You go to open your favorite iPhone app, but seconds after you launch it, the app crashes. You go to open another app and it crashes too. After trying a few more apps, you slowly come to realize that one or more of your apps are crashing, even though they used to work. “Why do my iPhone apps keep crashing?”, you think to yourself.
Luckily there are a few simple solutions to this problem — it just requires a bit of troubleshooting to find the right one. In this article, I’ll explain how to fix your iPhone when apps keep crashing. These steps will help you fix crashing apps on your iPad too!
How To Stop Your Apps From Crashing
There are many reasons why your iPhone apps may be crashing. Because of this, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for fixing crashing iPhone apps. However, with a bit of troubleshooting, you’ll be able to get back to your favorite apps and games no time. Let’s walk through the process.
Reboot Your iPhone
The first step to take when your iPhone apps keep crashing is to reboot your iPhone. It’s easy to do: just hold down your iPhone’s power button until the Slide To Power Off prompt appears. If you have an iPhone X or newer, press and hold the side button and either volume button until Slide To Power Off appears.
Slide the red power icon from left to right to turn off your iPhone. Wait 20 seconds or so, until your iPhone has shut all the way off, and then turn your iPhone back on by holding the power button (iPhone 8 and older) or side button (iPhone X and newer) down until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Try opening an app once your iPhone has fully restarted.
Update Your Apps
Out-of-date iPhone apps can also cause your device to crash. Updating your iPhone apps to the latest version is simple and only takes a few minutes. Follow along below:
- Open the App Store app on your iPhone.
- Tap on your Account icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
- Scroll down to find a list of your apps with updates available.
- Tap Update next to the app or apps you want to update.
- You can also tap Update All to update all of your apps at once.
Reinstall Your Problematic App Or Apps
If only one or two of your iPhone apps keep crashing, your next step is to reinstall the problematic iPhone apps. In-short, this requires you to delete and re-download the crashing applications from the App Store.
To delete an app, find its icon on the Home screen or App Library. Press and hold the app icon until the menu appears. Tap Remove App -> Delete App -> Delete to uninstall the app on your iPhone.
To reinstall, open the App Store app and search for the application you just deleted. Once you’ve found it, tap the Cloud icon to the right of its name. The app will then be reinstalled on your iPhone and appear on the Home screen.
Update Your iPhone
Another possible reason why your iPhone apps keep crashing is that your iPhone software may be out of date. To update your iPhone, follow these three steps:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Tap General.
- Tap Software Update.
- Tap Download and Install or Install Now if an iOS update is available.
- If no update is available, you’ll see a messaging that says, “Your software is up to date.”
DFU Restore Your iPhone
If your iPhone apps are still crashing, the next step is to perform a DFU restore. In short, a DFU restore is a special kind of iPhone restore that wipes both your iPhone’s software and hardware settings, giving you a completely “clean” device.
Please note that DFU restoring your iPhone, like a standard restore, will erase all content and settings from your device. With this in mind, make sure to back up your data to your computer or iCloud before DFU restoring. To perform a DFU restore, follow the Payette Forward DFU restore guide.
You’ve successfully fixed the problem and now know what to do when your iPhone apps keep crashing. Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your friends and family how to fix the problem too! Leave a comment down below to let us know which of these solutions remedied your crashing iPhone apps.