February 16, 2014

The Curious Case of Duplicate Icons on Andoid!

Did you reach here searching for a solution to the shocker as you were swiping through your applications list on your Android phone and seeing two icons for the same app? You are not the only one who suffered from the pain of seeing two icons of the same application in your app drawer. And I am sure you tried the next best step of trying to delete one application thinking that the application got installed twice and burned your hand by deleting the only copy of the application installed on your phone. Trust me, you are not the only one who face the curious case of duplicate icons in your Android App Drawer.

It happened to me too. I just bought a new Android Phone a few days ago. And the phenomenon of duplicate icons in the App drawer started happening two days after I bought the phone. I was about to curse my buyer instinct for my stupid decision of buying an Android phone from an Indian phone maker, discarding the international big boy brands. But then I decided to do some research.

You are right, this happens only on devices that run the latest Jelly Bean version on Android. This seems to be a bug on Android that duplicate the icon of applications. This usually happens on Android Phones that run the stock version of Jelly Bean, without the device maker's highly customized user interface. Now, what do you do when you see two icons of the same application in your app drawer?

There is only one solution to this problem of duplicate icons on Android. Reboot! Reboot!! Reboot!!! Yes, just switch off your phone, keep it switched off for a minute or two and then reboot the phone. Sometimes, you will notice the same issue after you reboot! That is why I said 'reboot' three times! 

10 comments:

  1. Rebooted three times
    Still duplicate icons prevail

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  2. Also rebooted three times & duplicated icon still there - any other suggestions?

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  3. It actually worked for me. And I only had to do it once. If you guys had "reboot" button, don't use it. Use the "shut down" button and wait at least 1 min.

    Anyway, thanks for the advice.

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  4. Me also..cant find the solution:(

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  5. Me also..cant find the solution:(

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  6. Me too. Not only the icons duplicate, but my wallpaper disapears and it goes back to one of the ones that camr with the phone.

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  7. Same here for both problems nvidia shield tablet running marshmallow

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  8. Try - long hold duplicate, edete tag appears top screen, drag & drop.

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  9. long hold and delete at screen top works really well

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