Force Stopping Misbehaving Apps on Google Pixel 6


Imagine this scenario. You’re just minding your own business while watching some YouTube videos on your new Pixel 6. After some moments, the video that you watch is noticeably out of sync. Even worse, when you try to go to the homepage, the button is not responding. So, what should you do? Luckily, this problem can be fixed by force-stopping the app. So, here are the steps to force stop apps on Google Pixel 6.

Force stopping apps on Pixel 6

Android is a unique system on its own. Its uniqueness comes from the method by which the system terminates an operation. In an Android phone, when you exit an app, its operation may be killed by the system or hang around in the background until you open the app again. So, when everything works smoothly, you can transition between each app on your phone with ease.

However, if the thing starts to go wrong, an app might stuck in a certain program loop, causing the app to freeze, glitch, or even crash. As you already know, the misbehaving app is one of the most common yet annoying problems on Android phones, including the Pixel 6. When an app is misbehaving, you might need to forcefully terminate the app’s operation. So, here are the steps to force stop apps on Google Pixel 6.

force stop apps on google pixel 6

  • Open the apps screen on your Pixel 6 and select Settings.
  • From the Settings, select the Apps setting.

Tap ‘See all [number] apps’. The number displayed depends on the number of installed apps on your Pixel 6. Once you do that, you will be presented with the list of apps on your Pixel 6.

  • Locate and tap on the misbehaving app on the list.
  • From the selected app’s info screen, tap Force stop.
  • Review the popup message and tap OK to confirm your action

The consequences of force stopping an app

When you force stop an app, you may be presented with a certain warning message saying that the app will misbehave. However, you can ignore the message if you try to fix a misbehaving app by force stopping its operation. Luckily there are no considerable consequences when you force stop an app. Force stopping an app will terminate the app’s operation and prevent the app from accessing the corrupted cache.

Another most frequently asked question is whether force stopping an app deletes the app’s data. Regarding this question, you don’t have to worry about losing data that has been saved on your Pixel 6. However, some unsaved data might get deleted. For instance, if you force stops a certain game mid-gameplay, your game progress won’t be saved by the game.

So, those are the steps to force stop apps on Google Pixel 6. Always remember that misbehaving app is very common on Android phones. Moreover, an app could misbehave due to several factors, such as poor apps design, or outdated app. So, it is possible that your force-stopped apps might misbehave again in the future. If that’s the case, you can try to update the app or update your Pixel 6’s system.


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