How to fix Google Pixel 3 that frequently freezes and lags?

The Google Pixel 3 comes packed with impressive hardware specifications and based on reviews, it’s a very stable phone. However, there would always come a time when problems occur and among the most common issues you may encounter are related to its performance like freezes and lags.

Performance-related issues can be fixed without any help from a technician. All you need to do is perform some troubleshooting procedures and you may be able to bring it back to its usual performance and operation. In this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your Pixel 3 that frequently freezes and lags. I will guide you in doing some procedures that can help you fix these issues. So, if you’re one of the owners of this phone and are currently being bugged by a similar problem, continue reading as this article may be able to help you.

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you are looking for a solution to a different problem, then visit our Pixel 3 Help Guides page for we have already solved many issues that were reported by owners. We may have already published articles that could help you with your problem so take a little time browsing through that page.

Now, here’s what you need to do if your Pixel 3 freezes and lags or has other performance issues…

  1. Perform the forced restart procedure.
  2. Run your Pixel 3 in Safe Mode.
  3. Uninstall third-party apps that are causing the problem.
  4. Factory reset your Pixel 3.

The forced restart should be the first thing you have to do if you’re troubleshooting a Pixel 3 that keeps on freezing or lagging. It will refresh the phone’s memory as well as reload all its apps and services. More often than not if the problem is not serious, it will be fixed by this procedure. To do this, press and hold the Power key for 30 seconds or even more and when the logo shows up on the screen, release it. Once the phone becomes active, continue using it to know if the freezes and lags are gone.

The next thing you have to do if the problem continues after doing the forced restart is to run your phone in safe mode. Just by rebooting the phone in safe mode won’t fix the problem but it will give you an idea if it’s caused by a third-party app or not because when in this mode, all third-party applications are temporarily disabled. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. With the device powered on, press and hold the Power button (located on the right-edge) until the Power off prompt appears then release.
  2. Touch and hold Power off until the “Reboot to safe mode” prompt appears then release.
  3. Tap OK to confirm.
  4. The restart process may take up to 45 seconds to complete.
  5. Upon restart, ‘Safe mode’ appears in the lower-left of the unlock/home screen.

Assuming that the freezes and lags don’t occur while the phone is in safe mode, then you will have to find out which of your apps is causing the problem and then uninstall it.

Lastly, if all else fails, you have to do the factory reset to bring the phone back to its default settings and configuration as well as rule out the possibility that the problem is due to a firmware issue. However, before the reset, make sure to backup important files and data that are stored in  your phone’s internal storage as they will be deleted. Once everything is set and ready, follow these steps to reset your phone:

  1. Make sure your phone is turned off completely. So, press and hold the power key for a few minutes until the device powers down.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power key together for a few seconds.
  3. When the Fastboot Mode shows on the screen, release both keys.
  4. Using the Volume keys, highlight Recovery Mode and then press Power key to boot the phone into it.
  5. If you see the Android on the screen, press and hold the power key for a couple of seconds and then press the volume up key once.
  6. Once you’re inside the Recovery Mode, use the Volume keys to navigate through the options. Highlight “wipe data/factory reset” and then press the power key to select it.
  7. You need to confirm that you really need to wipe the data of your phone so highlight Yes and then press the power key to choose it.
  8. Wait until your phone finished doing the reset, which may take several seconds to a couple of minutes.
  9. When the reset is complete, highlight and choose ‘Reboot system now’ to complete the process.

I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix the problem with your device. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!