Get Crash Reports & Logs From iPhone or iPad Without Xcode

Aug 7, 2012 - 4 Comments

Finding crash logs on iOS devices

Whether you’re troubleshooting app crashes, beta testing an app, or you just want to help an iOS developer out after you’ve discovered a particular bug, you can retrieve crash reports from any app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device once it has been synced to a computer.

Finding crash report data for iOS can be done outside of Xcode, assuming you backup the device to a computer anyway. The article will show you how to find the iOS crash logs in Mac OS X and a Windows PC.

Accessing iOS Crash Logs on a Mac

For Mac OS X:

  • Connect the iPad or iPhone to the Mac and sync it as usual
  • Hit Command+Shift+G and navigate to ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/
  • For those with multiple iOS devices, select the proper device that you want to retrieve the crash log from
  • Look for files with the app name you want the crash reports from, copy that out of the folder, or copy multiple logs and zip them up for the developer

iOS Crash Log

Getting iPhone & iPad Crash Reports on a Windows PC

For Windows PC:

  • Sync the iOS device with iTunes, then look in the following locations:
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\
    • Windows Vista & Windows 7: C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\
  • Search for the appropriate device name, then look for the file by app name and time stamp

Whether you get the crash log from a PC or Mac does not matter, if the device is the same the crash log data should be the same.

Thanks to TC for the tip idea, more info can be found at the Apple Dev Library.


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Posted by: William Pearson in Development, iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  2. Toby says:

    My iPhone has around 175 crash logs in its folder, but my wife’s iPad has nearly 2400. Should I be concerned and is there a way to fix/cut this down? Maybe a new blog post? Thnx!

  3. Bruno says:

    here is at ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice

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