Stuck at ‘Android is Optimizing Apps’ loop during update, here is how to fix it

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How to fix ‘Android is Starting Optimizing Apps’ loop when you have updated your Android smartphone

Life is about change and the only thing that is constant are the Android smartphone updates. With the new Android 11 coming soon to your smartphone, you will have to bear many such updates during the lifetime of your smartphone. Android smartphones are being updated routinely by smartphone manufacturers. Sometimes, it is just an upgrade of your UI or operating system but most of the time, the smartphone makers are pushing security updates to keep your Android smartphone safe and sound.

While you can pause the automatic upgrades to your Android smartphone, it is not a wise thing to do. One thing that stands out after an Operating System or Android upgrade/update is the ‘Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps’ screen. Sometimes you are stuck in a loop with the ‘Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps’ due to some error in your smartphone.

In today’s article, we look at how you can fix the ‘Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps’ error if you are stuck in a loop. Most of Android smartphone owners have faced this issue with their smartphones at one point or another. The issue is accelerated if you have too many Apps installed on your Android smartphones.

The Android is Starting Optimizing App usually comes after you update your Android device. When you install these updates, the new Android update wipes your phone’s cache, including files that are necessary to run the apps available on your phone. The optimization is required because, Android needs to make sure, the old Apps will run optimally in the new OS environment of the new version of Android you just upgraded to.

It can be really infuriating as it doesn’t seem to go away and can take even hours if you have too many apps. In this article, we are going to take a look at how you can fix the Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps’ error if you are stuck in a loop.

How to fix ‘Android is Starting Optimizing Apps’ loop when you have updated your Android smartphone

  • Delete obsolete Apps

  • Remove SD card before updating

  • Unplug your device from the power outlet during the update

  • Restart the device if stuck in a loop

  • Reset network settings before updating

  • Use a third-party App to fix the optimizing Apps loop

  • Finally, reset the Android smartphone to factory defaults

Delete obsolete Apps

This one of the easy ways of countering the Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps loop error. Old Apps don’t take very well to the Android updates and if you can identify the old Android Apps on your smartphone which could be a problem. Remove them. Install them after your Android smartphone has updates. This can help Android break the loop.

Remove SD card before updating

The Android subsystem searches and optimizes all App on an Android smartphone while optimizing. Sometimes, corrupt SD cards or old SD cards can keep the Android from optimizing and hence the loop. It is better to remove the SD card while updating. You can install the SD card once the update has been done.

Unplug your device from the power outlet during the update

One of main culprits of the Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps loop is that Android smartphone users take the “Ensure your Android smartphone is fully charged during update” literally and keep the Android smartphone connected to the power outlet. An Android smartphone even with a power of less than 50 percent charge can be successfully updated. However, connecting to the power outlet can cause unknown surges in power sending the update into a loop. Unplug your Android smartphone before updating.

Restart the device if stuck in a loop

Once you find out that your Android smartphone is stuck in an Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps loop, it better to restart the device in Safe Mode. Safe Mode Boot allows you to troubleshoot issues on your Android device by temporarily blocking third-party apps from running. Different smartphones have different types of Safe Boot options but the most common one is given below :

Step 1. Press and hold the Power button for at least 5 seconds until you see Power Menu Option on the screen.

Step 2. Tap and hold the ‘Power Off’ button on the screen.

Step 3. Reboot to safe mode prompt should appear. Tap OK.

You can now safely boot your smartphone without the Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps loop.

Reset network settings before updating

Sometimes, network settings can cause an Android smartphone to go into Android is Starting…Optimizing Apps loop. You just need to reset the network settings of your smartphone by reading this article.

Use a third-party App to fix the optimizing Apps loop

You can use a third-party App like  OptimizingApp Fix. You can download the App hereDo remember that such Apps work only when your Android smartphone is rooted. OptimizingApps Fix is a simple app that locks files in the cache to prevent your operating system (Android) from optimizing during startup.

Finally, reset the Android smartphone to factory defaults

The final step if all the above fails is to reset your Android smartphone to Factory default. Here is how you can do it. Remember, it may delete all your files, media and contacts/messages.

Step 1. Back-up necessary files such as photos and videos.

Step 2. Go to Settings > System > Reset.

Step 3. Click on Factory Data Reset > Reset Phone.

Step 4. If asked, enter your PIN or Password.

Step 5.  Remove all the data in your phone’s memory by clicking ‘Erase Data’.

That’s it folks!

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