Samsung Galaxy S3 Crashing Apps

galaxy s3 crashing apps

There are some Samsung Galaxy S3 users who are complaining about frequent crashes whenever they are trying to open apps. If you happened to be experiencing Samsung Galaxy S3 crashing apps, here is a quick look at the possible causes of the problem as well as the solutions that will likely solve the issue.

Possible Causes of Galaxy S3 Crashing Apps

Among the possible factors that could trigger the issue are system glitches, memory issues, outdated software, corrupted apps, rouge apps, or faulty hardware.

Fixing the Galaxy S3 Crashing Apps

Here are the solutions that you try out to fix the Galaxy S3 crashing apps problem:

1. Refresh Your Phone Regularly

Refresh the system of your phone by restarting it. Sometimes, this very simple solution does the trick.

2. Check the Memory

Lighten up the load of your device by uninstalling the apps that you are no longer using. Try to leave at least 150 MB for your internal memory. Also having too many apps running in the background will likely cause crashes so make sure that you leave some breathing room for your device by disabling or closing the apps that you are no longer using through the task bar, or better, simply uninstall the ones that you are no longer using. Don’t forget to clear out your cache as well.

3. Update Apps

If you haven’t updated your software for quite some time, there is a chance that it is prone to bugs. So, every once in a while, connect it online to see the updates offered to your device or apps.

4. Reinstall Apps

Corrupted apps will likely cause crashes when you are trying to open them. So, if updating does not solve the issue, reinstall it instead.

5. Seek an Alternative to TouchWiz

According to some Galaxy S3 users who have been encountering this problem, switching to an alternative to TouchWiz solved their issue. So, if you think that it is TouchWiz triggering the problem, try out another launcher instead. You can easily find alternatives for it through Google Play Store.

6. Identify RAM-Hogging Apps

Apps that are rigged with malware or viruses have the tendency to bring out this issue. Apps that are erratic in nature can also interfere with the normal function of your other apps or system as a whole. So, look for any suspicious apps in your phone and disable or uninstall them.

Another way to diagnose whether third-party apps are causing the trouble is by testing your phone’s normal functions through Safe Mode.

7. Perform a Factory Reset

If all else fails, perform a Factory Reset to undo any damage or changes in your system that may be triggering the problem. Back up your data though because this will wipe out all your installed apps and data, leaving you only with the basic apps of your device.

8. Have the Hardware Checked

Frequent or sudden overheating is sometimes an indication of a problem in the hardware. Of course, if this is the case, there is a big chance that it will mess up the whole operation of your phone. So, if you have tried everything up to the Factory Reset and yet you are still experiencing this burden, it might be a good idea to bring your phone to a technician already.

Questions or Additional Inputs

Take note that the solutions here are general in nature so they are also applicable in other devices. However, if you have more specific questions about your Galaxy S3 device, feel free to email us at mailbag@thedroidguy.com. You can share to us your ideas related to the subject too through email or via the comment box below.


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  1. Not Carrier branded. Native Samsung & factory unlocked. As for the RAM cleaner. You’re not kidding. Without that I think it really would be ‘unusable’. I find that the button has to be pressed after most hard use, (ok, I do a fair bit of multi tasking between social networks & apps) which is the most annoying thing about it. Clearing first the ‘dustbin of suspended apps’ on the system (previously opened apps), & then doing as you say, clearing that RAM. The slider always seems to drop to just over half of the consumed amount (hits 85-90%). What annoys me most are operations like opening contacts list (sometimes 2 seconds), opening of apps (again sometimes over one second). I remember growing into my S1 when it came out. Perfectly useable, but as you grow into these devices their practical use escalates to just more than it can handle. I nearly upgraded to the S4, but have delayed now as the next Jelly Bean update is due very soon. Even the fasted device for me just doesn’t seem to cut the mustard. I should root it really I guess. I think that would help a lot. All the ‘S this’ & ‘S that’ must eat a fair amount of resource. Android certainly has an annoying glitchy scroll to it. The ‘buttery smooth’ operation is there, but it seems badly coded apps exist abound, even from the main player’s. (Compare G+ scrolling with Facebook for example).

  2. Not sure about the S3 but the S4 (GT-i9505) has a RAM cleaner. Long press Home Button and then tap Icon on left that looks like a Pie Chart. Clear Memory apps starts. It works great and has helped me determine bad apps.

  3. It just amazes me how so quickly a recent flagship state of the art handset can become frustrating to use do to bloated caches, full memory, bugs or just out & out lack of resources. I’ve reformatted my S3 more than a couple of times since day one of it’s release. Having grown into it it has the bare minimum of useful apps installed, more than 50% free space, but without a third party cleaning utility I doubt it would cut the mustard for me. I already do everything you have mentioned. It seems a smartphone of any ‘practical use’ really does need a minimum of 2GB RAM, & please, a less bloated OEM install.

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