Twitter Crashing on Android? Update It Now

The Android Twitter app attempting to open on a OnePlus phone.
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Last night, Twitter updated its Android app and broke it entirely. Any attempt to load Twitter would fail immediately and shunt you back to the home screen. We’ll go ahead and deliver the good news: the company already pushed another update to fix the problem, so download that now.

What Happened?

In a tale as old as time, good intentions led to bad consequences. Twitter sent out an update with the following changelog:

The Twitter app changelog with the words "You may not be able to *see* the changes, but we've made a few to keep your Twitter running at 100%."

The company was right, you really couldn’t see the changes. Every attempt to load Twitter after taking the update would fail. The app would show the splash screen for just a moment, then immediately close. Not the improvements the company was promising.

Twitter noticed pretty quickly, and the Support account tweeted an acknowledgment of the problem, which in retrospect doesn’t help Android users much since they can’t load the app to see the tweet. But that was the final word on the matter as of this writing.

The good news is that while we were looking at the problem, we discovered another update for the app waiting on the Google Play Store. Taking the update solved the crash for two different phones we had on hand.

So it seems Twitter found the source of the problem and pushed the update. If you download that now, it should help you if you see the same crash.

 

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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