The app doesn’t respond to Android: What’s the problem and what to do, instructions

The Internet dwellers are divided into two camps: some praise Windows and others are crazy about Linux. Well, the supporters of Linux often give one argument in defense of the product – everything is optimized in it. If a process proves to be problematic, it is immediately destroyed rather than hanging up. Since Android is built on Linux, its processes do not hang, but close, but this does not always happen. We will tell you what the problem could be if the application constantly fails to respond on Android.

Why aren’t the apps responding on Android?

Before we get to the practical part, let’s first understand how the interaction between the device and the app occurs in general. As you know, no program can interact directly with the hardware components, i.e. the RAM or the processor. Instead, it uses a hardware interface embedded in the kernel (file base) of the Android OS. The OS itself “decides” which application to allocate how many resources, when to take them away, and how to distribute them.

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This approach avoids memory leaks and exploitation of unnecessary resources. So, there are cases when there is a failure in the application algorithm, or when the application simply does not have enough resources. After that, the application does not respond to OS requests to return or get hardware resources. This is where the expression “application does not respond” comes from, that is, it does not respond to requests.

This may be due to several reasons:

  1. The program requires much more than allowed for software of this type. The OS in this case recognizes the threat and gets rid of the saboteur.
  2. The software algorithm failed to handle the input data. This is rather the fault of the developers, often appearing when performing the same actions. For example, if the program crashes all the time at one stage, namely while entering the password into the desired field (for example), it means that the algorithm cannot cope with the task of processing.
  3. Not enough dependencies. Dependencies are such mini-applications (not always mini-applications), which help in the performance of some task. For example, in a graphics editor, a dependency could be a video driver or a program for rendering bitmap graphics.
  4. The system is left with a critically low amount of resources. After all, if the gadget can only give out 120 MB of RAM for a game which needs at least 512 MB, the crash is guaranteed.

As you may have noticed, the problems can be provoked not only by the user himself, but also by the gadget’s workload and software developers’ errors. In the latter case, it is easy to determine. If the other programs work properly, it means that this one is faulty and you will have to look for a replacement. In the case of browsers, there are dozens or even thousands of such replacements.

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Problem Solution

All of the following methods are aimed at solving the first, second and third problems described above. We will not talk about how to free up more RAM and space. Because for this there are ready-made utilities-cliners in your gadget, which you just need to open and run.

Closing an application

Now some of the readers might freak out saying, “How do I close it, it closes itself after an error.” In fact, not always, sometimes it hangs by a process in the background. So it has to be closed forcibly. The simplest way is to reboot the gadget. But there is a more concise solution:

  • Open the settings.
  • Go to the “Applications” section and open the list of installed programs.
  • Find the hanging program and open the page about it.
  • Click the “Close” or “Stop” button.

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Done. Afterwards, open it again. However, you don’t have to leave this section of the settings for now, because the items below are related to it.

Cleaning the cache

This method helps a lot less, but we can not leave it out of the review because it does help. The cache is the area of memory which is accessed by the system first. The cache is faster than normal memory, so it holds important files which can sometimes get corrupted.

To clear the cache, follow steps one through three in the previous section, but select “Clear Cache” instead of “Stop”. In some interfaces, you have to click the “Clear” drop-down menu, and only after that select “Cache”. You can also do this globally by running any garbage cleaning utility.

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Clearing data

Another solution that can be done in a couple of clicks (if you have not left the settings). After deleting the data, the application will start “from scratch” as if it had just been downloaded. By the way, this method is absolutely useless if the program hangs and crashes the first time you run it. To clear the data, repeat the steps in the section above, but select “Clear all” or “Erase data” instead of the cache.

Reinstalling

A trivial solution that will allow you to reinstall not only the program, but also the dependencies (found in the installation file). To do this, you just need to perform the following steps:

  • Open the Play Market store.

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  • Through the search window, find the problem program and open the page about it.
  • Select the “Uninstall” button, and then click “Install”.

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By the way, sometimes it is recommended to try to use the installer not from Play Market, but this way you risk bringing viruses.

Update

In conclusion, a fairly trivial solution, which often helps to cope with failures. Developers often release patches for problems in software. To install them, simply open Play Market, find the program you want and click “Update”. It’s that simple and effective.

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