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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.

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Apps Crashing on iPhone

How to Fix Crashing Apps on Your iPhone or iPad:

#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:

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  • 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

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

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Also Read: iPhone 6/6 Plus Apps Crashing

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#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)
  • Download it on your iTunes
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.
  • Thanks! Reinstalling worked for one app, but what do I do if the built-in Mail app crashes? I cannot remove this one. Happens after updating to 9.2.

  • Rindi Irwin

    Great blog, thanks! Just discovered it tonight.

  • Wong Chung

    My iPhone 7 broke help.

  • Wong Chung

    Me like rice. I stick teepee up your bum hole.

  • Ethel

    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.

  • Kyle

    ALLLLLLL my apps started crashing last week. The Soft-Reset has fixed me up … thanks !!

    • Teo

      Thank you

  • Guest

    Look for pending app updates (“App Store – Update tab”) for the apps which are crashing. Once I update the apps my apps started opening up.

  • Isabell

    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 😔

    • Mae

      Same as mine, did you found any answer? :(

  • MizMi

    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.

  • Lucky Wang

    Yep, the reinstall app did it for me.

  • Benoibe

    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!

  • Kclyn Mae

    I reset my iphone 4 times but still, it always end up on app crashing. What to do?

  • ramon

    When i click on YouTube my phone just reboots, when i go on google same thing, what is it??????

  • st

    older iPad 4 and updated version 8.3 – all apps crashing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Uselessapplestuff

      Same. Had to throw in bin-

  • Brian Hull

    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”

  • Ramon Boza

    You missed the option 5. buy a new iphone

  • rabbitrescue

    Inbuilt app on iphone 6+ Messages freezes

  • jackpot777

    hill climb racer keeps crashing for me and FB messenger, i think that my jailbreak has something to do with it.

  • Cassandra

    The after school app continues to close out after i tried this

  • Billy Villegas

    I have an iPhone 6 and Maps causes Facebook to crash. Every time Maps shows up on Facebook, it crashes. It has the latest updates too.

    • Kali

      Did you find a fix for this?

  • Candy Russell

    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