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Google Services Framework keeps stopping (FIX)

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You can use a smartphone for years and never run into a major problem. It might slow down, and the battery will deteriorate, but the basic functionality will stay unscathed. What gets to be detrimental is software, with bugs and system errors breaking your Android and your nerves in the process. When system processes start crashing, you’ll know that things are bad. And, for some, Google Services Framework keeps stopping — a service they weren’t even aware of.

So, if you were wondering what’s the purpose of Google Services Framework on Android and how to prevent it from crashing, we have a few explanations to offer. You can find them below.

How do I fix Google Services Framework?

Google Services Framework is an essential system service that, along with other Google APIs, makes a core of the Android system. Its purpose (along with Google Play Services) is to manage communications between various first-party and third-party apps with your Google Account. You probably shouldn’t disable it and you definitely can’t uninstall it. You can’t even update it via the Play Store.

But how to fix Google Services Framework if issues arise? Check the solutions below.

1. Restart your Android

The first step to take whenever there’s a system-related problem on Android is a simple soft reboot. Just restart your device and see if the error appears again. You can also try the Safe mode. Boot your device in Safe mode and check if the error occurs again.

If you get the “Unfortunately Google Services Framework has stopped” error or something along those lines, continue to the next step.

2. Force stop and clear data from Google Services Framework

Moving on. There are only a handful of ways to tackle issues with built-in essential system services. They can’t be uninstalled or removed. At least, not in a way that won’t break the functionality of your Android device. What you can do is force-stop the service, clear all data, and restart your device.

Hopefully, on the next boot, Google Services Framework will start working as intended and without pesky system-breaking errors.

Here’s how to clear data from Google Services Framework:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Open Apps.
  3. Expand All apps. On some Android skins, you’ll need to open App manager or Manage apps.
  4. Tap on the 3-dot menu and choose the “Show system processes” option (try the Sort menu if the option is missing).
  5. Select Google Services Framework from the list of available apps.
  6. Tap Force stop.
  7. Open Storage and clear data.
  8. Restart your device and check for improvements.

In addition, considering that various Google services work together, we suggest clearing local data from Google Play Services and Google Play Store, as well.

If that doesn’t help and Google Services Framework keeps stopping, try wiping the cache partition.

3. Wipe the cache partition

You can clear cached data from all apps and system services but, for this kind of problem, you might need to go a step further. Wiping the cache partition from Recovery will clear all system cache and, hopefully, address the problem with Google Services Framework.

Here’s how to wipe the cache partition on your Android:

  1. Power off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Power button + Volume Up until the welcome screen appears. Let go of the Power button and keep holding the Volume Up button.
  3. Once you get into Recovery mode, use the Volume buttons to get to the Wipe Cache Partition option. Press the Power button to confirm the selection.
  4. Reboot the phone back to the system.

Have in mind that the button sequence might differ based on your device. If the aforementioned steps fail to get you to Recovery mode, google your device to learn how to do it.

4. Remove and add Google Account again

Some user reports state that removing and adding Google Account again fixed the problem for them. We can’t say with certainty if this will work ( we weren’t able to replicate the issue), but it’s worth a try.

Here’s how to remove and add your Google Account again on Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Accounts. You need to open Manage accounts on some devices.
  3. Select Google.
  4. Remove the Google account.
  5. Reboot your device and sign in again.

If Google Services Framework still keeps stopping, the only remaining step we can suggest is the factory reset.

5. Reset your device to factory settings

Resetting Android to factory settings can be quite a drag. You need to back up everything, then go through with the procedure and, eventually, restore everything while tweaking settings back to your liking. It takes time and patience but, as results show, it’s the best way to deal with major system issues.

And, considering you got to the last step, this Google Services Framework error is a hard nut to crack. Before you reset your device, make sure to navigate to Settings > System > Software update and update your device. If updates are available, of course.

If there are no updates or the issue persists on the latest firmware, as well, follow these steps to reset your Android to factory values:

  1. Back up your data from the internal storage (photos can be saved to Google Photos, and other media can be saved to an external storage or a PC).
  2. Navigate to Settings > System > Reset options. On Samsung devices, open Settings > General management > Reset. You can also just search for the Reset option in the top search bar.
  3. Select Erase All (factory reset) or Factory data reset.
  4. Confirm (you need to enter your PIN, password, or pattern) and wait until your device reboots.

And, on that note, we can conclude this article. You should definitely (if you have some time to spare) consider reporting the problem to your OEM or Google.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to tell us if the steps we listed helped you address the problem or not. Do you have some other solutions to recommend? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in October 2021. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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