Why Do My Apps Keep Crashing on Android? Try these fixes

It is very frustrating when one of your favorite apps starts crashing on your Android phone. Android is an excellent open-source platform where you have the freedom to run any application of your choice. Sadly, an app crash can easily ruin your Android experience.

This article walks you through some of the ways to fix when apps keep crashing on Android.

Why Apps Keep Crashing on Android?

When it comes to apps crashing on Android, the first thing that’d come to mind is an incompatibility issue with the operating system.

However, system incompatibility isn’t always the cause of crashing apps on Android. Apps can crash on Android for a number of different reasons. It can be anything from a bad internet connection to low storage space.

Thus, it can be difficult to determine the exact cause of apps that keep crashing on your Android device without taking a closer look.

Still, there are a few common suspects known for causing this particular trouble and we have listed them below. Be sure to check them out.

  • A weak internet connection. Without a good internet connection, some apps may not work properly or may stop working altogether.
  • Lack of internal storage. There may not be enough space for the app to run.
  • The version of the application you are using is outdated. Outdated apps clash with Android OS.
  • Outdated version of Android OS that may not be suitable for the application in question.
  • Too many apps running simultaneously.

These are the most common reasons behind apps keep crashing on Android. We have listed a few effective tips to fix this issue. Go through them in order until you find the fix that solves your problem.

1. Reboot Your Android Device

If apps keep crashing on Android, reboot the device instantly. Most of the time, such issues occur due to temporary bugs with the app or issues with the app launch.

These types of problems can easily be dealt with by a simple restart. So, hold the Power button of your Android device and hit the Restart option on the following screen.

After a successful reboot, try using the app. If it is still crashing, you need to check for other avenues.

2. Check Your Internet Connection

Some applications aren’t meant to run without a strong internet connection. Take social media or messaging apps for example.

With a weak internet connection, these applications won’t be able to run properly and may even crash. So, check and verify the status of your internet connection.

If you think, running the app on mobile data is the problem, you can try again after connecting your Android device to the more stable and powerful Wi-Fi connection.

If you have a good internet connection and the app is still crashing, the rest of the solutions would be more helpful.

3. Free Up Storage Space

An application requires enough storage space in order to perform properly. If the application is failing to launch properly or crashing constantly, take a closer look at the internal storage of your Android device. You may need to free up some space.

  1. Simply, launch the Settings app and tap on Battery and Device Care.
Battery and Device Care in Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. After that, tap on Storage And you will come across a detailed overview of your device’s internal storage.
Android Storage Details
Android Internal Storage Overview. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

From here, you will be able to check how much storage is occupied, which files are consuming most of the storage space, etc. So, just delete the unnecessary files to make some room for the apps to run.

4. Force Stop the Application

We don’t usually need to force stop the applications on Android but sometimes, it becomes necessary to do so.

It is easy to forget about an app running in the background of your smartphone. It is more common than you might think.

In such conditions, when you try to launch the app again, it may freeze or crash. It is because the app wasn’t closed properly. So, force-stopping the app becomes a necessity.

  1. Go to the Android Settings and tap on Apps.
Select Apps under Settings
Apps Under Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Locate the app that is crashing and tap on it.
  2. Under App Infohit the Force Stop button below.
Tap on the Force Stop Button
Tap on Force Stop Under App Info. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Lastly, tap on the OK button to confirm your action. If the app was crashing due to the launch issue, it shouldn’t be crashing anymore.

5. Clear App Cache & Data

When you use an app, it continuously saves data in the form of cache. Over time, these files pile up and sometimes they get corrupt.

Due to these corrupt cache files, the app may start malfunctioning which could lead to the app crashing constantly on Android. In this situation, you need to manually remove these files.

  1. Navigate to the Settings of your Android mobile and tap on Apps.
  2. Select the app that is crashing and tap on it.
  3. Under App Infotap on the Storage option.
Tap on Storage
Select the Storage Option Under App Info. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. In the new panel, locate Clear Data and Clear Cache option at the bottom. Tap on them to clear the app files.
Clear Cache and Clear Data
Tap on the Clear Cache and Clear Data Buttons. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Don’t worry. After these files are removed, launch the app again, it will start creating new cache files. Due to the removal of app data, you will lose all the customization but the application shouldn’t be crashing anymore.

6. Update or Re-Install the Application

This solution is a bit conditional. You need to check if any updates are available for the app that is crashing on your Android phone. If you are using an outdated version of the application, it’s obvious that the app won’t work properly.

So, launch the Google Play Store app. Locate the application and tap on the Update button to install it.

Now, you may be already using the latest version of the application. So, there aren’t any updates available. In this situation, we recommend a clean re-installation.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store app.
  2. Search for the deaired application and tap on it.
  3. In the App Infoyou will find the Uninstall button, tap on it.
Uninstall the Application
Uninstall Candy Crush Saga from Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

After tapping on the Uninstall button, the application will be removed from your Android smartphone. Now, reboot the device and install the app again from the Play Store.

7. Check for App Permissions

Permissions are an integral part of an app’s operation. Without proper permission, the app won’t be able to perform at the optimum level.

If the application has started crashing recently, then it could have been due to the app update you have installed. Occasionally, app permission gets changed after new updates. It is a rare phenomenon. So, it is best if you take a look.

  1. Launch the Settings app on Android and then tap on Apps.
  2. Locate the app that is crashing and tap on it.
  3. Under App Info page, select Permissions.
Amazon App Permission Page
App Permissions Settings on Android. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

From here, you will be able to change the permission for that particular application. Just provide the necessary permission and the app should work just fine.

8. Update Android OS

Android frequently releases new updates that come with new features and most importantly, bug fixes. So, the Android OS should always be up to date.

If the app crashing issue is still consistent and none of the previous methods were fruitful, be sure to check for the new Android update.

If you have already updated Android a day or two ago, then you should go for the next tip directly. Otherwise, check and install the new update. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Launch the Settings app on Android and tap on Software Update.
Tap on Software Update
Tap on Software Update in Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. After that, tap on Download and Install button.
Download and Install the Update
Tap on the Download and Install Button. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

After tapping on that button, Android will start searching for new updates. If you are already using the latest update, you will be notified. Otherwise, Android will download the latest update and provide you with the Install option.

9. Clear Android Cache Partition

This is a bit complicated tip but it has been proven effective for a few users who were facing apps that keep crashing on Android.

Cache partition is the place on your smartphone where app data and other system files are stored. When you are facing such an issue, wiping the cache partition could be helpful. The procedure for this solution is a bit difficult as you need to access Android Recovery Mode.

So, we recommend using this tip if you have already gone through the other solutions from this list.

  1. First, you need to enter the Android Recovery Mode. For Samsung devices, you need to connect the charging cable to the phone but connect the other USB-A end to a computer or a laptop.
  2. Now, tuen off the mobile.
  3. After the device is turned off, hold the Power button and the Volume Up button. Hold the buttons for a few seconds and you will enter the Android Recovery Mode.
Wipe Cache Partition
Android Recovery Mode on Samsung. Image: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. In the Recovery Mode, use the volume buttons to navigate. Select, Wipe Cache Partition.
  2. Hit the Power button to confirm your choice. Then, select Reboot System Now.

After the reboot, try to launch the application. It may have stopped crashing.

10. Factory Reset Android

If none of the previous methods worked and the app is still crashing, you need to do a Factory Data Reset.

This is another effective way to fix many Android issues. The Factory Reset will delete all the files, custom settings, app data from your smartphone. So, you should use it as a last resort and also make sure to back up your Android phone.

  1. Launch the Settings app on Android and navigate to General Management.
Enter Android Settings
General Management Under Android Settings. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. After that, scroll down and select the Reset option.
General Management Page
Select Reset under General Management. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Tap on Factory Data Reset.
Factory Data Reset
Select Factory Data Reset. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. A new screen will appear with multiple information. Scroll down and tap on the blue Reset button.
Tap on the Reset Button
Hit the Blue Reset Button. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

After the Factory Data Reset, you have to set up the Android device. It can be a bit troubling to start from the beginning. At least, the app won’t be crashing anymore.

Wrapping It Up

There you have it. Our troubleshooting tips for fixing it when apps keep crashing on Android. Hopefully, these verified solutions were helpful and you have no other problems with your Android device.

However, if you have found any other ways to deal with this problem or have any viable tips for us; feel free to let us know via the comment section below. We would be glad to add it to our list.

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