Samsung Galaxy S10 keeps showing the “Settings has stopped” error

The actual error would be “Unfortunately, Settings has stopped” which is preceded with lags and freezes and this may occur even to high-end devices like your Samsung Galaxy S10. While Settings may just seem like another pre-installed app, it’s actually one of the most important apps in your phone as it covers almost every setting, feature and service whose settings you can change. Without this app, you won’t be able to change the settings of your phone and many other things won’t work if it keeps on crashing.

So, in this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your Samsung Galaxy S10 that’s bugged down by the “Settings has stopped” error. In fixing this problem, we just need to make your phone access Settings so that you can sync your data that you don’t want to lose because frankly speaking, the best solution for this problem is a master reset. Continue reading as this article may be able to help you one way or another.

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you happen to find this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, then visit our Galaxy S10 Help Guides page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. We may have already published articles that could help you fix your problem. Find issues that are similar with yours and feel free to use our solutions.

Fixing Galaxy S10 with “Settings has stopped” error

We need to be thorough in troubleshooting your phone that’s bugged down by this error so we will exhaust all possible solutions before we move on to our last resort which a master reset. Here are the things you can do if your phone keeps on showing the Settings has stopped error.

First solution: Force restart your Galaxy S10

A glitch or a minor firmware issue may result to the crashing of pre-installed applications including Settings. These issues can often be fixed by doing the forced restart, therefore, it should be the first thing you should do. Here’s how it’s done…

  1. Press and hold the Volume down button and don’t release it.
  2. While holding the volume button, press and hold the power key as well.
  3. Keep both keys held down together for 15 seconds or until the Galaxy S10 logo shows on the screen.

Once the phone has successfully rebooted, pull the notification panel down by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping on the Settings icon. If the problem isn’t fixed, then the Settings has stopped error should show up the moment you touch the icon. And if such is the case, move on to the next procedure.

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Second solution: Restart your phone in Safe mode

It is also possible that the cause of the error are third-party applications that have gone rogue. To rule this possibility out, you just have to reboot your phone into safe mode and access settings from there. Here’s how you do it…

  1. Press and hold Power key until the power options show.
  2. Touch and hold the Power off option until Safe mode appears.
  3. Tap the Safe mode icon to restart your phone.
  4. A few moments later, the text “Safe mode” will appear on the lower-left corner of the screen. It’s a sign that your phone is now in safe mode.

Try to access your phone’s settings and see if the settings has stopped error still shows up. If it still does, then it’s time to troubleshoot the firmware itself.

Third solution: Delete the system cache

The system cache is prone to corruption especially if you just recently updated your phone to the new version of its firmware. When the cache gets corrupted, performance issues may occur and some applications may crash including pre-installed apps. Wiping the cache partition has been proven to be effective in fixing issues like this so, it’s worth a try…

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Galaxy S10 logo displays, release all three keys.
  4. Once your phone reaches a black screen with blue and yellow texts on it, then that’s the recovery mode. You may proceed with the wiping of the cache partition.
  5. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight wipe cache partition.
  6. Press Power key to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key to highlight yes, them and press the Power key to select.
  8. When the wipe cache partition is complete, Reboot system now is highlighted.
  9. Press the Power key to restart the device.

If may take a little time for your phone to reboot after this as it will rebuild the cache. Once the phone has successfully rebooted, open Settings once again and see if the Settings has stopped error still shows up. If it still does, then it’s time to do the master reset.

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Fourth solution: Backup important files and reset your phone

After performing the first four procedures and your Galaxy S10 is still showing up the Settings has stopped error, then you must resort to using the master reset. As long as the firmware of your phone hasn’t been modified in any way, you should be able to fix this problem with a reset. While you can’t access settings, you may still be able to transfer files over to your SD card using the file manager or you can upload them to the cloud.

After the backup process, remove your Google and Samsung accounts from your phone so that you won’t be locked out of your device after the reset. Once everything is in order, follow these steps to reset your phone using the hardware keys:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Galaxy S10 logo displays, release all three keys.
  4. Once your phone reaches a black screen with blue and yellow texts on it, then that’s the recovery mode. You may proceed with the reset.
  5. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’.
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes’ is highlighted.
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  9. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  10. Press the Power key to restart the device.

After the reset, set up your phone as new and before installing anything, try to see if the problem is fixed. Again, this procedure should fix the problem but if for some reason the Settings has stopped error continues to bug you down, then it’s time you brought the phone back to the store so that a technician can check it up for you.

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!

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