How to fix your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that keeps freezing and lagging (easy steps)

Constant freezing and laging often occur among other symptoms of performance degradation in mobile devices. Slowing down of a mobile phone is normal. But when a new powerful smartphone is performing like this at an early stage, it needs to fix your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that keeps freezing and lagging.

There are many factors that may cause the same issues to occur on new devices. In most cases, software issues are found to be the underlying cause. It could be due to an app malfunction, bad updates, software bugs, random glitches, system crashes, and the like. All these are rectifiable by doing some troubleshooting steps. But if there is a damaged hardware component, service is most likely needed to fix the problem. Below are some of the recommended and potential solutions.

First solution: Force close background apps then restart your phone.

Background apps refer to the apps that you’ve recently used but not closed. These apps are in standby mode and running in the background. If any of these background apps crashes, there is a higher chance that other apps or the phone system itself will affect. As a result, certain apps may not work or function as intended and your phone system couldn’t perform properly as well. To over come the problem close all possible triggers, forcing background apps. Here’s how it’s done on your Note 8:

  • Press the Recent apps key located on the bottom left corner of the screen. Doing so will show up a list of your recently used apps.
  • To close an individual app, tap the app from the list and drag it to the left or right. Alternatively, you can just tap the X.
  • To close all recent apps at once, tap the option to Clear All instead.
  • Restart your phone to apply the new changes.

Second solution: Boot into safe mode and diagnose applications.

to fix your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that keeps freezing and lagging

To determine whether or not a third-party app is causing your Note 8 to constantly freeze and lag, boot the device in “safe mode”. All third-party apps are disable in this mode so it will be easier to resolve the problem. Follow these steps to boot your Galaxy Note 8 in safe mode and diagnose your apps:

  • Turn OFF the device.
  • Press and hold the Power button . As Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE” appear on the screen, release the Power Key.
  • Hold immediately the Volume Down Key.

 



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  • Continue holding the Volume Down Button until the device finishes rebooting.
  • Release it, when you see “Safe Maode” in the bottom left corner of the screen.

 

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The purpose of Safe Mode is actually to find out that your device can boot up successfully. And if so, then boot it in Normal Mode. And if it does not make any difference, boot it in Safe Mode again, and at this stage find bad apps that are causing  error.

If the problem doesn’t occur while in safe mode, then it means any of your downloaded apps is causing it. That app must therefore be removed. At this point, you can start uninstalling individual apps you suspect, most likely the most recent app you’ve downloaded before your phone starts to freeze or lag. To uninstall suspected apps, follow these steps:

Uninstall bad apps

to fix your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that keeps freezing and lagging

From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
Select  Settings > Apps.
Tap the desired application in the default list or tap 3 dots icon > Show system apps to display preinstalled apps.
Tap the desired application.
Select “Uninstall”.
Tap Uninstall again to confirm action.
After uninstalling suspected apps, reboot your phone to apply the new changes and likewise refresh the system. See if that fixed the problem.

Third solution: Wipe cache partition on your phone.

to fix your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that keeps freezing and lagging

Temporary files that are stored as cache in the device system can also cause lags and freezes when they crash or get corrupted. To make sure this isn’t the causing trouble, wiping the cache partition of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can help. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Press the Volume Up, Home (Bixby), and Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  • When the Android logo appears, release all buttons and wait for the Android recovery menu options to display.
  • From the Android recovery menu, press the Volume Down key several times to highlight or select wipe cache partition option.
  • Press the Power button to confirm selection.
  • Press the Volume Down key until Yes is highlighted.
  • Then press the Power button to confirm.
  • Wait until the wipe cache partition is complete and when it’s finished, the Reboot system now option is highlighted.
  • Press the Power button to restart your phone.
    Unlike master reset, wiping cache partition does not affect your data stored on the internal memory so it won’t result to data loss.

Fourth solution: Update device software to the latest version.

Installing the latest firmware update for your Note 8 can also fix the problem.Updates not only offer new features but also fix patches to address existing bugs that affect certain devices. Follow these steps:

  • To check for software update on your Note 8, open the Apps tray.
  • Then go to Settings.
  • Tap Software Update.
  • Select the option to Download updates manually.
  • Tap OK and then Restart.
  • When the restart message appears, tap OK to confirm.

Fifth solution: Reset your phone to its factory default settings and set it up as new.

 

A master reset is the last option if nothing else works. There might be a more complex system error that triggers the device to crash and get stuck. This will wipe everything from your phone system including your personal information and customizations. So, create a backup of important files and data before moving on to these steps:

  • Press the Volume Up, Home (Bixby), and Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  • When the Android logo appears, release all buttons and wait for the Android recovery menu options to display.
  • From the Android recovery menu, press the Volume Down key several times to highlight or select wipe data/factory reset option.
  • Then press the Power button to confirm selection.
  • Press the Volume Down key until Yes — delete all user data is highlighted.
  • Then press the Power button to confirm select. This will initiate the master reset.
  • When the reset is finished, the Reboot system now option is highlighted.
  • Press the Power button to restart your phone.

 

Reset the device

Alternatively, you can reset your Note 8 through settings. Here’s how:

  • Swipe up on an empty spot from the Home screen to open the Apps tray.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Go to Cloud and accounts.
  • Tap Backup and restore. Doing so will allow you to create a backup of your important data before wiping them all.
  • After creating backups, go back to the Settings menu.
  • Tap General Management.
  • Scroll to and tap Reset.
  • Then select Factory data reset from the given options.
  • Tap Reset to continue.
  • If prompted, enter your credentials.
  • Tap Continue.
  • Then tap Delete all to confirm reset.
    Wait until your phone reboots and then you can start setting up your device as new. Everything should be working properly by then. Otherwise, your device needs service.

Repair options

to fix your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that keeps freezing and lagging

You may consider taking your device to a Samsung service center and have it diagnosed by a technician for any indications of hardware damage. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might have incurred some sort of physical or liquid damage from a previous drop or liquid exposure. In that case, constant freezing and lags are the transpiring symptoms. Thus, your device requires service.

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