This can cause confusion and embarrassment, especially when you try to open an application, and nothing really happens. It can also be a malicious software that can lead to unexpected results. Anyway, it's not a good sign. Now let's see how to remove duplicate icons in Android and prevent this from happening again.
1. Update / reinstall the application
If you repeatedly notice duplicate icons for a single application, it is possible that the error comes from the application itself, rather than elsewhere. At this point you need to update the application (if there is one) and check if this resolves the duplication error of the icon in android.
Just open Play Store, tap the menu to select My Apps & Games and search for updates. Install if there are any infected applications. You can also try to uninstall and reinstall the infected application to see if this can help you.
Play Store is the only official destination for downloading apps for Android. We've talked about APKMirror in our publications, but we do it after careful testing of the link and the site. You should avoid indirectly loading applications purchased from unspecific sites or forums, especially when you encounter such problems.
2. Update of the operating system
Updating your Android operating system is the next thing to do. Open the settings and tap System Update under About Phone. The options may vary depending on your phone model and location.
Check if an update is available and install it if there is one. This could help solve several bugs.
5. Android Launcher Cache
I love using Nova Launcher. Android Launcher applications are responsible for the operation and behavior of the home screen and the application drawer. Look for the launcher you are using and repeat the steps mentioned in point 4 above. Clear cached data and files.
Note that all your settings will be lost if you do it. So be sure to make a backup first. If restoring the backup and any settings results in a duplication error, repeat the process and configure it again.
6. Progressive Web Applications
If you do not know what progressive apps are, you can check out Google's guide on the same topic. Moreover, it is very likely that you do not have this problem if you do not even know how to use it.
In short, when you open a website in your mobile browser, a pop-up asking you to save a shortcut on your home screen will display. It is a progressive web application, also called PWA.
These applications, or the icon with a shortcut to the URL of the website, can be duplicated over time. You may have backed up the same site multiple times or your cache files are searching. Anyway, delete them completely. A better way is to use a browser bookmark. If you are registering URLs for articles, use an application such as Pocket.
Duplicate icons can be harmless when they result from cache or memory problems, but malware and viruses can do damage. One of the solutions above should have solved the problem. If you have found another way, share with us the comments below.
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