Chrome Icon Not Appearing On Your Mac? Here's The Fix


Has the Chrome icon disappeared from your Mac? Don't worry. There is a fairly straightforward fix and we have created an easy-to-follow, step by step guide on how you can get it back.

What Is Chrome?

Google Chrome is a web browser for your Mac. It is one of the most popular choices for many users globally and was developed in 2008 by Google. Initially, you could only use it on Windows, but later on Chrome was available many other operating systems, including MacOS.

Add The Chrome Icon To The Home Screen

The Chrome icon not appearing on your Mac is a rather common bug. This bug can be triggered because of multiple reasons. Luckily, the problem is not severe though.

Manually Dragging The Chrome Icon

You might have accidentally removed the Chrome icon from the home screen. It may also be that it was never on the home screen. In that case, one way to do it is by dragging the icon manually. You'll have to search for Chrome on your Mac. Then simply drag it to the home screen. Here is a step by step guide.

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Go to "Applications."
  3. Locate "Google Chrome."
  4. The files are listed alphabetically.
  5. Click on Chrome.
  6. Drag the icon to the Dock or home screen.

Installing Google Chrome Again

This method is useful if you do not find Google Chrome in "Applications." In that case, you'll have to download and install Chrome. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click here.
  3. Select the "Download Now" option.
  4. Choose "Accept and Install" when presented with the Terms and Condition.
  5. Wait a few minutes for the installation to complete.
  6. Hover your cursor over the Download icon located on the bottom of the screen.
  7. Select the downloaded Chrome file.
  8. The file will open up.
  9. Drag the Chrome icon to the Application icon.
  10. These icons will be provided on the screen.
  11. Wait a few minutes for Google Chrome to verify.
  12. Google Chrome will open up automatically.
  13. Drag the Chrome icon manually if it doesn't appear.

Delete And Reinstall Chrome

If the problem persists, then you'll have to delete the app and reinstall it. This may sound technical, but it's really not. All you need to do is remove Chrome, along with all its files, and reinstall it. Here is how to do it.

Step 1

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Select "Applications."
  3. Search for "Google Chrome."
  4. Click on the icon.
  5. Drag it to the Trash can.

Step 2

  1. Reopen Finder.
  2. From the menu bar, select "Go."
  3. A dropdown list will appear.
  4. Choose "Go to folder."
  5. A window will open up.
  6. Search for "~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome."
  7. Click on "Go."
  8. A few folders will appear.
  9. Select all of them.
  10. Drag them to the trash.
  11. This will altogether remove all the Chrome files.
  12. As an optional step, we recommend also clearing the trash can.

Step 3

Reinstall Chrome by following the steps above.

Restart Your Mac

If all else fails, then this is the last option. Restarting solves many non-complex problems. The method to restart your Mac is provided below.

  1. Click on the Apple logo on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Select the "Restart" option.
  3. Click Confirm.
  4. Wait for your Mac to restart.
  5. Once the restart is complete, check if the issue is resolved.
Muaz Ashrafi

Hi! I am Muaz, a Mass Communication major. I like to think I am a free urban spirit. I write blogs with a focus on tech and gadgets. When I'm not writing, you can find me with my headphones on, relaxing to some good house EDM music. I'm also a hobbyist photographer, you can find me on Instagram @mzwithacamera.

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