Apps won’t open after update to iOS 5

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Apple, iOS 4, iOS 5, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch | 38 comments

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about apps not opening any more after updating Apple iOS from 4.3.2 or below to 4.3.3 or higher. Now that iOS 5 has been released this problem seems to be still persistent and hasn’t been fixed in iOS 5. While updating your iPhone, iPod or iPad from 4.3.3 or higher to iOS 5 does not seem to be a problem, updating from earlier versions indeed does. So again: when your 3rd party apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Amazon, eBay & Co. do not open any more after updating, simply try one of these methods:

  • Open the app store and update any app that has updates available, or
  • Download any free app from the app store

After successfully logging in to your account all 3rd party apps should open as usual…


  1. Excellent. Very easy fix for this annoying problem. Thanks.

  2. Worked for me!

  3. Thanks that did the trick!

  4. thank you… as much as i love iPhone.. i hate the monopoly that they have created. and their instructions are not user friendly.. but your help was great

  5. Hi,
    Didn’t work for me. I have several workout video apps and none will open following the update. I have deleted and reinstalled and have followed the advice here but no luck. I can see the app icon but when I click on it, it looks like it is about to open and then it closes and I am back to the home screen. I also bought a new workout app from the same company and it too has the same problem. Any ideas? They all worked fine before the update.

  6. Good solution, worked well on iPhone 4S iOS5.01

  7. This would be great except I can’t get the App store to work either since that upgrade. Does it work if you update apps while connected to a computer?

  8. It works for my iphone 4..!!! Thank you very muchhh for the solutionnn ^^

  9. does not work atall… it works once, but when i reboot it has the same problem, while the apps are all updated…

  10. what if the apps doesnt have any update? what should be done?

  11. Worked great, thanks for the tip

  12. Thank you, worked great for me!

  13. after i updated the new software IOS 5 all the apps disappeared even after i did restore back up and now i cant find whatsapp in app store and i cannot downloaded from google

  14. Thanks! Easy fix to a very annoying problem. Upgraded to os5.

  15. @stts
    I know that problem too. But I don’t know a fix yet but downloading all apps again. As far as I know will Whatsapp be available again soon, read more at

  16. You can also follow Whatsapp Inc on Twitter to stay up to date: They say: “Sorry, WhatsApp is temporarily unavailable on iTunes. We submitted a new version and are awaiting approval and publication by Apple”

  17. Do you guys accept guest blog posts?

  18. Well, depends on the post, right?!

  19. I’m having the same issue. Upgraded my 3GS to ios5 and apps won’t open. I can’t follow your solution because the app store app itself won’t open. Any ideas?

  20. Yep, worked for me too. I upgraded from iOS3-iOS5 and not only would third party apps not open, but also photos and iBooks.

    Called tech support and I could tell the guy was using the trick of keeping me talking long enough so he could search his knowledgebase for the answer…ugh…he told me the same thing as this blog!

    He probably google searched and found this blog, then gave me the answer!

  21. Work for me too. I think the problem for me was in change de password of my iCloud account. I only start using iPad recently, with iPad one. And at the beginning with the iOS 5.1.
    Nice help, thanks.

  22. Thank you sooo much!! It worked now I know where to go if I have any more problems with my phone ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Worked a treat for me! Thank you x

  24. THANKS!!! i love u

  25. thhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannkkkks KISS KISS KISSSSS

  26. The updates worked out the problem. Thanks!

  27. thanks ! it workssssss~~

  28. Thank you so much! Worked great!

  29. didnt work for me.

  30. I’m sure this would work.. Except for the fact I have 84 things that need updating…..

  31. Wow! Thank you for the info. It was very helpful. I was starting to panic!

  32. Didn’t work for me. What will I do?

  33. Thanks for the info now I know for next time. Thanks again.

  34. only some apps were able to open after i downloaded an app. ๐Ÿ™

  35. Awesome thank you so much

  36. This worked for me too, thanks so much for the tip! I just switched from a droid to the iphone. It is a very good device but having workarounds like this is annoying. Hope a permanent fix is planned.

  37. Thanks. 2 minute fix. Unbelievable that after two days of searching thru apple’s support, I never stumbled upon this simple fix. They really need to get their $#!+ together and either fix it with an update or at least post it prominently on their support page.
    Again, thanks.

  38. Thaaaaank you
    It’s work after updating of one APP

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