Real fix for Contacts has stopped error on Galaxy S10 | troubleshoot Contacts keeps crashing

Contacts has stopped error can happen on any Android device. If your Galaxy S10 Contacts app keeps crashing on your or showing Contacts has stopped error, don’t worry. Learn how to fix this issue by following this guide.

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Real fix for Contacts has stopped error on Galaxy S10 | troubleshoot Contacts keeps crashing

Contacts has stopped error is a common Android issue for years now. Even new Samsung Galaxy devices such as the S10 has it. If your own S10 happens to have this problem, learn how to deal with it below.

Contacts has stopped fix #1: Restart Contacts app

Contacts has stopped error can be caused by a lot of very different factors. Sometimes, minor Contacts app bugs can trigger this error. To check if the problem is being caused by temporary bugs, you can force close the Contacts app and see what happens. A lot of app errors are caused by minor bugs that usually go away after closing the app. There are two ways to do this.

Method 1: Close an app using Recent Apps key

  1. On your screen, tap the Recent Apps soft key (the one with three vertical lines on the left of the Home button).
  2. Once the Recent Apps screen is shown, swipe left or right to look for the app. It should be here if you managed to run it previously.
  3. Then, swipe up on the app to close it. This should force close it. If it’s not there, simply tap the Close All app to also restart all apps.

Method 2: Close an app using App Info menu

Another way to force close an app is by going within the app’s settings itself. It’s a longer way compared to the first method above but it’s equally effective. You want to use this method if you plan on doing other troubleshooting for the said app like clearing its cache or data. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the More settings icon (three-dot icon, upper right).
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap the app.
  6. Tap Force Stop.

Contacts has stopped fix #2: Clear Contacts cache

Deleting the cache is one of the direct ways to troubleshoot a problem app. It’s usually effective in fixing minor bugs caused by outdated cache or temporary files. It can be done safely without losing any user-related content in the app. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Tap Apps icon.
  3. Open Settings app.
  4. Tap Apps.
  5. If you’re looking for a system or default app, tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  6. Select Show system apps.
  7. Find and tap the appropriate app.
  8. Tap Storage.
  9. Tap Clear Cache button.
  10. Restart the device and check for the problem.

Contacts has stopped fix #3: Reset Contacts data

The other direct troubleshooting step that you can do for your Contacts app is to clear its data. Doing so resets the app itself and in turn, clear any possible bug that causes contacts has stopped error. In order to be sure, you want to create a backup of your contacts ahead of time to avoid losing them should any accidental deletion occurs. We are positive that clearing the data of Contacts app won’t erase any of your contacts but we encourage you to  back them up nevertheless. You can easily back your contacts using a number of ways but the easiest would be through the use of Samsung Cloud (Settings > Accounts and backup > Samsung Cloud).

To clear data of Contacts app:

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Tap Apps icon.
  3. Open Settings app.
  4. Tap Apps.
  5. If you’re looking for a system or default app, tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  6. Select Show system apps.
  7. Find and tap the appropriate app.
  8. Tap Storage.
  9. Tap Clear Data button.
  10. Restart the device and check for the problem.

Contacts has stopped fix #4: Perform soft reset

Doing a soft reset should be the next troubleshooting step if force closing the app won’t work. Soft reset is another form of restarting your device by simulating the effects of a “battery pull.” You must do this in order to clear the RAM and refresh the system in general. To do that, simply press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons for about 10 seconds. Once the phone has restarted, release the buttons. This is usually effective in clearing bugs that developed when a system is left running for some time. We suggest that you restart your S10 using this method at least once a week to lessen the chances of bugs.

For some Galaxy S10, there may be a slightly different way to arrive at the same method. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the Power + Volume Down buttons for approximately 10 seconds or until the device power cycles. Allow several seconds for the Maintenance Boot Mode screen to appear.
  2. From the Maintenance Boot Mode screen, select Normal Boot. You can use the volume buttons to cycle through the available options and the lower left button (below the volume buttons) to select. Wait for up to 90 seconds for the reset to complete.

Contacts has stopped fix #5: Install updates

Some bugs are only fixable through updates. It is for this main reason that you don’t want to skip updates, be they for Android or apps, at all. If there are pending updates that you haven’t installed at this time, be sure that you start installing them.

If you have a global version of Galaxy S10, you can manually check for updates in Settings > Software update.

Contacts has stopped fix #6: Resync contacts (re-add account)

Another troubleshooting step that you can try is to re-sync your contacts. Before you do this, you must check first what accounts or type of contacts you have. Open Contacts app, tap the More settings icon (three horizontal lines at upper left), and check the type of contacts. If your contacts are saved via your Samsung account, then you need to delete your Samsung account from the device and re-add it. If you have multiple contacts from multiple accounts, you must do the same for each of these accounts.

Contacts has stopped fix #7: Reset all settings

Some users were able to fix Contacts has stopped error by resetting all settings on the device. If you haven’t tried doing it yet, follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap General Management > Reset > Reset network settings.
  3. Tap Reset settings.
  4. If you have set up a PIN, enter it.
  5. Tap Reset settings. Once complete a confirmation window will appear.

Contacts has stopped fix #8: Wipe cache partition

In order to load apps quickly, Android stores frequently used items like website links, images, videos, ads, among others in a part in internal storage called cache partition. Sometimes, these items collectively called system cache may get outdated or corrupted causing performance problems or bugs. To ensure that you phone runs efficiently and the cache in top shape, you want to regularly clear the cache partition (about once every few months). When dealing with any app issue, this can also be one of the troubleshooting steps. Here’s how to do it

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the green Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
  4. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe cache partition’.
  5. Press Power button to select.
  6. Press the Volume down key until ‘yes’ is highlighted and press the Power button.
  7. When the wipe cache partition is complete, “Reboot system now” is highlighted.
  8. Press the Power key to restart the device.

Contacts has stopped fix #9: Check for rogue apps

Sometimes, a poorly coded app may interfere with Android and cause problems. To check if you’ve installed a bad app, you want to restart the phone to safe mode. In this mode, no third party app should be able to run. So, if there’s no Contact has stopped error on safe mode, you can bet a bad third party app is to blame.

To restart to safe mode:

  1. Press and hold the Power button until the Power off window appears then release.
  2. Touch and hold Power off until the Safe mode prompt appears then release.
  3. To confirm, tap Safe mode.
  4. The process may take up to 30 seconds to complete.
  5. Upon reboot, “Safe mode” appears in the lower-left of the home screen.

Don’t forget: safe mode blocks third party apps but it won’t tell you which of them is the real cause. If you think that there’s a rogue third party app in the system, you must identify it. Here’s what you need to do exactly:

  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Check for the problem.
  3. Once you’ve confirmed that a third party app is to blame, you can start uninstalling apps individually. We suggest that you begin with the most recent ones you added.
  4. After you uninstall an app, restart the phone to normal mode and check for the problem.
  5. If your S10 is still problematic, repeat steps 1-4.

Contacts has stopped fix #10: Reset app preferences

Some apps, including Google Chrome for Android, requires default system apps in order to work. Sometimes, these default apps may be turned off by other apps or after some system changes like after an update. To ensure that all default apps are enabled again, you can do these steps:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  4. Select Reset app preferences.
  5. Restart your S10 and check for the problem.

Contacts has stopped fix #10: Factory reset

Factory reset should be considered if none of the solutions above has worked so far. Make sure to back your personal data up to avoid losing important files.

Below are the two ways to factory reset your S10:

Method 1: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy S10 via Settings Menu

This is the easiest way to wipe your Galaxy S10. all you have to do is to go under Settings menu and follow the steps below. We recommend this method if you have no trouble going under Settings.

  1. Create a backup of your personal data and remove your Google account.
  2. Open Settings app.
  3. Scroll to and tap General management.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Select Factory data reset from the given options.
  6. Read the information then tap Reset to continue.
  7. Tap Delete All to confirm action.

Method 2: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy S10 using hardware buttons

If your case is that the phone is not booting up, or it boots but Settings menu is inaccessible, this method can be helpful. First, you need to boot the device to Recovery Mode. Once you successfully access Recovery, that’s the time that you begin proper master reset procedure. It may take some tries for you before you can access Recovery so be patient and simply try again.

  1. If possible, create a backup of your personal data ahead of time. If your problem prevents you from doing that, then simply skip this step.
  2. Also, you want to make sure that you remove your Google account. If your problem prevents you from doing that, then simply skip this step.
  3. Turn off the device. This is important. If you can’t turn it off, you’ll never be able to boot to Recovery Mode. If you are not able to shut the device off regularly via the Power button, wait until the phone’s battery is drained. Then, charge the phone for 30 minutes before booting to Recovery Mode.
  4. Press and hold the Volume Up button and the Bixby button at the same time.
  5. While still holding the Volume Up and Bixby keys, press and hold the Power button.
  6. The Recovery screen menu will now appear. When you see this, release the buttons.
  7. Use the Volume Down button until you are highlighting ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  8. Press the Power button to select ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  9. Use Volume Down to highlight Yes.
  10. Press the Power button to confirm factory reset.

 


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