How to fix Nova launcher that keeps on crashing after iOS 13 update on iPhone XS [Troubleshooting Guide] 

Having trouble with your iPhone XS nova launcher that keeps crashing in iOS 13? If so, then this post might be able to help you. Read on for more information.

Third-party launchers are most common to android smartphones, but one developer is making its name to become known among iOS devices. Nova launcher is one of the highly customizable launchers that allows you to change your home screen with new features, layouts, themes and other optimizations on the display. Most launchers, just like Nova, does not harm any devices but they are prone to glitches.

This time, we’ll find out how to fix Nova launcher that keeps on crashing after iOS 13 update on iPhone XS. If you’re one of avid users of the said app and has been experiencing the issue, find out how you can find a possible permanent fix as you read further.

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Troubleshooting a problem on the iPhone XS Nova Launcher that keeps crashing in iOS 13

The following are basic procedures that are used to troubleshoot and eliminate common post-update errors that can trigger third-party apps like Nova Launcher to keep crashing on your iPhone XS. Try each of these methods before escalating the problem.


First solution: Reboot your iPhone XS.

If you’ve been using Nova launcher for quite a while and this has been the first time that you’ve experienced the crashing error, then it must have been caused by minor software glitches inflicted by the recent software update. We reboot our phones whenever we encounter issues and that fixed the errors most of the time. This is one of the simplest methods that have been proven and tested in clearing minor glitches on the phone’s system.

To deal with the Nova launcher problem, you can perform a soft reset to reboot your phone with these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  2. Release both buttons once Slide to Power off prompt appears on the screen.
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Force restart is your alternative option should soft reset fails in fixing the issue or should the screen has gone unresponsive once Nova launcher crashes. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly.
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

Both soft reset and force restart does not affect your phone’s internal memory, so there’s no need to worry about losing personal information. Just allow your phone to reboot completely and monitor if the Nova launcher still crashes or not anymore.

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Second solution: Reset the Nova launcher app the keeps crashing on your iPhone XS iOS 13.

Performing a reset on Nova launcher means to clear cache on the app itself. These cache files are usually temporary data that is stored in your apps system. If they have been accumulated and has been affected by software bugs, they could cause errors that could cause the app to act up. The best way to handle such factor is to clear the cache directly from the app itself. This should allow you to remove older cache files that has been stored on times of usage. Just follow the steps on how to clear cache on Nova launcher app:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap on iPhone Storage.
  4. Tap on Manage Storage.
  5. Select a file in Documents and Data.
  6. Drag unwanted files to the left and click on Delete.
  7. Tap on Edit, then select Delete All option to wipe out all the app’s data.

After clearing the cache on Nova launcher, reboot your phone to allow memory refresh and clearing of dump cache on your phone’s memory. Then once your phone is up and running, check if the issue still exists by using the device as normal.


Third solution: Uninstall then reinstall Nova launcher on your iPhone XS.

Should resetting Nova launcher fails in fixing the issue, then you might want to consider uninstalling the app then install it again. This process will remove errors that has been lurking into your phone’s processing system and might have been causing relevant symptoms to show up. By doing so, you can install the app again like the new one and might permanently remove the error. In order to do that, you’ll just need to perform the steps below:

  1. From the Home screen, tap and hold on an app icon until the icons start jiggling.
  2. Tap the X on the app you want to delete.
  3. Select Delete to confirm the deletion of the selected app.
  4. Perform a restart on your iPhone.
  5. After the reboot process is done, open the App store from the Home screen.
  6. Tap on your profile icon then tap on Purchased.
  7. Tap the Not on This iPhone tab.
  8. Select the app that you want to reinstall on your device.
  9. If you don’t see the app from the selected tab, try switching to All tab.

After performing the process, set up the Nova launcher as you prefer and see if this fixes the issue.

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Fourth solution: Reset all settings to fix Nova Launcher that keeps crashing on your iPhone XS.

Some settings may have been overridden by the recent software update and causes distortion to some of the apps function. If this is the culprit why Nova launcher keeps on crashing after iOS 13  update on your iPhone XS, it is best to reset all settings as this will remove all invalid options that may have been caused by iOS overrides by deleting all customized settings and reverting them to the default configurations. To perform this process, here are the steps:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset.
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Your personal information should remain intact as this will not affect your phone’s internal memory. After the reset is completed, your phone will reboot automatically. Allow it to restart then see if the Nova launcher issue has been rectified.


Fifth solution: Perform a master reset (factory reset) on your iPhone XS.

One of the advanced solutions that deals with complex system errors is to restore your iPhone to its default factory settings. This process will eliminate all contents on your device including stubborn glitches caused by major iOS flaws that might be the reason why you’re experiencing a crashing issue on your Nova launcher up to this point. Having said that, you can create backups via iTunes or iCloud before performing the steps. Once ready, execute this process to factory reset your iPhone XS:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset.
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

After factory reset is done, your phone will restart automatically. Initial setup process must be completed in order to use your phone again. Once the phone is set up, install Nova launcher again and check if you’re still experiencing the same error or not anymore.

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Is your iPhone XS Nova Launcher app still crashing in iOS 13?

The methods I’ve listed above are usually effective in dealing with post-update application errors including the Nova launcher that keeps on crashing after iOS 13 update on iPhone XS. If the issue persists after executing the steps, you might want to opt-in for in-depth solutions like recovery mode restore or DFU mode restore. There might be a software bug that’s causing fatal system issues on your device that is not susceptible of a simple solution.

If this issue only happens to Nova launcher, then it might be an in-app glitch and the best way to get official recommendation is to contact the Nova launcher app support.

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