June 8th, 2021

How to fix a phone that keeps crashing

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Ways to fix a phone that keeps crashing and restarting

You rely on your phone to get through the day—from checking your calendars and emails to taking photos and making calls. But when your phone keeps crashing, it can bring your life to a halt, which is especially frustrating when you don't even know what's causing the issue.

At Asurion, our experts help millions of customers get the most out of their tech and resolve their device problems. And this is a common one. Here's their breakdown of why your Android™ or iPhone® keeps crashing and how you can quickly get back up and running.

Why does my phone keep crashing?

Overheating

When your device gets too hot, it shuts down to prevent damage. You can tell it's happening when your phone becomes warm to the touch or displays a message letting you know it's hot. You can prevent your phone from overheating by doing the following:

  • Keep it out of direct sunlight.
  • Close unused apps.
  • Avoid turning your screen brightness up.
  • Turn on airplane mode.
  • Take the case off.

Problematic apps

If your Android or iPhone apps keep crashing, you need to identify the problematic one and fix it, which may prevent future issues. If you have an app that stops responding or closes unexpectedly, try these solutions to address it.

To fix iPhone apps that keep crashing:

  • Force quit the app. To do this, swipe up on your Home Screen or, if your iPhone has a Home button, double-click the Home button to bring up your most recent apps. Swipe up on the app to close it. Then, reopen it.
  • Restart the phone. Then open the app and see if it's working properly.
  • Check for app updates. To do so, open the App Store® and tapping your profile icon.
  • Delete the app, then redownload it.

To fix Android apps that keep crashing:

  • Force stop the app. To do this, go to Settings and open Apps & notifications. Then tap See all [x] apps to bring up a list of installed apps. From the list, tap on the app that keeps crashing and tap Force stop. Then, try opening the app again.
  • Check for app updates. Open the Google Play™ store, and tap the Menu icon. From there, tap My apps & games, select the app you want to update, and tap Update.
  • Restart in Safe mode, which disables all third-party apps. To do so, hold down the power button. Then, press and hold Power off until the Safe mode option appears—if you see only a Power option, tap it, then press and hold Power off to bring up the safe mode option and press OK. If the device works or the error messages are gone in Safe mode, try uninstalling any recently installed apps. To leave Safe mode after troubleshooting, simply restart your device.

Out-of-date software

If you have old software installed on your phone, it may not be compatible with your apps. Here's how to check for and install updates on your device:

iPhone

  • Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • If an update is available, tap Install.

Android

  • Go to Settings > About phone > Check now for update.
  • If an update is available, an Update button will appear—tap it.
  • Depending on the operating system (OS), tap Install NowReboot and install, or Install System Software.

No remaining storage

If your phone has less than 10% of storage remaining, consider uninstalling some apps or moving photos or videos to the cloud. Follow these steps to see how much space is left on your phone:

iPhone

  • Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  • Here you can view the available space, broken down by category. You may also see recommendations for how to free up space followed by a list of apps and the amount of storage each one uses.

Android

  • Go to Settings and tap Storage.
  • Here you can view the available space, broken down by category.

Corrupted cache

The term “cache" refers to bits of stored information from games, apps, and web browsing. When it gets overloaded, it can cause your phone to crash. This problem is more common among Android devices and can be resolved by clearing the cache. Here's how for most Android phones:

  • Go to Settings > Storage.
  • Tap Other Apps to see a list of all the apps installed on your phone.
  • Choose the app whose cache you want to clear.
  • On the app's info page, tap Clear Cache.

If you've tried all of these fixes and you're still dealing with crashes, try doing a factory reset on your phone—but only as a last resort.

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