Android Fix: “Unfortunately, Trebuchet has stopped” error

By | July 17, 2013

If you are one of those geeks who regularly try out different ROMs you have probably encountered a common issue that causes your system to freeze, your home screen becomes blank, system force closes and then you will end up restarting your Android. However, the bunch of genius you are, you somehow managed to solve the issues yourself. Still there are many people out there who are getting this unfortunate error. If you are one of them, here is what you can do to fix the “Unfortunately, Trebuchet has stopped error” or “Unfortunately, launcher has stopped error”:

Note: This error is common with rooted android devices and mostly among Cyanogenmod users because Cyanogenmod ROMs (such as CM 7, CM 9, CM 10) use Trebuchet as default launcher.

Method 1: Clearing data and cache

  • Go to system settings >> Apps>>Open “All” tab>>Select Trebuchet
  • Click Force Close>>Clear data and Clear cache of Trebuchet
  • Restart the phone

Method 2: Weird fix

This is a weird method I found in some forum, it just involves making small changes to the unfortunately trebuchet has stoppedTrebuchet settings.

  • Simply press menu button and you should see “Trebuchet Settings”
  • If you still can’t find the Trebuchet settings, install a launcher like Apex or Nova >> Open your widgets >> select Activities >> scroll down and select Trebuchet>> Select Preferences >> Now you can access Trebuchet settings/preferences from Homescreen
  • From Trebuchet Preferences >>  Go to Dock Divider deselect and reselect it
  • From Trebuchet Preferences >> Homescreen>> set the number of Homescreen to  7
  • From Trebuchet Preferences >> Homescreen>>enable search bar

Method 3: Install a different launcher

  • Install a different launcher like Nova or Apex and set is as default launcher
  • Since you already have Trebuchet it might conflict with the new launcher so  with root explorer or file explorer go to system>>apps>>delete or rename Trebuchet to something else

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8 thoughts on “Android Fix: “Unfortunately, Trebuchet has stopped” error

  1. Russ howard

    What if it wont let u do anything because of this error i cant get to any settings?

  2. Jens

    Easiest way!

    Just go to settings>apps>all apps and then click on trebuchet launcher or whatever and first force kill it and then you have to delete the data next to move to sdcard

  3. Shawn Jefferds

    Did the whole resetting both caches and I still get error that Trebuchet has crashed. If I go through the top right drop down, I can get Settings to start, but as soon as I touch ANYTHING, Settings stops working too. So frustrated. Now I’ve done a factory reset and it seems to be working again, sort of a pain in the arese to have to go through just because Trebuchet doesn’t want to play nice. I installed Nova Launcher and went through the process of setting everything up. Is there something special I should do to ensure that Trebuchet doesn’t cause issues int he future?

    CM11 on Samsung Galaxy S3 (ATT)

  4. Herman Brouwers

    Ok. Had the same problem, but solved it. On your pc, login to your Google account, go to play store, look for Nova launcher and click there install to your phone.
    While stuck in the trebuchet error notification, Nova will be installed because of your pc command to do so. Then click OK on the trebuchet error message and you’ll be able to choose the Nova launcher….
    Worked for me!!


    MAN YOU’RE THE BEST! After long moments trying to fix it (using ADB and other stuff) you came up with the easiest solution! Thanks very much!


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