iPad Apps Keep Crashing? Here’s A Useful Troubleshooting Guide

  1. Published on Jun 17, 2022
  2. Updated on Jun 17, 2022
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Considering that almost everything you do on your iPad is done on apps, apps that keep crashing can hinder your user experience.

These app problems on your device can be caused by a variety of system issues and as we shall see in this article, these issues can be resolved and you can get your iPad’s apps working normally again.

Before we talk through the solutions that you can employ to fix this problem, let’s start by looking at why the apps on your iPad keep crashing.

Why Do Apps Keep Crashing on Your iPad?

Although there are very many reasons why the apps on your iPad keep crashing, the most common reason is related to memory and memory consumption.

This is why most people start to experience this problem when their device is running low on internal storage. When there is little or no memory, the application can fail to start up properly and is therefore prone to app crashes.

This can also happen if the application gets corrupted soon after installing an update. You would know that this is what happened if the app began behaving badly soon after you updated it.

General iOS system issues can also cause apps to crash randomly. These can include system glitches, the presence of corrupt data on the device, malware, and system bugs.

The following are some of the most reliable solutions that you can employ when iPad apps keep crashing.

Is It the App or iPad Self Crash?

It is easy to confuse an app crash with a general device system crash. This is why we think it is important to determine if it is the app or the device that has crashed.

The following are some of the ways to tell if it is an app that has crashed:

  • If you had an app opened on the screen and then it suddenly closes for no reason.
  • If an app you are using suddenly becomes unresponsive but you can access and use other apps on the device.
  • If you try to launch an app but it keeps disappearing.

The following scenarios indicate that the device has crashed instead:

  • If the device becomes unresponsive and you can’t access any of the data and apps on it.
  • Your iPad displays a black screen or remains stuck on the Apple Logo.
  • Your iPad suddenly slows down for no good reason.
  • If you are unable to connect wireless headphones to the device, send files via AirDrop or see AirPlay devices.

The following are the most effective solutions that you can try if the Apps on your iPad are not working as they should:

Force Restart the iPad

Force restarting your device is a very effective solution as it can refresh the device’s memory and get any frozen or unresponsive apps to start working again.

To force restart the iPad without the home button, follow these very simple steps:

  • Step 1: Press the Volume Up Button and then quickly release it.
  • Step 2: Press and then quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 3: Then press and hold the Power button located on the side of the device. Continue to hold the button until the Apple logo appears and the device restarts.

Force Restart iPad without home button

To force restart the iPad with the home button:

  • Step 1: Hold down the top and home buttons at the same time.
  • Step 2: When the Apple logo appears, let go of both buttons.

Force Restart iPad with home button

Close the Crashing App

If a certain app is crashing, you can use the app switcher to close the app completely and then restart it. Accessing the app switcher is different for the different iPad models in the market. Here’s how to do it:

For iPads without a Home Button: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold or flick to the right to see a list of your most recently opened apps.

For iPads with a Home Button: Double-tap on the Home Button to access the app switcher and see your most recently opened apps.

Locate the app that is crashing, touch it, and swipe up on it until it disappears from the screen. Then go back to the Home Screen and open the app again to see if the issue has been resolved.

Close the Crashing App

Delete Some Apps and Content

Inadequate storage space can also cause certain apps on your device to malfunction. And the best way to create more storage space on your device is to delete some of the apps and content that you no longer need.

If you don’t have enough internal storage space on your iPad, follow these steps to remove some unwanted data and create much-needed space:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings App from the Home Screen.
  • Step 2: Tap “General” and in the options that appear, select “iPad Storage.
  • Step 3: Find the app that you would like to delete and select it.
  • Step 4: Then tap on the “Delete” or “Uninstall” to remove the app from your device.

Delete Some Apps and Content

Do the same with all other apps on your device and then restart the device to refresh its memory.

Install the Latest Version of Apps and iPadOS

Older versions of apps can have very many problems, especially if you recently updated the version of iPadOS running on your device and the apps are incompatible with this new version.

Therefore, the best thing to do to try and fix unresponsive apps is to update them. To do that, open the App store on your device and then tap on the “Updates” tab.

You can then find a particular app and tap the “Update” button next to it, or you can tap “Update All” to update all apps at the same time.

 update all apps

Just as updating the apps on your device is important, updating the version of iOS running on your device can optimize its function and remove any system bugs that are causing the problem with your Apps.

To update the iPadOS on your iPad, you can go to Settings > General > Software Update and if an update is available, follow the onscreen instructions to update the device.

It is a good idea however to backup all data on your iPad before attempting to update the version of iOS. This will prevent any data loss issues should something go wrong with the update.

update the iPadOS on your iPad

Reset All Settings on Your iPad

Problems with the settings on your iPad can also cause your apps to behave badly. You may determine that this conflict in settings is the main cause if these problems with your apps began soon after changing the settings on your device.

The best way to resolve these conflicting settings is to reset the settings on your device. Follow these steps to do it:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app from the Home Screen.
  • Step 2: Tap on “General” and then scroll down to tap “Reset.”
  • Step 3: Choose “Reset All Settings” and enter your passcode when prompted.  

Follow the instructions to complete the reset and wait for your device to restart. Once the device restarts, open the app again to see if the issue has been resolved.

Reset All Settings on your iPad

Fix System Glitches in One Click

If your apps continue to crash even after resetting all settings, you may need a professional iOS system repair tool. One such powerful tool is TinyFix iOS System Repair.

This is the most ideal way to fix any system issues with your iPad, including a system crash that may manifest itself as problems with apps.

It is also a very simple solution with the following features to implement:

  • It can be used to resolve various different types of iOS system issues
  • You can use it to enter and exit recovery mode on any iOS device in a single click
  • It is fully compatible with all versions of iPadOS and all iPad models
  • The user interface is so easy to navigate, that you don’t need any technical expertise to use it

Here’s how to fix your iPad using TinyFix iOS System Repair:

Step 1: Download and install the program onto your computer.

Step 2: When the installation is complete, open TinyFix, connect the iPad to the computer, and then click on “iOS System Repair.”

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: In the next window, select “Standard Repair.” This mode will attempt to fix the device without causing data loss.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 4: Then, you will be prompted to download the latest firmware to repair the device. The program has already detected the firmware you need. Just click on “Download” to get the firmware.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 5: When the firmware has been downloaded, click on “Start” to begin fixing the device.

repairing the device

In a few minutes, the program will notify you that the repair is complete. Click “Done” and disconnect the iPad from the computer.

Wrap Up

Although you expect that the Apps on your iPad will work as they should, they don’t always do. If your apps keep crashing, the solutions in this guide will help you resolve this issue and get back to enjoying your iPad once again.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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