The force closed error on Android is something we have all experienced at one point or another, whether it be on our smartphone or tablet device. It is frustrating because the only option you must fix involves restarting your device and sometimes even deleting your progress in certain games or apps, which may have taken you weeks to complete.
Luckily, there is an effortless way to fix this frequent problem without deleting anything from your device, and this guide will teach you how to do it!
First, you need to know about the Android force close error.
What is an android force close error?
An android force close error is caused by apps that have stopped working due to an internal error. Often, you will see a message on your phone saying, Unfortunately, [App Name] has stopped. This message typically appears when you are using an app, though it can also appear when you open an app drawer or try to multitask, and two apps do not work together correctly.
Sometimes a force close error will not allow you access to any other parts of your phone, including Settings and Google Play Store.
When this happens, we recommend that you restart your device because many times simply turning off your device and turning it back on will fix most force close errors. If that does not work, continue reading for more ideas!
Why do these errors occur?
Well, unlike Windows PCs, which are extremely standard and easy to get used to, smartphones like your Android smartphone come in many varieties. The only thing they all have in common is that they use an operating system called Android.
But even though it is one operating system, it is several different versions of that operating system and each one can vary a lot from phone model to phone model and even by the carrier.
So, when you install apps designed for a specific version of Android, there is a chance it might not work well or at all on your phone — especially if you are using an app that was made for a different version than what came with your device.
You get a force close error if a virus enters your Android phone. This can cause your Android apps to be corrupted. Which is common these days.
Do not visit unsecured websites.
How can you prevent them?
First, make sure your device has enough available storage space. This one is simple: If you are getting a force close error, your device’s storage is full. Clean up some of those old apps, photos, and files that you do not need.
If that does not work, try restarting your phone by holding down both power and volume-down buttons until it vibrates twice; releasing them should restart your phone.
Do not download apps and games from an unauthorized source. Always download from Google Play plays.
There are other fixes out there that claim to help with force close errors but have not been proven effective—for example, wiping all data off your device through recovery mode (also known as a factory reset) or even frying it in oil for 10 minutes (seriously). Try these at your own risk.
Best strategies to try when your apps are forced to close on your Android device
Turn off your Android device. If you cannot turn it off, remove and reinsert your battery or remove and reinsert your microSD card. It is a bit drastic, but a soft reset is better than a force close!
Restart your device by holding down the Power button for 2-3 seconds until you see power options. Choose the Restart or Power Off option from the list of power options available.
Let your device boot back up normally. It may take more time than usual because it will be rebuilding caches, deleting temporary files, etc., after restarting it.
Clear cache of that app which is causing force closing. Uninstall the app and try to download the latest version from the Google Play store.
The last method is to factory reset your Android device. It erases all your data, including images, apps, games, and documents. You are advised to delete all your data at your own risk.