Last updated on October 4th, 2021 at 04:18 pmWhatsApp is one of the most popular social messaging apps available for smartphones. It’s cross-platform and free to use, which makes it appealing for both iOS, Android and Windows platform users. You can use WhatsApp for texting, group chats, video calling, group calling without the limitation of being an iPhone, Samsung or other smartphone brand owner.
Update (October 4, 2021): WhatsApp crashing worldwide due to global downtime. FB Messenger and Instagram, all Facebook-owned apps are also down!
However, even the best and highest budget apps do come with bugs. It can happen for WhatsApp to crash your iPhone. Crashes occur out of several reasons. Not enough RAM memory, limited storage space or various bugs that get triggered by certain factors like hack messages. WhatsApp can crash iPhone when you open a chat, while you receive a text, after an update and more. The most annoying problem though, is when WhatsApp crashes again and again while you open the app, without you being able to do anything.
How To Fix WhatsApp Crashing On iPhone
If WhatsApp keeps crashing on your iPhone again and again, here is how to break the loop:
1. Force Quit WhatsApp
The first and most obvious troubleshooting tip is to quit the app completely. Returning to the home screen isn’t enough, because the software remains dormant in the app switcher. To kill WhatsApp for good you have to force close it.
How To: Open the iOS app switcher and swipe-up the Whatsapp card until it disappears. Now when you get back to the Home screen and tap the app’s icon, the software will start fresh and the crashing bug could miraculously go away.
2. Clear iPhone RAM
If fix no. 1 didn’t do the job, you can attempt to flush your iPhone’s RAM memory and see if this debugs the Facebook-owned social messaging app. This will give a fresh boost to your iOS device by freeing up RAM, which could be the origin of the WhatsApp crashes.
How To: If you own an iPhone with Face ID you have to apply the special clear RAM memory trick described here.
Users of older iPhone models that are equipped with a physical Home Button, can reset the RAM as instructed in this article.
3. Start A New Chat
If WhatsApp on your iPhone crashes right after you open the app, over and over again you can try to break this loop by starting a new chat. The iOS Force Touch shortcuts are very handy in this case. They allow you to generate a WhatsApp command without needing to bring up the app on the screen.
How To: On your iPhone’s Home screen, press-firmly on the WhatsApp icon until the 3D Touch shortcuts menu pops up. Tap on ‘New Chat’ and WhatsApp will open and display the list of contacts available for a new chat.
4. Force Restart iPhone
If fix no. 3 did not work either, your next option is to reboot your iPhone. You can do it the classic way by shutting down your iOS device and powering it back on after a few seconds. Or, use a pro trick that allows you to hard reboot your Apple smartphone.
How To: Click and release Volume Up -> Click and release Volume Down -> Click & hold Side button until the Apple logo flashes on the screen. Be patient until the iPhone reboots. Swipe up to unlock and provide the Passcode before you’re ready to go.
Fact: If you use an iPhone with a Home button you have to apply a different force restart command, the one described here.
5. Delete And Reinstall
One of your last options if WhatsApp is continuing to crash over and over again is to delete the app from your iPhone and install it fresh.
This way you also make sure that you run the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS and get all the latest bug fixes.
How To: Deleting is done quickly from the Home Screen. Use the same Force Touch trick to bring up the quick actions menu. Select the ‘Delete App’ app option and WhatsApp will be erased in no time from your device.
Use this direct App Store download link to install it back!
Did any of the fixes listed above solve WhatsApp crashing on iPhone again and again? Let us know in the comments section available below. Also don’t hesitate to mention other successful troubleshooting tips that we left out!
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