The Apps on My iPad Won't Open

By Laurel Storm

Applications extend the iPad's functionality and turn it into a powerful business tool, capable of doing anything from checking your company email and keeping tabs on your company's social media presence to generating invoices and accepting credit card payments. If the apps you rely on suddenly won't open and you can't solve the issue quickly, the situation can be a serious setback for your business, costing you time and, potentially, money.

Restart Affected Apps

If the problem only affects some of your apps rather than all of them, try restarting the apps in question. While on the home screen, press the "Home" button twice in quick succession to display your recently opened apps on the multitasking bar. Touch and hold any one of the apps until they all start to jiggle and then tap the red "Minus" button on any app to close it. Use this process to remove all the apps that aren't performing properly. Apps are shown six at a time; close those apps or swipe to the left or right with your finger to display more apps. When you are done, tap anywhere on the top half of the screen to return to the home screen and try launching the apps again.

Download Another App

If you can't launch any app you have installed, but those that were already installed on the iPad work fine, the cause could be an Apple ID authorization issue. To fix this, download and install a new app from the App Store. Which app, and whether it is free or paid, doesn't matter, as long as it's not already installed on your iPad. After the app has been installed, you can remove it.

Restart Your iPad

Restarting your iPad may solve the issue you are having. Press and hold the "Sleep/Wake" button for a few seconds until a red slider appears on your iPad's screen. Drag the slider to shut down the device. Press and hold the "Sleep/Wake" button until the Apple logo appears on the screen to switch it back on. If the iPad is unresponsive, press and hold both the "Sleep/Wake" and the "Home" buttons together until the Apple logo appears to reset it.

Install Updates

Updating both your apps and your iPad's operating system may solve the issue if the cause is a bug or an incompatibility in an app. Open the App Store and tap "Updates." Tap "Update All" to update all your apps and then check if the issue is resolved. If it is not, check if any updates are available for iOS, either using iTunes or through the iPad's Software Update function, found in the General section of Settings.

Reinstall Apps

If the issue is limited to only a few apps, deleting those apps from your iPad and reinstalling them may fix the problem. Do this only as a last resort, since any data you have saved using the app is lost as a result. Touch and hold any application on the home screen until the icons start to jiggle and then tap the "X" in the corner of the app you are having problems with to uninstall it. When you are done uninstalling apps, open the App Store and search for each application you removed in this manner and download it again.

Version Information

Information in this article applies to iPads running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.