While the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a powerful smartphone, many owners aren’t happy about its performance especially the ones who have experienced lags and freezes. But the thing is, those annoyances come out not because of the phone’s hardware but because of TouchWiz UI, Samsung’s proprietary application that runs on top of Android operating system.
TouchWiz makes Samsung’s flagship phones look better and way cooler than others. The problem is, the app would become so heavy after months of usage resulting to lags and freezes.
There are no known TouchWiz bugs as of this writing so we cannot expect Samsung to release updates for its custom user interface anytime soon. There are, however, ways on how to fix the issues caused by TW as well as workarounds to remedy its effects.
Clear TW Cache & Data
First of all, since the problem is with the TouchWiz UI, you have to set your focus on it. Among the fixes provided by owners who have experienced the problem is the clearing of TouchWiz cache and data.
You need to clear the cache before clearing its data, then check if there’s an improvement on TouchWiz’s performance. I would even recommend rebooting your phone after doing this procedure. The next procedure, while more effective than the first, could have adverse effects. The most common of it is that your data will be lost including your home screens and settings.
From the Home screen, tap the menu key.
Tap Settings, then Application Manager.
Swipe twice to the left to choose All tab.
Scroll down to find TouchWiz and tap on it.
Tap Clear Cache.
Reboot phone. If the problem persists, tap Clear Data.
Wipe Cache Partition
Again, TouchWiz accumulates a lot of data over time and some of those data are stored in a separate partition. You also have to delete them via the recovery mode. For this, you have to follow a different procedure:
Turn the phone off.
Press and hold these buttons: Volume Up, Home and Power keys.
Now tap on Wipe Cache Partition.
Don’t worry because Android will automatically cache new sets of data upon boot up, this time, they’re fresh and not corrupted. The procedure, however, is sort of “general” in nature because it does not only delete TouchWiz’s data but also the ones used by other applications.
Many claimed to have resolved said problem using this method, so it’s worth a try.
This is, by far, the most effective way to eliminate lags and freezes in your phone. However, doing this procedure will requires patience not because it is difficult to do but because you will need to backup all of your important data to prevent them from getting deleted indiscriminately.
From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
Touch Backup & Reset.
Choose Factory Data Reset.
Tap Reset Device, then Delete All.
Reboot your phone.
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