iPhone apps wont open..

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by andylyon, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    I tried searching but came up with nothing specific to this problem.

    I need help, whenever I try to load an apps they just flash open for a few seconds and the screen returns to the apps page the app was on. This does not happen for the apps that came with the phone. Just the 30 or so that i've got from the app store.

    Any advice?

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2008
    This happened on a friend phone. I just deleted all the apps and resynced with iTunes. they seem to work now.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Mine did something very similar - have you put the tether 'hack' on your iphone? i just used an old backup to restore and everything became good again!
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    No hack what so ever!
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008

    In the meantime, I started deleting apps before re-syncing with iTunes later today and all of a sudden they all started working. Maybe one of the four I deleted was causing a conflict with another maybe? I don't know but I'm just glad my new expensive phones works as it should now!

  6. macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Are you Jailbroken?
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Nope, no hacks or anything.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009
    I used to get this a lot (as did my other half). I would find that deleting apps or adding a new one would fix it. However, since I installed an app called Free Memory I hardly ever have this problem. All I do is run Free Memory a couple of times a day to clear up the memory usage and all seems to be fine. It also gives a battery level % indicator (within the app).

    I have no connection with the app developer whatsoever.

  9. macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2009
    Just resync them or do a fresh restore. Sometimes my apps would have different icons, like the AIM app would have a Pandora icon.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2008
    Had the same problem. I downloaded a new app and the others opened again?
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I had this problem last night. I remedied it by removing an affected app from the iPhone and re-installing it through the phone's AppStore (not iTunes).

    No idea why I got into this situation. If it was a fragmented memory issue, you'd think rebooting the phone would fix it - it didn't.
  12. Guest

    Jul 8, 2009
    Finally! At least I'm not the only one!!!! By the way, my iPhone hasn't been hacked, jailbroken, or anything. This sane thing happened to my iPhone 3gs and I was frustrated because all of a sudden my apps wouldn't launch and one of my apps (jumi mouse) showed it's name as skype spthat was something weird. I did a restore from one of my iPhone backups and it did the sane thing so I scheduled an appointment with the genius bar and they said that it was probably a corrupt driver or something that was corrupt in the OS. So they did an iPhone resotre at their store and they handed my iPhone back tellig me to download an app (which I did) using the apple store's wi-fi and I launched te free app that I downloaded and it worked!! So there was something wrong with the is or drivers for launching the apps. So after that, I was happy, got home, did a iPhone restore from the backup of one of my previous iPhone backups that iTunes had done automatically when I synced my iPhone. So zoom forward about 4 to 3 hours, and my restore is finally finished. As I would expect, my apps would launch after the restore, but they wouldn't!! I was really frustrated after that and knew that there was something wrong with one of my backups. Right now, i'm waiting until Saturday because I had schedlued another genius bar appointment on Saturday so I can get my iPhone fixed. Hopefully, they'll fix it so I can go home and finally use my apps.

    also, I'm going to tell them about my apps not launching experience so hopefully they'll tell me click the set up as new iPhone instead of restoring it from a backup which will hopefully have all of my purchased apps, music, and etc. (like my contacts). In addition, I'm going to ask them why my iPhone has poor connectivity (it was good when I first got my iPhone and now it's starting to get bad!!! It's odd!) and why it shows stuff like bad 404 gateway when I search on wikipedia do suddenly, YouTube movie can't be played, my iPhone makes rattling sounds when I shake it when playing apps, and etc.)

    Sorry I just wanted to tell everyone about this because I thought it was an isolated problem.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2009
    Apps close abruptly after upgrade or sync

    OK everyone. I’ve used several of the above posts and did not get my apps to open. I think that each one worked for different reasons, but that there were other steps that took place in each that weren’t documented fully. I think I may have all the steps needed that finally worked for me using the information from each successful attempt above. Here goes:
    1. In the iPhone go to Settings>Store and sign out of your account if you are already signed in.
    2. Delete all the “Apple Apps” from your iPhone.
    3. Open iTunes (don’t connect your phone) and in the menu bar go to Store>Deauthorize Computer and deauthorize it.
    4. In iTunes navigate to “Applications” and delete all of your applications (when asked: move to recycle bin).
    5. Now download just one of your applications.
    6. Plug in your iPhone to connect it to iTunes.
    7. Navigate to the Application page of your iPhone and check “Sync Applications” “All Applications” (you should just see one application as you have deleted all the others.
    8. Now press sync.
    9. At some point iTunes will tell you that it did not sync the application because your computer was not “authorized” go ahead and “authorize” it now.
    10. Perform another sync. It will now sync the one application.
    11. Test the application on your iPhone to make sure it works.
    12. Wha-La! You can now add as many apps as you want.
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Kind of a long-winded solution though isnt it? If you have pages and pages of apps its a long process to restore them one by one.

  15. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    What worked for me was doing a restore through iTunes and then when it asked me if I wanted to use a previous backup, I just picked one from a few months ago. All my apps were still in my Applications section in iTunes so I just had to go through and check them off and sync after it restored from the backup. Fixed the problem and was better than completely starting from scratch.
  16. macrumors 603

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Often, just deleting one free app and signing out from your iTune account on the iPhone, then redownloading that one free app and signing back in to your iTunes account will fix the problem for all apps that were purchased with that same account.

    It's like the iPhone forgets the account info for all authorized apps and needs to be reminded.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010

    I just got my Iphone working after it being stuck on the apple logo for 20 minutes or so..after my Iphone finally started up again my apps wouldnt open..so I updated an app and now they all work perfectly once again..
    I hope I can help ;D
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2011
    Easy fix

    Download a new app. I had this problem today. I read this and didn't want to do what everyone else did. I just downloaded the weather network app (at random) and now all my apps work. Boom!
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2012
    Same thing is happening to new

    I am soo baffeled dude they work like once a week maybe . Other then that
    Same thing they blink n stay open in the open bar but realllly. Won't open again
    Same thing only apps I dl. Wtf if any knows anything plz help. Only thing I can think of is a bug or virus

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