If the Gmail app is continuously crashing on your Android smartphone or tablet devices and constantly showing you “Unfortunately Gmail has stopped” error message whenever you launch the app then all you need to do to troubleshoot and stop the app from crashing is to follow the simple and easy to follow steps we have outlined in this article.
Without any further ado, let’s just jump onto the five easy ways you can follow right now to stop the Gmail app from crashing on Android:
#1. Clear Cache and Data of Gmail app
Clearing cache or clearing data and cache of any Android app usually helps in fixing the error message that continuously pops up whenever you are trying to launch it. This is the easiest fix that anyone can try.
For Android beginners, it is important to know here that the cache and data are not the same things and each has a different impact. One needs to be very careful when clearing data of any app as your personal preferences and settings will be removed too. If you have made any significant changes or personalization to the app settings then I will strongly recommend you to note them down somewhere so you can reapply those changes later.
NOTE: It is recommended to first clear the cache and see if doing this alone fixes the app crashing issue. If not, then you may proceed with clearing the app data.
Clearing data of an app is like hitting a reset button on that specific app, which is exactly what going to help fix the issue. Here’s how you can do this:
- On your Android device, go to Settings.
- Find Apps and tap it.
- In the list of apps, either manually scroll through to find the Gmail app or use the search option to quickly find the app. Once found tap it to access the settings.
- Tap on Storage.
- Here you should be able to see the Clear data and Clear cache buttons. Tap on the Clear data button and you are done.
You can now try to launch the Gmail app and see if the app is launching and works as expected. The app may ask you to log in to your Google account again.
#2. Uninstall and Reinstall Gmail App
There have been instances where some specific version of the Gmail app causes an issue with the system that causes crashes and unexpected forced breaks in the app that stops the app from launching.
The best way to resolve this is to perform a fresh installation by performing uninstallation and reinstallation of the Gmail app from the scratch.
Also, usually, the app comes preinstalled on most Android devices so there are chances that you won’t be able to uninstall the app. In that case, all you need to do is uninstall updates and then update to the latest version through the Play Store. This will refresh the app.
In case you don’t know how to achieve this, here are the steps to remove updates and then update the app to the current version:
- Go to Settings on your Android device.
- Tap on Apps, search for Gmail and tap it.
- Tap on the Uninstall Updates option.
- It may ask you to revert the app to the factory default version. Accept it.
- Open Play Store and search for Gmail.
- Tap on the Update button.
Once the app is updated then try to launch the Gmail app and see if it works normally. If not, then try the next method.
#3. Check Available Storage Space on your Device
Do you have enough free storage space on your Android device? You must need to double-check if there is enough available free space to properly run the app without any additional load on the storage. This alone makes it important to keep some free storage space available on the internal storage.
Here is how you can check the available space:
- On your Android device, open Settings.
- Go to Storage.
Here you should be able to see all the details about the consumed and remaining storage space. If the storage space is running out then I will recommend you delete some unused files to free up some space to run the app.
#4. Restart Your Android Device
Restarting the Android device usually fixes a lot of issues with the forced closure of the apps as well as some known issues too as the complete phase of restart clears most of the temporary cached data.
The method is one of the simplest as compared to the others we have mentioned here and takes about two minutes to complete. Here’s how:
- Press and hold the power button until a menu pops up on the screen.
- On the menu, you should be able to see the restart option. Tap it.
- Now, wait for the device to reboot.
If in case you are unable to find the restart or reboot option then simply power off and then power on your Android device, a process which is also known as power cycling.
Which method helped you fix the Gmail app crashing issue?
I hope the tutorial has helped you with fixing the unexpected Gmail crashes and force closures that make the app unusable on Android smartphone and tablet devices.
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