Google Pixel 4a Keeps Lagging And Freezing After Android 11

In this troubleshooting guide, we will show you what to do if your Google Pixel 4a keeps lagging and freezing. We will look into all possibilities and rule them out one by one until we can determine the cause and hopefully be able to fix the problem. Continue reading to learn more. 

Lags and freezes are among the most common issues you may encounter every now and then. Most of the time, they’re not really serious and you may be able to fix them by doing one or a couple of procedures. If you’re one of the owners of the Pixel 4a that has these issues, here’s what you should do: 

First solution: Close applications running in the background

More often than not, performance issues are due to apps that crash or left running in the background. If left running, they continue to use your phone’s RAM and CPU, and if there’s already a bunch of them running, you may notice that your device starts to run slowly. 

So the first thing you need to do is close the apps that are still running. 

  1. To do so, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and stop at the middle. You’ll find the apps that are still running in the background. 
  2. Swipe up on each app to close them. 

After that, try to see if the lags and freezes are fixed. 

Second solution: Force restart your phone

The next thing you have to do if your Pixel 4a still lags and freezes even after closing all background apps, is to do the forced restart. This will refresh your phone’s memory and reload all apps and services. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Press and hold the Power key for 8 seconds. This will trigger your Pixel 4a to shut down and power back up. 
  2. Once the Google logo shows, release the Power key and wait until the reboot is finished. 

After the reboot, try to see if your Pixel 4a is still having the same problem.

Third solution: Make sure there’s enough storage space

Another thing you need to check is the storage. If there’s only a few gigabytes left, you should consider managing it, or try deleting some apps you don’t use anymore. You may also download large files and videos to a computer to free up some space. 

  1. To check the storage of your phone, launch Settings, and then tap Storage.

If you still have enough storage space left, then try the next solution. 

Fourth solution: Check for new updates

It is also possible that these issues are due to glitches with the firmware. So if they occurred without apparent reason and can’t be fixed by the previous solutions, try to see if there’s a new update available. 

Firmware issues are often fixed through updates. Besides, Google actually rolls out updates regularly to make sure its Pixel phones run smoothly. 

  1. To check for an update, launch Settings. 
  2. Scroll down and tap System. 
  3. Tap Advanced. 
  4. Now tap System Update. 

If there’s an update available, download and install it. 

Fifth solution: Factory reset your phone

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. The problem should be fixed by now. 

And that’s what you need to do if your Google Pixel 4a keeps lagging and freezing. We hope that this simple troubleshooting guide has been helpful. 

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