This is a guide to fix all Samsung Galaxy S3 Freezing, Locking up, Crashing apps, Performance Issues, and more with this list of user-contributed solutions. With the recent launch of the S3, the South Korean company once again proves its mettle in coming out with a top-tier performance mobile device that’s set to redefine standards. However, the S3 is not without fault. A lot of users are already complaning about mysterious lock ups, freezing, and some performance issues. To help with that, we’ve setup this help page to assist anyone having problems with the Samsung Galaxy S3.
How to Fix Samsung Galaxy S3 Freezing, Locking up, Crashing apps, Performance Issues
Please be reminded that this is intended to be a community page, so with that, we encourage you to post your problems or issues, or possible solutions in the comments section below. We would immensely appreciate it!
Here are the latest working fixes we’ve found. We’ll be updating these regularly as more users post solutions.
Problem #1 Samsung Galaxy S3 Randomly Restarts / Crashes
To address this, it’s best to isolate the source of the problem one-by-one. Quickly run through these steps to isolate the possible problem with your Samsung Galaxy S3:
- Uninstall all applications that have been downloaded from the market.
- Power cycle your phone (turn it off and then back on)
- Test your phone without any applications.
- If the phone performs better without apps, you know it is an app issue.
- If the phone still freezes the issue may be something else.
- Install each app you use one at a time.
- Test your phones function after the installation of each app.
- If the phone functions worse or freezes after downloading a specific application uninstall that app.
Problem #2 Samsung Galaxy S3 Freezes Randomly
The following program will cause your Samsung Galaxy S3 to freeze when combined with open two or three apps running
- Google Play
Some of the apps that causes the worst kinds of freezing are the following:
- Opera mini
- Mobo player
After using these apps you need to close it and clear the RAM
I would suggest restoring the phone to original condition then adding one app at a time. It is more likely one of your apps is causing the problem.
Problem #3 How to Hard Reset the Samsung Galaxy S3
This is probably going to be one of the most useful tips to resolve and freezing or lock up issues with the S3.
There are multiple ways to reset the Galaxy S3: you can PRESS AND HOLD VOLUME UP + Home Button + Power and your S3 should restart.
If your device is frozen and unresponsive, press and hold the same buttons for 8-10 seconds. The device will reboot automatically. If this does not solve the problem, perform a factory data reset. In Idle mode, open the application list and select Settings > Privacy > Factory data reset > Reset phone > Erase everything.
Another method to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy S3 is to enter *2767*3855#. Warning! All your data including contacts, messages etc. will be lost! Copy all your necessary data/Contacts/Messages etc. to SIM or make backup to your PC before full reset! Take out SIM card before full reset.
We hope these helped. Let us know in the comments section if you have other solutions to share, or if you encounter other problems. Please regularly visit as well to help out other users of the Galaxy S3.