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How to fix ‘Unfortunately app has stopped’ error on Android

Do you get the following message when an app crashes? "Unfortunately, Google keeps stopping", "unfortunately, Facebook has stopped", or "unfortunately, WhatsApp has stopped"? Actually, the particular app doesn't matter, any app can suffer from this misfortune and give a similar message. But there are ways to solve it. Here's how to fix "Unfortunately, the app has stopped" errors.

Google has stopped

In June 2021, Android smartphones around the world are plagued by a bug that concerns the Google app. Smartphones are constantly displaying the “Google has stopped” error message, making them almost unusable. Here’s how some users managed to solve the problem.

Force stop the Google Play Updates app

Go to Settings on your smartphone and find Apps

Find the Google Play services and enter the options

Hit the Force stop button

Uninstall the Google Updates

Go back to the Apps overview in the settings

Find the Google app and enter the options

Find the Uninstall updates option and hit it. 

google has stopped problem solution

This solution has worked for some users. Find the “Google Play services” app in the Apps overview (left). Then hit the “Force stop” button in the bottom of the screen (middle). Next go back to the overview, find the Google app and hit “Uninstall updates” (right). Be aware that those screens may look differently for different Android manufacturers. Some hide the “Uninstall updates” option behind a sub menu in the top right corner of the App info screen. / © NextPit

If those steps are not solving the problem for you, the further step in this tutorial may be of help. Please let us know in the comments if you were able to solve the “Google has stopped”-issue by completing the above steps – or if you found an alternative solution.

Clear out the app’s storage

This problem often arises with the contacts, gallery and launcher apps. The procedure to fix this is generally always the same.

First, go to Settings on your device.

Open Apps and Notifications then App info.

Scroll down to the app that’s causing problems and tap on it.

In the next menu, hit Storage.

Here you will find the Clear data and Clear cache options.

Clear cache is the option you should start with. It will get rid of saved data that allows apps to load a little quicker when you launch them. Clearing it means the app will open a little slower, but your main problem might well be solved. 

Clear data will erase all the app’s data, including files, settings, and accounts, so don’t use this unless you have to.

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Clearing an app’s cache can often solve the ‘app has stopped’ problem. / © NextPit

Check the SD card

Thanks to Paul in our comments section who pointed out that this error can also relate to a corrupted memory card. If the memory card is corrupted, then any apps that write to the memory card will suffer this kind of error.

To check this, simply remove the memory card and launch the app that has stopped working. If it works, then you have your culprit. If this turns out to be the case, you’ll need a new memory card, but you should still be able to transfer the data from your memory card to your PC as a backup.

Of course, if you don’t use an SD card, then skip ahead to the next step.

Uninstall and reinstall the app

If the app isn’t built-in, you can also try uninstalling it and then reinstalling it from the Google Play Store. Simply open the Play Store app, open the menu bar on the left-hand side and tap on My apps and games. Find the app in question and hit Uninstall, which takes a few seconds. Afterward, you can install it again.

Turn the phone off and on again

You can also try doing a soft reset, which simply means restarting your device. This is super simple and quite effective if your phone has been on for a long time. A soft reset will power cycle your phone, turning it off and then back on again. 

It’s a good idea to turn your phone off every few days for a few minutes – this will help a sluggish phone with a variety of issues, whether they’re related to the app, network, audio, or email.

How to uninstall Android System WebView update

In March 2021, Android users across the world faced an issue with multiple apps crashing. This issue particularly affected people using Samsung smartphones. While Google is working on a fix for this issue, one method that seems to be working for people around the world involves removing a recent Android System Web View update. Let us see how to do it in simple steps. Note that these steps will vary depending on the custom UI that your phone uses. The steps below are for users on stock Android. For Samsung users, click here.

Go to the Settings menu.

Scroll to Apps and Notifications and tap to open.

Tap the See all apps link and you will see the list of all the apps installed on your phone.

Scroll to Android System Webview and tap to open.

On the top right-hand corner, tap the three dots and click on Uninstall Updates.

You will be presented with a pop-up. Select OK.

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How to uninstall Android System Web View on stock Android/ © NextPit

On most phones, these steps should sort the issue.

How to uninstall Android System Webview updates on Samsung smartphones

On Samsung smartphones, you can do the same my proceeding with the steps shown below

Go to Settings.

Scroll to Apps.

In the apps list, search for “Web” and you will see the Android System Webview app. Open it.

In the right-hand corner, tap the Uninstall updates option.

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Uninstall Android System WebView on Samsung smartphones / © NextPit

Last resort: do a factory reset

When the above solutions have failed, you can resort to factory resetting your phone. When doing a factory reset, ensure that you have backed up all of your data beforehand. I repeat: back up all of your data first. A factory reset will wipe your device and set it back to factory defaults, taking everything, including any bugs, with it. You can restore your apps and data afterward easily, as long as you’ve made a backup.


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