How to stop Facebook SDK causing Apps like Tinder, Waze, Spotify, Deezer to crash on iPhones?
Thousands of iPhone users are reporting their iPhone Apps crashing and the culprit is the same Facebook SDK. Apps like Venmo, Tinder, Waze, Spotify, Pinterest, and thousands of other apps that use Facebook SDK are affected as the social network’s software is causing thousands of apps to crash on launch.
All iPhone Apps that have the built-in Facebook SDK can no longer start. Even if they do start, they will crash on opening. All these apps typically use Facebook SDK for users to verify themselves and log in with their accounts. The issue isn’t hardware or software specific and seems to affect all kinds of iPhones as well as iOS versions. Even the iPhone 7 users are complaining about the App crash as are the latest iPhone 11 Pro Max users.
Well, Facebook is yet to fix the bug and we don’t know how much time it will take to be resolved. The only thing you could do is take your iPhone offline as we mentioned it in our recent post of Facebook SDK causing Apps like Tinder, Waze, Spotify, Deezer to crash on iPhones. But we have found a new trick that can help you block the behavior of the bug.
According to the Verge blog post, We can use a VPN service known as Lockdown Apps. Lockdown Apps, a firewall and privacy protection app on iOS, uses a VPN to block trackers and things like Facebook’s iOS SDK from loading in third-party apps. It will allow apps like Spotify, Pinterest, and Tinder to launch during a Facebook iOS SDK outage, and it’s completely free to use. Here’s how to get the app set up:
- Launch Lockdown Apps, and follow the on-screen tutorial
- Hit cancel when it asks you to sign up or log in
- Tap the “firewall on” button at the top of the app
- You’ll need to agree to set up a VPN profile on your iPhone
- Once set up, you can toggle the VPN / firewall from within Lockdown Apps
- Skip the trial and apps will now work freely
This is a temporary workaround that can allow you to use other apps while the Facebook devs fix the SDK issue. Stay tuned on Android Rookies for further updates on the issue by subscribing to our newsletter from here.