iPhone Apps Crashing? Try Shooting the App Down

You’ve probably faced it. You download an app, open it and *bam* – there it goes! Crashed. I’ve heard people talk about how Facebook or Instagram or Skype or any other app crashes when they open it. There are a ton of reasons things could go wrong and cause the app to crash and it would be wrong to immediately assume that the app is buggy (without, of course, discounting that possibility).

Rick once wrote an interesting post on how most of the app-crashes can be fixed just by doing one single soft reset. Although this does work most of the times, it isn’t an end-all solution. He doesn’t say so himself but let’s also take a look at other possibilities that can help you get rid of the issue.

Apps Crashing on iPhone or iPad: Tips to Fix the Issue

#1. Soft Reset

The first thing you do when you find that an iPhone app keeps crashing is a “soft reset.” What this basically does is clears the memory by killing apps and gives you a head start. This is what you do to do a soft reset:

  • Press the home and power buttons simultaneously
  • The slide to turn off the iPhone comes up but do nothing but hold the buttons down
  • The iPhone powers down with the screen going blank. Keep holding the buttons still and then the iPhone reboots with the Apple logo coming up on the screen

How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

  • In order to reboot iPhone 7/7 Plus, press and hold volume down button and power button

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

  • And To restart your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X or later, click and release Volume Up button then click and release volume down button, and then press and hold side button

Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8

That’s it. Now try out the new app that kept crashing before. In most cases, your problem is solved.

#2. Re-install App from Mac/PC

I can’t say the first solution works all the time. Sometimes, iPhone apps keep crashing when opened or used. What do you do then?

You delete the app and re-install it. Albeit, this time, you install it via iTunes and then transfer that to your iPhone/iPad by syncing it. Not exactly a great method to take on but if nothing helps, you’ve got to try this.

  • Delete the app from your iDevice
  • Find the app in iTunes (in your Purchase History preferably.)
  • Connect the iPhone or iPad to your computer
  • Sync the iOS device: let the app get installed
  • Disconnect after the sync
  • Restart your iOS device and try the app

#3. Clear Memory

You don’t know how many times this happens. People stuff the iPhone with a ton of songs and videos (and even apps) and quite a lot of apps keep running in the background. This eats up a lot of memory (not to forget, the battery too).

And then when you try to open and run an app, it struggles to get some breathing space with all the choking apps running in the background along with it. So the iPhone puts the app out of its misery and crashes it.

You’ll need to do two things to clear things up.

  • Double-press the home button to bring up the multi-task switching bar and then close all apps that are running in the background by swiping up each app. After this, try the app

Close Apps on iOS 8

  • If it’s a storage issue, try removing a bunch of songs that you usually skip whenever it comes up on the playlist. Or a bunch of videos that you’ve not seen in ages. This will free up some space that can turn out to be helpful for the app not to crash

#4. Go Thermonuclear

Eerie as it sounds, you might need to go thermonuclear and restore your device from a backup or as a new iPhone if the problems keep creeping up. Restoring is the last option but wait! If you feel that the app could be the problem (and not your iPhone), you can save yourself the pains of this last step.

There are over 1.2 million apps on the App Store but not every one of them is Gmail, Angry Birds or Spotify. A lot – and I mean a really huge lot – of them are buggy, problematic and ill-developed and designed. If none of the above three methods worked and you have a hunch that the problem lies with the app, you should probably just delete it and look for an alternative.

That’s all, mate!

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.


  1. I have iPhone 4s. Everything was fine this morning, then I couldn’t send messages. Then I updated my apps and now most of them open then close suddenly. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled (primarily CNN), done hard and soft reboots. Nothing is working to fix these two problems.

  2. My facebook in my iphone 6 64gig always crashing.. Ive done reset. Soft and hard.. But its always break my heart.. Always crashing i dont know what to do.. Ios9 really sucks ?

  3. iOS 9 created issues on my phone I didn’t have before. What’s up with Game Center freezing games when it loads? Never happened before iOS 9. My phone is an iPhone 6+ 64gb. I DON’T have storage issues. So, explain when they’ll be releasing 9.1 & I can believe some of this.

  4. No, I’ve tried all these things. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the apps, soft reset, hard reset, memory cleaning, everything reasonable and the apps still crash. I’m using iPad Air 2, and IPhone 6. They were both updated to recent iOS. It’s Apples fault. They had these troubles during the Beta testing yet released it anyway!

  5. Wow this article is useless. Many of us has done all the above. Apps just disappear when they feel like it. Get back to us with a real answer, even if it’s just “Apple can’t make a stable iOS”

  6. Uh dn a app messed my phone up. It goes in and out on voice control Siri pops up deleting apps for storage then to search then closes any app I open and it’s like I have a ghost in my phone. Help


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