Solve Annoying iPhone App Crashes In 4 Easy Steps

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Apps on your iPhone can crash just like the programs on your desktop or laptop computer, though luckily app crashes are less common. But because they're less common, when they happen, they're even more frustrating. After all, our phones are our main communication tools these days; we need them to work right all the time. 

In the early days of the iPhone, crashes most often plagued the Safari web browser and Mail.

Now that most iPhones are packed with third-party apps from the App Store, crashes can come from anywhere.

If you're experiencing frequent app crashes, here are some tips for getting better stability:

Step 1: Restart iPhone

Sometimes the easiest step is the most effective. You'd be surprised how many problems on the iPhone, not just app crashes, can be fixed with a simple restart. A restart will clear a lot of basic problems that can crop up from day-to-day use of the iPhone. 

To do: Read this article for details on the two kinds of restarts and how to do each of them.

Step 2: Update Your Apps

If a restart won't cure what ails you, the problem causing the crash could be a bug in one of your apps. App developers regularly update their apps to resolve bugs and provide new functionality, so it could be that there's an update the solves the bug that's causing you problems. Just install it and you'll be free of problems in no time.

To do: Read this article to learn three ways to keep your apps up to date.

Step 2A: Uninstall App

But what to do if there's no update? If you're sure which app is causing your problems, but there's no update for it yet, your best bet may be to uninstall it until there is.

To do: Learn how to uninstall apps from your iPhone.

Step 3: Update iOS

In the same way that app developers release updates to fix bugs, a few times a year Apple releases updates to the iOS, the operating system that runs the iPhone and iPod touch. These updates add cool new features, and most importantly for this article, they also fix bugs. If the crashes you're running into aren't fixed by restarting your phone or updating your apps, there's a good chance that the bug is in the iOS itself. In that case, you need to update to the latest OS.

To do: Learn how to update iOS directly on your phone without connecting to iTunes in this article.

Step 4: Contact Apple

If none of these steps solved your problem, you need expert help (well, you could try to deal with them for a while, assuming that eventually you'll get an app or OS update that solves the problem, but you like to take action, right?). Luckily for you, Apple provides that expert help via the Genius Bar at its retail Apple Stores. Bring your iPhone in, explain the problem, and if there's a solution available, the Genius Bar staff will help. Genius Bars get super busy, though, so make sure to make an appointment before you go in.

To do: Learn how to make a Genius Bar appointment in this article.