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Straight Talk Galaxy S4 Problems and Questions About Lollipop Update [Part 4]

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We did receive a lot of questions about the availability of Android 5 Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy S4 but as of now, major carriers in the U.S. didn’t provide an exact date as to when they would start seeding the update. There were also reports that lollipop is buggy that’s why Samsung stopped seeding it in Europe. So, we really can’t do a thing but wait until it becomes available for download.

The following problems were sent to us through email by our readers who also happened to be Straight Talk subscribers. As you know, ST doesn’t have a good online community like any other wireless providers. Well, they have one forum but users are often advised to privately contact their reps to be given instructions on how to fix their problems. Therefore, we found it necessary to publish posts like this even if we already have more than 60 parts of our Samsung Galaxy S4 Troubleshooting series.

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When will ST Galaxy S4 receive lollipop update?

Q1: Hi guys. I have a Galaxy S4 phone and it is under Straight Talk. I just want to ask when lollipop update will arrive. It’s barely a year old but I haven’t received any updates yet. Thanks. — Heidi

Q2: I own a Straight Talk Galaxy S4 and so far, my experiences were all good. So, my question is, will there be a lollipop update for this phone?

Q3: Hello. I tried calling Straight Talk tech support to ask about the lollipop update for my Galaxy S4 but the representative said there will be none. Is it true?

Q4: My Straight Talk Galaxy S4 started to slow down in its performance since last quarter last year. Will lollipop update fix this problem? Thanks.

Q5: Hi droid guy. Do you have any idea if my Straight Talk Galaxy S4 will receive Android 5.1lollipop? Thanks.

Answer: Hi guys! Android 5 Lollipop is definitely coming to Samsung Galaxy S4 but the exact time when it will be rolled out in the U.S. hasn’t been confirmed yet. Users in Europe reported that the roll out already started, although, just recently, there was a report suggesting the update brings a lot of performance issues and bugs so the roll out has been put on hold and there’s no definite time as to when Samsung will resume the seeding.

So, it is expected that the update in the U.S. may be even more delayed than it already is. But for Straight Talk subscribers, we doubt that the update will reach your phone any time soon. It is because Straight Talk doesn’t support firmware updates and upgrades. You may need help from Samsung techs to get your phone updated to the latest firmware.

Straight Talk Galaxy S4 Drains Battery Faster

Problem: This is John, and i have a Samsung Galaxy S4 for almost a year now. I noticed the issue for almost a week when the battery of my phone starts to drain fast even if i’m not using it. And also, there’s an instance after I used it the back portion of my phone is hot. How can I fix it?

Troubleshooting: With regards to your issue John, there are a lot of factors we need to consider why you’re having a problem like that. These are the most common troubleshooting procedures that will help you know what the problem is all about.

  • Simply close those apps that you’re not using, or those that are running in the background, to minimize power usage.
  • Disable wireless communications like mobile data, WiFi and Bluetooth if not in use.
  • Adjust the screen brightness to a lower level and if possible turn off syncs.

After that, reboot your phone in Safe mode and observe if the issue persists. If it doesn’t, then the issue was caused by a third-party app or a group of apps. Know what these apps are and disable or uninstall them.

If all else failed, it is necessary to perform full hard reset before sending the phone in for repair:

  1. Switch your phone off.
  2. Hold down the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds. Release them when the Android logo appears on the screen. This will bring up the unlock/reset menu.
  3. To navigate through this menu, use the volume up/down buttons to scroll up and down and the power button to confirm selections.
  4. Scroll down and select Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
  5. Scroll down and select Yes – Delete All User Data.
  6. When prompted, scroll to and select Reboot System Now. The phone will then reboot to its factory settings.

Straight Talk Galaxy S4 Freezes While Adding Contacts

Problem: Hello guys, I’m with straight talk for 6 months now and I have Galaxy S4. The issue started after I updated my phone’s software to android 4.3. However, 3 days after i noticed that i cannot anymore add phone numbers to my contacts. Every time i create a new contact my phone just freezes. This is the first time I encountered issue like this. How can I fix it? — Mark

Troubleshooting: Well, your issue seems like there’s a problem between the Android 4.3 and your contact apps. First thing first, you need to do reboot your phone if you haven’t done so. After that, simply go to Settings˃ Application Manager˃ All tab˃ Contacts. Then Tap Close Force first, and then Clear Cache. After that, go back to the Home Screen and launch contacts again. However, to test if the contacts will go through wait a few seconds and create new contacts again. If it’s not resolved, then you don’t have a choice but to clear the data of both Contacts and Contacts Storage. But remember, to clear data you may lose all your contacts and other files on your device. So before hitting the button make sure that you have a backup on your files.

Straight Talk Galaxy S4 Shows E Instead of H

Question: I have a minor issue with my Galaxy S4. I noticed the issue just this week when my 3G network doesn’t work anymore. Usually, letter “H” is showing on the screen when i use my 3G network. However, as of now letter “E” is showing on the screen instead of “H”. I reset my phone twice but my 3G network still not working. Please help!

Answer: The problem is not with your phone. It’s the availability of HSPA in your area; H stands for HSPA/HSDPA while E stands for Edge. Probably, when you encountered that issue, your service provider slowed down the data transmission speed in your area and there’s nothing we can do about it if that’s the only available network fed by your service provider. However, to be certain, you can call your service provider and ask why you’re getting Edge signal instead of HSPA. But I’m pretty sure there’s nothing wrong with phone and why you’re unable to get 3G network. But it won’t also hurt to check if the phone is set to connect to HSDPA network.

Can’t Update Straight Talk Galaxy S4

Problem: I have a Galaxy S4 and I’m with Straight talk for 5 months now. The issue started last week when I could not update my phone’s software using USB cable and KIES. I tried several times connecting using KIES but it won’t work. Also, I tried using USB cable and connected to the computer but after a few seconds the message pop-up “please connect a device.” I don’t how to fix this issue if you can help that would be great. — April

Troubleshooting: Regarding your issue, make sure that all necessary drivers on your computer are installed properly and Samsung KIES as well. After checking all of it and your computer cannot detect your mobile phone then there’s something wrong with your USB cable. But if your computer can detect the phone then use KIES connection troubleshooter. To be sure that KIES will work you can re-install and install back and use different port on your computer.

Galaxy S4 Camera Snaps Dark Pictures

Problem: Hi, my Galaxy S4’s camera is not working properly. I noticed the issue since last week when I took pictures, and when I reviewed the photos it looks darker. I adjusted the settings of my phone and try taking pictures again but the photos still looks darker. This is the first time that the camera of my phone is doing like this. Is there any way that I can fix this issue? – Mikey

Troubleshooting: If it is the first time this problem happened, then it’s probably that the subject is underexposed when you took the photo. Try take pictures in a well-lit environment to see if there’s a difference. If the outcome is still the same, check if the lens is obscured by dirt or the brightness was set to a lower level. You may also try to view other pictures that were previously taken by the camera to know if they, too, have a darker hue. If they looked normal, then there’s probably an issue with the sensor. It is imperative you perform full hard reset to rule out the possibility that it is just a minor firmware glitch:

  1. Switch your phone off.
  2. Hold down the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds. Release them when the Android logo appears on the screen. This will bring up the unlock/reset menu.
  3. To navigate through this menu, use the volume up/down buttons to scroll up and down and the power button to confirm selections.
  4. Scroll down and select Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
  5. Scroll down and select Yes – Delete All User Data.
  6. When prompted, scroll to and select Reboot System Now. The phone will then reboot to its factory settings.

If the reset didn’t fix the problem, then it’s time you had the phone checked by a technician. The sensor can easily be replaced if it were the problem. Proper diagnosis is necessary!

Galaxy S4 Clock Takes Time To Update

Problem: Good day droid guy, I have an annoying issue with my phone. After I updated my phone’s software my S4 keeps on lagging and it takes 10-15 seconds before the time will update on the lock screen. However, the clock will work when I set the time for 30 minutes but if I set it at night for the morning it won’t turn off and when you set the time it turns off also. Please help! — Leo

Troubleshooting: If this problem occurred immediately after the update, then the cache of the Clock app may have been corrupted. Try wiping the cache partition so that the phone will be forced to create new caches for pre-installed apps.

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, Power key
  3. When the phone vibrates, let go of the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Press the Volume Down key to highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  6. Press the Power key to select. The phone will automatically restart after the cache is wiped.

If, however, wiping the cache partition didn’t fix the issue, then it’s time you backed up all your data and perform full master reset to bring the phone back to its default settings while keeping the recent update.

  1. Switch your phone off.
  2. Hold down the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds. Release them when the Android logo appears on the screen. This will bring up the unlock/reset menu.
  3. To navigate through this menu, use the volume up/down buttons to scroll up and down and the power button to confirm selections.
  4. Scroll down and select Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
  5. Scroll down and select Yes – Delete All User Data.
  6. When prompted, scroll to and select Reboot System Now. The phone will then reboot to its factory settings.

Bluetooth Often Disconnects/Reconnects on Galaxy S4

Problem: Hi, I’m with Straight talk for almost a year and I have a Galaxy S4. My issue is all about my Bluetooth, every time I browse the web or YouTube it suddenly disconnects. But when I leave the web or YouTube it will suddenly reconnects. This is the first issue I have for this year. Thanks! — Ryan

Troubleshooting: You’re not the first one to have experienced Bluetooth problems with Galaxy S4. In fact, there have been a lot of reports or complaints like yours. It seems like the latest firmware has some bugs that affect the capability of the device to connect to Bluetooth devices. Wiping the cache partition may help especially if the problem started immediately after an update. Or you may download A2DP Connect app from the Play Store to help make BT connection more stable. Lastly, if all these failed, try doing factory reset to see if that makes a difference. If not, re-flashing the firmware may fix the problem.

Galaxy S4 Giving Error Message During Update

Problem: I have an S4 from straight talk, but every time I tried to update my phone’s software my S4 giving me an error message. But the annoying part is it’s not providing an exact message. HELP! — Bryan

Troubleshooting: Regarding your issue I’m not really sure what update did you do in your phone. Is it a firmware update or app update? If it’s a firmware update then you can resolve the issue by simply using KIES. However, if you’re planning to update your app using Play Store and you encounter error messages you can immediately stop and uninstall the app and download it again and re-install.

Galaxy S4 Camera App Loads Very Slowly

Problem: Hi team, I have my S4 since last month and I’m under Straight talk network. I have this issue for almost 3 days now, every time I open the camera of my S4 it stuck for about 3-4 seconds before I can successfully open it. However, when I compared my S4 to my other Android phone my S4’s camera is slower to open compared to my other phone. And when it comes on the comparison of photos the photos of S4 is blurry. And I checked the settings of my S4 but it’s not helping. How can I fix it?

Troubleshooting: You can try booting your phone in Safe Mode and launch the camera app. Wait for a few seconds and observe if the camera will still open in 3-4 seconds. If there’s still a delay in opening the camera app, then, the issue is on the app that you currently using. The best thing that you need to do is to clear Camera cache and data. After that and the issue is the same, then you don’t have a choice but to Factory reset your phone. However, after booting your phone in Safe Mode and the camera launches fast, then, the issue was triggered by the third-party app and you need to find that app and uninstall it to avoid complications in the future.

Galaxy S4 Charging Port, Power Button Issues

Problem: Hey Droid Guy, first off, want to say I really appreciate you helping out the community like this! Well my Galaxy S4 has run into quite a few issues lately. Let me preface this with the fact that it had a small drop on the tile floor before the issues started to come up. So I had a bad battery a few months back and bought a replacement through the Samsung retailer on Amazon. Everything was working fine until that drop I mentioned earlier. Then it wouldn’t hold a charge, black screen with no vibration or indication that it was receiving a charge at all. Put in my sister’s S4 battery, even my pre-replacement battery in to check if it was that. No luck. Figured it was the charging port, bought the parts and decided to do it myself. Bad move, I was too anxious to get it working that I stripped one of the screws and it wouldn’t come off so I wiggled and wiggled til it did. Didn’t break any parts near the logic board or charging port so I thought I was in the clear. Replaced the parts and screwed the rest of the screws back in place. Started fine and worked the first day but now the power (side) button won’t work! And now, the charging is ultra sensitive, won’t hold a charge if not placed delicately onto the nightstand while charging and turns off randomly now. I assume its the loose screw that I couldn’t tighten that’s affecting the whole thing? (The screw was one of the two screws that is holding the metal/aluminium part of the charging port down) Any guidance is appreciated! Because now I have no idea why the power button is messed up too, pretty sure I put it all wires and such back in place when put in the new charging port. Help!

Lady Phone Newb in Disstress,

Karol

Troubleshooting: Hi Karol, I’m a little confused here. You said you replaced the parts but what I’m wondering is if you replaced the entire daughterboard where the USB charging port is attached, or just the charge port. If ever you replaced the entire module, then there’s nothing you need to check but the flex cable. Just make sure the connectors are properly connected. If it was the latter, then just re-solder the charge port. I don’t think one screw could mess it all up.

The Power key problem may also be limited to that part. Just double check if the switch still snaps if pressed, otherwise, it, too, needs replacement.

Multiple Issues With Galaxy S4

Problem: I own a Samsung Galaxy S4 and it seems to be experiencing a myriad of issues. First of all it recently has been charging extremely slow and isn’t holding a charge well either. Sometimes it can take 12 hours to reach 100%! And sometimes the charger is plugged in and it seems to not be charging at all. And the phone tells me I need to use the original charger when I am using the original charger. Its performance is laggy and slow at times and the 4G loses connectivity and is slow. Also I send texts messages and they aren’t received and vice versa a lot. When I’m finished with a call instead of the screen with the End button displaying the screen is blank and does nothing but eventually hangs up after other person hangs up. I have the wireless protection program insurance for this phone and was told by a local Verizon store to file a claim for the device to be replaced. But online it said I would have a deductible of $150! I am unable to pay this as I am a single unemployed mother of two at the moment. I’m wondering if the quoted deductible was wrong or if there is something I can do to try to fix my phone? Thank you…desperately need help! — Jaime

Troubleshooting: Hi Jaime, as of now, we really don’t know what the issue. So, we really have to troubleshoot and the first thing I want you to do is boot the phone in safe mode to temporarily disable all third-party apps.

  1. Turn the device off completely.
  2. Press and hold the Power button.
  3. Once the Samsung Galaxy S4 logo appears on the screen, release the Power button.
  4. As soon as you release the Power button, press and hold the Volume Down key.
  5. Continue holding the Volume Down key until the phone has completed the reboot process.
  6. If you can read ‘Safe Mode‘ at the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume Down key. Otherwise, repeat the process until you can boot the phone to Safe Mode.

Once in safe mode, try to charge the phone to see if it accepts the charge normally. Also, try to observe its performance if there’s a difference. If so, then some of your third-party apps are causing the problem and more often, it’s because of corrupt caches. Wiping the cache partition will fix the problem:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, Power key
  3. When the phone vibrates, let go of the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Press the Volume Down key to highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  6. Press the Power key to select. The phone will automatically restart after the cache is wiped.

If the issues remained after the cache partition has been wiped, there’s no other option but to clear the data partition as well. You can only do so by performing full hard reset:

  1. Switch your phone off.
  2. Hold down the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds. Release them when the Android logo appears on the screen. This will bring up the unlock/reset menu.
  3. To navigate through this menu, use the volume up/down buttons to scroll up and down and the power button to confirm selections.
  4. Scroll down and select Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
  5. Scroll down and select Yes – Delete All User Data.
  6. When prompted, scroll to and select Reboot System Now. The phone will then reboot to its factory settings.

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