Galaxy S3 freezing problems needs common sense because 95% of the time they’re
not serious and often caused by apps and native services. Other reports also
suggest that after months of usage, the phone turns real slow to the point that
users couldn’t use it anymore because of lags and freezes.

I just
want to make it clear that Galaxy S3 lags are different from freezes. However,
these two are related because most of the time the phone lags first, then
freezes forcing the user to reboot the device unnaturally. Here are some of the
cases related to freezing in Galaxy S3.

Caused By TouchWiz UI

This is a
common problem for Samsung smartphone users especially for devices that run on
TouchWiz UI on top of the stock ROM. One way to know if freezes and lags were
caused by TouchWiz is when the phone hardly responds to users commands. For
example, if Galaxy S3 takes forever to unlock the screen or launch the
messaging app or the browser. These operations are very light to execute but
when the phone lags when instructed to do so, TouchWiz may be causing it. To
fix it, you need to do the following:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Applications Manager
  3. Swipe left to
    choose All tab.
  4. Scroll down to
    and tap TW.
  5. Find Clear Data button and tap
    on it.
  6. Reboot the
    phone to refresh its memory.
  7. The freezing
    should be gone by now if it was caused by TouchWiz UI.

There were
also some reports from users who have experienced infinite TouchWiz crashes. If
this is your case, a Factory Reset is needed since you cannot already do
something with the phone if the launcher fails to cooperate.

Caused By Security Apps

If your
phone freezes randomly without apparent reason and you have a security app
installed in your device, it is advisable you try to disable it first and see
if the phone behaves differently when the service is not running.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Application Manager.
  3. Find the
    security app you’ve installed and tap on it.
  4. Touch Disable button to prevent
    it from running in the background.
  5. Try
    experimenting with your phone to see if there is a boost in performance
    minus the freezes. If it does, try looking for another security app to be
    installed in your phone.

Caused By Heavy Apps

If you’ve
just downloaded and installed a considerably large (in size) and heavy app and
your Galaxy S3 occasionally freezes after that, this is what you got to do to
know if it’s really causing the problem.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Application Manager.
  3. Swipe twice to
    choose All tab.
  4. Find the app
    you just installed and tap on it.
  5. Tap on Disable button.
  6. See if there
    is a boost in performance after that. If there is, you may consider
    uninstalling the app from your device to maximize its performance.

It’s not
really about how huge and heavy the apps are, more often, there are some
inconsistencies that causes the freezing problem in the Galaxy S3.

Caused By Overheating

When the
phone turns really hot after several hours of straight, extensive use, odds are
it will enter into a boot loop as a fail-safe measure or it will freeze itself
up when its processor is about to be fried. Here’s what you need to do when
this happens:

  1. Try turning
    off the device using the typical way. If the phone does not respond at
    all, try pulling out the battery.
  2. Leave the
    device alone without a battery for several minutes until its temperature
    turns normal again.
  3. To prevent
    this from happening, give your phone a rest from time to time and don’t
    use it extensively while charging.

Without Apparent Cause

There are
times when the Samsung Galaxy S3 freezes and you don’t know what caused it.
This is what you should do:

  1. Try turning
    off the phone the typical way, if it doesn’t respond, take the battery
  2. Reinsert the
    battery and turn the device on again and see if it still freezes after
    that. Sometimes a phone does need to freshen up.
  3. If the problem
    happens most of the time, back up all your data.
  4. After the
    backup, turn the device off.
  5. Press and hold
    the Home
    button, the Volume
    Down button and Power
    button simultaneously until the Samsung logo appears.
  6. Using the
    volume keys, highlight the option wipe
    data/factory reset
    and press the power button.
  7. Scroll to Yes–delete all user data
    and press the power button once again.
  8. The phone will
    now wipe everything inside it including third-party apps.
  9. Once done,
    reboot the device and wait until it’s fully active before you use it.
  10. See if
    everything works the way they were.

I hope
this helps. Do send us email at
if you have questions or problems with your device and we will do our best to
answer them.

have previously published an article
answering a reader’s problem
with his Galaxy S3 that often freezes and
lags. Follow this link
to read it

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