How To Fix Apps Crashing After Update to iPadOS

Applications are generally stable for both the iPhone iOS and iPadOS, although sometimes you may experience an app that crashes randomly. Since the new update to iPadOS, there have been reports of Apple iPad users that apps are crashing. It can either be an app that quits by itself, or return to the home screen on its work. It could either happen upon opening the app or in between app usage.

In order to do a fix on the app crashing problem, you have to figure out first to make sure whether or not it is an App crash or a crash on your device. This means that when an app closes for no apparent reason or if an app becomes unresponsive but you are still able to access other apps, and if the app you are trying to launch keeps disappearing from the screen, then all of these situations is considered to be app crash but on the other hand however if the iPad becomes unresponsive, or display a blank screen for instance, then it is considered to be a device crash. Few possible solutions to iPadOS Apps crashing problems will be explained below. 


1. Check for updates

When updating to a new software system on your iPad or perhaps with any other major update, most of the older versions of the app can actually cause some issues, especially if the app isn’t updated for the changes brought about by the update. 

To check for an update, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to App Store from the Home Screen of your iPad
  2. Tap on Your Account tab, Located at the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on Update All tab, this will update all apps with available apps. It is recommended therefore to update all apps since you can never tell which apps are causing the problem. 
  4. Wait for the apps to install and be updated. This may take a while as it sometimes depends on the size of the app and the signal strength of your network connection. 

It is then very important to regularly check for app updates or you can set your iPad to Auto-Update apps so that whenever you are connected to a network it will automatically update an app once there is an available for update. To set the iPad to Auto-Update apps:

  1. Go to  Settings from the Home Screen of your iPad. 
  2. Scroll down from the list of tab and tap on  iTunes & App Store.
  3. Tap on App Update and Toggle ON
  4. Automatic updates for apps are now Turned On. This will automatically download new purchases including free apps.

2. Check Apple System Status

You can try to check apple system status on their website to see if the apps on your iPad is having some technical issues. That way you can tell if the problem as to why Apps Crashing is on their end and not on your device.

3. Reboot and Restart your iPad

Rebooting your iPad refreshes its settings and apps to a fresh start. There are two different ways to reboot and restart iPad according to the iPad Model you are trying to reboot and restart: 

For iPad Models with a Home Button:  Simultaneously Press and Hold the Home and the Power Button located at the Top, continue doing this until the Apple Logo Appears, then release. 

For iPad Models with FaceID: First, press the Volume Up Button then release. Next,  Press the Volume down button then release. Finally, press and hold simultaneously the Power Button until you see the Apple Logo and its restarts. 

4. Uninstall and Reinstall Problem Apps

At times, apps that crashes more frequently can be very frustrating especially if you are using that app on a day to day basis. It keeps crashing every time you try to launch it. deleting  (uninstalling) and re-installing is perhaps a solution to an app that frequently crashes. Though if the problem app contains files and data for instance the Evernote, Google Drive, not to worry because all the content of that app will be restored from the iCloud. 

To delete/uninstall and reinstall an app from your iPadOS:

  1. Tap and hold on the app icon until it starts wiggling
  2. Next,  tap on the “X” button  next to the app, and choose “Delete” when prompted.
  3. To reinstall the app, launch the App Store
  4. Search for the app
  5. Tap on Get to start reinstall of the app. Once app is reinstalled and if the app requires you to log in, you will need to do so again.

5. Free up storage on your iPadOS

In most major updates, it usually takes up a lot of storage space on your iPadOS. With the update and the existing apps that are all taking quite a toll on your storage space that may cause your apps to crash. Since most of the apps usually requires some free space to function. Also, with low storage space does not only caused apps to crash, it also slows down your device.

Before anything else, you have to check the Storage of your iPad by heading to Settings>tap on General>Tap on iPad Storage. The Storage space of your iPad on iPadOS will be displayed along with the App installed on your iPad. You will also see how much of each category that is taking much of your storage space to be aware of what to delete later on.

Now that you know how much storage is left on your device. Manage your storage device to free some space. To do this simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen of your iPad.
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on iPad Storage tab
  4. To delete an app, tap on the particular app you want to delete. 
  5. You will be given two options: Offload App and Delete App. Offload app will free up some space storage used by apps but at the same time still keeping its contents and reinstalling it will restore the app whereas on the other hand Delete App basically deletes the app and all its data and content thus reinstalling will make you start all over again ie. log in details.
  6. When Delete App option is chosen, a prompt “Deleting ‘name of app’ will also delete all of its documents and data. This action cannot be undone”.
  7. Tap on Delete App to confirm.