12 Most Common Android Problems and Their solutions.
Android phones are not immune to problems and you may experience hardware or software issues from time to time. However, you can easily fix most Android issues yourself with a little tinkering. To help you deal with common Android problems with ease, we’ve created a list of the most common Android problems along with their solutions.
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Common Android problems and solutions
1. WiFi Keep disconnecting
Your Android phone may start disconnecting from Wi-Fi either while using the phone or when it goes to sleep. And as a consequence, there will be a delay in messages and notifications. Android does this to save battery power, but not for everyone. So, here’s how to fix this problem:
- Go to Settings and then click WiFi.
- Now click on the main menu button in the upper right corner and select “Advanced”.
- You should see the option “Do not turn off Wi-Fi while sleeping”, make sure it is set to “Always”.
If the problem persists, be sure to turn off Always Scan Available in advanced Wi-Fi settings. Because when this option is enabled, your phone’s Wi-Fi keeps looking for the best connection and tries to connect to it.
This ensures that you don’t disconnect from Wi-Fi when your phone goes to sleep. If your phone gets disconnected from Wi-Fi while using your phone, then the problem is most likely with your router. Try restarting your router first. If this does not solve the problem, you will have to buy a new router; There may be a problem with the antenna of the current router.
I recently ran into the same problem with my very old router, and a free router switch from my ISP solved the problem (and several others).
2. Display WiFi and not connectivity
There is a chance that your network may appear in the list of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but nothing happens when you select it. This can be easily solved by forgetting about the network and reconnecting to it using the WiFi password.
- Go to Settings and click WiFi.
- Here, tap and hold your network from the list and select Forget Network.
- Now click on your network again to connect to it.
Related: 9 Tips To Fix – Wi-Fi Connected But No Internet Access On Windows
3. Insufficient storage available
Sooner or later, your Android phone will run out of free space. And this is most annoying when you install an Android app. Fortunately, you can quickly reclaim some space (300-500MB) by clearing your device’s cache. First open the Settings app and go to Storage & USB Internal Storage, then click on the Cached Data option, you will see a confirmation window. Just click on the “OK” button and you’re done.
However, while it helps you free up more space, check out our editor Wamsi’s article on how to free up space on your Android device.
4. The SD card is not working
Your phone may stop recognizing your SD card, or it may not display the data inside it. This usually happens when the SD card is not inserted correctly or is damaged / infected. Take out the SD card and put it back in correctly. If that doesn’t solve the problem, insert the SD card into another device to check if there is a problem with the SD card or SD card slot. If that doesn’t help either, you’ll have to format the SD card.
Of course, this will erase all data on the SD card. You should back up important data on your SD card by connecting it to your PC using an SD card reader. When connected to a PC, right-click the SD card and select “Format” to delete all data.
Alternatively, if your phone accepts an SD card but doesn’t display its details, you can format it inside the phone as well. In your phone settings, tap “Storage” and then tap “Erase SD Card” or “Format SD Card” to delete all data. You can even use a file manager app for this.
5. The battery drains too quickly
Short battery life is one of the biggest concerns for smartphones, and Android phones are no exception. Most smartphones are designed for one day, and if you don’t get that much then some problem arises. Usually the biggest reason is that some apps (like Google Services or Facebook) run in the background and drain your battery even when your phone is asleep.
A quick way to fix this is to restart your phone, usually this will force you to close the malfunctioning applications. If that doesn’t work, go to Settings Battery scroll down until you see Usage since last full charge and force quit any apps that are not working properly.
It will give you quick relief, but for more details check out these simple Android battery saving tips to get the most out of your phone’s battery.
6. Android keyboard is too slow or not working
A very common Android problem is that it takes a few seconds for the keyboard to display, or not at all. This usually happens when you are using a third party keyboard that is less stable. If you are using it, I recommend that you uninstall it and try using the default Android keyboard, which is more stable. Fortunately, Google recently replaced the default Google keyboard with “Gboard,” which is much more functional and arguably better than most third-party Android keyboards.
If you are uncomfortable using this switch, or are experiencing this issue with the default keyboard, then simply deleting the cache or data should fix the problem. Go to Applications in your phone settings and open the keyboard app. Here click on “Clear cache” and see if that solves the problem. If not, then click “Clear Data” to reset the app to factory state, which should fix the problem (at least for now).
Warning. Deleting keyboard data will delete all downloaded languages and personal dictionary. Make sure this data is stored in the cloud.
7. Slow UI along with occasional freezes
The biggest reason for slowing down the user interface is too much data inside the phone, especially on the SD card. My first suggestion is to delete the entire cache. Go to “Storage” in your phone settings and click “Clear cache” to delete all cache.
If that doesn’t solve the problem, remove your SD card and try using your phone. This usually happens due to the low read / write speed of an SD card filled with tons of data (it worked for me, just so you know). If that solves the problem, back up the SD data elsewhere and try to clean up as much of it as possible.
If your phone’s storage is also nearly full, try the tips for Android problem # 3 in this list to free up space.
8. Applications cannot be downloaded from the Google Play Store
Simply deleting the cache and data of the Google Play Store app should fix this problem. Follow the instructions in issue # 6 in this list to clear your cache and Google Play Store user data.
If that doesn’t fix the problem, go to Accounts in your phone settings and delete the connected Google account. Now launch the Google Play Store again and enter your account details. This reset should fix any authentication issues that might be preventing you from downloading apps.
9. Locked off from Android phone
If you’ve forgotten your screen lock password, there are two ways to get inside your phone depending on your Android OS version. Below is the explanation:
Android 4.4 Kitkat and devices below
If your phone is running Android 4.4 and below Android version, just try 5 times with the wrong password. You should see the “Forgot Password” option after the 5th attempt. Click on it and enter your connected Google account information to reset the lock screen.
Android 5.0 Lollipop and later
Unfortunately, Android 5.0 and later Android are more secure and do not allow password recovery. To remove the lock screen password, you will have to perform a factory reset from outside your phone. This will delete all your data in the process , so if you don’t have a backup yet, you can’t do anything.
If your phone is still connected to Wi-Fi, you can go to the Android Device Manager website to reset your device remotely. However, if it is offline, you will have to go to phone recovery mode to reset it.
Every Android phone has its own method of accessing recovery mode, so you’ll have to search the internet for a way to access it on your specific Android phone. Once in recovery mode, use the volume keys to navigate to the “Clear phone” option and press the power button to restore your phone to factory settings.
10. A certain application crashes or does not function properly
When an application does not start working correctly, it is usually due to a corrupted or overloaded cache. Just remove the cache as we did above and everything should work fine. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you’ll have to delete his Data for it to work. Deleting the data, however, will erase all user configurations and everything loaded inside the app (basically a factory reset). You must make sure the data is created in the cloud before deleting the data.
There is also a possibility that the update made the application incorrect or incompatible with your device. You can either wait for the app to be fixed or download the old (working) version of the app from any popular APK website like APKMirror.
Related: Top 5 Ways to Extract APK from Android (NO ROOT)
11. How to clear the data usage history
Android keeps track of all of your mobile data so you know how much data you’ve already used. However, there is no button to clear this data in case you want to reset the data and start over. If you’d like to reset your data usage on your Android phone, check out our article on how to clear your data usage on Android.
12. Bootloop on your Android smartphone
This is the most serious problem. Your device stuck at the start screen or rebooted over and over again. This usually happens if you mess around a lot with your devices, flash different ROMs, etc. But sometimes this is a manufacturer’s mistake or just a random phenomenon.
To fix this problem, you need to boot into the recovery partition and clear the phone cache, including Dalvik cache. The steps are different for each device, outside the scope of this article, however, you can get a good idea from this post on how to fix a boot loop on an Android smartphone.
13. The option to convert audio into missing text in Gboard
Google Voice to Text is a god sent for writers like us. Great ideas come when I’m walking in the park or just lying in bed, and when that happens, I use Google Speech Text to quickly jot it down. But after the recent update of Google Keyboard to Gboard, the voice-to-text conversion is gone. At first I thought Google removed this feature, but with a bit of work I got it back.
Make sure the Google app is installed and updated. Now go to Settings Language & Input Current Keyboard Select Keyboard Enable Google Voice Typing.
In my opinion, the most common Android problems on this list are out of memory, problems with Wi-Fi connectivity, and battery draining too quickly. If used wisely, these problems can be easily solved. Let us know in the comments what common Android issues you encounter the most. Image edited by Freepik