iPhone 3rd Party Apps Won’t Run Possible Fix

I Phone Updates

There is a common problem with iPhone 3rd party apps in which all of a sudden, all those 3rd party apps won’t run. You click, and they just flash on for fraction of a second and then disappear. I have had this problem in the early days of the iPhone (although it’s technically still early now as well), and I tweaked with iTunes Store Authorize Computer, re-installed few apps and it all went OK. Last week however I had the same problem, only thing is this time I have already done the Authorize Computer on.

To make it clear for anyone reading this, here are the conditions of my iPhone, as my problem may be a bit unique.

FACTS:

  1. It’s an officially unlocked iPhone 3G S 32 GB
  2. Because of the geographical restrictions, I ended up having two accounts. One for Kuwait and another for US, and since I bought some apps from Kuwait store, I still have both accounts running with their apps on my iPhone
  3. I have set Authorize Computer for the Kuwaiti account

PROBLEM:

All of a sudden, and after I got the alert for 7 pending 3rt party apps update, most of the 3rd party apps won’t run. I was busy so I left it for a while, until all 3rd party apps stopped running, and the pending updates were now 10.

SOLUTION:

At first, I tried removing one app, which was the old buggy Facebook app. I’m not sure if I followed this suggested Facebook removal possible solution or tried it out by my self, but I remember that it didn’t fix the problem at the time, so I left it for a while again.

After that, I logged to the US account, did the 3rd party apps update and got the new Facebook app. 3rd party apps were running again then, except some of them. Which ones? The Kuwaiti store one, and i had 3 pending updates to go, which were from the Kuwaiti store. I logged out of the US store, log in to Kuwaiti store and did the update (Yes, it’s a pain we shouldn’t have to suffer). After that, all 3rd party apps were running fine. And they lived happily ever after (so far!).

CONCLUSION:

There seems to be a weird link with the Facebook app here, but it would be really odd if that app is affecting the overall phone performance. The more logical cause for my case at least is that the iPhone is getting confused with updates from two different accounts, or else, it’s a general case that when there are pending updates, those pending updates (may) affect all 3rd party apps. And I tend to incline towards the latter cause, which apparently does not affect all phones.

Is it a bug? No. Apple would argue it’s an iUpdate feature to make sure you enjoy latest of all your 3rd party apps.

Hope that helps.

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  • http://www.uptill1.com aaa

    yeah i had the same problem about 3 times, and it was very annoying having to delete all the 3rd party apps and reinstall them everytime. but i only had a US account so the 2 accounts might not have been your problem.

  • http://blogallalong.com/ Bashar

    aaa: I know many people with single account face it. When you faced it, did you have pending updates? Facebook App? There must be a pattern

  • Sanc

    When I updated my Iphone (3GS 16GB), I could not run any 3rd party apps until I did an update with App Store. Even though only 2 apps had updates, after updating all 3rd party apps worked fine.

  • http://blogallalong.com/ Bashar

    Sanc: Here is another way for the problem and fix. Thanks for the tip

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  • RonaldBF

    Try installing some free app from the app store and try your apps. Then, delete the free app if you wish. Apparently, this is an authorization problem. You need some interaction with the app store.

  • ps

    this problem just started for me. on top of a bunch of others. on top of that, this is my FIFTH iPhone 3GS. the iPhone and apples care of it are a joke. hardware and software are riddled with problems. sick of crap technology.

  • ps

    btw, ronaldbf’s fix works and is easy! one glitch solved. iPhone goes back to applestore anyway. screen looses touch sensitivity and then “ghost” touchs start to happen. crap.

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