What To Do If Your Samsung Galaxy S22 Keeps Lagging

Lags and freezes are among the common issues even on high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S22. Such issues can be due to some minor problems with the firmware.

There are even times when your phone seems to slow down due to a slow Internet connection. Or becomes a little bit unresponsive after a screen protector is installed.

You have to spend a little time troubleshooting your device to know what the problem really is so that you can prevent it from happening.

Common Causes Of Lags on Galaxy S22

For you to be able to understand more about this problem and how to fix it, here are some of the most common causes of performance issues on smartphones.

Too many apps running in the background

When an application or a feature runs, it uses resources. Most of the time, we switch between apps on our phone and don’t usually close the one we previously use.

As a result, they’re left running in the background and if there’s already a bunch of them that take up your phone’s RAM and CPU, they might cause your device to lag and freeze just when you open new apps.

The best thing to do is close the apps you don’t use anymore.

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Your phone’s having minor glitches

System glitches occur even in high-end devices. At least, that should always be one of the things you have to look into.

While glitches are not serious, they can surely affect your phone’s overall performance. The good thing is that you can easily fix them.

A simple reboot might often be enough to make your phone run smoothly again.

Low on storage space

Another thing that you have to look into is the storage. As you know, all apps, services and device-exclusive features take up storage space.

If you’ve transferred your data from your old phone to your new Galaxy S22, it’s possible you’re already running low on storage.

It’s something you can quickly check and do something about if that’s really the case.

Firmware update might be necessary

If you notice, new Samsung Galaxy models often get new firmware update shortly after they’re made available to users.

That’s Samsung’s way to make sure its devices run smoothly as thousands, if not millions, of users start using them.

So let your phone do a quick check on whether there is an available software update or not and do something about it if there is.

Serious system issues

If the lags and freezes are accompanied by app crashes, device reboots and phone screen sluggishness, then it can be due to a serious firmware issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

The Camera app is one of the applications that often get affected by performance issues, so make sure to check on it.

You actually have a couple of procedures to do if you think that the problem is with the system and not just due to some apps and services.

Fixing A Galaxy S22 That Keeps Lagging

Based on the possibilities we mentioned above, here are the things you can do to try and fix your phone that starts to lag and freeze for no apparent reason.

First solution: Close all background apps

The first thing you should do is to rule out the possibility that this is just due to some apps that are left running in the background and use your phone’s resources.

Try closing them all at once and see if there are performance improvements on your phone.

Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Tap on the Recent apps key.
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This will show you the apps that are still running.

Step 2: Tap Close all to force them to stop.
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Once you’ve done that, observe your phone closely to know if such an easy procedure has fixed the problem.

Second solution: Force restart your phone

After closing all apps and your Galaxy S22 continues to lag and freeze, what you need to do next is to refresh its memory.

While a normal reboot is often enough to fix performance related issues, it’s better to do the Forced Restart or the simulate battery removal to do the job.

This is how it’s done:

Step 1: Press and hold the Power key and the Volume Down button for 8 seconds.
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This will force your device to shut down and then power back on.

Step 2: When the Samsung logo shows on the screen, release both keys.
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Allow your phone to continue the boot process and once it’s finished, run some apps or games to know if the problem is fixed.

Third solution: Check the storage and for new update

Quickly check the storage on your new Android phone to know if it has something to do with that. After which, check for a new firmware update and download it if there’s one available.

Here’s how you do those things:

Step 1: Pull up the App drawer and tap the Settings app.
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Step 2: Scroll down and tap Battery and device care.
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Step 3: Look at Storage to see how many gigabytes left.
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If you only have around 5 GB left on your phone, then it’s time you deleted some of your files, apps, pictures or videos that aren’t that important.

Step 4: Go back to the main Settings page and scroll down to find Software update, when found, tap on it.
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Step 5: Tap Download and install.
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Allow your phone to connect to Samsung servers and check for a new update.

Step 6: If there’s an update available, install it.

After making sure your phone has enough storage space left and that its firmware is updated, try to observe to see if the lagging issue is fixed and that its performance has improved.

Fourth solution: Reset all settings

After doing the first three solutions and your Galaxy S22 continues to lag, then try resetting all of its settings.

Doing so will bring all the services, features and other settings back to their default factory settings, which might be able to fix many issues.

The good thing about this procedure is that none of your files or data will be deleted.

Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1: Pull up the App drawer and tap the Settings app.

Step 2: Scroll down to find General management and once found, tap on it.

Step 3: Scroll down again and tap Reset.

Step 4: Tap Reset all settings.

Step 5: Tap the Reset settings button and enter your security lock if prompted.

Step 6: Lastly, tap Reset to proceed with the settings reset.

This will immediately reset all the settings of your Galaxy S22 and fix the problems you’re experiencing.

More often, it’s enough for this problem. However, if the lags and freezes continues, then move on to the next solution.

Fifth solution: Factory reset your Galaxy S22

If all else fails, then your next options will be to do the full factory reset on your Galaxy S22. While we often suggest to our readers to boot in recovery mode and wipe cache partition first, but I think it’s not necessary anymore.

Before the reset though, make sure to create a backup of your important files and data because everything will be deleted. If your phone security enabled, try disabling it or simply log out of your Samsung and Google account after backing up your stuff.

When you’re ready, follow these steps to Factory reset your Galaxy S22:

Step 1: Pull up the App drawer and tap the Settings app.

Step 2: Scroll down to find General management and once found, tap on it.

Step 3: Scroll down again and tap Reset.

Step 4: Tap Factory data reset.

Step 5: Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap the Reset button.

At this point, you might be prompted to enter your security lock, so try doing that.

Step 6: Tap Delete all and follow a few on-screen instructions to proceed with the reset.

Wait until your phone finishes the reset and set it up as a new device.

These procedures are enough to fix a Samsung Galaxy S22 that keeps lagging.

We hope that this can be helpful.

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Harold Hisona

Harold has been in the tech industry since 2008 when he started out as a tech support for companies like Time Warner, Comcast and Tracfone. He’s been troubleshooting phones when the smartphone industry started booming. During his tenure as a tech support, he’s already been writing for various tech blogs and doing some freelance SEO. In 2012, he joined a small team of bloggers to write for The Droid Guy, and he has been with the company ever since. Today, he doesn’t only write tutorials and troubleshooting pieces but also shoots and edits videos for The Droid Guy channel while trading stocks on the side. Contact me at Email

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