Why Does Facebook Keep Crashing On My iPhone and iPad? The Fix!

When you tap to open the Facebook app on your iPhone, it immediately closes. Or maybe you’re scrolling through your newsfeed, the screen on your iPhone blinks, and you’re back staring at your apps on your home screen. In this article, I’ll explain why the Facebook app keeps crashing on your iPhone or iPad and how to keep the problem from coming back again.

Just like any other app, the Facebook app is susceptible to bugs. As good as it is, the software on your iPhone can crash, which can lead to problems as serious as your iPhone getting too hot or battery draining too quickly, as well as less-severe, but still annoying problems like this one.

The question of why the Facebook app keeps crashing on your iPhone is less important than how to fix it, so we’ll focus on the fix in this article. If you do want to put on your technical hat and view the crash logs, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Analytics -> Analytics Data and look for Facebook or LatestCrash in the list.

view iphone analytics data

How To Stop The Facebook App From Crashing On Your iPhone Or iPad

All of the solutions we’ll talk about work for both iPhone and iPad, because the underlying problem lies between the Facebook app and iOS, the operating system that runs on both devices. I’ll use an iPhone in this article, but if the Facebook app is crashing on your iPad, this guide will help you too.

1. Restart Your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone has the potential to fix minor software problems. All of its programs shut down naturally, giving them a fresh start when you turn your iPhone on again. The way to restart your iPhone varies based on which model you own.

Restart An iPhone X Or Newer

Press and hold the side button and either volume button until slide to power off appears. Swipe the power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone. Wait 15–30 seconds, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

turn off your iphone

Restart An iPhone 8 Or Older

Press and hold the power button until slide to power off appears. Swipe the power from left to right to turn off your iPhone. Wait 15–30 seconds, then press and hold the power button again until the Apple logo appears.

2. Update Your iPhone’s Software

One of the most common reasons why the Facebook app crashes is that the iPhone’s software is out-of-date. We are not talking about the Facebook app itself here – we’re talking about the operating system.

To make sure your iPhone’s software is up-to-date, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. If an update is available, install it. iOS updates always contain bug fixes, so with few exceptions, it’s always a good idea to update your software. If your software is already up-to-date, move on to the next step.

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3. Update The Facebook App

Next, let’s make sure the Facebook app itself is up-to-date. Open the App Store and tap your Account Icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Scroll down to the list of your apps with updates available.

If you see Update next to Facebook, tap it and wait for the update to download and install. You can also tap Update All at the top of the list to update all of your apps at once.

Once the update has finished, check to see if the problem is resolved.

check for updates to apps

4. Clear The Facebook Cache

Clearing out the Facebook cache can help the app run more efficiently. If Facebook keeps crashing as soon as you open the app, you might not be able to complete this step — but it’s worth a try!

Open Facebook and tap the Hamburger menu in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy. Then, tap Settings -> Browser. Finally, tap Clear next to Your Browsing Data.

clear facebook cache

5. Delete The Facebook App and Reinstall

If the Facebook app is still crashing, it’s time to put the old “unplug it and plug it back in” philosophy to work. A lot of the time, you can fix the Facebook app by deleting it from your iPhone and downloading it fresh from the App Store.

To delete an app, press and hold on the app icon on the Home screen until the quick action menu appears. Tap Remove App -> Delete App -> Delete to uninstall the app on your iPhone.

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Next, open the App Store, tap Search at the bottom of the screen, type “Facebook” in the search box, and tap the cloud button to download it again.

6. Reset All Settings On Your iPhone

There isn’t a magic bullet that fixes all software problems on iPhones, but the next best thing is Reset All Settings. Reset All Settings restores your iPhone’s settings  to factory defaults, but it doesn’t delete any of your apps or personal information.

To reset all settings on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Transfer Or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset All Settings, enter your passcode, and tap Reset All Settings.

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7. Restore Your iPhone

If the Facebook app is still crashing on your iPhone, you probably have a software problem that can only be fixed by restoring your iPhone. Unlike Reset All Settings, an iPhone restore erases everything from your iPhone. The process goes something like this:

First, back up your iPhone to iCloud, iTunes, or Finder. I prefer to use iCloud, and if you’re out of iCloud storage space, check out my article that explains how to backup your iPhone without ever paying for iCloud storage again.

After your iPhone is backed up, connect your iPhone to a computer to restore it. I recommend a type of restore called a DFU restore that goes deeper and can resolve more issues than a typical restore. If you’ve never done it before, check out my article that explains how to DFU restore your iPhone.

When the restore finishes, you’ll use your iCloud or iTunes backup to put your personal information back on your iPhone. When your apps finish downloading, the Facebook app problem will have been resolved.

Facebook App: Fixed

You’ve fixed the Facebook app and it’s no longer crashing on your iPhone or iPad. You know that it’s important to keep your iPhone software and the Facebook app up to date, and the problem is most likely fixed for good. I’d like to hear about your experiences fixing the Facebook app in the comments section below, and if you ran into any snags along the way, I’ll be around to help.

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I'm a former Apple employee and the founder of Payette Forward, and I'm here to help you with your iPhone.

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Jesse R.
18 days ago

Nothing you’ve suggested fixes the update. Facebook continues to crash every time. I’m getting to the point that I’m beginning to regret switching over to Apple in the first place.

Judie
7 days ago
Reply to  Jesse R.

I removed my keyboard and that seemed to fix it.

Deb Foster
23 days ago

You’re the best and I appreciate your kindness in helping all of us. I’ve done everything but factory reset on my iPad Air 2 and nothing so far has worked. I’m 72 and truthfully, too lazy to want to hassle with the complete reset. I suppose I’ll have just put it off for a bit. I can like something on FB but then can’t post below what I liked. I have to get out of FB and then reopen it. Happens with everything FB, only one move allowed per opening.

Judie
7 days ago
Reply to  Deb Foster

Remove your keyboard.

Alan
23 days ago

How about some help with crashing issue on iPad, as above is primarily for the iPhone. Thanks.

Loreen Walker
28 days ago

Thank you for this info on how to stop my fb from freezing!

NyPy
1 month ago

Hi, I’m having trouble with Facebook live streaming freezes. It starts fine and then five seconds later it freezes and it does this intermittently until I get frustrated. I’ve logged out deleted the app and reset my iPad 5. Nothing has changed (except I have login to everything and remember old passwords). Anything else I can do?

NyPy
1 month ago

Hi I’m having trouble with watching Facebook live streaming. It freezes, then after five seconds will start again catch up to the live stream and then stop again intermittently. I’ve gone through the steps that you provided to stop the freezing: reset, deleted app, logged out. Still freezing.

Roger
4 months ago

Sorry I meant Facebook marketplace

Roger
4 months ago

Thanks, I did a complete reset, uninstalled and reinstalled Facebook and messenger it worked for about 3 hours then back to shutting down again

Jbk
4 months ago

Why is it that no matter what settings I enable & disable ~ Messenger app still shows random people (Amazon product review solicitations) trying to call me, make noises & basically overrides everything? Even when not an “FB friend” I’ve tried everything

Even the native apps don’t do that, it’s so annoying.

Upon Googling, it seems many people have had same issue. Thanks in advance. Love the site.

Dario de Judicibus
5 months ago

Well, why it is always user’s responsibilities to spend time to fix problems due to bad design and development of operating systems? Reset is always a mess: you always lost something and have to manually reconfigure your system. iOS is getting more unreliable in the last versions, especially on old iPhones as iPhone 7. Sometimes I wonder if that is done on purpose to move people to buy new versions. I am really upset.

Patti Maasjo
24 days ago

I was wondering the same thing. I have the same issue with Facebook too. Upon my last update on my iPad 6th Generation. I believe the companies just want us to get so upset we go buy a new one.

Phyllis Lane
7 months ago

will these steps work on restoring Marketplace?

Sue Townsend
8 months ago

Why does facebook marketplace keep crashing on my ipad

D M
25 days ago
Reply to  Sue Townsend

I’d like that answer too. I followed many people’s advice and it still does the same thing! Crash after a few scrolls on Marketplace. My iPad and FB are totally up to date.