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Recover Lost Launchpad Folders After Rapid Security Response Upgrade

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

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Summary: Some Mac users point out that the Launchpad folders all went away after the Rapid Security Response update on macOS Ventura computers. You can find specific solutions in this article coming from iBoysoft. Besides, iBoysoft Data Recovery Software is recommended to scan for lost files and data on your device.

How To Recover Lost Launchpad Folders After Rapid Security Response Upgrade

For more than half a year, macOS Ventura has been steadily perfected with several newly designed bug fixes and minor OS version updates. As a successor of macOS Monterey and predecessor of new macOS versions, macOS Ventura cannot pay more attention to user data and information security.

Following Apple's high value of security, it released Security Keys for Apple IDAdvanced Data Protection for iCloud, and Rapid Security Response updates one after another to secure your Mac from information leakages and viruses/malware. 

However, some users expressed that they lost Launchpad folders after the Rapid Security Response update on Mac. That is annoying and upsetting for sure. While there is still a turning point since this article tells you how to recover lost Launchpad folders after the Rapid Security Response (RSR) update.

How to recover lost Launchpad folders after the Rapid Security Response update?

I've lost all my Launchpad folders after the rapid security response upgrade macOS Ventura 13.3.1. Can anyone give some solutions to restore them back? Thanks in advance.

It is hard to figure out the precise reason causing you to suffer from data loss and the data loss caused by RSR updates on macOS Ventura computers is not unique. This article offers 2 effective solutions to restore the lost folders on Launchpad, both Mac native utility and third-party software are included.

Solution 1: Recover lost Launchpad folders via iBoysoft Data Recovery Software

Once you find the Launchpad folders go away after the RSR update, you should take data recovery measures as soon as possible or the lost folders can be overwritten by new files and documents, leaving no opportunity for you to restore them back.

iBoysoft Data Recovery Software is an amazing lost folder recovery utility. It is created with outstanding disk scanning skills and excellent data recovery algorithms, being competent to scan the missing Launchpad folders and recover them in one go.

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Read on to learn how to recover lost Launchpad folders after the RSR update with iBoysoft Data Recovery Software:

Step 1: Free download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery Software on your device. Do not house this utility on the volume/partition/disk in which you lost folders or they can be overwritten completely.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery Software and select the disk where the losing folders in the homepage.

Step 3: Click Search for Lost Data to begin the disk scanning process for the missing folders.

How to recover lost Launchpad folders after the Rapid Response Security update

Step 4: When the scanning process ends, click Preview to check the scanning results.

How to recover lost Launchpad folders after the Rapid Response Security update

Step 5: Click the Recover button to restore the disappearing folders and save them properly on your device to avoid further data loss.

Solution 2: How to recover lost Launchpad folders via Tima Machine backup

Time Machine is a perfect backup utility that backs up every file and folder (even the modifications to them) on your device. If you have enabled Time Machine to back up your device on a regular basis, you can recover the lost Launchpad files and folders from the backup drive. 

Just follow the given steps to restore the missing/disappearing/lost Launchpad files/folders via Time Machine backup:

Step 1: Connect the Time Machine backup drive to your macOS computer. 

Step 2: Launch Time Machine on your device via Spotlight Search shortcuts.

Step 3: Click the up and down arrow on the right Time Machine window to select the files and folders that you want.

Step 4: Click the Restore button to bring them back.

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Launchpad folders disorganize after Rapid Security Response update

My issue is that before the rapid security response update I had organized all app icons into folders so that I could find (for instance) all my video apps in one folder, all my art apps in another, and so on. However, after I completed the rapid security response update things, all folders became "system defaults" and app icons scattered on Launchpad window. How can I make them organized again?

The Rapid Security Response upgrade corrects current security flaws and adds security enhancements, as well as making your Launchpad folders "system default." In this case, you must utilize Terminal to locate the old Launchpad database and reset the new one.

  1. Run the following command line to gain the path to the old Launchpad database. getconf DARWIN_USER_DIR
  2. You will get similar content in the Terminal window: /var/folders/8p/75lrr_8s2qzbn9hdj6h16nl80000gp/0/
  3. Copy this path to your Mac clipboard. A Mac clipboard manager helps a lot since you need to copy and paste many things.
  4. Paste that path to Go in Finder. You can go to that path in the Terminal as well by running this command line: cd /var/folders/8p/75lrr_8s2qzbn9hdj6h16nl80000gp/0/
  5. Look for the folder by copying it in the searching box: com.apple.dock.launchpad

Then you will get the location of the folder that contains the customized organization of the Launchpad. 

You have to find out the folder in your backup which would be in the/var/folder. It may be different from the current one on your Mac. If you can replace your current "com.apple.dock.launchpad" folder with your backed-up version, then it might restore your settings.

Ideally, you should log out of your current account and log into a different administration account. Then, with the separate account, copy the older folder from the backup to the current folder > replace the current folder with the old one > then the organized folder with app icons might come back.

However, if your normal account is logged out, there will be no running Launchpad app in disorganized order. You could do this with the "sudo ditto" command or by copying in the Finder to make them mixed again. If you use the Finder, you'll have to make sure to change the ownership back to the original account.

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How to remove Rapid Security Response update on Mac?

If you have enough of the unknowns troubles and quirks brought by Rapid Security Response update, you can opt to remove it from your machine. Yet your Mac will now be potentially vulnerable to whatever exploit or security issue the update was designed to fix, so please be careful to perform this update removal. 

Once you find your Mac almost losing ground to virus and malware, install the security update immediately!

Here is how to remove Rapid Security Response update on Mac:

  1. Click the Apple logo and select System Settings from the dropdown menu.
  2. Click General in the sidebar and then click About.
  3. Under the macOS section, click the info icon (i icon) next to the OS version.
  4. Head to the "Last Security Response" section to click Remove & Restart button.
  5. Click Remove Response and Restart in the confirmation popup.


Whethere the trouble that Rapid Security Response update causing Launchpad folder loss or folder mess, this article offers you effective solutions to restore them to the original. Additionally, detailed steps to remove Rapid Security Response update are discussed in it. Read this post if you have got any trouble about this update right this moment!