iPhone & Mac Apps Crashing on Launch? Delete & Re-Download Them
If you updated or downloaded an app from the iOS App Store on the iPhone and iPad, or an app from the Mac App Stores recently and it crashes immediately on launch, there’s a fairly easy solution that should be able to resolve the crashing app issue; you should delete the app and re-download it from the App Store to resolve the problem.
This delete and redownload solution is pretty straightforward but it often works for many crashing app situations for both iOS apps and OS X apps.
Fix Apps Crashing Upon Launch on iPhone, iPad, and Mac by Deleting & Re-Downloading the App
The problem and solution for Mac and iOS is quite similar:
To delete an app iOS, just tap and hold on the icon until the “X” appears, clicking that X button to delete it. This actually uninstalls the app from iOS, but you’ll remedy that in just a moment.
To trash the crashing app in OS X, from Launchpad you can click-and-hold on an icon and select the same “X” to delete the app. For modern OS X versions, this uninstalls the application from the Mac, and again we’ll remedy that in a moment by reinstalling the app.
Next, for both iOS and OS X: Reinstalling is just a matter of finding the app again on the appropriate App Store, then re-downloading it again. This is easily done by browsing through your “Purchases” tab or by searching for the app name again and downloading it. Assuming you already own the app you will not be charged to re-download it.
Now, Relaunch the App: it should work again just fine, without crashing when the app opens. Problems gone!
I’ve had this experience multiple times on the iPhone and iPad, but never on the Mac, the solution has worked many times for me. So, this has a lot of anecdotal evidence behind it, but it’s not just that. In fact, at one point in time Apple notified AllThingsD that they “had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded“, which caused some application problems, but that problem was resolved assuming the user reinstalls the apps in question. So, beyond just anecdotal experience, even Apple can recommend the same solution at times.
Did this work to resolve your crashing app situation in IOS? What about the Mac? Let us know in the comments what your experience has been.