Possible Fixes For Constant App Crashing [Update: Apple Working On Fix]

Many users (myself included) have been experiencing a lot of problems lately with apps on their iPhone crashing or simply not even launching. Two solutions to the problem have been discovered, but the first is definitely less than ideal. One reader of iPhone Atlas claims that the problem can be fixed by reducing the number of apps on the iPhone.

“After reviewing this further and discussing it with Apple support, it appears the quit on launch after splash screen problem with iPhone 3rd party apps is caused by a bug triggered by having ‘too many’ such apps on the iPhone. Reducing the number from 6 pages worth to a bit under 3 pages worth seems to provide a temporary fix. Apple is aware of the problem; it is high on their priority list.”

Now, that might be good news for some of you that are looking for a reason to get rid of some apps that you’re not using anyway, but I’m guessing the majority of us don’t want to have to sacrifice some of our apps just to increase it’s stability. There is another alternative, but it means erasing all of your apps:

Edit: Brandon in the comments makes a very good point. If you have a copy of a rare app that’s been removed from the App Store like NetShare or PhoneSaber, then DO NOT try the following option unless you’re OK with never seeing it again, as it will delete all of your apps (and everything else).

  • On the iPhone go to Settings, General, Reset, and Erase All Content and Settings.
  • On the host computer, in iTunes, navigate to Applications on left-hand bar.
  • Click on any application, select all (command-A),and delete them (command-click on any one). When the options window comes up, select move to trash. Empty the trash.
  • In iTunes, Sync the iPhone without any music or video selected.
  • In iTunes, reinstall all desired apps.
  • In iTunes, sync again.
  • Add back desired music, video, etc via another sync

Update: Steve Jobs has stated that Apple will release a software update to fix the problem in September.

[via iPhone Atlas]

Let us know if you have any success with either method in the comments.

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