My iPhone was not a happy camper this morning.  When I first turned it on, it displayed the Sad iPhone screen and then the ‘springboard has crashed ‘ screen indicating it is running in safe mode. I ‘ve had this happen before (though not very often) and usually a quick restart of springboard fixes things […]
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A Sad iPhone Morning & a Quick Fix [iPhone jailbreak]

Sad iPhone screen

My iPhone was not a happy camper this morning.  When I first turned it on, it displayed the Sad iPhone screen and then the ‘springboard has crashed ‘ screen indicating it is running in safe mode. I ‘ve had this happen before (though not very often) and usually a quick restart of springboard fixes things and I think nothing further of it.

Today, a restart of springboard made no difference “ it just came straight back with another Sad iPhone and springboard has crashed notices.  I restarted the iPhone “ no change.  Hard rebooted the iPhone “ no change.

Sprinboard Crash

After multiple restarts of springboard and the iPhone itself, and a few hard reboots, it was clear this problem was sticking with me.  So I started thinking of potential causes:

— My first thought was that there were a few jailbreak apps that I use daily that had updates awaiting them that I ‘d not applied.  Maybe one of those was urgent.  So I applied all of those “ with springboard crashes and sad faces galore along the way “ but this also resulted in no change on the problem itself.

— My next ‘suspect ‘ was any recently installed jailbreak apps “ but I haven ‘t installed any in several days.  Or recently installed App Store apps “ there was only one over the last couple of days.  I removed that “ no change.

A quick search around via Google did not yield any magic fixes and I was getting fairly resigned to likely having to do a restore at this point.  I even created a backup via AptBackup to save some effort on replacing Cydia (jailbreak apps) after a restore process.

I was taking some quick notes during all of this, so I figured before giving in to a restore I ‘d take a quick shot at eliminating a package at a time via Cydia and see if I could find the cause and get my sad iPhone happy again without a restore.  I was not in he mood to go too far with that, as I have a large number of installed packages, but I thought it was at least worth a shot.

And I got lucky.  The very first package I removed did the trick. At the top of my installed packages list was AnyRing.  As soon as I saw it, it hit me that this app had been causing some oddness on some incoming calls when trying to fire up a custom ringtone “ and that Thomas had mentioned various stability issues with the same app in the past.

So I uninstalled AnyRing, and hey presto no more iPhone sadness.

Not an ideal way to start a Saturday “ but a relatively quick solution so I can ‘t complain.  I think I ‘ll be passing on the AnyRing app for now.

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