If you are anything like me, you are getting frustrated with the constant freezing and crashing that happens with Fallout Shelter App on Ipad, Ipad mini, and Iphone. My co-workers and I have been troubleshooting across devices to bring you as many tips as possible to fixing the solution. We have put together a list of the most frequently occurring crashes, and how we fixed them.
UPDATE: Latest Patch 1.6 Creates more issues.
It seems that continuing on since launch, users are still having major issues with the app crashing. If none of the solutions we’ve found so far work, post your issues HERE.
ATTENTION ANDROID USERS
At the moment, it is inadvisable for your to purchase lunchboxes for your game. There is a relatively common bug that sets your game save file to 0kb, effectively wiping your entire savegame, and your purchased lunchboxes, with no refund.
There has been a well documented series of android users that have come to the following conclusion regarding why, exactly, this problem is happening.
“You are closing the application before the autosave finished completing a write, wiping the save data in the process.”
The following video (I recommend you mute it) goes through the process to clear game files for a fresh install.
If you call Google play service and they will give you your money back.
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Game gets stuck loading
Launcher won’t start
Ensure that you have installed the launcher in the default directory (C:\Program Files (x86)\Bethesda.net Launcher). It has issues launching from any other install directory. Weird, we know.
Fallout Shelter Crash on Start
Easiest fix. This was likely because you either didn’t exit the app properly the first time, or two instances of the app launched at once. Make sure you close any instances of the game already open, and close your other programs while you are at it.
Fallout Shelter Lags Horribly and then Crashes
This has only happened when our vault grows too large. Depending on what device you are using, there is simply too much going on and the game was poorly optimized at launch by Bethesda. We recommend starting a new vault and waiting for the Android updates to come along. If you already sank a bunch of money into the lunchboxes, I feel your pain. I did too.
Fallout Shelter Won’t Load the Vault – Crash on Load
You likely have a corrupted save. If you’ve tried restarting the game, restarting your device, and the same load game crashes there is only one option. Start a new game. Starting a new game might seem like a waste of time at this point, but it will load up and run smooth as butter. Let the new game run for a while and then load your original and try again.
Fallout Shelter Crash When Rushing Rooms Having Babies or Multiple Events
Some kind of content overflow issue that results in a crash. We recommend restarting your device, making sure all applications are closed, and restarting the game. It seems to fix the issue for a few hours.
None of the Above Worked for me!
We have only had one instance where none of the above fixed the crashing, or it was just too frequent to handle. This most commonly occurred on the lower end, not supported devices such as the Ipad Mini. While we did see a slight performance increase in wiping all data and reinstalling the app, it was too much of a pain to justify as a solution. Hopefully the development team for Fallout Shelter over at Bethesda can iron out these issues, because there is simply nothing we can do. Sorry 🙁
Some Shameless Fallout 4 Content to Whet your Whistle
The biggest reason all of us picked up Fallout: Shelter in the first place was to sate our thirst for just a little while longer. Once we get Fallout 4 in our hands, we will likely never pick Shelter up again. So until then, here’s two nice graphics I made to keep things interesting
Fallout 4 Walkthrough – How to Survive
Fallout 4 Nuka Cola Wallpapers
Because I’m super hyped about Fallout 4 (who isn’t?) I recently reinstalled Fallout 3 and began my play-through again. What fascinated me more than anything else is that despite the hundreds of hours I poured into the game, I still discover new locations and stories. How can this be? I barely left my dorm room for the better part of a year exploring every aspect of this masterpiece! Either my memory is terrible or Bethesda is incredible at creating lots of content. I am extremely hopeful for a Nuka Cola: Quantum cult in Fallout 4. That’s right up Bethesda’s alley.
After barely escaping a band of raiders with my fresh character, I stumbled into an abandoned Nuka Cola factory outside the ruins of D.C. Battling through the enemies in any Bethesda title is always enjoyable, but from the books of Elder Scrolls to the computer terminals of the Fallout series, the mini-stories are typically what fascinate me. I couldn’t recall ever exploring this building before, but the clunking robots in the next room gave something to shoot, so I set about with my hunting rifle to scavenge for supplies. After clearing most of the enemies in the building, the green glow of a terminal within caught my eye, and I stumbled over to the desk frantically looking for a stimpak. What I found in the terminal was much more rewarding: A transcript of a pre-nuclear-apocalypse marketing campaign for Nuka Cola Quantum.
This is a perfect opportunity for me! I’ve been plugging away in the marketing world, getting bored with my current restrictive artwork, and I need something passionate to work on in my downtime to practice. The poor vaporized marketing department that left their legacy behind will have their final piece of work come to fruition! Every Graphic Designer needs a fun project to occupy his or her time.
I decided that I would complete each terminals marketing campaign as I found them in order. I would love to hop on After Effects and do the TV commercials as well, I just don’t have the time. The first terminal instructs me to not reveal the brand, only showing the blue glow of Nuka Cola Quantum with their tagline. Several goofy drawings later and slapping paint on my Photoshop Canvas, I finished! I get to continue exploring the Nuka Cola Plant! Below is the first marketing campaign, both with and without the text at 1920 x 1080 for your pleasure!
I will likely head home tonight and find the second terminal to prepare the next marketing campaign.
When the Wilde Sarasota Honda Dealership called me and said “Hey Ben, we need a really American looking Home Page Banner Slider that shows people we’re open on Memorial Day.” I don’t think they had this in mind. My boss chuckled at it before asking “you’re not actually planning on running that, are you?”.