Why Do My iPhone Apps Keep Crashing? Here’s The Fix.

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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    Out-of-date iPhone apps can also cause your device to crash.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:

    1. Open the App Store app on your iPhone.
    2. Tap on your Account icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
    3. Scroll down to find a list of your apps with updates available.
    4. Tap Update next to the app or apps you want to update.
    5. You can also tap Update All to update all of your apps at once.

    check for updates to apps

  3. 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.

    delete an iphone app

    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.

  4. 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:

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
    2. Tap General.
    3. Tap Software Update.
    4. Tap Download and Install or Install Now if an iOS update is available.
    5. If no update is available, you’ll see a messaging that says, “Your software is up to date.”

    update to ios 14.4

  5. 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.

Happy Apping!

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.

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I'm Andrew Kunesh, a technology writer and IT professional from Chicago. My goal is to help you fix the many errors and problems your Apple devices may face. Thanks for checking out our work!

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2 months ago

i have 6 ipad 2 of them are air and few iphone .all ios such as iphone ipad or air SAME CRAP , after run app (game) for while it start crashing, it happen many years same crap

1 year ago

I’ve done everything and my app keeps crashing. I’m not sure if it’s because I use an iPhone 7+ but I’ve tried playing other games and I don’t have problems screen recording those. Then I thought it could be iOS 15 but i don’t have a clue. Space isn’t a problem for me so I don’t know what the deal is

2 years ago

I have tried all the above but apps keep crashing. I am using a newly purchased iPhone 7 (one week ago). I realized after purchase that it is pre-owned apple certified. I went back to the store and they exchanged it with the same model. The problem persists. I have plenty of storage left. everything is updated. Any idea what else I can try?

jasmin chin
2 years ago

This is sooo helpful and it works for me!

Helen Curtis
2 years ago

I wanna know why I can’t buy more storage for my I phone 6 I can’t download my update because I don’t have any storage please help me

David Lynch
2 years ago
Reply to  Helen Curtis

Is there an iOS update available on your iPhone?

Mimi Christine
2 years ago

I was wondering if it is possible for iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 to get at least IOS 13? I really need this due to no updates being a security issue. With all the Pandemic stuff going on, having a 5 family home and things totally changing I want to be careful.

2 years ago

My I phone 6 plus is having problems staying engaged on whatever app or number I’m working with.

Colin Boyd
2 years ago
Reply to  Art

Hi Art, do you mean that your iPhone is closing apps and hanging up calls prematurely?

2 years ago

For the questions about how to fix when this doesn’t work: sometimes apps crash if you don’t have a lot of storage left. For me, I have a lot of photos so I usually delete some or delete some apps (or offload them) and then the problem is fixed. Hope this helps!

2 years ago

Ok this actually worked, thanks a lot!

Colin Boyd
2 years ago
Reply to  Name

Glad to hear it!

4 years ago

Hi andrew

I was wondering why my apps keep on crashing. I already did what you said here on your blog. I turned it off my phone then turn it on again, done updating my apps and also my software. but then my apps still keep on crashing. I really don’t know why. Can you help me fixe this? ?

4 years ago

this is awesome i fixed the pobrem

5 years ago

“Youve successfully fixed the problem and now know what to do when your iPhone apps keep crashing” Well, that’s certainly an obnoxious thing to conclude, seeing as how these tips didn’t fix the problem and I still don’t know what to do about my iPhone apps continually crashing.

6 years ago

I tried all of these and none have helped with the app crashing….what am I doing wrong ?

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