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iPhone Apps Keep Crashing in iOS 17? 11 Tips to Fix it

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“Since updating my iPhone to iOS 17, everything has gone downhill! The main apps that I use keep crashing when I open them.  What can I do to fix this?”

Many iPhone users have upgraded their devices to iOS 17 to enjoy new features and functions. However, they may encounter different kinds of problems. Among all the bugs and glitches, the apps keep crashing in iOS 17 is one of the most common.

Are your iPhone apps crashing after iOS 17 update?  Don't panic. If an app on your iPhone stops responding, closes unexpectedly, or won't open, you can try the following troubleshooting tips.

Why Do My iPhone Apps Keep Crashing?

There are various reasons why your iPhone apps may keep crashing, and here we'll discuss some of the more common ones:

  • Your iPhone or the app that is crashing needs an update.
  • You're not connected to the internet.
  • Your iPhone is running on a low battery.
  • You don't have enough storage space to run the app.
  • The apps' data gets corrupted over time.

Tip 1. Restart Your iPhone

Before trying any other measures, the first step to take when your iPhone apps keep crashing is to restart the device.

  • Press and hold the side button and either volume button until "slide to power off" appears. For iPhone 8 or older, just hold the power button.
  • Drag the slider from left to right to turn off your iPhone.
  • Wait for 20 seconds or so, and then turn your iPhone back on.

restart iphone

Once your iPhone has fully restarted, try opening the app and see if it works normally.

Tip 2. Charge Your iPhone

When your iPhone's battery drops below 20% and enters Low Power Mode, some apps may not function properly and may close to saving power. If you experience app crashes when your battery is low, plug in your device until it's sufficiently charged to run your apps again.

charge iphone

Tip 3. Close and Restart the App

When an app freezes, crashes, or does not work as intended, you can force quit it and reopen it rather than restart the device.

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen on your iPhone (or double-click the Home button on older devices) to view the app switcher.
  • Swipe right or left to find the problematic app, then swipe it up to force close it.
  • Wait for a while and then open the app to see if it works as expected.

force close apps

Tip 4. Update the App

App developers constantly update their applications to introduce new features and fix problems in previous versions. If the apps keep crashing on your iPhone, what you can try is to update your apps to the latest version.

  1. Open the App Store and tap on your profile icon at the top of the screen.
  2. Scroll down to check if updates are available.
  3. Tap "Update" next to the app you want to update, or tap "Update All" to update all of your iPhone apps.

update apps

Tip 5. Reinstall the Problematic App

If updating your iPhone apps didn't resolve the crashing problem, your next solution is to delete and reinstall the problematic apps from the App Store. Here's how to do it:

  • Press and hold the app icon until it jiggles, then tap the "X" button to delete it.
  • Then, visit the App Store to  download and reinstall the app you just deleted.

delete app iphone

Please note that you might lose data that was saved in the app when you delete it.

Tip 6. Free Up Storage Space on Your iPhone

The apps and data saved on your iPhone will also affect the normal operation of the device and cause the app to crash; you can free up some space by removing some useless files.

The first thing you need to do is check how much space your iPhone has left. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to check the available storage.

check iphone storage

If your iPhone is low on stroage space, you can easily free up some space by deleting unneeded apps and useless photos/videos from the device.

Tip 7. Check for iOS Updates

Another possible reason  the apps keep crashing is that your iPhone is running an outdated iOS version. You can try installing the newest iOS 17 to check whether it helps to resolve this problem.

  1. Make sure that your iPhone is connected with a stableWi-Fi network.
  2. Open Settings and navigate to General > Software Update to see if  a new version of iOS is available.
  3. If an update is available, click "Download & Install" to upgrade your iPhone.

update iphone

Tip 8. Reset All Settings

Another solution you can try is to reset all settings on your iPhone. This process restores all of your iPhone's settings to their default or factory state, but your data won't get deleted.

  1. Navigate to Settings > General, scroll to the bottom, and tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  2. Then, select "Reset" and choose "Reset All Settings".

reset all settings iphone

Tip 9. Restore iPhone with iTunes (Data Loss)

If your iPhone apps still keep crashing, try to restore the device with iTunes to fix the issue. Please note that the process will erase all content and settings from your iPhone, so make sure to back up your important data before doing it.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and open iTunes.
  2. Click on the device icon when it appears in iTunes.
  3. Go to the "Summary" tab and click "Restore iPhone." Then, wait for the process to finish.

restore iphone with itunes

Tip 10. Fix iPhone Apps Keep Crashing without Data Loss

If you don't want to lose any data, you can use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to fix the iPhone apps keep crashing issue. This professional tool can help you fix various iOS issues without losing data. It is very safe to use and compatibel with all iPhone devices, including the newest iPhone 15/14 and iOS 17/16.

To get started, download and install the FoneGeek iOS System on your computer.


Step 1. Launch the program after installing it on your computer. Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable and select "Standard Mode."

choose repair mode

Step 2. When your device is successfully detected by the program, choose the matching firmware and click on "Download."

download firmware

Step 3. Once the firmware is downloaded, click on the "Fix Now" button to start repairing the app crashing issue.

fix now

Once the repair is done, your iPhone will reboot, and you can check whether the apps still crash.

Tip 11. Contact App Developer

If none of the above steps resolve the issue, consider reaching out to the app developer for expert help. You can search for the problematic app on your App Store and find the contact information on the app detail page. Try reporting the bug, and you should get some useful feedback.

The Bottom Line

That's it! We've listed all possible solutions for iPhone apps that keep crashing after updating to iOS 17. You can try these methods and see which one works best for you. For the most reliable solution, we recommend using FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. This software guarantees a high success rate and can fix almost all iPhone problems without data loss.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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