Android isn’t perfect. Here are easy solutions to the most common Android problems affecting users today.
Your Android Freezes or Won’t Start
This is, without a doubt, one of the scariest moments you can experience as a human being in 2017: your phone isn’t responding to your touch. It’s frozen on screen. Or, worse yet, it can’t be powered on.
If your Android is facing these serious problems, there may be a quick fix. Try the following:
Hold the Power Button for 30 Seconds: Sometimes, holding the power button down for an extended period of time is enough to take your phone from its slumber. Make sure you hold it for the full 30 seconds. Count out loud if you have to.
Charge It and Leave It: I’m assuming you’ve tried to charge your phone. However, charge it and leave it on the charger for at least 2 hours (also, make sure that electrical outlet or charging port is actually working).
Recovery Mode: If you’ve rooted your phone, then you’re already familiar with the recovery mode shortcut. Press and hold the volume down button, then press and hold the power button at the same time. Hold down both buttons simultaneously for at least 10 seconds. This should force even the most frozen phones to reboot. On reboot, your phone will boot into a recovery menu. Use the volume down button to power off or restart your phone, then tap the power button to choose that option.
Ultimately, Android is fairly stable – especially if you haven’t been messing around with shady custom ROMs or free apps. Typically, problems like this occur because you downloaded a shady app. After restarting your device, uninstall the latest app. If that didn’t fix the problem, uninstall older apps until the problem disappears.
If all of this doesn’t fix your Android, you should try restoring it to its factory state. Unless you have a hardware problem, factory resets will solve virtually all Android problems.
Your Phone is Slow
Slow Android performance is the most common Android problem. Your phone worked great when it was new. Now, two years later, it barely runs modern apps.
Here are some easy things you can do to speed up your Android:
Check your Settings > Storage section. If you have less than 10% storage space, then your Android will perform very slowly. Clear out storage space, uninstall unnecessary apps, or delete old photos.
Restart your phone. Yes, it sounds obvious, but it can be surprisingly effective at speeding up your phone and removing temporary junk from your cache.
Remove apps that run in the background. Sure, you could root your phone and freeze background apps with Greenify and similar apps. However, some apps are particularly problematic whether they’re running in the background or foreground. Uninstall an app (you can always reinstall it) to see if that solves your performance issues.
Consider a factory reset. If you’re not techy enough to clear every cache or fine-tune every Android app, then a factory reset is a good “blow it all up” option. A factory reset restores your Android to its brand new state – just like the day you bought it.
Your Android Gets Too Hot
So your Android feels hot. It seems to be burning more battery life than usual. And you’re worried about it exploding or starting a fire like the phones you see on TV.
Typically, your phone is hot because you’re running too many resource-intensive tasks at the same time – like video playback, game play, music playback, internet uploads, GPS navigation, virtual reality, or Wi-Fi hotspot broadcasting. Your phone also feels hotter when charging.
All of this is normal. However, if your phone starts to feel strangely hot, to a point where it’s uncomfortable, then you should take action to avoid major damage to your phone. Actions include:
Turn your brightness down as low as it can go
Take your phone out of its case (if this helps the problem, consider getting a less restrictive case)
Get your phone out of the sun (obviously)
End all tasks
Check Settings > Battery usage to see if one particular app (say, a malware infection) is using too many resources
By following these tips, you can avoid common Android issues and use the best possible version of your Android device.