On your iPhone, you can download apps and the amount you can install depends on how much storage you have. Usually, there is no problems when it comes to using apps – however, sometimes you can experience problems with apps. Most of the problems that come with apps arise when you don’t have enough storage space.

If you don’t have enough space on your iPhone, then you’ll experience a lot of problems with apps. For example, apps will start to freeze, may stop loading content, or keep closing when you open them. Another problem you can experience with apps is when they’re stuck on ‘loading’ or ‘waiting’. To fix problems with apps, you can reset them using various methods.

Uninstalling then Reinstalling them

To reset an app, you can simply uninstall the app then reinstall it. When you uninstall an app, the data is wiped from your device and once it’s reinstalled, all the data comes back. This refreshes the apps and get’s rid of any issues that it was causing on your device.

To uninstall and re-install an app:

1. Go to the home screen and locate the app

2. Hold the app and tap the ‘x’ on the left of the app

3. Tap delete again to confirm this

4. Restart your iPhone or iPad by turning it off then on again

5. Go to the App Store and search for the app you wanted to update

Download the app again and if it does manage to download, this will be the updated version of the app.

Turning Off Apps

Another way to reset an app is to close it from the multitasking screen and re open it. The multitasking screen contains apps that having been closed and are running in the background. When these apps and their background processes are turned off and the app is opened again, the app will be refreshed.

Turning Off Apps on iPhone X and Newer

Closing apps on your iPhone X or new devices is different from turning off apps for older devices. This is because newer devices don’t have a home button, so you’ll have to access the multitasking screen in a different way.

1. Swipe up from the button of the screen and pause when you’re a from inches up the screen whilst holding the screen. The multitasking view should come up.

2. Swipe the app upwards from the other apps to close it.

3. Tap the wallpaper or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to return to the home screen.

Turning Off Apps on iPhone 8 and Earlier

1. Double-click the home button to access the App Switcher.

2. Slide the apps from side to find the one that you want to turn off.

  • In iOS 7 and above, swipe the app upwards to remove it from all of the other apps.
  • In iOS 6 and below, hold an app until the red circle with the line in the middle appears. The apps will and tap the red circle to turn off the app and kill the background process. This is a similar experience you’ll have when deleting apps.

3. Click the home button to go to the home screen and return back to using your iPhone.

Force Restart

Another way to reset an app is to force restart your device. This will refresh the hardware system and in turn reset your apps. Force restarting can also fix more serious problems as it’s more powerful than restarting your device.

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.