System UI not responding? (Step by step instructions)

Do you keep being boring “System UI is not responding” prompt on your Android device? If you do, you’ve come to the right place. How to fix it, though? In this guide, we will walk you through several steps you can try to fix the “System UI is not responding” Mistake.

Why is the system UI unresponsive?

There are two reasons why the System UI may be unresponsive. We have listed the most common below:

  • Lack of storage space
  • Application preferences
  • Your phone may have malware
  • Applications from unknown sources
  • The memory card is not inserted correctly
  • Google updates and third-party apps

1. Restart your phone

This is usually the first thing to do if something goes wrong with an electronic device. A restart resets your phone, clears used RAM, and fixes most bugs and issues.

To restart your phone, follow these simple steps:

  • Long press the ON OFF on the side of your device until you get a prompt like the one below. It may look different depending on the brand of your Android phone.
Restart your device. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

You will be asked if you want to shutdown, restart or activate emergency mode.

  • Tap on “To restart” and wait for your device to turn off and then turn back on by itself.

This should fix the error. If not, please try the other fixes below.

2. Clear System UI and Google Play Services Cache

Sometimes app cache can prevent an app from working properly. The System UI app is no different.

  • Open Settings on your device and go to apps Where Application Management
Screenshot of apps panel in settings
Settings on the Android device. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Once you are in the apps list, click the stitch menu and select Show system apps.
Android system apps
Show system apps. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • To research “System user interface in the search bar and open it.
  • Now click on Force stop so what Storage. (You may receive a prompt asking if you want to force stop the application. Click OK.)
Screenshot of system UI in settings
Force Stop System UI App on Android. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • When you enter Storageclick on Empty the cache. This will clear the System UI app cache.
Clear cache button for system ui app.
Clear cache for system UI. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • To research Google Play Servicesopen it and click Storage.
Amount of storage used in internal storage
Google Play Services, Storage. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Then click on Empty the cache at the bottom right of the screen.
Clear Google Play Services Cache
Clear Google Play Services storage cache. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • This should solve the problem. If not, you can go to Manage storage space so what Erase all data.
Clear Google Play Services app data
Erasing data from Google Play services. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

Now restart your phone. Check if this solved the UI responsiveness issue.

3. Check the memory card

When it comes to smartphones, SD cards are almost a thing of the past. However, there are still many phones that include an SD card.

If your phone has no SD card, you can skip this step. If your phone comes with an SD card, you need to make sure that it is inserted correctly or it is not bad.

  1. Head toward “Settings“and open”Storage“.
  2. Faucet “Unmount SD card” and press OKAY to confirm your decision.

Remove the SD card from your phone and check for any blemishes or dust. Wipe the SD card with a microfiber cloth and reinsert it into the memory card slot.

Check if this solved the problem. If the UI still unresponsive on your phone, go to the next step.

4. Uninstall Google app updates

Sometimes Google updates can be incompatible with your device and cause errors. To uninstall these updates, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Google Play Store app and search for “Google“. When it opens, click Uninstall.
Google app on Google Play Store
Google on Google Playstore. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • You will receive a prompt asking if you want to uninstall all updates. Click it Uninstall button to uninstall the app.
Uninstalling Google Android system app updates
Uninstall Google updates. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

After uninstalling, restart your device and check if you still face any problem.

5. Uninstall apps from unknown sources

Installing apps like APK files from unknown sources is not a good idea. These apps may contain malware that can deliberately infect your device, compromising its security.

Speaking of malware, you should check out our guide on how to protect your phone from hackers.

To uninstall these apps, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Settings then click apps.
Apps panel on Settings
Click Apps in Settings. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Select the application of your choice and click on Uninstall at the bottom of the screen.
Uninstall Third Party App on Samsung Galaxy
Uninstall third-party apps. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

6. Clear App Cache

This can be a manual and tiring fix, but it’s been proven to work most of the time. Clearing app cache can help free up space on your Android phone.

  • Go to Settings then click apps
Apps panel on Settings
Settings on the Android device. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Select an app from the app list, navigate to Storageand click on Empty the cache at the bottom of the screen.
Clearing the camera app storage cache
Clear camera cache App. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

Do this for other apps, especially those that use a lot of memory.

7. Factory data reset your device

If all else fails, you may have to settle for a more drastic measure. You will need to factory reset your Android phone.

Keep in mind that this will erase all data including files, accounts, data and downloaded apps from your phone.

Make sure to back up your phone to your cloud storage of choice or an external storage device before resetting your device.

To factory reset your phone, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings and click on Executive management.
General management panel in Android settings
General management in settings. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
Reset option in branch
Reset option. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Picking out Factory data reset. This will return your device to its original factory settings.
Factory Reset a Samsung Galaxy Phone
Factory data reset on Android. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor
  • Click on the Reset button to reset your phone.
Reset data on a Samsung Galaxy
Click the “Reset” button. Screenshot: Chizara Ibeakanma/Gotechtor

You have now restored your device to factory settings. Restart your device now, the error should be gone for good.

Did it work?

The “System UI is not responding” The error can be annoying, but with the right fixes, your device can be back to normal.

We hope this guide helped you solve your problem. If you have any suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments.

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