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5 more tips to fix Android 4.3 problems on Galaxy S3

Kris Carlon
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Last week we shared a list of fixes for various problems encountered by Galaxy S3 owners after the notoriously ill-fated Android 4.3 update from Samsung. We thought we'd delve a little deeper into more of the issues in that update and share some more tips for other problems our readers have experienced.

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Banish all those Android 4.3 update problems on your S3! / © AndroidPIT

Lock screen/sleep lag

A simple fix for this problem is simply to change the lock screen effect from Ripple to None and reboot (Settings > My Device > Lock Screen > Unlock Effect > None). If this doesn't solve the problem for you, you can install an app called Trickster MOD Kernel Settings if you are rooted and have BusyBox installed. Just grant Superuser permissions and switch to the Specific menu and turn off ZRAM when prompted to. You'll need to repeat the process every time you reboot, but the sleep lag issue will vanish.

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Simpl turning off the Ripple effect on the lock screen can solve the sleep lag issue. / © AndroidPIT

Recurring download notifications

If, since the Android 4.3 update, you've been been getting recurrent download notifications for things you downloaded already and that keep reappearing even after you've cleared them you can solve the problem quickly and painlessly by clearing the cache of your Downloads Manager. Just go to Settings > 'More' tab > Application Manager > 'All' tab > Download Manager > Clear Cache.

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If you're getting persistent download notifications for old downloads, just clear the cache./ © AndroidPIT

Wi-Fi connectivity

If your Galaxy S3 is having serious Wi-Fi connectivity issues, the easiest way to fix it is reflash the last workable modem firmware for your specific country through Odin. You can grab this via SamMobile's firmware page. You may also need to replace your kernel, but this is dependent on several factors. If you are comfortable flashing firmware manually and your S3 is rooted, read up on the successful solution in this XDA Developer's thread. You'll be able to get answers to any questions you may have about the process there too (as I haven't tried the process).

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Fixing poor Wi-Fi connectivity on the S3 is a little trickier, but still easy enough. / © AndroidPIT

Gallery sharing crash

This was a pain in the butt issue that had a lot of people upset when it first emerged. It's a relatively simple, if peculiar, fix. Just go into Application Manager and scroll down to Paper Artist and ensure it has been turned off. The path for this is Settings > 'More' tab > Application Manager > 'All' tab. Some readers are reporting that Paper Artist is set to off, and it needs to be turned on instead. Try both versions, depending on whether your Paper Artist is enabled or disabled by default, at least one should work for you!

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If your Gallery crashes every time you try to share a photo, just turn off Paper Artist. / © AndroidPIT

Battery problem persists

If our solution to fix the battery drain issue didn't work for you, you can also try a battery pull for thirty seconds – believe it or not this has solved all manner of minor problems, including sleep lag and battery drain. If you need to take it a step further, try installing an app called Battery Calibration and recalibrating your battery (root required). If that still doesn't work try a factory reset (make sure you backup all your data first) – again, a factory reset after the update has cleared up several of the issues for many readers.

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There's a variety of ways to solve the S3 battery drain issue. / © AndroidPIT

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  • Anders Bagger 2 months ago Link

    Just as I suspected..... The ripple-effect or Swipe-lockscreen from Samsung is made from really shitty code. I have seen my batterylife increasing, by disabling it, and using the "pattern" lockscreen instead. And I am in 4.1.2.

    Well.... I suspected it might have something to do with this lockscreen, on 4.3, thus it is a default lockscreen on samsung. I disabled it. Only because it for me, does not act as a real lockscreen. I am the kind of person, who love a simple lockscreen, wich is nothing more than a lock and a clock. So I will truely avoid anything that has something to do with widgets and fancy effects as my chosen lockscreen.

    Anyway... To make it short. Had an idea on that lockscreen caused problems on 4.3, because it is completely shit regarding batterylife on my S3-LTE running the official 4.1.2 rom. Shure it's fancy, yet, it brings no real usage for me.

    I am also glad, that the issue regarding sharing of photo, "have been fixed", i never use that program anyway.

    Regarding the rest of the battery-issues. It looks like it is solved in terms of just factory resetting the device. This is good enough for me.

    I never ever use any other stuff like smart features. And I have thought about just rooting and installing a custom rom if no real sollution was to be found for 4.3 update. So... It seems that I will be updating to 4.3 whenever that is avaliable in Denmark.

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      Glad you managed to sidestep the issue Anders! It seems a shame that we're even having to write these articles after the update has been out for months.

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        Frog93 2 months ago Link

        For me, the only issue was the photo sharing bug, but I discovered I need paper artist ENABLED, not turned off.

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  • Anders Bagger 2 months ago Link

    Thanks Kris.
    I have not systematically searched for and found the issue/error regarding the default samsung lockscreen. I just thought, in the first place, that if an animated background sucks a battery flat, then the standard samsung lockscreen would do the same on 4.1.2. It was only a question, for me, to get more batterylife in the first place.

    When people was starting to report these errors on the phone freezing, and they not being able to answer a call. I started wondering if they used the per default lockscreen. And with these tips and tricks, i am now completely shure, that the lockscreen is a bad application. May have been a "broken" one, from the start.

    What i think is, that the lockscreen in question is a type if application, wich do not sleep. Even with the screen off. If that is true, then 4.3 must have a new version of the lockscreen codebase. Or google have changed some code in the android source.

    Since it freezes the phone in some cases, 4.3 must have some really bad bug issue when samsungs lockscreen is applied. The fault is eighter samssung's or google's.

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  • Charles Combs Sr. 2 months ago Link

    I can't put a custom Rom on my t-mobile sgs3 after the 4.3 update. Is there a fix for this

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      Hi @Charles, there shouldn't be anything stopping you from flashing a custom ROM on any device anytime. What technique are you using and where exactly is the problem occurring? The only thing to consider is that since Knox came with 4.3 that if you flash a custom ROM your flash counter will increase and you will void your warranty. Of course, if your S3 is out of warranty (or you simply don't care) then carry on!

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  • Darrick Hendricks 2 months ago Link

    Why is there always image downloads when I restart my phone and randomly appear in my notifications...when I try to see them it's like the image don't exist...

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      Hi @Darrick, just follow the path in the article to get rid of the phantom downloads problem. You're not actually downloading them again, the cache of the Download Manager just needs to be cleared, as for some weird reason even after clearing the notifications, they will constantly reappear.

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  • Anders Bagger 2 months ago Link

    Ohh..... 4.3 is now ready for Denmark. In the upcomming days, i will be installing the update and reporting how it is running. I might creage a forum thread for this.

    Just wait. For me to take the time. Remember that this is the first time it is ready and avaliable in Denmark. So hopefully they have been fixing some of the bugs. And then again. Maby not. :-D

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    krazyq 2 months ago Link

    I was getting all those notifications, formatted my phone right away and voila, all problems were gone

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  • Rachbro 2 months ago Link

    I have restarted, removed battery, cleared cache, turned off notifications, and so much more and I am STILL receiving those annoying phantom download notifications. What gives?

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  • Anders Bagger 2 months ago Link

    Just installed 4.3 and no issued so far. Can not say anything about all issues, because i have not tried every little thing wich could have a bug. Gonna test it. I can say that I have good batterylife so far. Drained 20% over the last 3 to 3,5 hours. I have not reset to factory or done any settings beside turning off vibration when recieving text messages.

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  • Charlie Dimas 2 months ago Link

    @Anders would you recommend us to update our GS3 to 4.3? Be honest :)

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      Frog93 2 months ago Link

      It seems to vary for each person. Incidentally, everyone I know with Sprint has had no issues with the update lol

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  • Charlie Dimas 2 months ago Link

    I meant Anders Bagger sorry. ^

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    • Anders Bagger 2 months ago Link

      No problem. Don't be sorry, because it does not matter.... Hehe.

      For you'r question. Yes. I would recommend an update never the less.
      Just keep in mind, that if you (like me), have an S3 i9305 international. Then you have to make some adjustments. You need to keep the farthest away from samsungs swype lockscreen, as possible.
      Just use the one were you need the draw a pattern between 9 default dots.

      You need to disable all smartfeatures, wich is those were you can control by not touching the phone and so forth.

      Keep away from vibration, and choose a 100% black wallpaper for the homescreen. Just set haptic for the back button and vibration on you'r keyboard.
      Then you are good to go.

      Disable all nfc, wifi, bluetooth and such.

      Disable synchronisation for all accounts, and do it manually, whenever you need to backup you'r data and need to read new mail's.
      Whenever I do backup, i synchro and take a backup using "superbackup:sms and contacts" app, the two things considered the actual backup process.

      I do not use facebook, yet I can send pictures using mms and I share to Google+ from within the gallery app. And I can save a photo on google drive, from within the gallery app.

      My wifi does not drop at any point, and my battery is at 78% now, were I have not been using the phone all night long.

      If you have an international i9305 bought off contract, not locked or anything.
      And living in Denmark like I am. I would recommend an update. Not OTA. Use kiess instead. That is what I have been using.

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      I have updated WITHOUT any sd-card in the slot. I did a backup to my sd-card and I have all my music, photo's, pdf's etc. stored on the sd-card. I took it out, right before I updated my phone.

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  • taher ahmed 2 months ago Link

    Hi I have upgraded to 4.3 and my question is: will battery draining problem be definitely solved if I perform factory reset?

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    • Anders Bagger 2 months ago Link

      Could be the right thing to do. Anyway....
      Before you do so, turn off all automatic updates and all sync plus disable apps from notifying anything.
      Then turn down the screenbrightnes and have auto unchecked.
      Choose the screenlock were you draw a pattern between dots, disabling swipe lockscreen.
      Choose a black wallpaper for the homescreen.
      Disable all vibrations and haptic feedback.
      Disable all type of smartfeatures like smartstay and such.
      Disable bluetooth, nfc and wifi, only enable when you need to use it.
      Then just use the phone for about a day or two.

      If nothing is changed, then do a reset.
      You can allways enable something, one at a time, in order to tweak the phone's batterylife as much as possible.

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  • Fred Dempster 2 months ago Link

    So thanks - 4.3 seems to be mostly behaving with the help here. The only item I have not found is that the flash operates on incoming calls and emails. Maybe I missed but is there a toggle for on/off. Thanks!

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    • Anders Bagger 2 months ago Link

      Just for the fun of trying. Turn off auto-flash in the camera app.
      Might do the trick. Can not say it for shure.

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      • Fred Dempster 2 months ago Link

        No luck - was set to off, and I cycled to on and auto, rebooted and still flashes for calls and email... will keep searching!

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      • E A Broadnax 2 months ago Link

        I have the same problem. Flashes when I get emails, messages, and phone calls. Have tried auto flash to off etc. Still have the problem. Would appreciate a fix. Thanks in advance.

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      • Fred Dempster 2 months ago Link

        So... partial answer. Seems associated to Accessibility on My Device settings. There is a Flash Notification option. Mine is set to off, yet flashing. When I went to cycle it noted reference to Motion. I went and turned Off Motion on My Device and the flashes have stopped. I do not use Motion so that is not a big deal - may be more, and if you use motion no fix there yet.

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      • Fred Dempster 2 months ago Link

        Okay - scratch that... after a restart it's back... just cycled the Flash Notification on/off and turned Motion back off. Still searching...

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      • Fred Dempster 2 months ago Link

        Good! For whatever reason cycling through 2x worked. I restarted, have Motion back on. So go to Accessibility, turn ON Flash Notification, OK, then turn it Off, turn Motion on/off as desired.

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  • taher ahmed 2 months ago Link

    Thanks for this post!
    Really worked!

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  • Ozgur Ruzgar 4 days ago Link

    I turned off paper artist already but I can't still share.

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      Kris Carlon 3 days ago Link

      Have you tried on/off and off/on? I know some people just had to do the opposite of what it was already set to.

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