jan 30 '16 at 2:19

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