How To Fix Nexus 5 Freezing Problem

Some Nexus 5 users noticed their device occasionally freezes, and during that time, any action is impossible. After a couple of seconds, the device starts to work normally again, but every time the phone gets stuck you have to wait for a couple of seconds until it unfreezes, which is really annoying. There are a couple of things to do to fix Nexus 5 freezing problem. Let’s see the potential solutions.

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Ways to fix Nexus 5 freezing problem


Restart your smartphone

Always start with the simplest option. Perhaps you have too many apps and processes that are currently running in the background and it affects the memory, so you should restart your device. The restart will close the apps and it will free up the memory so hopefully, the freezing issue will disappear. Press and hold the Power button and when the menu pops tap Restart followed by OK.


Update the apps

The next thing you should do, which is also simple, is to update your apps. Open the Play Store app, tap on three horizontal lines to open the menu and then tap on My apps & games. Next, click on Update all.


Close the apps you don’t need at the moment

We all have a few apps that we use daily, and there are the apps we rarely use. You should close such applications. To do that, go to Settings > Apps, find the app, tap on it and then click Force stop.


System update

You need to make sure the system is up to date, and if there is an update available you should install it as that may fix the problem.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap About phone
  • Tap System updates
  • Tap Check for updates
  • If there is an update, just tap Install and follow the given steps.


Storage space

Insufficient storage space may be the reason why your device is freezing. If that is the case, remove the apps you don’t use, backup the files or copy them to the computer and delete them from your device to free up some space. To check for the available storage space, go to Settings > Storage.


Boot your Nexus 5 into safe mode

Many times, one of the third-party apps is to blame for the freezing problem. You can boot your Nexus 5 into safe mode where all third-party apps are disabled. If your device is running normally, then some app is definitely responsible for this issue. Then, you can uninstall third-party apps one by one, or you can do a factory data reset (we are going to explain it below). Do the following:

  • The screen should be On
  • Press and hold the Power button
  • A window will open, tap and hold Power off
  • When the “Reboot to safe mode” appears, click OK
  • When you are ready, reboot your smartphone to exit the safe mode.


Factory data reset

Nothing else works? Perhaps it is the time for a fresh start. Factory data reset will restore your device to its factory settings.

Read this guide How To Factory Reset The Nexus 5 in which you can see all the essential information.







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