What to do with your Google Pixel 3 XL that started to keep freezing and/or lagging

Freezes and lags are two of the most common performance-related issues that even high-end devices like the Google Pixel 3 XL might encounter sooner or later. While these issues are very annoying especially that you’re used to having a lightning fast phone, they’re actually pretty easy to fix.

In this post, I will walk you through in troubleshooting your Pixel 3 XL that keeps on freezing and lagging. I will share with you the solutions many owners have been using in fixing these issues. Please note that these problems may occur one at a time or one may lead to the other. For instance, you may notice your Pixel 3 XL to lag every now and then and after a day or two, it may start to freeze more often. Continue reading as this post may be able to help you one way or another.

Before we move on, if you have other issues or if you’re looking for a solution to a different problem, then drop in on our Pixel 3 XL Help Guides for we have already solved some of the most common cases with this phone. There could already be articles on our website that could help you fix your problem.

Now, here are the things you need to do if your Pixel 3 XL starts to freeze and lag…

  1. Force restart your Google Pixel 3 XL.
  2. Use your phone in Safe Mode.
  3. Uninstall suspected applications.
  4. Factory reset your Pixel 3 XL.

If your phone has been working without any issues prior to the first occurrence of these problems, then there’s still a possibility that it’s just a minor problem with the firmware. Minor issues can oftentimes be fixed by a forced reboot procedure which will refresh your phone’s memory.

The next thing you should do if the forced restart didn’t fix the problem is to reboot your device in safe mode wherein all third-party apps and services are temporarily disabled. Continue using your phone while in this mode to know if the problem still occurs. If the freezes and lags don’t occur, then you must find out which of the apps you downloaded is causing the problem and uninstall it.

You may uninstall suspected apps one by one while in safe mode or if you’re in normal mode but I suggest you do it in normal mode so that you can immediately notice if there’s a different in the performance of your device.

Lastly, if all else fails, you have no other choice but to factory reset your phone. This will bring it back to its default settings and configuration as well as delete all your apps and files that are stored in the phone’s internal storage. So, before the reset, make sure to create a backup of your important files so you won’t lose them. Here’s how to reset your phone:

  1. Turn off your Google Pixel 3 XL.
  2. Press and hold the Power+Volume Down buttons until bootloader mode (image of an Android with Start above it) appears, then release.
  3. Select Recovery mode. You can use the Volume buttons to cycle through the available options and the Power button to select. The device will flash the Google start screen momentarily and then restarts in Recovery mode.
  4. If presented with an image of a broken Android with “No Command” printed on the screen, press and hold the Power button. Press the Volume Up button once. Then release the Power button.
  5. From the Android Recovery screen, select Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Select Yes. Wait for several minutes for the factory data reset process to complete.
  7. Select Reboot system now. Allow several minutes for the factory data reset and reboot processes to complete.
  8. Set the phone up again.

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!