Freeform Not Working on iPhone and iPad? Fix It!

If you are on the lookout for a one-stop destination to let you draw, sketch, and also jot down your ideas with precision, Apple’s brand-new Freeform app is for you. Packed with a wide range of tools, the app lets you carry out your tasks with better control. Moreover, you can also enable iCloud syncing and collaborate with others on projects. Sadly, Freeform is not working for some iPhone users. If you have also run into the same problem, check out these viable tips to fix Freeform not working on iPhone and iPad. 

7 Best Tips to Fix Freeform Not Working on iPhone and iPad

First off, let’s find out some of the possible reasons why the Freeform app is misbehaving. 

Possible Reasons Why Freeform App is Not Working

There could be multiple reasons why Freeform is ill-functioning. For instance, the issue could be due to an occasional glitch or a hidden software bug. Besides, you can also put some blame on the wrong configuration. 

While some users have reported that Freeform is crashing, others have stated that the app is freezing randomly. And for a handful of users, the app doesn’t allow sharing any project with others. Bother not, I have looked into each problem and offered up solutions accordingly. So, there is a good chance that you can resolve the issue. 

1. Is Freeform Crashing or Freezing? Force Quit the App

To begin with, force quit the Freeform app. If the app is freezing or crashing randomly, force killing may resolve the issue. 

  • On iPhone and iPad without the home button: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold along the middle of the screen. After that, swipe up on the Freeform app card to force quit the app. 
Force quit Apple Freeform app
  • On iPhone and iPad with the home button: Double-press the home button to bring up the app switcher. After that, swipe up on the app card to force quit the app. 
  • Now, open the Freeform app and try using it to check If the Issue is gone. If it has, you are good to go!

2. Reboot Your iPhone or iPad

If the Freeform app is still not working, restart your iPhone or iPad. Since this nifty hack has the knack for fixing annoying issues, I’m counting on it to fix this problem as well. 

3. Force Reset Your iPhone

When it comes to fixing frustrating issues, force reset has a great track record. So, make sure to give it a shot. 

  • Just, press and quickly release the volume up button. Then, press and quickly release the volume down button. 
  • Next, make sure to hold down the side/top button until you see the Apple logo on the screen. 

4. Can’t Share Freeform Project with Anyone? Make Sure to Enable iCloud

If you are unable to share a Freeform project with anyone, ensure that you have enabled iCloud for the app

  • To do so, go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad -> Apple ID banner -> iCloud -> Show All.
choose Show All
  • Now, turn on the toggle for Freeform and then hit Merge to merge all the existing local Freeform. 
Enable iCloud for Apple Freeform app on iPhone and iPad
  • Then, open the Freeform app -> All Boards -> the board in question -> Share icon and then choose the medium through which you would like to share the board. Once your friend has accepted your invitation, the collaboration will begin straight away. 
How to Share a Freeform Project:Board with Anyone for Collaboration

5. Delete and Reinstall Freeform 

Should the problem persist, delete and reinstall the Freeform app.

  • Simply, touch and hold the app icon -> Remove App -> Delete App and confirm. 
  • Then, open the App Store -> search for Freeform, and install it as usual. 

6. Factory Reset Your Device

Though factory reset is radical as it cleans up all the existing settings, you should go for it as it has a great track record of fixing issues.

  • Head over to the Settings app on your device -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone/iPad -> Reset -> Reset All Settings and confirm.
Reset all settings

7. Update Software 

If nothing has worked in fixing Freeform issues, go for the software update as a bug could be causing the issues. 

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad -> General -> Software Update
Tap on Software Update

Wrapping up…

That’s it! Hopefully, you have gotten the better of the problem. Let me know the solution that has worked for you in fixing the ill-functioning Freeform app. 

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