These days, you can do almost anything from your phone. You can shop online, build own website for free, connect with friends, make movies, and more. But phones aren’t perfect. Most of them will hang or freeze at some point. In this article, we’ll look at how you can solve the problem and prevent it from happening in the first place.
Why Do Phones Freeze?
A smartphone is a miniature computer. Just like desktop PCs, they will crash if their processing power can’t keep up with the demands placed on the system, or if the memory is full. Another common cause is an incompatibility between two or more apps or an app and the operating system.
How To Fix A Frozen Phone
If you have an iPhone:
Try turning it on and off again as you would normally. If that doesn’t work, perform a forced restart. If you have an iPhone8 or a later model, press and release the Volume Up button followed by the Volume Down button, then hold the Power button until the phone restarts.
If you have an iPhone 7, press and hold the Side or Top button while holding down the Volume Down button until you see the Apple logo on your phone’s screen. If you have an iPhone 6 or an earlier model, press and hold the Side or Top button plus the Home button until you see the logo appear.
If the forced restart doesn’t work, try plugging your device into a power source and letting it charge for an hour before trying again. Make sure there is no dust, dirt, or other debris on the phone or charger components. If none of these steps work, you can get further help from Apple Support.
If you have an Android phone:
First, turn it off then turn it back on again as you usually would. If you suspect your phone is low on battery, plug it in for a few minutes before attempting to restart it. If this doesn’t work, hold down the power button for several seconds to perform a forced restart. If your phone is still frozen, remove the battery for a few seconds, put it back in, and try again.
How To Prevent Your Phone Freezing
If your phone only freezes occasionally, there’s no need to worry. However, if it’s a recurring problem, try these tips:
1. Make sure you download the latest system updates (whether Android or iOS) and versions of your favorite apps.
This minimizes app incompatibility, reduces strain on your phone’s processing power, and helps protect your phone against malware.
2. Delete unnecessary apps that drain your phone’s memory.
Look in your phone settings for a breakdown of which apps are taking up the most space on your phone. If you don’t use them regularly, delete them.
3. Don’t keep lots of tabs open when you browse the internet on your phone.
The more tabs you have open, the greater the demand on your phone’s processing power, and the more likely it is to freeze.
4. Delete unnecessary messages, downloads, and media, or back them up to the cloud or a memory card.
You probably don’t need to keep all your messages and media, so review your phone’s contents regularly. Be selective about what you keep.
5. Clear cached data.
Go to your phone’s application manager and clear cached data from each app.
6. Try factory reset as a last resort
If you’ve tried everything else, but your phone is still freezing frequently, you can restore your phone’s factory settings. However, you must be sure to back up all your files first, because a factory reset will wipe everything from your phone.
If you have an Android phone, make sure you have backed everything up to Google Drive first. Check that your apps are synced with your account. Plug your phone in during the reset, which can take up to an hour. Check your device’s manual or online instructions for further advice.
When resetting an iPhone, start by turning Find My iPhone off. Next, make sure you’ve backed everything up through iCloud or iTunes before performing a reset via the settings menu. You will need to connect your device to your computer; see Apple Support for further details.
Is It Time To Replace Your Phone?
Finally, you may need to accept that your phone has come to the end of its lifespan. Bear in mind that as your phone ages, it is more likely to freeze or hang due to normal wear and tear. If you’ve had your phone for more than a few years, getting an upgrade may be the easiest and safest option.