Facebook Messenger has never been the most stable app. Neither the iOS version nor the Android version has ever worked without creating problems. So much so that I switched to Messenger Lite. If you want to stay with Messenger and want to stop crashes or try to solve problems with this app, this tutorial will help you. I’ll show you some things to do if Messenger keeps crashing into iOS.
Facebook Messenger has several years now but even with several significant updates it still has the habit of crashing or causing errors. The ways in which we deal with crashes in most apps will also work here and should at least stop Messenger crashes.
RESTART THE APP
As always, the first thing to do if an app crashes is to restart it. Because apps crash completely in iOS, there’s no need to force shutdown or do anything else like with Android. If Facebook Messenger crashes, you give the phone a second to stop the process and then restart the app. It should work for a short time before it crashes again.
UPDATE YOUR IPHONE
Making sure you run the latest iOS updates is another simple way to stop app crashes. It is rare that iOS causes problems, but since an operating system, it is always a good thing to have it updated. Open the App Store and update or update everything depending on what you see.
UPDATE FACEBOOK MESSENGER
The procedure described above will update Messenger and your phone, but if you have skipped the iOS update knowing that you are already running the latest version, you can go directly to updating the app itself. Facebook Messenger is more likely to have released a stability update than iOS, so update the application.
EXIT AND RETURN TO FACEBOOK
I have no idea why disconnecting from Facebook and reconnecting can block errors, but I’m sure this works. Therefore, I suggest you try the next time the app crashes more than once in a session.
FORCE THE CLOSING OF APP IN BACKGROUND
Multitasking is fantastic, but sometimes it can cause problems. If Facebook Messenger keeps crashing and you’re using the latest version, it’s worth seeing what else is running and maybe hogging resources. The latest iPhones are perfectly capable of running multiple apps simultaneously, but it is useful to try closing some of them.
Double-tap the Home button and swipe up on any running app to close them. Retry Facebook Messenger to see if it will work without crashing for a while.
REINSTALL FACEBOOK MESSENGER
The reinstallation of Facebook Messenger does not guarantee that it stops the crashes because it is the app itself intrinsically unstable. It is worth trying if you are experiencing a series of malfunctions one after another. If you change the settings or change the app in any way, you can make problems worse and make things worse.
Press and hold the Facebook Messenger icon and select the small ‘X’ to delete it. Select Delete to confirm your choice.
RESTORE YOUR NETWORK
Another unlikely but apparently effective way to stop Facebook Messenger crashes is to switch from 4G to WiFi or restore network settings on the phone. Again, I have no idea how this can stop crashes, except if it forces Messenger to change the network configuration to match that of your phone, however, apparently it works.
Try switching from 4G to WiFi, if possible, and try Facebook Messenger again.
Otherwise, restoring network settings is much more serious.
- Open Settings and select General.
- Select Restore and restore network settings.
USE MESSENGER LITE
I know it is not exactly a solution if Messenger does not work and you have implemented all the tips in this tutorial, try Messenger Lite. This app also has stability problems, but recent updates have made it more stable than ever. Furthermore, it does not collect anything similar to the amount of data that the Facebook app does, so this is another advantage.
You can completely remove the standard Facebook app if you like it or leave it on your phone because Messenger Lite sometimes calls you to sign in to Marketplace via a notification.
These are the ways I know to restore Facebook Messenger in iOS. Do you know others? Do you know a better app than Messenger Lite? Talk about it below if you like!