Google Nexus 4 Problems: Effective ways and workarounds to fix Nexus 4 issues

Posted on Mar 3 2013 - 8:49pm by Harold Hisona

Google Nexus 4 Runs Low on Memory

First Scenario: Users cannot download files and install apps to their phone because there’s no sufficient storage space to put extra data in. This is a very common problem especially for the owners of the Nexus 4 with 8GB of internal memory. The phone doesn’t come with microSD card slot, so it is almost a guarantee that over time, after installing apps and downloading anything, the storage will run out.

Resolution: 8GB (or even 16GB) isn’t enough to hold all files and apps you want in your phone. You need to manage your files better when you have a phone with this storage capacity. Here’s what you can do to remedy or prevent this problem:

  1. Delete unnecessary files from the internal memory of your device. The phone is very powerful but you just don’t have the luxury to store hundreds of videos in it.
  2. Transfer photos to your computer. With an 8-megapixel camera that can snap photos with 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution, it is easier to flood the device with very large pictures especially for owners who often take pictures of anything. Let the phone be your temporary storage and if you can access your computer, transfer them to free up some space.
  3. Clear the gallery app’s data. If you’ve snapped photos for some time now, then this step matters because each photo in your device will create a thumbnail and they remain in the memory even if you’ve already deleted the original picture. Go to Settings => Device => Apps => Gallery => Clear Cache/Clear Data.
  4. Uninstall unused apps. If you have plenty of those, then it matters if you uninstall them and delete their data. Also, if you are a gamer, try to check if the game apps automatically store screenshots. If they do, delete those screenshots and other large data.

Second Scenario: Users experience lags and freezes that may result to automatic reboots or phone becomes unresponsive. If lags were caused by insufficient memory, and we’re talking about RAM here, users wouldn’t be able to run an app and being prompted that there is no sufficient memory available to run the service. Basically, this is an uncommon problem considering the Nexus 4 comes packed with 2GB RAM but there were a handful of users who reported to have experienced this. Here’s how to remedy it:

  1. Reboot your device when you experience lags, freezes and hanging. More often, this step alone can resolve this issue because apps that were not run by default on startup will stopped.
  2. If the problem persists, the go to Settings => Device => Apps => ‘Running’ tab => and Force Stop unnecessary apps especially larger ones. There is also a graph at the bottom of the tab. That will give an idea how much RAM is used to run cached processes and services.

Problems related to the insufficiency of memory are not serious issues. They are, however, very annoying because your phone either becomes unresponsive or keeps on lagging.

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Harold is a tech blogger and reviewer. He's been with The Droid Guy for more than 3 years writing news, updates, tutorials, how tos and troubleshooting articles. Feel free to email him at [email protected], follow him on Twitter or join the community he created to help smartphone owners.