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Fixing Galaxy S3 Problem with Settings App that Causes Freezes and Lags

s3 gapps crashThere quite a few reports from owners who have encountered having Settings stuck in their Galaxy S3, though the problem is not so common. Nevertheless, we felt the need to address this issue considering once it occurs the owner cannot do much with his phone; in other words, the problem is very annoying to the point that the user will become terribly frustrated.

Not only does the Settings app fail, it could also cause freezing for a few seconds or even lag. The Settings app covers a wide array of Android services including Applications Manager, network and connectivity settings, etc. Before we a little farther into resolving this issue, here is one email from our reader that describes exactly what the problem is all about:

Please help me I have one critical problem.

When I open settings in Galaxy S3 and after going into application manager it load all apps & after some time my device freezes for 5 seconds and then ‘unfortunately settings has stopped massage appears. I have international model of Samsung Galaxy S3 & lot of apps. Please help me.

I am waiting for your reply.

Thank you!

What To Do When Galaxy S3 Settings Crash

It is more likely that apps (or just one app) have something to do when Settings crash in Galaxy S3. It could have been easier to fix if you can open the Applications Manager to force-stop a problematic app. But since all odds are against you when this problem occurs, you’ll have to isolate the problem to know where to start.

First, determine if it was a third-party app that’s causing the problem. To do it, you need to boot your phone into Safe Mode so that third-party apps won’t intervene with the Android’s operations. Here’s how you boot Galaxy S3 to Safe Mode:

  1. Turn the phone off.
  2. Press and hold the Power button until Samsung logo appears.
  3. With the logo on the screen, press and hold the Volume Down button until Safe Mode appears on the lower-left corner of the screen.

Now, try to open Settings and wait to see if it crashes again. If it won’t, then you already know that the problem is not with the stock apps. If you can recall the apps you recently installed before the problem occurred, try to uninstall them and then boot to Normal Mode. Launch Settings and wait to see if it crashes. If it won’t, the problem is solved but if it does, continue troubleshooting.

  1. Boot to Safe Mode again.
  2. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  3. Choose Settings and scroll to Applications Manager.
  4. Swipe left to choose All tab.
  5. Scroll to and tap Settings.
  6. Tap Clear Data. (NOTE: All your personal settings will be lost by doing this.)
  7. Reboot phone to Normal Mode and check if Settings still crashes.
  8. If it does, follow steps from 1 to 5 and look for Google Framework Services and clear both its data and cache.
  9. If all else fail, perform a master reset (Factory Reset). (NOTE: All your data may be lost by doing this so back them up first.)

What if Settings still crashes even in Safe Mode?  

Do a factory reset right there and then as you can’t do anything about it.

Email Us Your Problems

We are open to your problems or concerns so feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any. However, please be detailed when describing your problems as much as possible so that we would know where to start. We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Application Manager Crashes [How To Fix]

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We’ve received emails related to the problem wherein Samsung Galaxy S3’s Settings and Application Manager crash or cause freezes and lags. While not a serious issue, it is very annoying as you would be hindered from managing your apps. When this happens, you can install apps from the Play Store but you can never clear their caches, data or even uninstall them by way of the Application Manager.

Fortunately, the problem can be fixed by some simple procedures you could do using your device. But I want to reiterate that the following procedures are applicable only to minor problems. Those who might be experiencing some inconsistencies between the software and hardware may end up bringing the phone back to its original settings through factory reset. But that’s the last resort. You might want to do the following prior to doing master reset:

Clear Memory

  1. Go to the Home page and hold the Home key for about 2 seconds until the Recent Apps screen shows.
  2. Now tap on Task Manager.
  3. Tap RAM tab.
  4. Tap Clear Memory.

What this procedure does is clear the data cached in the memory so that the phone would be forced to cache fresher set of data. It often solves problems like this given that the issue is with the software specifically in the storing of data the system uses.

It is worth trying this procedure prior to factory reset because it is much easier and safer to do plus it is more logical to solve the problem with it than any other available procedures.

Uninstall Apps

As the title says, Application Manager crashes when launched. It means that the phone either hangs or freezes when the app manager is opened or the screen turns blank after doing the same. This problem does not affect other settings, just the Application Manager.

Reports from owners who turned to forums to find solutions show that they had a lot of apps installed. Therefore, it is logical to think that the device may be having a hard time sorting out apps and their respective data. So, the best course of action is to uninstall some apps. The question is “how” because the application manager does not open in the first place.

  1. Launch the Play Store.
  2. Tap Menu.
  3. Choose My Apps.
  4. Tap the name of the app you want uninstalled.
  5. Tap Uninstall button.

Factory Reset

If the problem still persists after doing the first two procedures, it’s time you move on to the next, which fixes the problem in a broad way.

Note: Backup all your important data before you reset your phone as they may be deleted during the process.

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Back up and reset.
  4. If desired, tap Automatic restore to clear the check box.
  5. If desired, tap Back up my data to clear the check box.
  6. Tap Factory data reset.
  7. Tap Reset device.
  8. If you have screen lock turned on, enter your PIN or password. Tap Continue.
  9. Tap Delete all.

Having problems with your phone?

Tell us about them by emailing us at [email protected] Make sure to include as much details as possible so that we could understand the problem well and find the best solutions for you. If you can share a screenshot or two, that would be better.

We may not be able to respond to every email we receive but rest assured we do read them… yes, all of them even if some do look like spams.