Bug: iOS 5 Newsstand icons out of place on iPhone and iPad Home screen

The other day I noticed an oddity on the Home screen of my iPad 2 One of the magazines that I'm subscribed to decided to jump out of the Newsstand folder and place itself on the Home screen.

I'm not exactly sure what caused this -- maybe it's the fact that I haven't updated this specific subscription since I first downloaded it -- but for whatever reason, after I performed a normal power cycle the magazine decided to randomly plop itself smack dab in the middle of my homescreen.

At first, I attempted to move the magazine icon back into the Newsstand folder, but that didn't work because the icon refused to enter jiggly-mode. In addition, I couldn't delete the subscription app because tap-and-hold wasn't working at all. Another aspect of the bug is that one of my favorite apps, Bloomberg TV+, had been removed from the Home screen completely (although it was still accesible via Spotlight search).

What's more, after performing a full restore of iOS 5.0.1, the same exact thing happened on my iPad, removing the Settings app from my iPhone Home screen not allowing it to to enter jiggly-mode in order to delete the magazine download.

Keep in mind, this bug is not incapacitating, but it is frustrating to see a big fat rectangular icon on your Home screen.


  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions from Newsstand place themselves on the Home screen after reboot or restore
  • Upon attempting to remove the magazine/newspaper download, tap-and-hold as well as app deletion no longer works
  • Depending on how many subscriptions have this bug, you will lose the same amount of app icons from your Home screen once the problem arises

Possible causes

  • Failure to update effected subscription(s) over a certain threshold of time (unconfirmed)


  • Perform an additional power cycle after you notice the issue on your iPhone or iPad, then tap-and-hold to remove the effected subscription(s)

We've decided to cross-post this in the TiPb bugs forum to see if anyone else might be running into the same issue. If you know of a simpler fix -- or better yet, a confirmed explanation of what's going on here -- drop a comment in this post or jump into the forums to help other users who may be less fortunate if this specific fix doesn't work out for them.

iOS 5 Newsstand icons placed on iPhone and iPad Home screen iPhone 4 5.0.1

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

  • Have you filed this as a bug with Apple?
  • This happened with Distro on my iPad. Wound up deleting the app to remove it from my home screen. Would love to see a fix to this problem asap!
  • Yep Distro did this for me too after the last update to news stand, preferred it as a standalone anyway... Not considered a fix yet or noticed any missing icons
  • Tottaly off topic, but I loved the iPhone wallpaper! Would you care to share it?
    Thanks in advance!
  • some similar bug happened, but not with Newsstand:http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/6339/photo20120101020124.png
  • Ok! That’s a really great update – have found a lot of useful there. Nice post!