Lately, we have been getting a lot of questions regarding iMovie. Most complaints are related to the fact that iMovie seems to crash on iPhone X after a few minutes of use. we understand how problematic it can be to restart your iMovie project every time the app crashes. That is why we have decided to share with you some of the ways you can fix this issue once and for all.

Why is My iMovie Not Working?

Before we get to the solutions, we think it is important to determine the reasons why this could be happening in the first place. This will not only help you select a more suitable solution, but also prevent the problem from happening again. Some of the reasons iMovie may not be working include the following:

  • If your iPhone X has insufficient memory, iMovie may fail to respond, causing it to crash from time to time. This can happen if you have too many apps running at the same time.
  • You may also experience this issue if you haven't updated the iMovie app in a long time. Older versions of apps tend to have bugs that cause malfunctions like this one.
  • The same is true if you haven't updated the device to the latest version of iOS. The iMovie app may stop responding if is it incompatible with the iOS version on your device.
  • There might be some unknown errors in the device operating system.

The following are some of the most effective solutions you can try when iMovie will not work on your iPhone X.

Success Rate Difficulty Required Time Data Loss What Can Be Fixed
Update iMovie 30% Easy Short No Only app issues
Update iPhone X 50% Easy Long No Some software issues
Force Restart iPhone X 50% Easy Short No A few software issues
iMyFone Fixppo 100% Easy Short No All system/software issues
Reset All Settings 30% Easy Short No Only setting issues
Factory Reset 80% A little bit complex Long Yes Some software issues
Apple Support 100% Complex Long Depends Most hardware/software issues

Way 1. Update iMovie to The Latest Version

The first thing you should do is to check if an update for the iMovie app is available. Having the latest version of the app on your device will go a long way in preventing this problem and others.

To check for an update, open the App Store on your device and tap on "Updates". If an update is available, you should see "Update" next to the app. Tap on it to begin updating the app.


Way 2. Update iPhone X OS to The Latest

You should also check if an update for your version of iOS is available. Updating the system will solve incompatibility issues and get your iMovie app working normally again.

To update your device go to Settings > General > Software Update and if an update is available, tap "Download and Install".


Way 3. Force Restart Your iPhone X

If an iOS update is not available, the next best option to remove minor bugs in the system is to force restart the iPhone X.

To force restart the device, press and quickly release the volume up button and press and quickly release the volume down button. Then, press and hold the side button until the device restarts and you see the Apple logo on the screen.


Way 4. Fix iMovie Not Working on iPhone X without Data Loss

If an iOS update and a force restart don't work, then the problem with the iOS system is a little bit more complicated and you require a more advanced solution. Using an iOS system repair tool like iMyFone Fixppo is your best bet.

This tool is highly effective, while remaining very easy to use and will fix the problem without causing any data loss. The following are some of the reasons why you should try Fixppo over other iOS system repair tools.

  • It can be used to fix all kinds of iOS-related problems with a 100% success rate.
  • It utilizes two modes: the standard mode that can repair the device without causing data loss and the advanced mode that is useful for more complicated system issues.
  • It is a simple tool to use and can repair the device in 3 steps.
  • It supports all iOS devices including all iPhone models and all versions of iOS like iOS 13.2/13.1.3/13.

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To use Fixppo to fix iMovie not working on iPhone, download and install it on to your computer and then follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Launch the program and in the main window, click on "Standard Mode". Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and unlock it to allow the program to detect the device.

choose Standard Mode

If the program fails to detect the device, follow the on-screen instructions to put the device in DFU or recovery mode.

 enter DFU Mode under Standard Mode

Step 2: The program will then detect the device's model and present the best possible firmware options for it. Select one and click on "Download".

download firmware under Standard Mode

Step 3: When the download is complete, click on "Start to Fix" and the program will begin repairing the device.

finished fixing your device

When your device restarts, iMovie will be working normally again. You can test Fixppo by downloading the trial version today.

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Way 5. Reset All Settings

Resetting all settings on your device could also fix this iMovie issue. To do it go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.


The device will restart and hopefully, the iMovie issue will be fixed.

Way 6. Erase All Content and Settings

If you are still facing problems, you can try to remove all the settings on the device by factory resetting it. This method may work, but it will also cause total data loss, so you may need to back up your device before attempting it.

To erase all contents and settings on your device, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Contents and Settings and enter your passcode.


Way 7. Contact Apple Support Center

If all the solutions above don't work, it may be time to contact Apple Support center to check the hardware. You can bring your device to the Genius Bar, but you need to make an appointment to avoid long wait lines.


Any system problems you may face with the iMovie app can be fixed using the solutions outlined above. Don't forget to let us know if the solution works for you. You can use the comments section below to let us know if you experience any problems with the solutions above and we'll do our best to help.

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