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How to fix Android 4.3 problems on the Galaxy S3

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Jan 23, 2014

We previously 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 Android 4.3 update problems and share some more tips for other issues our readers have experienced. These are the solutions for Galaxy S3 problems on Android 4.3.

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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
Trickster MOD Kernel Settings Install on Google Play

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.

There's a variety of ways to solve the S3 battery drain issue. / © AndroidPIT
Battery Calibration Install on Google Play
Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • TJ Boyce 3 months ago Link to comment

    like my flash notification on my samsung galaxy s3 but it only flashes for email and text messages it never flashes for facebook or facebook messanger notifications any help is appreciated thanks

  • Saadi kh 8 months ago Link to comment

    Please. Anyone help me I have GS3 4.3..
    Im sickin tired of battery drain issue it is killing me ! :(

  • danny barnes 10 months ago Link to comment

    After upgrading my GS3 to JB 4.3 , any apps I download and install cant be found or opened..pls help

  • danny barnes 10 months ago Link to comment

    Pls..I cant see any apps I install after I upgraded my GS3 to jellybeam 4.3...! Pls help cos the apps install buh cant be found to open

  • Sagheer Khan Apr 18, 2014 Link to comment

    I'm using galaxy s3 At&t running jb 4.3 for about a month and have to say proudly that but i not having any problems etc.... besides/except battery life drain problem and I know its sucks but that's it im not having any other problem as far as i know all the Features is working fine for me.....

  • Ayman Ghazy Apr 18, 2014 Link to comment

    Can any one tell me how can I turn off the triple click zoom in android 4.3 (any time I press 3 times in my gs3 screen the screen is zoom )

  • Ozgur Ruzgar Apr 13, 2014 Link to comment

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

    • Kris Carlon
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      Apr 14, 2014 Link to comment

      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.

  • taher ahmed Feb 1, 2014 Link to comment

    Thanks for this post!
    Really worked!

  • Fred Dempster Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

    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!

    • Anders Bagger Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

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

      • Fred Dempster Jan 30, 2014 Link to comment

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

      • E A Broadnax Feb 5, 2014 Link to comment

        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.

      • Fred Dempster Feb 7, 2014 Link to comment

        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.

      • Fred Dempster Feb 7, 2014 Link to comment

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

      • Fred Dempster Feb 10, 2014 Link to comment

        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.

  • taher ahmed Jan 28, 2014 Link to comment

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

    • Anders Bagger Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

      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.

  • Charlie Dimas Jan 26, 2014 Link to comment

    I meant Anders Bagger sorry. ^

    • Anders Bagger Jan 27, 2014 Link to comment

      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.

      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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