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Apps crashing on iOS 16? Here’s how to fix this

Why are apps randomly crashing on my iPhone?

One of the worst scenarios you can run into after installing a brand new iOS version must be issues with third-party apps. And that’s exactly what’s bothering some users, as they report that apps keep crashing on iOS 16. In all cases we found, apps worked without issues on iOS 15 and the problems started after the update. Learn how to address this problem below.

Table of contents:

  1. Restart your iPhone
  2. Reinstall apps
  3. Update the firmware
  4. Reset your device to factory settings

Why are apps randomly crashing on my iPhone?

1. Restart your iPhone

When you run into any system issues on your iPhone, the best thing to do is to give it a quick reboot. iOS is usually stable but, whenever a problem arises, a simple restart is usually enough to sort it out. Unless the problem is with the app itself, in which case you should consider a different approach.

2. Reinstall apps

The next obvious step is to reinstall the app that’s crashing. An important thing to remember is that there are apps that need to be optimized for iOS 16. Some users report that some banking apps are not working and crashing, but that’s not your or Apple’s fault. The developer needs to update the app. Issues with super-secure apps are quite prominent on iOS Beta releases so, if you have banking apps, we suggest leaving the Beta program.

Here’s how to reinstall apps on your iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Open iPhone Storage.
  4. Select the app that’s crashing repeatedly.
  5. Tap Delete App.Apps crashing iOS
  6. Now, restart your iPhone.
  7. Once it boots, open App Store and download the app again.
  8. Sign in if necessary and check for improvements.

3. Update the firmware

We mentioned that some apps might not work on iOS 16 Beta. This isn’t Apple’s responsibility and you need to check the app system requirements. To leave the Beta program, navigate to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management and delete the Beta Profile. This will allow you to install the next stable update (later version than the current Beta version) when it becomes available. Or if you don’t want to wait, skip to Step 4.

Still, if there’s a chance that such a critical bug found its way to a stable iOS release, your best bet to sort it out is by keeping your device up to date. To update iOS on your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. Install available updates and, hopefully, the apps will stop crashing on your iPhone.

4. Reset your device to factory settings

Finally, if none of the steps worked for you, the last option you have is to reset your device to factory settings and restore it from iCloud. Once you restore your iPhone from a backup, the apps should stop crashing on iOS. To reset your iPhone to factory settings, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Settings and navigate to your Account > iCloud > iCloud Backup and back up your iPhone.
  2. Go back to Settings and open General.
  3. Choose Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  4. Select Erase All Contents and Settings.Apps crashing iOS
  5. Restore your device from iCloud.

That should do it. Thank you for reading and we hope that the instructions provided here helped you resolve the issue. If you have any questions or suggestions, share them with us in the comments below.


Apps tend to work in the background unless you close them from the Recent menu. Due to amazing RAM management on iOS, apps won't close on their own but they can become idle. And in super-rare occasions, that might lead to issues like freezing or crashing. So, to force close an app on your iPhone, all you need to do is swipe Recents and swipe the app preview upwards to close it.

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Digital Uncoded. @lemmingspain