There is one issue that plagues newbie and advanced Android owners alike: the dreaded Unfortunately, (insert app name here) has stopped error message. It appears when you’re trying to use an app, and then forces that app to close. Annoying, right? Fortunately, there is a way to stop it. Here’s how to fix Unfortunately, app has stopped errors.
Clear out the app’s storage
This issue usually arises with the contacts, gallery and launcher apps. The procedure to fix this is usually always the same.
First, go to Settings on your phone.
Go to Applications > Application manager
Swipe left until you find the All tab.
Scroll down to the app that’s causing problems and tap on it.
Here you will find the Clear data and Clear cache options.
Clear cache is the option you should to begin with. It will remove saved data that allows apps to load a little quicker when you start them. Clearing it means the app will open a little slower, but your main problem might well be solved.
Clear data will delete all the app’s data, inclusive of files, settings and accounts, so don’t use this except you have to.
Uninstall and reinstall the app
If the app isn’t built-in, you can also try uninstalling it and then reinstalling it from the Google Play Store. Simply open the Play Store app, open the menu bar on the left hand side and tap on My apps. Find the app in question and hit Uninstall, which takes a few seconds. Atterwards, you can install it again.
Restart your phone
You can also try doing a soft reset, which simply means restarting your phone. This is super simple and quite effective if your phone has been on for a long time. A soft reset will power cycle your phone, turning it off and then back on again.
It’s a good idea to turn your phone off every few days for a few minutes – this will help a sluggish phone with a variety of issues, whether they’re related to the app, network, audio or email.
Last resort: do a factory reset
When the above solutions have failed, you can resort to factory resetting your phone. When doing a factory reset, ensure that you have backed up all of your data earlier. I repeat: back up all of your data first. A factory reset will wipe your phone and set it back to factory defaults, taking everything, including any bugs, with it. You can restore your apps and data later easily, as long as you’ve made a backup.
Did these solutions fix the problem for you? What others fixes do you know for these little pesky Android problems that you can share with your fellow beginner users? Tell us in the comments.