When I try to open the Setting app on my Android device, it stays on for like a half a second and then closes.

Usually when this happens to me, what I do is I clear cache or if that won't help, even the data of the application. So basically, settings is not working, so go to settings, apps, settings and clear cache. I hope everyone sees the catch here.

I've tried restarting the phone, but settings app still crashes. I've noticed that if I am fast enough I can get into the submenu of the settings, so I've spent 30minutes training my fingers to open settings, scroll down and click Apps in less than half a second. I was lucky and managed to get into Apps (which didn't crash), found Settings app and when I tried to clear cache, Apps crashed and Settings doesn't work either.

What can I do? I would love to avoid factory reset.
Phone: Meizu M6 (with Flyme
Android version: I don't know, can't access About the phone from settings.


You can try booting the phone into safe mode and see if the problem persists if so then you might have corrupted system files and you'll need to reflash the ROM to fix that.

  • Probably a naive question, but how do you boot in safe mode?
    – magma
    Aug 27 '19 at 6:48
  • You can do that by booting the phone normally and getting to the power menu by long pressing the power button and then touching and holding on reboot (or power off icon depending on the vendor) until it prompts to reboot into safe mode, accept the prompt to reboot into safe mode. Aug 31 '19 at 17:23

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=simple.settings&hl=en_US uninstall Play store and Play Services updates/data

  • Thanks, seems to work fine. Rebooting my Meizu/Flyme had not fixed it. Not sure how to do a factory reset without the Settings! Wish Chinese would not muck with Android.
    – Tuntable
    May 29 '20 at 1:37

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.