Having problems using an app on your iPhone running iOS 16 (iOS 16.1.1)? Does it keep crashing immediately when you open the app or after using it for a minute? I’ve had this often, and I must say, it’s pretty frustrating. If your apps keep crashing after iOS 16 update, though, then you’ll need to figure out a solution so that you can get the best use from your phone again. In this article, I’ll explain how to fix your iPhone when apps keep crashing in iOS 16.
How to fix apps that keep crashing in iOS 16
There are many reasons why your iPhone apps may be crashing in iOS 16. Thankfully, if apps are randomly crashing on iPhone running iOS 16 beta, the solutions below should help fix the problem. Let’s walk through the process.
1. Force quit the app
The easiest way to fix an app that keeps crashing in iOS 16 is to simply force quit it and open it again.
Now try opening the app again and see if it works well.
Bring up the App Switcher to see all open apps:
- On iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- On iPhone with Home button, double-press the Home button.
Locate the app that crashes and drag its card all the way up to close it.
After about ten seconds, open the app again.
If this fails, you can follow the above steps and this time, close all open apps. After that, launch just the app which crashes, and now it should work properly without closing randomly.
2. Free up storage space
Apps can sometimes crash in iOS 16 when the storage space is not adequate. Many apps, like WhatsApp, won’t work when you don’t have sufficient free space on your iPhone. WhatsApp even shows a banner saying you need to free some space before you can use it. If you ignore that, the app will open and close immediately. After a point, you can’t even dismiss that banner and use WhatsApp unless you delete some apps, photos, videos, music, downloaded shows, etc., to free space. You will have to clear up your storage space by deleting unwanted apps and files. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to uninstall unwanted apps and games.
3. Rebooting May Keep Your iPhone Apps from Crashing
Another way to fix apps crashing in iOS 16 is to simply restart the device. Restarting the device will kill and then restart the processes that are run by the system as well as other apps. Apart from this, it also clears the memory when you restart the device, which can help. Turn off your iPhone by pressing and holding the power button and volume down button simultaneously for a second or two. Move the ‘Slide to power off’ toggle to the right to turn off your iPhone. After a minute (or less), press and hold the power button until an Apple logo appears on the screen to turn it back on.
Once your iPhone has fully restarted, try opening an app and see if it works any better. If it doesn’t, move on to the next solution.
4. Try Updating Your Apps
iPhone apps keep crashing still? The next logical step is to update any of your apps that have a newer version. App developers keep pushing out updates to their apps. These updates contain bug fixes which should solve iOS 16 app crashing issues as well. As such, it is recommended to keep your apps updated. Just open the App Store, select your profile, and then tap Update All at the top of the screen. Then wait as the new versions of the apps download, and try the ones that have been giving you trouble.
5. Reinstall the Apps if Your iPhone Apps Keep Crashing in iOS 16
Yes, deleting the app from your device can help you fix issues that cause the app to crash or stop suddenly while in use.
Note: Deleting/removing an app from your device also deletes the app’s data, temporary (cache) files and other data associated with the app. However, app data stored and backed up in your iCloud account is not deleted and can be restored. Alternatively, if you want to keep some data, you can also try the Offload Unused Apps feature with the app.
To do this, tap and hold the problematic app icon on your iPhone’s home page. In the drop-down menu, tap Delete App.
A warning will appear on the screen warning you that the application data will also be deleted. Tap Delete to continue.
To reinstall each app, open the App Store. Search for the app you just deleted by typing their names into the search field. Once you have found it, click the Cloud icon that appears beside it. The app will soon download again, and then you’re free to use it. Hopefully, your iPhone apps won’t keep crashing. However, if the app continues to crash after a reinstall, move down to the next troubleshooting method below.
6. Update iOS
It’s possible that an app crashes on your iPhone due to app and OS compatibility issues. Keeping your phone’s operating system up-to-date will help you get rid of bugs that can cause apps to malfunction.
Open Settings, then tap General.
Tap Software Update where you see that option at the top of the screen.
If there is a more recent version of iOS than the one that you are running, you will see the option to Install Now in blue. Tap the button, and the update will begin installing. If your phone’s operating system is already up to date, then you will see that message. If that’s the case, you’ll need to look into some other options to fix your app problem.
7. Disconnect external peripherals
Having an external device connected to your iPhone can cause some problems, including forcing some apps to unexpectedly crash. If the Photos app, Files app, or third-party documents and storage apps crash, unplug all peripherals. This should alleviate that particular issue.
8. Make sure iPhone isn’t too hot
If your iOS 16 device is significantly hot, you might face frequent app crashes. Turn off your iPhone and let it cool down. If the device temperature reaches a very high level, it will automatically show a warning and prevent you from using it!
If apps keeps crashing on your iPhone running iOS 16 and you have tried all the above methods to fix it but nothing is working, you should check if the particular app services are up and running – maybe from a friend or social media. If the app services are down, it will cause the app to crash or not open at all.
Some third-party iOS apps have a history of crashing or not working at all when they has server issues or makes some changes to their server. Whenever that happens, the best thing you can do is wait for the developers to fix the problem on their own end.
10. Enable and disable Airplane Mode
If the app is crashing due to poor network issues, open the Settings app or Control Center and enable Airplane Mode. After 15 seconds, tap the same toggle to disable Airplane Mode. Additionally, you can also visit a website or play a YouTube video to check if the internet is working on your iPhone or not.
11. Make sure the app has the required permissions
Say you haven’t allowed Snapchat to access your iPhone Camera. Now, when you open Snapchat, it might crash. The same is true for other apps and permissions like microphone, location, Face ID, etc.
To allow an app the required permissions, go to iPhone Settings, scroll down and tap the app name. From here, enable the required permissions. (You don’t have to enable everything.)
12. Reset all iPhone settings
Did nothing mentioned above tips fix the iOS 16 app crashing issue? In that case, go ahead and reset all your iPhone settings. Doing so won’t delete personal things like songs, videos, apps, app data, etc. It will, however, change all settings to the default and can help fix the iOS 16 app crashing problems.
- Open settings.
- Tab general.
- Tap transfer or reset iPhone.
- Tap reset.
- Tap reset all settings.
13. Look for an alternative app
After following the above solutions, you shouldn’t face frequent app crashes in iOS 16 and have an overall decent experience. But if this isn’t true for you, the problem most likely is in the app. To fix it, contact the app developer and explain the situation.
You can try using the service in an iPhone or computer browser for the time being instead of the official app. You can also look for unofficial apps that let you use the service. For example, if the Twitter official app crashes often, you can try Tweetbot or Twitterrific.
In case the problem persists, it’s time to look for alternatives to that app. For most apps, finding an alternative isn’t hard. But when it comes to Snapchat, Facebook, Amazon, WhatsApp, etc., you will have to make a tough choice switching to a competing service.