Are you suddenly experiencing an influx of “process system isn’t responding” messages on your Android device? Here’s your complete guide on how to fix this common Android software issue and how to make sure that the annoying process system isn’t responding issue does not come back.

‘Process system isn’t responding’ is a common and nagging error that disrupts your Android experience. This problem appears to occur on a lot of Android devices, and the issue arises whenever you try to run some newly installed apps. If you have experienced the process system isn’t responding error on your Android handset, this article goes right to the point and explains how you can resolve it in a matter of minutes.

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Why does the ‘process system isn’t responding’ error occur?

Regardless of what Android device you’re using and how old it is, the error is known to pop up all phone running any Android OS version. However, the fortunate bit of this grave issue is that it usually has to do with the app you recently installed or the software, which essentially boils down to the fact that it can be fixed easily.

While other errors on Android are often self-explanatory, process system isn’t responding is somewhat different. The internet is packed with experts who argue over whether the issue is caused by app crashing or due to the kernels of apps that stop working. All in all, the error basically means that the hardware or the Android OS itself isn’t responding to the apps.

Since there is a varying opinion on what causes the error, there is more than one solution to the issue. We here at Updato don’t slack behind when it comes to troubleshooting, so here’s everything you can possibly to get a definitive fix for the process system isn’t responding error on your Android device.

Solution 1: Restart your device

Sometimes, a simple restart is all you need to fix the process system isn’t responding issue on Android. This more so works if your device used to work well and the problem arose just recently after a faulty app install or unexpected crash. This might imply that the problem is caused by an inappropriate action taking place in the background.

  • Press and hold the Power button on your Android device until the system boot window pops up.
  • Choose to Restart or Reboot the device and wait while the process completes.
  • Once your device restarts, check to see if the app or the service that was giving back the error message is now fixed.

As simple and rudimentary as this solution may seem, sometimes all your device needs is a little refreshing. However, if this fix for the process system isn’t responding issue doesn’t work, go on to try out the Fix 2 below.

Solution 2: Update the apps installed on your phone

Another common fix that you may be overseeing is updating Google Play Store and updating apps that you have installed on your device already. If you don’t have a dedicated wireless network connection and have automatic updates disabled, it is empirical that you ensure that all your apps are regularly updated.

  • Head over to the Google Play Store app on your Android device using the app drawer.
  • Press the three-line menu button on the top-left corner of the screen and select My Apps from the slide-out menu that you see pop out.
  • Here you will be able to see all the third-party apps installed on your device with the apps with uninstalled updates at the very top.
  • Press the Update All button on the top-right corner and wait for all the latest updates for your apps are being installed.

Since apps are regularly for the very purpose of fixing broken features that result in errors like the process system isn’t responding issue, this should be a viable solution for many.

Solution 3: Make sure the system software is up to date

You also need to make sure that all the latest software updates for your device have been downloaded and installed to your device. More often than not, software updates not only bring new optimizations and features to a device but also critical fixes for issues on a software and hardware level.

  • From the home screen of your Android device, head to the Settings app and navigate to About phone > Software update > Check for updates on most Samsung devices.
  • You can also find the Software update menu directly in the Settings app or as a separate app by itself on other Android devices.
  • If you have an update available for your device, download it (make sure you’re on a wireless network) and install it to your device.
  • The process should take a few minutes during which your phone will reboot a couple of times, and the issue should be resolved by the end of it.

However, not every one of us is lucky enough to get the latest software updates sent out by the manufacturer via OTA updates. If you’re keen on updating your Samsung Galaxy device and don’t want to be restricted by your region or network carrier, do follow our guide on how to use Odin to flash Samsung firmware.

Solution 4: Clear device cache

Hard resetting your Android smartphone usually clears the process system is not responding error. As a matter of fact, hard resetting solves many of the most common issues with the Android. However, this step does end up causing you to lose all of your app data, which can later be restored using Google Play Store. Follow the steps below to hard reset your handset.

  • Press and hold the Power button to turn off your Android smartphone
  • Simultaneously hold the Power button and the Volume Up button on your device.
  • This will launch the stock recovery mode on Android give you the ability to wipe device cache.
  • Using the Volume buttons for navigation, move down to select Wipe device cache and wait for the device to reset.
  • Once the device cache has been wiped clean, restart your Android device.

As stated earlier, you will now lose all of your app data and will need to install all of your crucial apps all over again. This should be effective in solving the process system isn’t responding issue, but if it doesn’t, try out the other two methods below.

Solution 5: Solve ‘process system isn’t responding’ error by unrooting

This error has been reported to appear more commonly for users who have rooted their smartphones to get super-user privileges. If your device is rooted, you might want to unroot it in order to fix the process system isn’t responding problem.

The easiest way to get rid of root access on your Android device, but that comes with the misfortune of losing all of your apps and personal data. Before you proceed to unroot your Android device, make sure you have all of your important data backed up and secure. Now to begin with the factory reset, you can do so by following the steps below.

  • Head over to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset.
  • On the next screen, confirm your action by selecting the Reset Phone button.
  • After selecting the option, your phone will begin the process during which it will reboot a couple of times.
  • Once your device reboots, you can set it up and the root access, along with super-user apps will be detected by the device.

If you have problems unrooting, or want to learn more about how to do it, read this article.

Solution 6: Move your SD card apps to internal storage

Your SD card might be the reason why you’re having trouble with your Android process system. This is usually the case if your SD card has malfunctioned, which gives your smartphone a hell lot of a time trying to access the apps you’ve stored there. The issue is more common with SD cards that are 32GB or higher in storage. Try the suggestions below to fix this problem.

  • Move your apps to your phone’s internal memory by either uninstalling and reinstalling them or using Apps2SD PRO.
  • If you don’t have enough space in your internal storage, consider upgrading your SD card.
  • You might want to use an SD card that’s lesser than 32GB if you are using an older Android device.

You should have luck with at least one of the procedures above. Try with the first fix and then if it doesn’t work go on to the next. If you still haven’t resolved the process system not responding issue by the time you get to the tail of this post, let us know on the Updato forum and we will be sure to help you out.

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