How to fix iPhone XS apps that keep closing and freezing in iOS 13 [Troubleshooting Guide]

Need help with your iPhone XS apps that keep closing and freezing in iOS 13? If you do, then this post is for you. Read further for more detailed solutions.

The lack of memory storage is one of the main causes of performance issues in mobile devices. This is when your phone apps start to lag and freeze. It usually starts as a random symptom and then augments. Regardless of how high a storage capacity of a device would be, time will always come that this storage would shrink as it would be occupied by various types of contents. But lagging and freezing symptoms are not only transpiring in low storage devices. In fact, similar symptoms are affecting new iPhones like the iPhone XS following the recent iOS 13 update. Highlighted below are basic solutions to a problem on the iPhone Xs apps that keep closing and freezing in iOS 13.

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Troubleshooting iPhone XS apps that keep closing and freezing in iOS 13

It is a common post-update dilemma by many smartphone users when apps are acting up after a major update installation. Such a problem is inevitable and usually occurs as apps are trying to adjust with the recent platform transition. Most of the time, outdated applications are the ones showing the symptoms but even those that are up-to-date can also succumb. Apparently, this issue is attributed to some type of system errors either from within the affected application or the recently updated operating system on the phone. To help you determine the underlying cause, I’ve mapped these subsequent solutions. Try each of them until you finally get rid of the transpiring symptoms.

First solution: Clear all running apps and soft reset (restart) your iPhone XS. 

Apps can become rogue from an update if they’re left open or running in the background during the update installation. When this happens, the affected apps wouldn’t be able to perform well and will be acting up instead. In minor cases, the problem can easily be remedied by ending the application and then restarting it. Doing so gives these apps a quick refresh and thereby allows them to operate firmly. Just follow these steps to clear out running apps on your iPhone XS:

  1. Swipe your finger up and then pause from the Home screen.
  2. Swipe left or right to navigate through the apps preview. 
  3. Then swipe up on each app’s preview to close individual background apps. 

After clearing all background apps, perform a soft reset or restart your iPhone XS to dump erroneous cached files that were accumulated by these apps during the update. Just follow these steps to continue with a soft reset on your device:

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release the buttons once the Slide to Power off prompts on the screen. 
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. Wait for 30 seconds, then press and hold the Power/Side button again until the Apple logo appears. 

Wait for the phone to finish rebooting and then try loading apps and see if you’re able to use them without bumping into a similar issue. 

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Second solution: Update apps that keep closing and freezing in iOS 13. 

Apps that are likely to end up misbehaving from an update are usually the ones that are outdated. This happens as they’re no longer able to meet the minimum system requirements to run smoothly on the recently installed iOS platform. Random closing and freezing are just two of the many symptoms to encounter. To prevent these occurrences, app developers promptly roll out necessary patches through app updates before or soon after Apple releases a new iOS version. If you haven’t set your apps to auto-install updates, then you might have missed implementing these required in-app patches. As a result, your outdated apps are now having trouble running on the new platform. In order to align these apps with the new operating system of your iPhone, updating them to the latest version is imperative. In iOS 13, there are some slight changes to update apps on an iPhone. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID profile picture located on the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down to the Pending Updates section. This section is available only if there are pending updates on your phone. A list of recent updates to your apps will then show up underneath this section.
  4. To apply pending updates to individual applications, tap the Update button next to the name of the app.
  5. Otherwise, tap the Update All button to prompt the device to download and apply updates to your apps in the background. You will see then the recently installed updates under the Updated Recently section. 

Allow all apps to complete installing the updates then soft reset your iPhone XS to apply necessary changes. 


Third solution: Uninstall then reinstall erratic apps. 

If you’re experiencing the issue only on random apps and none of the prior methods is able to fix them, chances are that these apps have gone totally corrupt and therefore needed to be reinstalled. Deleting and reinstalling apps on an iPhone is also a way of clearing out all erroneous cache or data that have been accumulated by the apps over time. So it’s like giving your apps a total fresh start. You can delete apps from your iPhone’s Home screen or through its storage menu. The former is faster than the latter. And here’s how it’s done:

  1. From the Home screen, tap and hold on an app icon until the icons start jiggling. 
  2. Tap the X on the app you want to delete.
  3. Select Delete to confirm the deletion of the selected app. 

Once you’re done deleting all rogue apps, perform a soft reset or reboot your iPhone XS and then proceed to the next steps to re-download and install the apps on your device:

  1. Open the App store from the Home screen. 
  2. Navigate to Updates- > Purchased menu. 
  3. Tap the Not on This iPhone tab.
  4. Select the app that you want to reinstall on your device.
  5. If you don’t see the app from the selected tab, try switching to All tab.

Then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to download and install the apps on your phone. Give your iPhone another restart after installing all your apps and then check if the problem is gone.

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Fourth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone XS. 

Some updates override your iPhone settings automatically. Normally, this isn’t a problem unless there are some options or settings on your iPhone that were previous customized or configured in a way that caused some conflicts to the recent system overrides. And this might be the main reason why some of your apps are randomly closing and freezing in iOS 13. Since it is hard to determine which of your phone settings were changed from the recent update, restoring original settings and options can be considered a better solution. This is where resetting all settings on your iPhone Xs play a vital role. This reset deletes all recent changes made to your phone’s system settings including automatic overrides from the iOS 13 update. There’s no need to back up files beforehand, as this process does not affect any saved information on your phone storage. Just follow these steps whenever you’re all set:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Allow your phone to finish the entire settings reset process and then reboots itself when done. After it restarts, default settings and original values are restored. This means that all features that are disabled by default must be re-enabled so you can use them again on your device. To use online apps and services, reconnect to your Wi-Fi network. 

Continue to the next solution if this reset doesn’t solve the problem and your iPhone XS iOS 13 apps are still closing and freezing randomly. 

Fifth solution: Perform a factory reset (master reset) on your iPhone XS. 

Complex system errors from the recent iOS update might have caused major app problems that could not be remedied by the initial procedures. At this point, resorting to major system resets would be necessary. And your next option and potential solution to try would be a factory reset. This reset wipes everything from your iPhone system including fatal iOS errors that caused your apps to stop working properly. Don’t forget to create backups of your iPhone data beforehand so you’d still be able to recover your files afterwards. You can back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, as you desire. If everything is set, follow these steps to start erasing and restoring your iPhone Xs to its factory defaults:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Just allow your phone to boot up after the factory reset is done. As soon as its back up, relaunch your apps to check if you’re able to use them as intended. 

In the case where your iPhone is freezing as your apps go rogue, the above procedures wouldn’t be applicable. This is where iTunes can be used as an alternative solution. All you need is a Windows or Mac computer that has the application to begin with.

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Still having trouble with your iPhone XS apps that keep closing and freezing in iOS 13?

The problem you’re dealing with could be complex that none of the standard procedures is able to resolve it. It’s possible that the recently installed iOS 13 update had ruined your phone’s application system and that it requires more advanced fixing. If random apps are affected and that the symptoms continue, then it must be some major system issues. In cases like this, performing iOS restore can be considered as a last resort. You’ve got two major iOS restore options to choose from and these are the recovery mode restore and DFU mode restore. Both of them require the use of a computer that has the latest version of iTunes application. You can refer to a more detailed walkthrough on how to restore an iPhone Xs in recovery mode and DFU mode, found on this site’s tutorials section. Just visit the iPhone XS troubleshooting page for more information.

Restoring an iPhone from a previous backup is considered as a downgraded and therefore a temporary solution. Should this be found and confirmed to be a widespread iOS 13 problem, then Apple will be obliged to roll out a permanent fix, which will likely be embedded into the next iOS version. 


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