How To Fix It If Messenger Closes On Its Own On Google Pixel 4a

In this troubleshooting guide, we will show you what you should if Messenger closes on its own on your Google Pixel 4a after the Android 11 update. We will look into all possibilities and then rule them out one by one until we can fix the issue. Read on to understand and learn about this problem. 

Third-party apps tend to crash every now and then, and it seems like some Pixel 4a owners are bugged by it. The app in question is Facebook Messenger, which started to close on its own after the Android 11 update. It’s probably just a minor issue but if you’re one of the users with this problem, you need to troubleshoot your device. With all that being said, here are the solutions you can use.

First solution: Close Messenger and open again

Most of the time, crashes like this are pretty minor app issues. While it may be very annoying because it disrupts your activity every now and then, it’s not really a serious problem. In fact, you may be able to fix it by simply closing and re-opening it. 

  1. To do so, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and stop at the middle to view apps you recently used. 
  2. Swipe up on Messenger to close it. If you want, you may also close other apps. 

Now that you’ve already refreshed the app and its cache, open it again to see if it still crashes.

Second solution: Force Restart your Pixel

If the first solution failed to fix the problem, the next thing you need to do is refresh your Pixel 4a’s memory and reload all its applications and services. You can do so by doing the forced restart. It’s a simulated battery removal and it’s effective in fixing issues like this. 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. 

After the reboot, launch Messenger and see if the problem is fixed. 

Third solution: Clear the cache and data of the app

Another effective solution to app crashes is resetting the app in question. That’s what you need to do if the first two solutions failed to fix the problem, and you don’t have to worry as none of your files or messages will be deleted. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Pull the app drawer up and look for Messenger. 
  2. Tap and hold on its icon, and then tap App Info. 
  3. Tap Storage and cache. 
  4. Tap Clear cache. 
  5. Tap Clear storage and confirm it. 

More often than not, this procedure fixes app crashes. However, if the problem persists, then you have to do the next solution.

Fourth solution: Uninstall and reinstall Messenger

If the first three solutions failed, then you have no other choice but to remove the app from your phone. This will make sure all possibly corrupted installation files are deleted. After that, download and install a fresh copy to make sure you’re using the latest version. Here’s how: 

  1. Pull the app drawer up and look for Messenger. 
  2. Tap and hold on its icon, and then tap App Info. 
  3. Tap Uninstall and touch OK to confirm. 
  4. Once the app is successfully uninstalled, launch the Play Store.
  5. Search for Messenger, and then tap Install. Now wait until the installation is finished. 

When it comes to fixing app crashes, this is all you need to do. 

And those are the things you need to do if Messenger closes on its own on your Google Pixel 4a. We hope that this simple troubleshooting guide can help you.

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