Step to fix an app that keeps crashing on Android

One of the great things about Android is the vast number of apps and games available for download. There are millions of free apps spread across categories. While many apps may just be alternatives of a popular app, there are enough quality apps that cater to the needs of most people.

The Android world is diverse when it comes to both hardware and software. While this brings in options, it can also cause problems for app developers who have to code their apps to run on several different combinations of hardware as well as software. As a result, apps can sometimes end up crashing on Android, more so when compared to iOS.

Why do apps freeze or crash?

There can be multiple reasons why apps to freeze or crash, especially when you consider the wide range of chipsets, screen resolutions, custom skins on Android smartphones.

One reason could be low memory or a weak chipset. Apps can also crash if they are not coded properly. Sometimes the reason could also be the custom skin on your Android phone.

How to fix apps that keep crashing on Android?

There can be multiple ways in which you can fix an app that keeps crashing on your Android smartphone.

1. Force stop the app

The easiest way to fix an app that keeps crashing on your Android smartphone is to simply force stop it and open it again.

To do this, go to Settings -> Apps and select the app that keeps crashing.

Tap on the app’s name and then tap on ‘Force stop’.

Now try opening the app again and see if it works well.

2. Restart the device

Another way to fix apps crashing on your phone is to simply restart the device. Restarting the device will kill and then restart the processes that are run by the system as well as other apps. Apart from this, it also clears the memory when you restart the device, which can helps.

To restart the device, press and hold the power button. Now tap on restart. Some phones may not have the restart option, in which case you will have to power it off and switch it on and restart the phone manually.

3 . Clear app data

If the first two steps don’t help, you can try clearing the app data. Go to Settings -> Apps and select the app and tap on ‘Clear data’ or ‘Clear storage’. This will delete all the data saved in the app and you will have to set it up once again.

This method generally works for most apps.

4. Reinstall the app

If clearing the app data does not help, you can try to reinstall the app. Simply uninstall the app and download it from the Play Store again.

5. Check app permissions

Newer versions of Android allow you to deny permissions requested by apps. While apps should ideally work even when you deny permissions, some badly coded apps can simply refuse to run if you don’t grant them all the requested permissions.

While we recommend you find alternatives to such apps, sometimes it may not be possible. In such cases, you will have to check app permissions and grant the ones requested by the app. Go to Settings -> Apps and select the app. Now tap on ‘Permissions’ and grant the ones you had denied earlier.

6. Keep your apps updated

App developers keep pushing out updates to their apps. These updates contain bug fixes which should solve app crashing issues as well. As such, it is recommended to keep your apps updated.

7. Clear cache

Android apps can build up large caches based on usage. While Android is designed to manage this on its own, sometimes clear cached data could drastically improve the performance of your phone as well as apps.

To clear app cache, go to Settings -> Storage and tap on ‘Cached data’. Tap on okay when the dialog box pops up.

8. Free up storage space

Apps can sometimes crash when the storage space is not adequate. You will have to clear up your storage space by deleting unwanted apps and files. Go to Settings -> Apps to uninstall unwanted apps and games.

9. Factory reset

When nothing works, you can try resetting your device to see if it helps. Go to Settings -> About phone and tap on ‘Backup and Reset’. This will delete all the data on your device, so make sure you have a backup before you proceed further.
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