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How to Fix iOS/iPadOS 13 Apps Not Responding

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Heather Marston

August 29, 2019 (Updated: September 9, 2019)• Filed to: iOS 13 Issues

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Apple released the new beta version of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Many users rushed to install this update to check out the new advanced features. However, the new OS always comes with some problems when in use. Especially the beta versions are unstable and still in the developing stages.

One of the common problems have been reported is that the apps on their iPhone or iPad have stopped responding entirely. If you are one of such users, you can use this guide to troubleshoot the problem. Check out the simple solutions for this problem below.

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Part 1: Possible Reasons of iOS /iPadOS 13 Apps Not Responding

There can be many reasons why the apps can't function properly on your iPhone and iPad. Some of these reasons are given below.

    • The software update wasn't installed properly.
    • The apps have no certain permissions on the iPhone or iPad.
    • There might not be any storage space left on your device.
    • Your device didn't boot properly after iOS 13 upgrading.
    • The downloaded apps may be corrupted.
    • The downloaded apps may be outdated.

Now that you know some of the common reasons behind the apps not responding on your iPhone or iPad, then you can check out the solutions for fixing this issue and gain the normal functionality of the apps on your device.

Part 2: 7 Basic Solutions to Fix iOS 13 /iPadOS Apps Not Responding

Since the new iOS 13 update is in the Beta stage, it would be unstable and may cause some issues on your device. But this problem can be sorted out in more than one way. Try out some of the most effective tips given below to fix this issue on your iPad or iPhone.

1. Restart the Device:

Generally, most of the problems on iOS devices can be sorted out by simply restarting the device. The steps for restarting the device would be different for both iPhone and iPad.  Follow the steps below to do this.

1.1 Restart iPhone 8 and other earlier models of iPhone:

Step 1: Press the Side (Or Top) button and hold it for a while.

Step 2: Once the slider appears on the screen, drag it to the right to switch off the iPhone.

Step 3: Press the Power button again and hold it and your device will restart.

restart iphone 8

1.2 Restart iPhone X and the other latest models of iPhone:

Step 1: Press and hold the Side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears.

Step 3: Slide it to turn off the iPhone.

Step 4: After a few seconds, press the Power button and hold it till you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

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1.3 Restart iPad with Home button:

Step 1: Press the Top (Or Side) button and hold it till you see the slider on the screen.

Step 2: Slide your finger on the slider towards the right direction to switch off your iPad.

Step 3: After a few moments, press the Top (Or Side) button until you see the Apple logo on the screen of your iPad.

restart ipad with home button

1.4 Restart iPad without a Home button:

Step 1: Keep pressing the Top button simultaneously with the Volume Up or Volume Down button.

Step 2: Once you see the slider on the screen drag it to right to switch off your iPad.

Step 3: Wait till your iPad is completely turned off and after that press the Power button and hold it till your iPad switches on again.

restart ipad without home button

Once your device is rebooted, the apps on your iPhone or iPad should start functioning normally again.

2. Force Quit the App(s)

Sometimes the app settings may not been booted correctly, for this you can try to force quit the app and try to open it again. You can do this by following the steps given below.

2.1 To force quit app on iPhone X and the other latest models of iPhone:

Step 1: Touch your finger to the gesture area from the bottom of the display.

Step 2: Swipe up slightly and then pause for a few seconds until the App Switcher shows up.

Step 3: Then lift up your finger when you see the app previews. Now flick the app you wanted upwards and off the screen.

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2.2 To force quit app on iPhone 8 and other earlier models of iPhone:

Step 1: Press the Home Button twice simultaneously.

Step 2: From all the launched apps, select the one you want to force quit.

Step 3: Flick it upwards and off the screen.

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2.3 To force quit app on iPad with a Home button:

Step 1: Double-tap on the Home button of your device.

Step 2: Browse through the different apps and find the one which you wish to force quit.

Step 3: Hold your finger on the app and slide it up.

force quit app ipad with home button

2.4 To force quit app on iPad without a Home button:

Step 1: Use one finger to swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Swipe again even after the Dock appears at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Find the app which you wish to force quit and swipe it upwards.

After this, from the main menu, try launching the app again and use it.

3. Reinstall the App(s)

The app which is not responding on your iOS device may not be installed properly in the first place. To eliminate such a possibility, you would have to re-install it. In order to re-install the app, you can follow the steps given below.

Step 1: From the Home screen, select the app which you wish to reinstall.

Step 2: Tap the app and hold it till it starts to wiggle with a cross icon at its top.

Step 3: Tap the cross icon and confirm the deletion or uninstall of the app.

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Step 4: Go to App Store from the Home screen of your Apple iOS device.

Step 5: Find the app which you had earlier uninstalled and tap the cloud icon in front of it to reinstall it.

Launch the application after this and check whether it is functioning properly or not.

4. Reset All Settings

At times, your iOS device may have some corrupted files which may cause the malfunctioning of apps.  This can be sorted out by resetting your iPhone or iPad to the original factory settings. Just make sure that you have created a backup of all your files on your device so that you do not lose them permanently. You can do this by following the steps below.

Step 1: Go to the "Settings" option from the main menu.

Step 2: From here, navigate to "General" settings.

Step 3: Tap on "Reset" and then on "Erase All Content and Settings".

Step 4: Authenticate the process by entering your passcode and tap on "Erase iPhone".

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Step 5: Go to App Store and download the app which you wish to use.

Launch this app and check if it still malfunctioning.

5. Update the App

If you use an outdated version of an app, you can experience some sort of errors in its functionality. In order to avoid this, check if the app needs to be updated. Follow the steps given below to update the app.

Step 1: From the main menu of your iPhone or iPad, go to the App Store.

Step 2: Tap on "Updates" which is an icon present at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: If there are any installed apps which need to be updated on your iOS device, it will be shown in this window.

Step 4: Tap on the "Update" option in front of the app to update it to the latest version.

Step 5: If there are more than one app to be updated, you can tap on "Update All" option at the top right corner.

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After this, launch this app again and check if it is responsive.

6. Turn Off Restrictions on Your Device

The app which you are trying to access may not be responding due to the content and privacy restrictions on your phone. If you want to use it, you would have to turn off the restrictions on your device. Here's how you can do this.

Step 1: From "Settings" go to "Screen Time".

Step 2: Tap on "Content & Privacy Restrictions" from the available options.

Step 3: Enter the passcode of your device to modify this setting on your device.

Step 4: Turn off the Content & Privacy Restrictions here.

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Find the app which you want to use and see if it responds.

7. Check if the New iOS 13 Update is Installed Correctly

There might be a possibility that your device is not letting you use the app because the new iOS update may not be installed properly on your device. Try to reinstall iOS 13 version again and check the functionality of your iOS device and the apps running on them after that.

Note: The precondition of re-installation of iOS 13 update is that you can downgrade to iOS 12 successfully.

There are several ways for you to reinstall the iOS 13 update:

7.1 For who is going to update to iOS 13 beta:

You can update via OTA. Just go to Settings > General > Software Update, then you can see the latest iOS 13 beta is available. Or you can download the IPSW files manually. Follow the guide below:

Step 1: Go to to choose your device model.

Step 2: The choose the OTA firmware you want to download.

ios ota firmware

Step 3: Then launch iTunes and connect the iPhone or iPad to the computer using a USB cable.

Step 4: Select the IPSW firmware file by performing the following in iTunes:

  • For Mac: OPTION + Click on the "Update" button in iTunes
  • For Windows: SHIFT + Click on the "Update" button in iTunes

Step 5: Locate and select the IPSW file you downloaded earlier and then click "Update" to confirm the request. Now, you can just wait the process to be finished.

7.2 For who is going to update to iOS 13 official version:

You can finish it through both OTA and iTunes. Follow the steps of iTunes iOS updating below:

Step 1: Connect your device to your computer and make sure your iTunes is up to date.

Step 2: Open iTunes and select your device.

Step 3: Click Summary, then click Check for Update.

itunes update ios

Step 4: Click Download and Update. And enter your passcode if your are asked to.

After you have re-installed the iOS 13 update, you can know if the app unresponsiveness is due to the update not being installed properly.

Part 3: The Advanced Solution to Fix iOS 13 Apps Not Responding

Some of the methods mentioned above may be easy to operate but they may not solve the problem definitely. Not to mention some of them are complicated to use. But iMyFone Fixppo is a 100% effective method without causing any data loss. And the whole process can be finished with only 3 steps. For such a situation, it's the best way to get your device function normally again.

This software has been specifically designed for fixing all minor as well as major technical glitches on your iPhone or iPad. Here's how you can use this tool to solve the problem of apps not responding on your iOS device with only 3 steps.

Windows version    Mac version

Step 1: Download, install and launch this tool on your computer and select "Standard Mode" from the main interface. Then Connect your iOS device to your computer.

imyfoen fixppo main interface

Step 2: Download the latest firmware by clicking on "Download" after verifying the information under "Device Model" and "Firmware Version".

download firmware

Step 3: On the next window, click on "Start" to start the repair process. The progress of the repair process would be shown on the screen and you will be notified once the process ends.

start repair

This is how easy it is to fix all the major and minor technical errors in your iOS device.


Even though iOS 13 has several advanced features which are pretty exciting to use, there are still many problems with this update which need to be fixed. If you are someone who has already upgraded devices to iOS 13, you may be familiar with the issue of some apps not responding. The above solutions can be of great help in such a scenario. However, the best way to solve the problem with just a few clicks is iMyFone Fixppo. This highly recommended repair tool for iOS devices can assure 100% recovery rate for the issue.

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