Do you ever have issues with Google PlayStore kicking you out or apps not responding? I have been seeing quite a few Android users with similar device issues. These issues are problems with various apps misbehaving and users getting pop-up warnings informing them that their apps such as Launchers, Messengers etc have suddenly ‘stopped working‘  This can be a quickly become very frustrating I know.  Along with the  ‘Apps stopping working‘ issue most frustrated users will soon notice another device issue with their Google PlayStore either closing unexpectedly and kicking them or failing to launch at all.

Google Play Store Not Working

Other issues you may become aware of 

  • More of your Apps & Services become troublesome
  • Device Lags
  • System may become unresponsive at times
  • Battery Drains faster
  • Device Overheating

You will be glad to hear that there is a reason for issues that is very easily fixed. so your device can be running normally again in no time. 

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What is the cause of your devices issues?

The cause of your devices current issues is that the Android Operating System has recently started pushing out Software updates for various devices. This also means that that Android App Store (Google Playstore)  was updated your and Android Services (Google Play services)will need to be updated so that it can keep everything in sync and running smoothly.

Description of Play Services

Google Play services is used to update Google apps and apps from Google Play. This component provides core functionality like authentication to your Google services, synchronized contacts, access to all the latest user privacy settings, and higher quality, lower-powered location based services.

Google Play services also

  • Enhances your app experience.
  • It speeds up offline searches,
  • Provides more immersive maps,
  • Improves gaming experiences.
  • Apps may not work if you uninstall Google Play services.

Why are other apps on my device showing errors ‘app stopped working'

As many of the apps already installed on your device won't have been updated when your app store did they now need Play Services help to Update them.

How can you fix the problems? 

To fix your devices issues you need to manually force your Google Play Services to update.  Don't worry this isn't as complicated as it sounds.

Simply go to your devices Main Settings Menu >

Google Play Services

  • Settings
  • App Management
  • Find Play Services app on the list
  • Tap on Play Services
  • Then tap on Storage
  • Hit Clear Cache

Clear Cache Google Play Services

  • Press Force Stop the Play Services App
  • Unplug or Power down your device for a few minutes
  • Reboot device and go to your Playstore
  • Update any Apps that are listed as needing updates

Your device should now be running smoothly again. 

For Android Mobile Phones that have received a Major Software Update

For Android Smartphones you may want to take one more step to ensure that everything has updated.

As Android Smart phones have extra functions on top of running Apps they can still have a few nagging issues. These are due to some of the other device services also needing to be forced to update so they can run on the new version of software.

The Best way to optimise your device after updates to help it run smoothly is to enter recovery mode on your device and wipe the cache partition of your device then Reboot device.

Why does the device need to be in recovery mode?

Android recovery mode allows you to boot Android devices into a dedicated recovery console for performing advanced recovery and maintenance tasks. You will find all the device specific instructions for Most Major Devices this  Guide to entering Recovery mode on Major devices   

What is Android Recovery Mode

The Android Recovery Mode is a lightweight program that sits in an alternate bootable partition. This recovery mode is separate from the main Android OS. Android Recovery Mode purpose is to provide special tools for running maintenance and troubleshooting.

Accessing recovery mode is not an everyday affair and this mode is only meant to be used when you have the need to perform certain tasks on the device.  Some of these tasks include installing OS updates, apps from the computer or an SD card, and clearing cached files. The recovery mode can also be used for factory resetting Android when the issue proves to be difficult to troubleshoot.

Recovery Mode Options

Once you boot your device into recovery mode, you will have a range of options to choose from. These options may vary a bit depending on the device but they generally include the following.

  • Reboot now:   Choose this option to restart the device in normal mode.
  • Apply update from ADB:   This option is mostly used by Android developers who can use the Android Debug Bridge to plug an Android device into a PC and run commands from there.
  • Wipe data/factory reset:  Choosing this option will wipe out all data on your device including photos, music, apps, and practically everything, so make sure that you backup your Android device before going with this option.
  • Wipe cache partition:   The cache stores temporary files that can be safely deleted without losing any personal data or settings.
  • Reboot bootloader:   Used to root your device.
  • Power down:   Shuts down the device.
  • View Recovery logs.

Once your device is in recovery mode you will only need 2 of these options.                       

1)You will scroll down to Wipe Cache Partition > Click on it and confirm you want to do it.

2)Then Scroll back up to> Reboot device > Click on it and confirm.

1 ∼ Wipe cache partition

You cannot delete wipe cache partition the same way you would application cache as they are different. Cache Partition are temporary files used in application installation; and, thus, do not hold personal data. So this means no data is deleted when you choose wipe cache partition. However, they can sometime make the phone not work properly, so you can wipe them from “Recovery mode”.

2 ∼ Reboot Device

This will Restart your device back out of recovery mode and back  into normal mode.

In Conclusion 

One of the reasons I felt I had to write this blog was that I have seen a few ‘Guides to fixing these issues' that are worrying.  There are a few ‘Fixes' instructing users to Uninstall their Google Play Store and Play Services ten download a different Version they supply links too. DO NOT DO THIS!!  Uninstalling your playstore should always be a very last resort if you have serious device issues. Also there is guidelines to follow as to which Version of playstore and play services you replace them with which are device specific.  One size does not fix all. If you have any other issues or questions you can feel free to come join us on our support forum and we will be happy to help.  Also make sure to visit http://www.ares-project-blog.com/android-apps/ for more guides to your android device.