How to Fix Google App Crash on Android

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Android-powered phones rely heavily on Google services to perform even the most trivial tasks. Need to order food or book an Uber? You will need Google location services for this. Want to stream a YouTube video to your TV? It requires a working Google account and a handful of background services to work.


As powerful and customizable as Android devices can be, they don’t come without their fair share of issues. Crash of Google apps is one of the biggest annoyances that not only prevents you from using the app causing the nuisance but also affects a good chunk of other apps that may rely on its services.

Luckily, there are a handful of fixes we have for you to fix Google app crashes on your phone.


Why do my Google apps keep crashing?

There are a multitude of reasons that can cause your apps to crash. Examples include phones with low storage space, inadequate internal components to run apps, or simply a corrupt app installation. Google apps specifically work hand-in-hand, putting them at greater risk of crashing.

Whatever the reason, there’s nothing more frustrating than an app that keeps crashing. Below are nine ways to reverse this annoyance and enjoy your Google apps again. Depending on your version of Android and your phone manufacturer, some settings may be named a little differently than what we mentioned.

1. Force stop the app

Android has always been infamous for unstable apps due to the sheer number of phones a dozen manufacturers release each month. This gave rise to the handy Force Stop option which kills the app and all its services until you launch it again. This is a great way to fix app crashes that may have been caused by a faulty launcher instance.

To force stop an app on Android:

  1. Move towards Settings > Apps to view all applications installed on your phone.
  2. Select the app that gave you trouble and search for a Force stop option.
  3. Tap on it and relaunch the app.

Alternatively, you can long press on the relevant app in your launcher and tap Application Information to directly access the application settings.

2. Restart your device

“Have you tried turning it on and off again?” All joking aside, something as simple as restarting your phone can get all apps and services back in order, which could fix app crashes you’ve been experiencing.

3. Check for app updates or uninstall updates

While Google apps are unlikely to ship with a major bug, checking for available updates could be a way out of this mess. Head over to the Google Play Store and in the My Apps section, make sure the Google app is on the latest version.

Sometimes, when the Play Store does not update apps automatically, it is recommended to manually check for app updates from time to time.

Alternatively, if you’re signed up for a beta version of an app, uninstalling its updates might be just as effective.

  1. Long press the app and tap Application Information.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of your screen and choose Uninstall updates.
  3. Press on OKAY and check if the app now works as it should.

4. Clear cache and data

Cached data includes all temporary information stored by an application to make subsequent launches faster and more efficient. Periodically clearing your cached data can also help your apps run healthier by eliminating unnecessary data.

You can also erase data from the app itself or uninstall and reinstall the app to repair corrupted data. While clearing the cache does not affect any of your in-app options and stored information, clearing its data will require you to log into the app and set it up again.

  1. Long press on the affected app and tap Application Information.
  2. Select Storage and press Empty the cache Where Erase data.
  3. Press on OKAY and relaunch the app to see if it has stopped crashing.

5. Reinstall Android System WebView

All Android phones come with the Android System WebView service which is responsible for displaying web content in an app. Most Google apps rely heavily on this service and may even crash if it doesn’t work as it should.

Check for available app updates for Android System WebView on the Play Store, or go to its app info page and uninstall its updates as you did for the Google app earlier.

6. Check app permissions

It’s entirely possible that some permissions have been revoked for the app that’s giving you trouble. Go to its app info page and under the Permissions ensure that all required permissions are granted.

7. Check your storage space

Another reason for app crashes on Android is lack of storage space for the app to write more data. Move towards Settings > System > Storage to check which apps or files are clogging your phone. Try uninstalling unwanted apps or deleting unimportant media to make room on your phone for other apps to work.

8. Load a different version of the app

Some app versions are cursed from the start depending on your phone’s architecture and other variables. If updating the app doesn’t seem to fix the crashes, an alternative might be to download a different version of the same app.

You can find the latest versions of Google apps on APKMirror and manually install an APK file on your phone. Try searching for a slightly older version number if the newer one keeps crashing on your phone.

9. Factory reset your device

You have done everything and in vain. We only recommend a factory reset of your device if several apps continue to malfunction and the problem seems to lean towards a bad software update rather than a faulty app installation.

In any case, make sure to backup all your data before resetting your phone. Move towards Settings > System > Backup & reset and press Reset. Once you have entered your phone’s password or PIN, sit still for a few minutes until your phone reboots.

Fix Google Apps crashing on your phone

Following the quick steps above is more than likely to have fixed the problem for you. If the Google app you want to use keeps crashing, watch for updates on the Play Store that might fix the problem.

In the meantime, we recommend using a good alternative for the app that keeps crashing. The Play Store is home to millions of apps and finding a comparable alternative to any of the Google apps is not difficult at all.

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