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Got problems with Android? Android offers great reliability, stability and protection from malware — but sometimes you’re going to run into problems.

Thankfully, users can correct 99% of failures with a few simple tips. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most common problems we’ve encountered and seen reported, plus how to solve them.

1. Google Play Store Crashing
If Google Play crashes after launching it, you might have a corrupt cache. Most of the time, simply wiping its cache fixes the problem. Most versions of Android use generally the same steps. Go to:

> Settings
> Apps
> Swipe right to locate the “all” tab
> Locate Google Play Store and wipe cache and data
> Restart your phone

If that fails, you might want to try wiping data and/or cache for the following services:

> Google Play Services
> Google Services Framework

Remember to restart the device after performing the wipes.

2. Insufficient Space on Device

Android allocates fixed storage space for apps. Users can’t expand it. So you might run into this error even if your device indicates a great deal of remaining storage capacity.

The easiest way to free up space is to begin uninstalling apps. However, if you use music apps, like Spotify, you might not be able to find where the files are being stored. The quickest way to free up space is to use an app like CCleaner. If you want to get a visual display of where all your memory is going, try using DiskUsage. It will visually display your files’ locations and size.

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3. Google Play Store Not Downloading Apps

Sometimes Google Play won’t install applications. There’s two kinds of popular fixes. The first is to wipe Google Play’s cache. The second is to erase Google Play’s history.

Wipe Google Play Cache
In my experience, the best fix is to wipe Google Play’s cache. Go to:

> Settings
> Apps
> Swipe right to locate the “all” tab
> Locate Google Play Store and wipe cache and data
> Restart your phone
> Wipe Google Play History

I’m skeptical about this fix. However, for those desperate, give it a shot. Here’s how:

> Open Google Play Store.
> Go to Settings.
> Choose Clear History.

4. How to Reinstall the Google Play Store

You can’t uninstall the Google Play Store without root access (what’s root access on Android?). Most users who think they’ve deleted Google Play actually have disabled it. To reenable the Play Store, go to:

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> Settings
> Apps
> Swipe right and locate the “disabled” tab.

Then locate Google Play Store. You can reenable it by tapping on the icon that says “reenable”.

5. How do I Free Up Memory on My Android Device?

By memory, you might be referring to RAM. The Android operating system works best with a minimal number of installed applications. That’s because some apps like to run in the background, even when you don’t actually use the app. The more apps installed, the more likely it is that some will run wild in the background. The simplest solution is to uninstall all non-essential applications.

We don’t recommend using app killers as this will negatively impact the functionality of some of your apps.

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