I have a Motorola Milestone, and sometimes when I press Home to go back to the Home Screen, the screen shows no application icons, no widgets.

It simply stays blank, with the wallpaper on background. I can navigate to the other Home Screens by dragging to left or right, but every screen it empty.

The phone seems normal, no slowness, the app drawer opens up normally.

The only solution I thought was to restart the phone. I don't use any task killer.

I also noticed this started to happen recently, after installing many applications. And it normally happens after running some heavy app, like Angry Birds.

Did anyone notice this too?

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    Just FYI: the program that shows your homescreen (dashboard) and all the icons and widgets is also your launcher. Getting an alternate launcher might help.
    – Arda Xi
    Commented Nov 13, 2010 at 18:41
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    Does it eventually load the icons and widgets?
    – Bryan Denny
    Commented Nov 13, 2010 at 19:37
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    I think your mixing some words here and some clarification may invite more responses. Correct me if I'm wrong but by "Dashboard" do you mean "Home Screen"? And by "Launcher" do you mean the "app drawer"?
    – Matt
    Commented Nov 13, 2010 at 19:57
  • @Matt: right, those are better terms, I edited the question. Commented Nov 14, 2010 at 19:44
  • @Bryan: no, I left my phone idle for several hours, and the icons didn't come back. Commented Nov 14, 2010 at 19:46

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The Milestone (original Motorola Droid to all you Americans) doesn't use the default home screen app because of the slide out keyboard, since the default home screen app doesn't support landscape. Switching to one of the other alternate home screen apps might solve your problem.

  • Still the same problem with LauncherPro for me. Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 14:16
  • Didn't the Milestone ship with LauncherPro? Try something else.
    – MBraedley
    Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 18:46
  • Not that I know of, at least for the U.S. version (Droid), which is what I have. Thanks Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 20:27

Took me a while to figure out but it happened to me only at work. For some odd reason, when plugged into USB on Windows 7 Ultimate (to charge), this would occur. At home, I use 7 home premium and everything works - driver and software. The PC at work simply would not install the driver for the phone, and would leave my phone hanging. Being I am at work, I don't have the 'time' to troubleshoot, but do notice this occurs often. Hope this helps - from Toronto, Canada.

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    Not sure if this should be a comment or a new question, not really sure that it's an answer. On another note, it sounds like your company's admins have blocked the central Windows Update site (presumably because they're using something like ther own WSUS server) this will stop your work PC from being able to download random drivers from the Windows Hardware catalog, and often will leave a PC sitting there waiting for a time-out when it tries to find the drivers, and will (depending on the phone make/model) often prevent USB charging.
    – GAThrawn
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 10:07
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    Milestone here and I get the same problem but almost never use the USB, so I don't think this is the answer. Might be a catalyst for some other problem.
    – Aaronaught
    Commented Aug 20, 2011 at 19:43

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