What To Do If Google Pixel 4a Frequently Freezes For A Few Seconds

In this troubleshooting guide, we will show you what to do if Google Pixel 4a frequently freezes for a few seconds after updating it to Android 11. More often, freezes are due to a firmware issue, but there are times when it’s caused by a minor app problem. Continue reading to learn more about it. 

Some Pixel 4a users reported that shortly after the Android 11 update, their phones are having some kind of performance issues. There are those who reported that their device started to freeze for a few seconds frequently. If you’re one of them, you should try troubleshooting your phone. With that being said, here’s what you should do: 

First solution: Close all apps running in the background

When it comes to performance issues, it’s possible that they’re caused by some apps that are running in the background. There are advantages of leaving the app running without closing it but if there’s already a lot of them using your phone’s RAM and CPU, it will result in lags and freezes. 

  1. To rule this out, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and stop at the middle. This will show you all the apps that are left running. 
  2. Swipe up on each preview to close them one by one. 

After closing all of them, try to see if the freezes are gone. 

Second solution: Force restart your Pixel

After closing all apps and your phone still freezes, the next thing you should do is to refresh its memory, as well as reload all its applications and services. You can do so by doing the Forced restart. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Press and hold the Power key for 8 seconds. This will trigger your phone to shut down and power back up. 
  2. Once the Google logo shows, release the Power key and wait until the device finishes the reboot. 

Most of the time, these are the only things you need to do to fix a problem like this. However, if the issue continues, then move on to the next solution. 

Third solution: Factory reset your Pixel

After doing the previous solutions and your Pixel 4a still lags and freezes, then you have no other choice but to reset your phone. A factory reset will fix any performance issues including these ones. However, make sure to back up your important files and data. 

When ready, follow these steps: 

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap System.
  3. Tap Advanced. 
  4. Tap Reset options, and then tap Erase all data.
  5. Tap Erase all data at the bottom right corner of the screen. If needed, enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  6. To erase all data from your phone’s internal storage, tap Erase all data.

After the reset, set up your phone as a new device. Your device should be running smoothly now.  

And that’s what you need to do if your Google Pixel 4a frequently freezes after the Android 11 update. We hope that this simple troubleshooting guide has been helpful. 

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