How to Fix Frequent Freezing Issues in Samsung Galaxy S3

We have already published various articles containing multiple issues and their fix for one of the smartphones from Samsung, Galaxy S3 but we are still receiving a lot of queries and questions from our readers which have compelled us to produce this article for you. Users are complaining that their Samsung Galaxy S3 is running slow, lagging and freezing randomly. So in this article, we will be talking about how to fix frequent freezing issues in Samsung Galaxy S3.

See also: How to update Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.4 KitKat

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How to Fix Frequent Freezing Issues in Samsung Galaxy S3

The following methods would help you in resolving issues with S3 like slow performance, freezing and turning off suddenly. Before following any of the steps mentioned below try to clear your phone’s memory by heading to your Home screen, then press Home button to view all your apps that are opened or running and close those apps by swiping to the right or left. As we know, our phone performance won’t be as smooth if there are too many apps running in the background. Now, go ahead to perform the below mentioned fixes.

Limit the processes of your Galaxy S3

  • On your Home screen, hit Menu button
  • Select Settings.
  • Now tap the Developer options.
  • Search for the Limit background processes menu then tap on it.
  • Now you can size the process by 4 or lower at once.


Safely remove your SD card

There is a chance that your SD card might be functioning in a weird manner causing your phone to behave in a strange way. This is possible due to a virus attack or else an infected application installed on SD card, etc. Follow the below steps to properly remove SD card from your Galaxy S3 device.

  • From the home screen, tap the Menu key.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap on the More tab option.
  • Scroll to and tap Storage.
  • Scroll to and tap Unmount SD card.
  • Tap OK.
  • Remove the SD card


Perform a soft reset

To get a temporary solution you can soft reset your phone. This process will not delete any data but can resolve the issue.

  • Hold the Power key and do not leave until the phone reboots
  • Take out the battery and reinsert it after 30 seconds. This method will remove the minor glitches and refresh the system
  • Now press the Power key and hold it until your Galaxy S3 is turned on


Clear your TouchWiz data

Another simple way to fix Galaxy S3 lagging and running slow issue is to clear the TouchWiz Data. Here is how to do it.

  • On your Home screen, hit Menu button to select Settings
  • Now select the Application Manager
  • Find TouchWiz then tap Clear Data


Check if your phone has low memory

This is another reason why your Samsung Galaxy is freezing so often . It is important to check the available memory.

  • Go to My Device from settings
  • Tap Dashboard
  • Tap Storage

Refer to the Overview section and determine if your phone has low memory.
If your phone has low memory you will have to delete data from your phone in order to improve the performance.


Clear the application cache

Clear the application cache to free up space and improve performance but be sure you clear only the application cache and not the application data. When you clear the application data, it removes your personal settings and info such as login information and high scores but clearing the application cache doesn’t remove your personal settings or information.

So, head towards  Storage dashboard >App Storage > Application and tap clear cache and check if the performance is improved a bit.


Close or uninstall applications to solve Galaxy S3 slow/freezing issue

Some apps run in the background when you are not using them and also, some apps consume more energy than others. Some apps come pre-loaded on your phone and you can’t uninstall them but you can force stop or disable them to speed up the phone’s performance. So first check the amount of battery used by each application and then uninstall or disable them one by one.

  • In the Power Usage dashboard, tap Battery Usage and observe the apps that are consuming a great percentage of battery
  • Tap the application you want to close or uninstall
  • To close an application, tap Force stop
  • To uninstall an application, tap App info, Uninstall, and then OK


Verify that your Samsung Galaxy S III is running the latest software

Sometimes this issue is also vanished just by updating the device with the latest software. To do so:

  • Tap on the System Updates dashboard
  • Next, go to Device Software
  • Now select Check now to see if any update is available
  • If an update is available, follow the prompts to install


Conduct a factory reset

Factory reset is the last step and also a quick way to eliminate the problems that could be caused by third-party apps. But backup the data of your phone as this process deletes all your phone’s data.

There are several ways to create a backup of your phone. Follow the below steps to create a backup first.

  • One of the best options is to make use of Samsung’s very own Kies software that we normally use to update the software of our Galaxy devices.
  • The second way to create a backup of the device is with Google account. Head towards Settings> General> Backup & Reset and it will provide two options named as backup my data and automatic restores. Ensure those options are turned on by ticking the checkbox next to them and it will backup details like Wi-Fi password, app data, Google settings, and bookmarks automatically to Google server so that they can be retrieved again.
  • Another way to create a backup is using Samsung account. For that go to Application > Settings> User and backup> Account and check if you are signed in with your Samsung account. If the option is turned on, it will sync the contacts, calendar and internet settings to the Samsung account.

Once you are done with the backup, go ahead with the factory reset process, here is how to perform it on your Galaxy S3:

  • Turn off your device first
  • Next, hold down the Home, Power, and Volume Up buttons altogether for few seconds until you see Android logo
  • Release the buttons then. Use Volume down button for highlighting any options and Power key to confirm it. So, highlight the factory reset option and confirm it using the power button
  • Next, select ‘Delete all user data’ and confirm it
  • Wait for few seconds to see the ‘reboot system now’ option and select it. The phone will be restarted then and you need to set it up from scratch again.


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