Fix: Process System Isn’t Responding

The error process system isn’t responding occurs on Android devices. However, most reports suggest that Samsung devices experience the problem most. Many times, the notice pops up after installing an app or when installing apps from unknown sources. There are many reasons why the error may appear, hence, before listing the fixes, check out what causes the error.

Process System Isn’t Responding Causes

  • A Software conflict
  • Insufficient storage space or memory
  • Corrupted SD card
  • Malicious apps installed from unknown sources
  • Custom ROMs
  • Missing System Files

To troubleshoot the above and other possible causes use the guide below. The list is ordered by the most common cause to the least. Hence, it is best to start with the first fix and work your way down the list. Hopefully one, if not the first, resolves the “process system isn’t responding” error.

Check Resources

For devices that run out of memory quickly, be sure to ensure that the device has sufficient RAM and storage space to execute the apps on your device. To check your device resources, do the following:

  • Go to Settings > Memory & Storage 
  • You should have at least 300 MB of free space on your internal storage
  • If you have less, delete the cached data. However, you may need to uninstall some apps to free up more space.

Free Up Memory

  • Go to Settings > Memory & Storage and tap on Memory.
  • On some devices, find Memory under Settings > Android Settings
  • Here, a list of apps and the number of resources they consume appears.
  • Tap on an app that consumes lots of RAM
  • Now, tap on Force Stop to free up RAM.
  • After, use your phone to see if the error resolves itself.

Restart Your Device

  • Press and hold the Power button until the boot window pops up.
  • From here, tap on Restart (Reboot on some devices) and wait until your phone boots up again.
  • If the issue persists, turn off your phone completely and remove back case of your phone.
  • Physically remove the battery and hold the power button for about half a minute. This drains the remaining electricity from your internal hardware and capacitors.

For devices with a non-removable battery, perform a simulated battery disconnect. To do this, press and hold the Volume down + power button for 20 seconds. However, certain devices may have different methods. To find out search Google for “simulated battery disconnect + YourPhoneModel”.

Check For Updates

The  “process system isn’t responding” may be a result of out of date software or applications. Hence, it is a good practice to check for updates. Here are the steps to ensure that everything is up to date:

  • Open Google Play Store, swipe from left to right and tap on My apps & games.
  • A list of your apps appears. Update the apps that need updating.
  • Furthermore, go to Settings and tap on System update.
  • Tap on Check for Updates. If there are any OS updates, install them and wait for your device to reboot.

Use your device as you normally would in order to verify that the error message no longer occurs. If it does, continue with the tutorial.

Check Your SD Card

  • Remove your SD card
  • Restart your device

Does the error still occur? Then, proceed to the next tutorial. However, should it not appear, then the SD card is probably corrupted.  Try to clear or wipe the SD card and reinsert it to check that the “process system isn’t responding” no longer appears.

Last Resort Options

If none of the above options help you, then you can try to wipe the cache partition of the device, use safe mode to troubleshoot settings and apps or perform a factory reset on the device. Also, for those of you with custom ROMs, you can reflash to a stock ROM or another custom ROM that might be more stable.

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