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Android is one of the coolest mobile operating systems you can find. It fulfills most of the elements you would expect in a good operating system. Unfortunately, like any technology you can think of, Android isn’t perfect.
Regardless of the brand of your smartphone, the Android device you own can run into a bunch of annoying problems. They can be an Android-wide issue or a phone-brand-specific issue. Quantrimang.com has gathered some of the most annoying well-known Android problems and will show you how to deal with them.
1. Phone screen does not turn off during a call
This annoying problem is usually caused by a faulty or partially covered proximity sensor. There are several ways to fix it, depending on the exact cause. The easiest fix is to wipe the proximity sensor with a clean dry cloth. For reference, it is usually located at the top of the smartphone near the front camera. So make sure to wipe down your entire top frame.
If this doesn’t work, it’s possible that your protective glass or phone case is blocking the sensor’s view. You will need to adjust either or both to fix it. If it still doesn’t work, there are 3 other options:
- Restart the phone: This procedure is usually done after cleaning the sensor.
- Turn off the proximity sensor: If the proximity sensor malfunctions, you may have to turn it off. To turn off the proximity sensor:
1. Open the app Phone on your device and tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
2. Click Settings > Call Settings and turn off the proximity sensor. Unfortunately, you may not find this option on some Android phones depending on the OS version and device manufacturer.
- Turn off all sensors: This approach is like killing a chicken with a buffalo scalpel, but it works. To turn off all your sensors:
1. Open Settings on Android smartphones.
2. Navigate to System > Developer settings (or Developer options) > Quick settings developer tiles > Sensors Off. You may need to enable first Developer Options.
3. Doing this doesn’t actually turn off your sensor, but adds a shortcut to disable it to the quick settings menu. To disable the sensor anytime your proximity sensor is misbehaving, simply swipe down to reveal the quick settings menu and enable the icon Sensors Off to turn off all sensors.
Warning: Turning off the sensor will interrupt your use of the microphone, camera, and location services. Only consider this as an emergency last resort.
2. Phone screen light and dark randomly
It’s nice to have your phone increase brightness in bright places and decrease brightness in dark places. Unfortunately, the light sensor on the smartphone, which is responsible for controlling this feature, sometimes malfunctions. This causes your phone screen to randomly darken and light up in inappropriate conditions. So an interesting feature suddenly becomes an annoying feature.
To fix this, open Settings on the phone and search Adaptive brightness or Automatic brightness. Tap to turn the feature on and off.
If you cannot find either option, as a last resort you can consider turning off all sensors using the steps outlined above. In this case, you will need the help of a technician for a permanent fix.
3. Screen is too bright at night
Using your Android phone at night will make you squint. Adjusting the screen brightness or the distance of the smartphone from the eyes does not correct this problem. Fortunately, newer versions of the Android operating system have a dark mode available.
To enable dark mode on Android devices, just go to Settings > Display and turn on Dark mode.
This will immediately activate the OS-wide dark theme for the device, and also trigger some of your apps to switch to the dark background.
Use Dark Mode in the browser
Unfortunately, most Android browser apps don’t have a reliable dark mode feature. You get a dark mode that only applies the dark theme to the browser menus instead of the content of the web pages. While surfing the web, this leaves you stuck with blinding white light that is harmful to your eyes.
Fortunately, Chromium-based browsers like Google Chrome and Brave have a workaround. Refer to the following articles for more details:
4. Phone memory is constantly full
You don’t download any new files or install additional apps, but somehow the phone memory fills itself up. Why so?
The biggest culprit is usually app cache and other app data. As you use your apps, they slowly accumulate data in the background, consuming gigabytes of space before you realize it. Social networking apps like Telegram and Facebook are notorious causes. Chrome and Netflix are also big app data hogs, so watch out for them.
To clear the app cache and other app data on an Android device:
1. Open Settings on the device and navigate to Apps (or Applications in some brands) and tap it.
2. On the next screen, tap See all apps or Manage apps.
3. From the list, locate the apps that are currently taking up a lot of memory and tap on them.
4. Next, tap Storage > Clear data/Clear storage and choose Manage space/Clear storage or Clear cache. If you choose the option Manage spaceyou will find the option Clear all data for the selected application.
5. Options Clear cache will remove your device from all temporary files associated with the selected application.
If you want to clear cache data for all your apps at once, try navigating to Settings > Storage > Device Memory > Cache data and click Delete to clear cache data for all your apps at once. This option may not be available on all phones.
5. You can’t find some hidden Android features
This is not an incident but can be annoying nonetheless. There are some features that you have to spend a lot of time navigating deep into your Android device to locate every time you want to use them. Why not add this feature to the Quick Settings menu?
To add a shortcut to the quick settings menu, simply:
1. Swipe down from the top of your Android device to bring up the menu Quick Settings.
2. Click the pencil icon on the menu to display the available shortcuts that you can add.
3. Tap any available shortcut to add it to the menu Quick Settings.
Unfortunately, the number of features you can add as shortcuts on the Quick Settings menu is limited. However, with apps like Tile Shortcutsyou can add any app to the Quick Settings menu and access it with a single swipe.