I've just installed a custom rom and restored my apps from Titanium. However, now the default Launcher app is broken and I can't get out of the infinite loop of force closing. I can't press menu or anything to remove it as default. How do I get out of this pickle?

I have a GT-i9000.

  • Also, try using safe mode. You haven't mentioned which device and version of Android you're using, so it's hard to help.
    – Sparx
    Commented Sep 3, 2011 at 14:19
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    Are you using the stock TouchWiz launcher or another? Commented Sep 3, 2011 at 17:14
  • @MatthewRead I've had TouchWiz go into an infinite crash loop just from booting normally! Fortunately, a reboot fixed the problem, but still...
    – Michael
    Commented Jan 9, 2015 at 2:05

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Did you have web install working? Then you can try installing an alternative launcher through the web-based Android Market, and that will (hopefully) cause the default launcher to be reset.


I had a similar problem after upgrading from stock 2.3.3 to rooted JVR 2.3.4. After the upgrade pretty much every app and background process constantly force closed - including launcherpro.

By pressing and holding the home button very quickly after I closed the FC messages I was eventually able to bring up the "recent apps" window, then select task manager, and from there I was able to uninstall LauncherPro.

However after a bit more mucking around I decided to do a factory reset, as pretty much every app on the phone was broken.

Before I did the upgrade I had backed up my call logs & sms messages, and used listables to generate a HTML file with all of my installed apps, and I used this list to install the apps I wanted to keep again.


If this infinite loop is causing Android touch / mouse to be unresponsive, you should uninstall the faulty App with an external Keyboard:

Connect an external USB keyboard -> Then press F3 key to open Android Setting menu -> Uninstall in Application Manager.

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