Apple Launchpad is a practical way to launch applications quickly on your Mac. By default, this usually sits in your Dock, but can be deleted. If you need Launchpad and can’t find it, it’s easy to add it to the Dock again. This is how you do it.
Launchpad was first introduced on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in 2010. If you have an older Mac that you have updated – or if you have uninstalled Launchpad by dragging it out of the Dock – you might not see Launchpad where you expect it.
Even though it feels like a special part of macOS, Launchpad is just a normal application. To get it back, we first need to open the Applications folder.
Switch to Finder, then select Go> Applications from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You can also press Shift + Command + A to open the Application folder quickly.
With the “Applications” folder open, look for the “Launchpad” icon. Click and drag towards the Dock.
When you approach the Dock, other applications will shift sideways, and when the Launchpad icon is where you like, release the mouse button or trackpad. Launchpad will stay where it is.
Next time you need to use Launchpad, click the icon in the dock, and it will appear. And if you lose it again, you now know how to get it back. Happy launching!