All elements except apps on Android are collectively referred to as System UI. Android’s user interface allows you to customize the display. However, sometimes you may get the “System UI is not responding” message or similar error due to several factors.
For example, a common reason is updating your Android operating system or when the operating system update fails to install successfully. Also, you get a similar error when an app requests unauthorized resources. Other causes are lack of internal memory, memory card not inserted properly and the like.
How to Fix System UI Not Responding?
Before we move on to the fix part, we recommend starting with a simple fix like restarting your Android phone. This is because this method can fix minor bugs and avoid errors like “System UI Not Responding”.
All you have to do is hold down the Power button until you can see multiple options. Tap Power off until your phone is completely powered off. Wait ten seconds and then turn your phone back on. If you still get the same error, here are some solutions you can try:
Clear the Google app cache
Similar to any app cache, Google app cache can also contain corrupted cache files. This can lead to errors and glitches that lead to system UI crash. So, one of the solutions is to completely remove the cache from the Google app. Here’s how you can do it:
- Open the Apps list from Settings on your phone.
- Locate the Google Play Store app.
- Tap on storage and then select the clear cache Possibility.
- Also tap delete data.
Now you can restart your phone and see if the error persists.
Uninstall Google updates
Not all updates are always for the better. Sometimes the update files can also be corrupted or contain errors. So, you can try to uninstall such Google updates. Here are the steps to do it:
note: The names of some settings may differ depending on the Android model.
- Go to settings and then tap application manager or Installed apps.
- From the list of apps, select the Google app.
- Choose Uninstall updates Possibility.
In addition, you can also select the option “Do not update app automatically”. This prevents future automatic updates.
Reset Android app preferences
Since the changes in our app settings can also be one of the causes for the error, you can try resetting them. However, this is not equivalent to a full factory reset. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Settings and then go to application manager.
- Tap the three-point menu.
- Choose Reset app preferences.
- In the pop-up notification option, you can notice a warning message.
- Tap on Reset apps.
Run Android in safe mode
Another solution is to start your Android phone in safe mode. This will cripple all other third party apps like those from Play Store or other sources. You can only run pre-installed apps. This can be annoying at first but will help you keep your phone running smoothly by fixing such serious glitches.
Here’s how to start your phone in safe mode:
- Hold down the Power button until you notice new options.
- Press and hold again off button.
- Now you can show a pop-up window where your Android will ask you if you want to restart it in safe mode.
- Tap OK.
Uninstall suspicious apps
Have you installed some apps on your Android via third-party sources like APK files? If so, these files are notorious for damaging your phone. One of the consequences is the system UI crash. We therefore recommend deleting them immediately.
Factory reset your phone
If most of the solutions don’t help, a proven method is to factory reset your phone. This step will completely erase all data from your phone but will also restore your system UI settings. So you don’t get the error anymore. However, we only recommend following this step if you have already backed up all your data like contacts, messages, media, apps and more.
- Go to Settings and select General Administration.
- Then tap Reset to default.
- Choose Factory reset.
- Tap again Reset to default.