Android Fix: “Unfortunately, Trebuchet has stopped” error

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, Unfortunately Trebuchet has stoppedyou 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 of Cyanogenmod ROMs (such as CM 7, CM 9, CM 10) use Trebuchet as the default launcher.

Methods to fix Trebuchet has stopped error

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 Trebuchet settings.

  • Simply press the 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 a search bar

Method 3: Install a different launcher

  • Install a different launcher like Google Now Launcher or Nova or Apex and set it 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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37 COMMENTS

  1. 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

  2. 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?

    Shawn85206
    CM11 on Samsung Galaxy S3 (ATT)

  3. 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!!

    • Thanks Herman!! I know EXACTLY what I did to cause it to crash! I slected a higher screen resolution than was already set. That was it. Could never get back into it. I cleared cache and still no go. You idea was brilliant.
      Because the crash was constant and persistent, you can NOT go to anywhere. I could barely get out of the report the crash!

      • As a followup, Nova came up and asked me if I wanted to import all my settings. OF course I said yes. It comes up with a blank canvas. Nothing…. I was able to open an aleady opened settings program and put the resolution back down. But since I can’t get Nova to work, how can I get Trebuchert back?

        • Strange. No problems with Nova.
          Try again on your pc, login to your google account and see if you can deinstall Nova.

        • OK, as a followup. I could never get my icons to show on Nova..However the way I regained control, was deleted the cache for the specific app. Both launchers. Upon reboot it asked me which one I wanted to use. I had reduced the screen resolution already so chose the Trebuchet one and it has been fine ever since. I just know it will crash if I try to increase the screen resolution.

    • Thanks . Trebuchet had me stuck badly.Couldn’t even launch Play store on my phone. Your solution was really intelligent and helpful 🙂

  4. Thank you! Method 1 worked, but if not mentioned in previous comments (or if it was just me) I had to completely re setup all my apps on my homepages. Minor setback, just time consuming, but again thank you so much!

    Running CM11 Olympus on my Motorola Atrix 4g (not 4g LTE) haha. I need the Galaxy S6 in my life haha

  5. Hi,

    please advise, can we remove trubechat from cell if yet then please suggest the method , I am unable to find it. there are only options when go to apps-force stop-clear data & clear cache. I just updated my Yureka cell this Friday & since then I am facing issue like auto restarting, trebuchat stopped working etc..

  6. I had the same issue with my One Plus One phone and tried to use above 3 steps to fix unfortunately it didn’t worked
    But then I discovered something new and my issue got fixed
    If you are facing this Trebuchet issue, just follow below step… who knows might fix ur issue

    In Settings…. Go to “Security”…. In Security go to “Device administrators”..
    In Device administrators check if “Android Device Manager” is checked/ticket.
    If it is not ticket simply tick the box to select “Android Device Manager” and then ur problem is solved
    Try this … it might solve ur issue…..

  7. Not always that simple. If the resollution is too high, will continue to crash. My solution was another application to replace Trebuchet. Then I was able to reduce the resolution and go back to Trebuchet.

    I’ve since learned that One Plus is a CRAP phone and no amount of software can fix it. You can polish a turd and it looks shiny, but alas, it is still a turd. SO glad to be done with them. Service is HORRIBLE!! Don’t ever break, or you might as well just throw it away.

  8. Just Download New Launcher and Error will not appear again (Can download from PC to phone with play store ID if phone shows continues errors )

  9. I am using a Lenovo ZUK Z1, and without any changes to the device settings whatsoever, it started giving the error – Trebuchet isn’t responding.
    Going by the tricks mentioned online – I managed to install Nova Launcher and set it as default – but now the error has changed to – Nova Launcher isn’t responding.
    My phone screen is freezing within 10-15 sec of being switched on – leading to constant reboots every 2 minutes – which drained a fully charged battery twice. Along with this, the entire upper frame of the phone has been heating up to scary levels, post which I just switch it off and keep it on the side.
    Please help!

  10. Hi,

    I have flashed CM13 this error is giving nightmare. I have tried everything. Clearing cache, dalvik, NOVA, Google Now everything but still it doesn’t work. If I install any new application from then it gives me error till I uninstall the app. The only option is to do the factory reset which is big pain as I have to then install all the apps again out of which few Mobile Banking (International Bank Account) is pain as I have to call the Executive and do the setup.

    Any other thing which I can try before doing factory reset?

    Regards,
    Ravi

  11. I tried everything
    Google Launcher
    Apex Launcher
    They all work after a factory reset then usually once I try and install whatsapp the whole system crashes, totally unable to get to the home screen or a settings menu…

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