Your Samsung Galaxy S21/21+ not opening apps? Here is how to fix it


Finding yourself in a situation when your S21/21 won’t open an app or any app can be pretty irritating. A smartphone without apps is basically useless. There are many tips you can try that could help you resolve the issue, and all of them are listed below. With just a bit of patience and some effort, things will go back to normal. Let’s see what solutions to try when your Samsung Galaxy S21/21+ not opening apps.

See also: How to free up storage space on Samsung Galaxy S21/S21+

Samsung Galaxy S21/21+ not opening apps – Ways to solve it

When the phone doesn’t open the apps, try the solutions listed below. Just follow the list armed with a bit of patience because you may need to try a few before one of them eliminates the issue.

 

Restart the phone

Whenever you stumble upon an issue when using your phone, a restart is the first thing to try. Remember that so many background processes and apps run at all times, and one of them could be causing the problem. Plus, a restart refreshes the memory, so the phone performs better right after the reboot.

 

Clean app’s cache

If you have a problem with a specific app that refuses to open, it’s time to clear its cache. Navigate to Settings > Apps and find the app in question. Tap on it, tap Storage and tap Clear cache.

 

Update the apps and the software

Keeping the software up to date is a must if you want to get the most out of your phone. To update the software, go to Settings > Software Update and tap Download and install.

The same goes for the apps. You need to update them regularly so that you can enjoy the new features and best performance. To update the apps, open the Play Store, tap on your image in the top-right, then tap Manage your apps and devices. Tap update all.

 

Reinstall the app

If there is no update, you can delete the app and install it again. Go to the Home screen, find the app’s icon, tap and hold it, and tap Uninstall. Go to Play Store, type the name of the app in the search box and install it.

 

Free up the storage space

When the phone is cluttered, it will slow down, the performance will be far from the best, and various issues can pop up – including the one when you can’t open an app. You need to free up some space and start by creating a backup and deleting unnecessary files and apps.

 

Wipe S21 cache partition

The system’s cache may feature some files that are corrupted, thus, creating issues. You can remove such files by wiping the cache partition, and here is how:

  • Power off your S21
  • Press the Power and Volume up simultaneously
  • Hold the buttons and wait until the Android menu shows up
  • Use the volume buttons to navigate to the Wipe cache partition and confirm it using the Power button
  • Use volume buttons and highlight Yes and confirm with the Power key
  • The option “Reboot system now” will appear on the screen
  • Use the Power key to confirm.

 

Factory data reset

Still nothing? The option you are left with is factory data reset that will erase everything on your phone and restore the settings to defaults. Back up the important files, and then follow these steps: go to Settings > General Management > Reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset. When the process completes, follow a few simple steps and set up the phone as a new device.