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Discussion in 'Android Tech Support' started by BriDroid, Apr 30, 2010.

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    Sometimes when I go to my home screen there are no icons or widgets there, and the only way I've found to get them back is to restart, but sometimes they don't even reappear on restart and I have to restart again.

    Any Ideas on how to fix this?
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    Are you rooted or non rooted?

    This use to happen to me when I was using ultimatedroid v7.8, as to why it happens I'm not exactly positive but I did upgrade to ud v10 and since then I have not had an issue

    If your rooted try flashing a new rom :)
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    I have no Idea what Rooted means, so I'm going to say I'm non-rooted.

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    This has also happened to me. Not rooted. Phone is one week, one day old. Actually it has happened to me twice, but they have always come back after a reboot, so far. I have no idea what causes it.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    do they slowly reappear if you wait a while? like 10-20 seconds? i hav ehad this happen every now and then after switching between a number of different apps, i figure it just slow redrawing the screen because of the task switching, but don't really know.

    anyways, if it is more than a 10-20 sec delay, i'd start by uninstalling apps you have downloaded one by one until the issue goes away - last app uninstalled is the likely offender.

    if you haven't downloaded any apps and the screen doesn't redraw without a power cycle, then it's probably time to call your carrier.
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    Nope, they never come back.
    It started awhile back so I'm going to have to start by uninstalling the stuff I don't use first I guess.

    You think calling Verizon would be helpful? I usually avoid calling a carrier if at all possible, only causes more frustration, imo.
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    Mine stayed long enough to make it into Verizon. They thought it might have been due to the wallpaper I was using, and the icons ended up behind it. This was a theory back in late Feb though so I don't know if that is still the thinking.

    One time I replaced the icons and then a couple days later the original set came back, under the new set. I realized it when I couldn't read the text below the icons due to it being doubled up.

    It can't hurt to bring it in or try a different wallpaper.
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    Hmm, the wallpaper, that could be it, I actually changed it yesterday, and it didn't happen today. Hope thats the fix! fingers crossed.

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    LOL, as soon as I typed that last post it happened with the new wall paper.
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    Of course it did:)
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    No idea if it came from the same company/source, etc. It doesn't happen often enough to pin it down either. It did happen to my phone but hasn't since feb.
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    Are you using "live wallpapers", I seem to have more redrawing issues with them.
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    I started getting this problem about a week ago and get it 3-4 times a day. Very frustrating, have to reboot constantly.

    I've tried different wallpapers, no improvement. I tried uninstalling a few things, but haven't installed anything recently (except updates) that might be causing it.

    Most common time for it to happen seems to be if I change orientation as I change windows; for example if I have it in landscape orientation and hit "send" on an email then close the keyboard and turn it to vertical orientation eager to do more stuff.

    This is very frustrating. Disappointing to have Android be unreliable.
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    It still happens to mine, only rarely, so I've just been living with it. Restart almost always cures the problem, though sometimes it takes a double restart/batter pull.
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    Aha, there is a solution.

    See here, and summarized for people:

    Cause: Usually a problem with a homescreen widget.

    How to get your icons back without a restart: Stop the "Home" process

    * Go to Settings > Applications > Manage applications
    * Menu Click and Filter for "Running"
    * Find "Home" and click on it
    * Click "Force Stop"

    Your icons/widgets should now reappear.

    I'll try this next time it happens to verify. See if you can fix it by removing a widget...
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    Awesome, thanks! I'll try it the next time it happens and report the results.
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    It works!

    I registered here, just so I could confirm the steps listed above work!
    I've been having this problem almost as long as I've had my MotoDroid.
    Been too lazy to google a solution before today.

    Thanks so much DarkGreen.
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    You're welcome! I've used this trick a bunch of times now and it's always worked for me. I also experimented and figured out that it was the CalWidget calendar widget doing it for me. It seems to freeze until it gets data back from a network call and sometimes the data doesn't return, nice programming there. Unfortunately I really like the calendar view so I'm keeping it!
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    FWIW, I think "Home" was renamed "Launcher" in FroYo (2.2). At the least, there is no "Home", and "Launcher" has the same icon.

    I've had the same problem on my Moto Droid, pre-2.2 and post. I tried restarting and my icons didn't come back, so I went and redeployed a new set of icons. Problem is, every once in a while, I would find duplicate or moved icons on one of my screens, presumably one of the "old" icons coming back from the dead. I've now written down what I had on each screen, trashed every icon, punted Launcher, and restarted, just for kicks. Hopefully that'll clear out any old stuff. I do have the "icon delay" problem that seems to be inherent to 2.2 as well (no active wallpaper or anything, just one widget for the battery).

    EDIT: Wow, doing a "Clear Data" on "Launcher" sure does the trick. Basically reverts the home screens to factory defaults. Puts a news + weather widget on page 2, the Google search bar and a Droid helper widget on the home screen, and the Market widget on page 4. That's one way to reset one's configuration.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
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    I was fooling around and stumbled on this on my own with no problems with my phone, and did it, now it has the problem CONSTENTLY! if anyone finds a permanant fix, let me know
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