May 29, 2013

Tip: Dealing with Screen Freezes in Android Devices

Posted in Phone Tech, Troubleshooting tagged , , , , at 4:06 pm by degyes

Before resorting to Restore Factory Settings as a solution to frequent or constant screen freeze-ups in Android devices, here’s a tip that could spare you the pain of reconfiguring your device from the ground up and reinstalling your apps from scratch. Occasionally, a data corruption can cause an Android device to freeze upon booting, or when the device is trying to display its home screen. This problem presents itself, for instance, when you press the power button to wake up the device while it’s in sleep mode, but instead of displaying its home screen, it simply freezes up. Getting the device to restart might even require pulling out and reinserting the battery. When there’s a data corruption affecting home screen activity, even taking this step doesn’t necessarily restore the device to a functioning state, a very frustrating and disconcerting situation. Often, this necessitates doing a Restore Factory Settings (aka Reset Factory Data), referred to commonly as “wiping the phone clean.” However, you may be able to avoid—or at least delay—taking that step by performing a less “radical” measure that involves simply clearing the stored data from the Home Activity application (runs on all Android devices).

See the link to Just Answer > Android Devices for details on how to perform this fairly simple troubleshooting procedure. Then, if it turns out that the data corruption is serious enough to require a restoration of factory settings, at least you’ll take that step knowing you’ve tried a less invasive procedure. To view the procedure, follow the link: http://www.justanswer.com/android-devices/783yp-application-home-in-activity-home-not-responding-force.html.

1 Comment »

  1. degyes said,

    If it turns out that you indeed have little choice but to do a Factory Data Reset, here’s how:
    1. Back up your PC (or other storage) any important files stored on the device’s SD card. Although this data shouldn’t be affected by the Reset process, consider it a precaution in case something goes wrong.
    2. On the device, do Settings > Privacy > Factory Data Reset.
    3. Reboot the device.
    4. Go to Play Store > My Apps > All.
    5. Re-install the apps that you want to replicate onto your reset phone.
    6. Check the data on the reset device to make sure it’s present and residing where it’s supposed to. Only then remove the backup from PC or storage.


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