Apple’s iOS 10 brings some exciting new features including significant improvements to the Messages app. However, the iOS 10 is still in beta and contains a lot of bugs. Many developers and public beta testers have found that the Messages app frequently freezes or crashes out, which can be pretty annoying. Fortunately, folks at the iGeeksBlog have found ways to fix it.

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Different ways to fix it in iOS 10

If the Messages app is freezing or crashing often, the simplest way to fix it is to reboot your iPhone. Press the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time until the Apple logo pops up on the screen. Alternatively, you can use the 3D Touch to access the conversations. Just long press the Messages app and select the contact you want to chat with in the shortcut menu. However, only the most recent contacts appear here.

If you are able to launch the Messages app, 3D Touch the contact you want to start a conversation with, and slide up the thread when it appears. Now simply tap on the “reply” button to start the conversation. The third method is to delete the conversation thread that is crashing when you access it. You can either select the messages you want to delete, or you can delete the entire thread if those messages are not important.

What if nothing works?

Some iPhone users also reported that resetting all settings also fixed the problem. You can do it from Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. What if nothing works? In that case, you should consider clean installing the iOS 10 on your device. You can also go back to the iOS 9.3.3. The iOS 10 is still in beta, so bugs are expected.

Separately, the iOS 10 could give GIFs a big boost. To enhance the user experience, the Safari browser in iOS 10 will now autoplay silent videos and pause those with sound. Most of the GIFs nowadays are encoded as videos. The new WebKit policies in iOS 10 will allow the automatic playback of GIFs.