Today we’re going to try to figure out and solve problems when Android apps keep crashing. Android app crashing happens quite often. Whether it’s the system interface, a third-party music player, or the Android keyboard. For example, we’ve already written an article on how to solve the problem with Instagram on Android.
Let’s take a look at the main reasons why an Android app may crash.
The main causes of errors in the work of applications on Android
One of the reasons that applications don’t work correctly could be the beta version of the operating system you’re using. In other words, you do not have a stable version of the operating system from the manufacturer on your Android smartphone.
The second cause of application crashes can be a large amount of cache memory used by the application itself. This often happens with YouTube, Instagram, Telegram, and other applications.
It is also common for an Android app to fail due to a lack of free RAM, which is required for the system to work correctly. In this case, applications automatically close. Failures occur most often on Android 5 and later versions, as Android 6+ supports background stop of unused applications. Thus, they do not burden the system in any way, and in cases of opening they are restarted.
A fourth cause of app crashes on Android can be the use of third-party launchers. Using Nova, Microsoft, Pixel, and other launchers can cause apps to close. It is worth considering this fact if you decide to use them.
The last known and reasonable cause of Android app crashes is bugs in the applications themselves or in the operating system. For example, Pixel Launcher on Meizu smartphones crashes at startup because it is not supported on the Flyme shell. Of course, not in all versions, but it is present.
How to solve possible problems with Android apps
1. Using beta versions of the operating system
If you are using a beta version of the operating system, install the stable version. Of course, you always want to see and try something new, especially if new features come with the update. We recommend that you wait for a global, stable version of the firmware before upgrading. And if you’ve already updated, don’t be surprised when apps crash.
2. Cache memory
As you know, almost all apps store usage data. If, for example, you have several gigabytes of cache data on Instagram, you should clear it. You should do this periodically if you don’t have automatic garbage and temporary files clearing set up. Because of the large amount of data in the cache, the app crashes and there are problems in the app’s own log files.
Application load time increases, which also has a negative effect, although, on the other hand, thanks to the cache, a lot of useful information is stored, which does not need to be reloaded when opening the application. It should be understood that the more cache memory stored in a particular application, the more RAM it will occupy when it is running, although this is not always noticeable.
You can clear the cache memory in the memory settings. The cleaning item may be called “clear application data”.
3. Your smartphone’s RAM is full
You should be aware that the amount of RAM on your device is not infinite. With a large number of open applications and a small amount of RAM, it is natural for an Android application to crash.
Here it’s simple – don’t keep a lot of apps open. With Android 6+, though, you don’t have to worry about that. Applications automatically go to sleep mode and do not interfere with the system.
Android also has a configuration file that you can change if you have ROOT access.
This file can be found by following the path: Root directory ( / ) – > sys -> module -> lowmemorykiller -> minfree.
Open the minfree file to change in a text editor and change the first two numbers to 100 and 1200.
100 is the amount of free memory you want to keep, and 1200 is the average amount of RAM. The data is for 2 GB of RAM. If you have more or less, adjust this value to suit you.
4. Using third-party launchers
Using a third-party launcher can also cause apps to fail on Android devices. If you often see Android apps crashing and using a third-party launcher, try uninstalling it and see the result. This is the reason for this percentage of cases.
5. Application errors
Cleaning the cache or changing the minfree file as described in point 3 can help. However, sometimes you should just install a newer version of the application or an older one, depending on what you are using.