Launchpad Troubles

Are you experiencing the problem when Launchpad keeps rearranging your application’s icons just by it self, like on the picture above?

…and like this?

Seems like Launchpad on macOS including latest released version of Catalina 10.15.2 (19C57) rearranges application’s icons its own wrong way whenever you touch something in System Preferences or when new apps are installed (including native App Store apps made by Apple).

Basically what it does is, that it follows the Applications folder structure as it is, so it places everything except of Utilities folder in the main Launchpad area and what’s in Utilities folder it puts in ‘Other’ application group.

Ok, but that’s not how it should look like by default, when Launchpad icons were properly organized, right?

I was not able to isolate exactly what is the trigger for this weird Launchpad behavior, but at least there is an easy way to put everything back into the ‘line’.

To reset your Launchpad to factory default state type the following command in the Terminal:

(Don’t type the ‘%’ in the beginning of the line! It’s terminal prompt.)

% defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true

Then either Restart you Mac or type another command to reload Launchpad:

% killall Dock

And you are done…

…unfortunately just for a while, before Launchpad decides to rearrange it’s icons again and you have to go through the procedure above again.

I know that’s pain and very inconvenient especially for someone who like to keep his Launchpad organized particular way.

I did many tests already on clean, fresh reinstalled latest version of Catalina, various Macs, different user accounts, Language & Region setting (because I was thinking it might be related to this), but with no luck.

Looks like many users are reporting problems with Launchpad. I think that these are bugs in Catalina, and for now I haven’t heard of any permanent solutions beyond what was explained above.

Hopefully Apple addresses these in the next update.


macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Update

On 29 Oct 2019 Apple released its latest version of macOS Catalina 10.15.1 which brings the build number to (19B88).

It is available via System Preferences > Software Update or for direct download as a standalone installer.

Download size is 4.53 GB (fairly big for ‘point’ update).

Make sure you have enough of free space on your system disk because this update says it will take 9.53 GB of space on your computer.

This update does not bring EFI firmware updates for Macs without T2 chips. (Boot ROM and SMC versions for models without T2 chips remain unchanged.)

According to release notes the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update includes updated and additional emoji, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings, as well as bug fixes and improvements.


  • Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji


  • Introduces support for AirPods Pro

Home app

  • HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
  • HomeKit enabled routers let you control how your HomeKit accessories communicate over the internet or in your home
  • Adds support for AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in scenes and automations


  • Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings

This update also includes the following bug fixes and improvements:

  • Restores the ability to view file names in the All Photos view in Photos
  • Restores the ability to filter by favorites, photos, videos, edited, and keywords in Days view in Photos
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Adds a two-finger swipe gesture for back navigation in Apple News
  • Resolves issues that may occur in the Music app when displaying playlists inside folders and newly added songs in the Songs list
  • Improves reliability of migrating iTunes library databases into the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps
  • Fixes an issue where downloaded titles were not visible in the Downloads folder in the TV app

For more detailed information about this update, please visit:

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macOS Catalina 10.15 Supplemental Update

After initial release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, on 15 Oct 2019 Apple released Supplemental Update. The latest version of macOS now have build number 19A602.

Direct download link is not yet available.

If you’re using macOS Mojave or later get the update via System Preferences > Software Update or alternatively Get macOS Catalina from the Mac App Store.

Apple says:

The macOS Catalina Supplemental Update includes installation and reliability improvements, and is recommended for all users.

This update:

  • Improves installation reliability of macOS Catalina on Macs with low disk space
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Setup Assistant from completing during some installations
  • Resolves an issue that prevents accepting iCloud Terms and Conditions when multiple iCloud accounts are logged in
  • Improves the reliability of saving Game Center data when playing Apple Arcade games offline

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: