Smartphones have the power to make our lives more efficient. They also have the power to cause major migraines.
Let’s face it: Technology wouldn’t be technology without the occasional facepalm-inducing failure—and mobile devices are no exception. But an annoying Android error doesn’t have to send you scrambling to the nearest clueless carrier store or online help forum. I’ve been covering and personally using Android since its infancy, and I’m here to help. (My certified-geek badge is on file in the main office if you need to see it.)
Check out the fixes below or save this story for a rainy day. With these troubleshooting tips in hand, you’ll be swatting away problems and getting back to business in no time—no aspirin required.
1. What to do when your Android phone freezes or won’t start
It’s one of the scariest feelings of our always-connected lives: glancing down at your phone and realizing it’s frozen on some screen and not responding to your touch. Worse yet is the heart-dropping sensation you experience when you try to turn your phone on and absolutely nothing happens.
on your phone and follow its prompts for automatically syncing your data to the cloud. Once the app has finished backing up your stuff, look for the “Free up space” option in its main menu to remove the now-redundant local copies.
6. How to fix account sync issues
An Android phone tends to rely heavily on your Google account, so when your account has issues syncing things can get funky fast.
If you’re seeing an error about account syncing or simply finding that your data (email, calendar, or anything else Google-related) isn’t up to date, try the following steps:
- Head into the Accounts section of your system settings and select the “Google” option. That’ll show you a complete list of Google accounts connected to your device along with each account’s current sync status.
- If one of the accounts is, in fact, not up to date with its syncing, try tapping the menu icon in the upper-right corner and selecting “Sync now” to manually force a sync.
- Still having trouble? Tap the specific Google account in question, then make sure all the toggles are activated for any services you want synced.
- If none of that works, your best bet is to remove the account from your phone entirely—you’ll see the option in the menu on the same account page you accessed in step No. 3—and then add it back as new. Just be prepared that any associated apps, data, and settings will also be erased, so it’ll take some time for everything to repopulate and sync back properly.
And there we have it: problems solved and headaches avoided. Doesn’t that feel good?