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How to Fix If Samsung S22 Keeps Freezing

Is your Samsung Galaxy S22 keep on freezing? Try these fixes!
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Your Samsung Galaxy S22 could freeze at any time – during a gaming session, while on a call, when using a specific app, while using the camera, or even when updating the device or apps.

This is a common issue a lot of users could experience. But the good news is, we have created this guide to help you troubleshoot and fix this issue regardless of when it happens.

In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss possible reasons why your Galaxy S22 may freeze, and we will provide step-by-step instructions to resolve the issue.

Keep reading…

Note: Solutions in this guide will work on any Samsung Galaxy S22 model (S22, S22 Plus, S22 Fe, and S22 Ultra models.)

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S22 running Android 13. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

Possible Causes Why Your Galaxy S22 May Freezes

There could be a number of reasons why your Samsung Galaxy S22 may freeze. Your smartphone is a complex device, and a lot of things could potentially go wrong. 

However, there are certain causes that tend to cause this issue more often than others. Here’s a list of the most likely culprits:

  1. System Bugs: Your Galaxy S22’s operating system might have bugs that cause the device to freeze. These bugs could come from a faulty update or could be inherited software issues.
  2. Faulty Apps: If your device freezes while using specific apps, those apps might be the problem. These apps could be poorly coded, incompatible with your device’s Android version, or have bugs that cause your device to freeze.
  3. Misconfigurations: Incorrect settings or configurations in your device can also lead to freezing issues. This could be anything from performance settings to developer option settings.
  4. Low Storage Space: Your Galaxy S22 needs free space to function smoothly (due to cache generation). If its storage space is nearly full, it could cause your device to freeze.
  5. High RAM Usage: If too many apps run in the background, they could be using up too much of your device’s RAM, causing it to crash or freeze.
  6. Corrupted System Cache: The system cache is a storage area where frequently processed or accessed data is stored for quick access. If this cache gets corrupted, it could cause a lot of issues, including freezing your device.

Now you know what are the possible causes behind the issue you are experiencing on your Galaxy S22.

Let’s move on to the solutions.

Fix 01: Do a Forced Restart

A forced restart, also known as a soft reset, is a process that simulates the effects of a battery pull. This method effectively clears minor software glitches and memory leaks that may be causing your device to freeze.

Therefore, when you encounter a sudden freeze, all you have to do is perform a quick forced restart.

Here’s how you can do this on your Galaxy S22:

  1. Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power key together for about 15 – 25 seconds.
  2. Release both buttons when the Samsung logo appears on the screen.
Force restart samsung

Fix 02: Uninstall Buggy Apps

Not all the apps on Playstore are built to work on your device perfectly. That is why you should be more concerned about the apps before installing them on your device as they can sometimes cause battery draining, crashing or even freezing. 

To identify and fix this, try updating or uninstalling recently installed apps on your device. Then see if the freezing issue goes away.

TIP: If the freezing happens while using a specific app, it’s highly likely that the problem lies with that app. In such cases, you can either update the app (if an update is available) or uninstall it.

To uninstall apps from your Galaxy S22:

  1. Go to the Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Scroll through the list of apps and tap on the one you want to uninstall.
  4. Tap on Uninstall.

To update apps on Play Store:

  1. Open Google Play Store.
  2. Tap on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) at the top-left corner.
  3. Tap on Manage apps and device.
Manage apps and devices
  1. Then tap on the Manage tab and select “Updates available” button. Here, you’ll see a list of apps with available updates. Tap ‘Update’ next to the app you want to update.
Updates available

After uninstalling or updating suspected apps, restart your device to ensure the changes take effect.

Fix 03: Do a Software Update

Software updates are not just about introducing new features or enhancing the user interface. They also include bug fixes, system improvements, and security patches that can resolve existing issues on your Samsung Galaxy S22. 

Therefore, it’s possible that there’s an update available that addresses the freezing issue.

Before you proceed with the update, ensure that your device is charged sufficiently (above 50%) and we also recommend you connect your Galaxy S22 to a stable Wi-Fi network as updating over mobile data could result in additional charges or disrupt downloading the update if the connection is unstable.

Here’s how you can update your Samsung Galaxy S22:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Battery and device care.
Battery and device care
  1. Tap on Software update.
Software update
  1. Then, tap on Download and install.
Download and install
  1. Your Galaxy S22 will now check for available updates. If there is an update available, go ahead and install it.

Once you have proceeded to install the update, your phone will restart and the update will start to install. 

After the update process completes, use your phone as you normally would and check if the freezing issue has been resolved.

Fix 04: Wipe Cache Partition

Note: This process will not delete any personal data or settings on your device.

The system cache is an area of your Samsung Galaxy S22 that stores temporary data related to your apps and system processes. This cache is stored in a dedicated partition of your device’s internal memory, known as the cache partition. 

Over time, this cache can become corrupted or overloaded with outdated data, causing your device to freeze or slow down.

Clearing the cache partition resolves these issues by removing the old data and allowing your device to rebuild the cache with fresh, updated data. To do this, you’ll need to boot your device into recovery mode

Here are the complete instructions on how to wipe the cache partition on your Galaxy S22:

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Plug your device into a power source.
  3. Press and hold the Volume Up button and the Power button.
  4. When the Samsung logo appears, release both buttons.
  5. After the Android recovery screen appears, use the Volume Down button to navigate to “Wipe cache partition”.
Wipe cache partition
  1. Press the Power button to select this option.
  2. Use the Volume Down button to highlight “Yes” and press the Power button to select it.
Confirm wipe cache
  1. Once the process is complete, “Reboot system now” will be highlighted.
  2. Press the Power button to restart your device.

After your device reboots, monitor it to see if the freezing issue has been resolved.

Fix 05: Reset All Settings

Sometimes, certain misconfigurations in your device’s settings could lead to freezing. This could be due to changes in the settings that you may have made inadvertently, or due to certain system updates that may have altered the settings in a way that’s causing the device to freeze.

Resetting all settings on your device helps in such situations. It brings all the settings on your device back to their default state, which can help eliminate any misconfigurations causing the issue.

Here’s how you can reset all settings on your Samsung Galaxy S22:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “General management”.
  3. Tap on “Reset”.
Reset option samsung
  1. Select “Reset all settings”.
Reset all settings
  1. Confirm.

Fix 06: Do a Factory Data Reset

In some extreme cases, the freezing issue on your Samsung Galaxy S22 might be due to a deep-rooted software problem that cannot be fixed by the above solutions. 

In this case, you need to perform a factory data reset. This process will erase all the data on your device and return it to its original factory state.

However, before proceeding with this, it’s crucial to back up all your important data to avoid any data loss.

Once you are ready, follow the steps below to perform a factory data reset on your Samsung Galaxy S22:

  1. Go to Settings > General management.
  2. Tap on “Reset”.
  3. Select “Factory data reset”.
Factory data reset
  1. You may need to enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  2. Confirm your action by tapping on “Delete all”.

After the reset, your device will restart. You’ll then need to go through the initial setup process, just like when you first bought your phone. 

Once you verify that the freezing issue has been resolved, you can then choose to restore your data from the backup you created earlier, or you can keep your device as new.

Wrapping Up

In this guide, we’ve covered 6 fixes to help you fix your Samsung Galaxy S22 from freezing. 

If you have any questions or need further clarification on any of the steps in this guide, feel free to leave a comment below. We will be there to help!

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Andrew

Content writer and Web developer at Backtodefault.com and he is the big brain behind the technical aspects of this tech blog.

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