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How to Fix Crashing Apps on iPhones

App Keeps Crashing on iPhone - Have you ever experienced an app keeps crashing on iPhone? Apps on iPhones can crash just like apps on computers or laptops. iPhone users frequently complain about apps that suddenly close. This issue can be caused by several factors. For example, the app has a large file size, or the iPhone used does not support the app. The most frequent crashing apps on iPhones are reportedly Safari and Mail. If you face this problem, here are some solutions that you can try to fix it.


App Keeps Crashing on iPhone
App Keeps Crashing on iPhone


Quit and Relaunch the App

The first and easiest way you can try to stop an app from crashing is by quitting and relaunching the app. This will stop all the processes of the running app and start from the beginning. If the crashing app is caused by some slightly wrong features, this should be able to solve it. Here are the steps:

  1. Tap twice on the Home button to open the multitasking screen.
  2. Find the app that you want to quit and close, then swipe up on the app to quit.
  3. Tap the Home button again to go to the iOS main screen. Then, open the app gain.


This should fix some basic causes of crashing apps on your iPhone

Restart Your iPhone

Apps on your iPhone can crash because there might be something wrong with your iPhone, instead of the app itself. In this case, try to restart your device. Besides solving crashing apps, restarting your iPhone can also be fixing many basic problems that appear from daily iPhone use. Press and hold the Power key and Home key at the same time for seconds until the device flashes the Apple logo. Let your device restart, then open and use the app again.


Update the App

If relaunching the app or restarting your iPhone does not manage to fix the crashing app, the problem is probably caused by a bug in the version of the app you are running. App developers regularly update their apps to overcome bug problems and provide newest features and functionalities. So, it is hoped that by updating the app, you can solve the crashing issue. You just need to go to the App store and update the app.

  1. Open the App Store and go to the Update tab.
  2. Install the updated version of the crashing app. Then, relaunch the app you have just updated.


Uninstall and Reinstall the App

The next way to fix an app keeps crashing on iPhone is uninstalling and reinstalling the app. What should you do when the crashing app does not have any update? You can uninstall the app and install it again. Reinstalling a crashing app usually can solve the crashing problem. This will be quick, though a large-sized app could take a longer time to install.

  1. Find the crashing app on your iPhone, then tap and hold the icon.
  2. After that, tap the (x) icon, then confirm that you want to uninstall the app.
  3. Go to the App Store, then download and install the app you just uninstalled again.


Update iOS

Just like app developers that regularly update their apps to fix bugs, Apple also releases updates for iOS, which is the official operating system for Apple devices. These updates add new, cool features, and the most important thing is, fixing bugs. If you fail to fix crashing apps by restarting your iPhone or updating the app itself, the bug is probably in the iOS. So, you need to update the iOS that your iPhone uses. Make sure you use the newest version of iOS.

iOS updates often involve bug fix for software systems, but some improvements also affect third-party apps. Moreover, some apps require the latest version of iOS for certain features to function. Updating both iOS and the app itself will likely solve the crashing problem.

  1. Before you update your iOS to the latest version, make sure you already back up your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud. Do not skip this step.
  2. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. Then, select Download and Install and wait until all the updating process completes.


Contact the App Developer

If the previous ways mentioned above do not solve the crashing app, the best option is to contact the developer of the app. Usually, there is contact information listed in the app. If you cannot find any, the app’s page in the App Store usually includes the developer’s contact information. Try to send them an email or report your problem and you will get useful feedback.



Causes of Crashing Apps

Below are some common factors that cause iPhone apps to crash


Corrupted Setting

Corrupted settings are the most common cause of crashing apps. Each app always stores user data within the app itself, even before it is saved to online services. Overtime, the data may change due to several external factors, such as during app updates. If the crashing app does not store data locally, you just need to uninstall and reinstall the app to fix the crashing problem.


iOS Compatibility

There are some cases in which apps with the same version run differently in different versions of iOS. For example, your friend can normally use Twitter on their iOS 6.1.3 iPhone, while your Twitter keeps crashing on your iOS 6.1.1 iPhone. Therefore, it is better to update your iOS to the latest version. App developers always make sure that their apps can run smoothly on the latest version of iOS.

By following iOS updates, you can also make sure that the newest apps can be used without any problems.


Weak Machines

Sometimes, the iPhone itself is the cause of crashing apps. iOS has its own way to make sure that something called hang happens. iOS will automatically turn off any apps that run too vigorously. This happens because of the limited RAM on the iPhone. If you use the newest iPhone, you should not experience such a problem. However, if you are still using the first-generation iPhone 3GS, crashing apps tend to happen quite often.

Those are some ways that you can try to fix an app keeps crashing on iPhone.