How to Fix “Unfortunately, Contacts Has Stopped” Android Error?

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With the exponential increase in the number of smartphone users, it is bound to face a few issues and errors.

However, there is always an easy fix for Android users.

A normal restart might do the trick or you would need to trick or tweak the phone settings to ensure that the error doesn’t pop up again.

This particular Android error “Unfortunately, Contacts Has Stopped” has quite a few proven solutions for you to try.

Today, we will discuss all the possible solutions that can be experimented on your phone to access your contacts normally.

Lot of people who are trying to resolve this error, ask if the phone is rooted will affect the outcome.

So, let’s make it clear that it doesn’t matter if the phone is rooted or not, the outcome will still be the same.

Don’t be alarmed when you see this error on your smartphones, especially if it is a relatively new phone.

There are multiple fixes for this error.

Firstly, we need to know the reason for this error to resolve it and there are multiple reasons.

The most common ones are:

  • Third-Party App
  • App Preferences
  • Cache and Junk data
  • Date/Time format (reported in a few devices)
  • Removing Voicemail

Depending on the root cause of the error, you should be able to find an easy fix.

Uninstall and Reinstall Third-Party App

This is the easiest and most common fix for the following error.

You just need to uninstall the most recent added App on your phone and reinstall it.

It will certainly fix the issue or you could just let the other one be uninstalled to avoid this issue in the future.

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings’

Step 2: Go to ‘Apps’ or ‘Applications’

Step 3: Select the App you wish to uninstall

Step 4: Uninstall it and you are done

As a precaution, restart the device once and then check your contacts.

You should be able to access all your contacts list like you used to.

Clear Cache

The cache can cause a lot of trouble for your phone if it is not cleaned on a periodic basis.

The inbuilt Apps in Android will assist you in clearing cache, boosting your device, shut down unwanted or slow processes and more.

The first step will still remain the same.

You have to go to ‘Settings’ on your device and search for ‘Storage’ or ‘Privacy’.

Some devices will have the cached data reflecting in Storage and some reflect in Privacy.

OR the third option here would be to do an App by App cache clearing, which is tedious but is worth a try to fix the contacts error.

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings’

Step 2: Scroll down to find ‘Storage’

Step 3: Find ‘Cache data’

Step 4: Click on ‘Clear Cache Data’ and then ‘Ok’ which states you are giving permission to remove all cached storage on your phone.

Reset App Preferences and Permissions

Resetting App preferences will not affect the App, but the permissions given to access the information on your device will be reset to defaults.

You would need to reset App preferences individually for all Apps or you could reset for all applications with a single command.

Let’s see how the single command works since it is much easier and faster.

It is a simple 3 step process:

Step 1: Go to Settings

Step 2: Go to Apps or Applications

Step 3: You need to tap on the top right corner of your screen for a drop-down menu.

Step 4: Select ‘Reset App preferences’

Step 5: A dialogue box will appear, which will ask for your permission to proceed, click on ‘Reset Apps’ and you are done.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the most common and easy solutions available out there.

You are welcome to let us know about the most suitable solution that worked in your case and we will add those new and tricky ways to ensure that the “how to fix Android Error” error is resolved.

These solutions should definitely do the trick for you, but if not, then I would recommend a factory reset, but I hope it wouldn’t go that far.


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