I have Nova Launcher (Prime version) installed on my Galaxy Nexus phone and I have noticed, that some of applications are missing in this launcher. In particular:

  • Voice Search, and
  • Sound Recorder

I can see these applications in Settings > Apps > All:

Apps Settings

and in Google Play, but there is no sign of them in Nova Launcher. Icons to these applications are not present in NL's menu (app drawer), not on any of desktops and I can't even add them to desktop because, when long-pressing desktop and selecting Add to Home Screen > Apps, neither of these applications is listed on application list:

Add Apps

When I open up my app drawer in Nova Prime, I also can't see these apps. Notice, that I don't have Apps and Widgets tabs in my app drawer, because I have modified these. I've added my own tabs and removed Widgets tab, which I don't use at all. However, what concerns me the most, is the fact, that my app drawer contains different menu options in context menu than in case of other users (see geffchang's answer as reference). I have Play Store and Nova Settings:

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While other have Show Hidden Apps and Edit Tab.... This, however, is just a strange issue (and possible a clue), but doesn't change much, because, if I go to Nova Settings > Drawer > Hide Apps and select Show Hidden Apps from context menu, then my Hidden Apps list still does not contain these two, I'm looking for (Voice Search and Sound Recorder). This list contains only these applications, that I see in Add to Home Screen > Apps list.

I have absolutely no idea, why I can't see these two applications in any of Nova Prime lists and how to add them to either home screen or app drawer. Can anyone help here?


3 Answers 3


As a developer, I believe it's because there are no GUI that are set to appear on the launcher (example: "Contacts Storage" only stores contacts, and it's shown as an app in "All" apps).

This is backed-up by dez93_2000's answer on another question,

This app has no inbuilt GUI link on many builds. You can use the app Sound Recorder Shortcut by KN Inc to access it through a shortcut though. [...]

So, you have to install other apps as a shortcut to these apps that don't have launcher on their own:

  • I'm accepting your answer, because it brings argument, that may actually explain everything here. If app has no GUI, then putting icon / shortcut to it may be pointless. Thank you.
    – trejder
    Commented Mar 11, 2015 at 13:14

They are probably hidden.

If you go to Nova Settings > Drawer > Hide Apps do you see them listed there with ticks next to them? If so, un-tick them and they will re-appear in the drawer.

  • No, this is not the case. I have a long list of apps there, but none of them is checked. I don't think, this could be the case, because -- if I get it right -- this controls only apps in drawer. This would not explain, why these apps are also missing from Add to Home Screen > Apps list.
    – trejder
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 11:11
  • On my phone apps are hidden from Add to Home Screen > Apps if they're in that list. There is a 'Show hidden apps' button at the bottom of the Add to Home Screen > Apps list on my device too.
    – bmdixon
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 11:14
  • Hm... strange. I had Show hidden apps option only in Nova Settings > Drawer > Hide Apps, you mentioned first, in three-dot context menu. Selecting this option does not changed anything (list get longer, but again, no apps were checked as hidden). I don't have Show hidden apps button at the bottom of the Add to Home Screen > Apps (I have only apps list and Select Multiple button), which is odd, as I seems to have newest version of Nova Launcher Prime.
    – trejder
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 11:17

I'm not going to hijack bmdixon's answer.

What do you see on your app drawer? Do you see the (blue) APPS and WIDGETS tab? If not, then maybe Nova launcher is not active launcher.

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  • When I open my app drawer, I don't see Apps and Widgets tabs, because I have already configured Nova Prime to suit my needs. I have five my own custom tabs and I have turned off Widget tab at all. When I tap three-dot menu button in app drawer, I can see Nova Settings, which assures me, that I'm actually using Nova Prime as main launcher! :> However, what concerns me the most, is that I don't see context menu items, you have on your screenshot, i.e. Show Hidden Apps and Edit Tab.... Instead, I have: Google Play and Nova Settings. This case begins to be really weird.
    – trejder
    Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 11:05
  • @trejder Can you post a screenshot?
    – geffchang
    Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 13:32
  • Sir, yes, sir! :> Take a look at an updated question. Thanks.
    – trejder
    Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 18:19
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    @trejder I see your problem. You're clicking on the wrong button - the three dots (aka overflow button). You need to click on the tab (e.g. MAIN, INTERNET, FUN, TAB). Let me know if it works.
    – geffchang
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 8:01
  • Yes and no. Yes, because you're right, that I was tapping in wrong place. After tapping on tab itself I found your options and checked Show Hidden Apps. No, because after doing this, I still can't see neither Sound Recorder nor Voice Search icons. For some reasons these two apps (maybe more) are completely not seen anywhere within Nova Prime and I can only list them in system level (in system settings). So, we're going back to my initial question -- what can be causing, that Nova Prime does not have any access to certain system apps and does not list them anywhere?
    – trejder
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 9:31

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