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How to fix the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped error

There are two error messages that plague Android KitKat: 'Unfortunately, the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped' and 'com.google.process.gapps has stopped unexpectedly'. These relate to the same problem and it's actually easy to resolve. Below we show you how to fix it.

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How to fix the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped error. / © ANDROIDPIT

Clear cache for the app in question

If you notice that the error message pops up repeatedly when you try to launch a particular app, then chances are that this app is the cause of the problem.

Go to Settings > Apps and find the app in question. Tap the app and on the following page hit Clear cache. This might do the trick.

If that still doesn't help, you can clear the data for the app, too. This means that you will lose any game progress or chat conversations, etc., so you might want to back up your app data first. You will find the Clear data button above Clear cache (see the picture below, right).

If neither solution proves fruitful, the next step is to try uninstalling the app (which can be done from the same page as clearing the cache and data) and reinstalling it later. 

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After clearing the app cache and data, try uninstalling and reinstalling the problem app. / © ANDROIDPIT

Clear Google Play Services data

If clearing the cache and data for a particular app, or even uninstalling it, doesn't work, there is another quick solution you can try. This involves removing all of your Google Play Services data, which sounds scarier than it actually is.

This method will delete your Google Play Services preferences and settings but they are easy to assign again afterwards; you probably won't even notice it has happened.

First, go to Settings > Apps > Google Play Services. On the App info page, you will see the Manage space button; tap it.

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Navigate to the Google Play Services app info screen and tap 'Manage space'. / © ANDROIDPIT

On the following screen, tap Clear all data. You will receive a warning message confirming that you wish to permanently delete the data. Tap OK to proceed.

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Doing this will permanently delete the Google Play Services app data, but it won't affect other apps. / © ANDROIDPIT

Reset app preferences

Another option would be to go to the Settings > Apps > All and reset the app preferences (the option for this is found via the three-dots / hamburger icon).

This will bring all of your apps' settings back to square one, but it won't delete any app data. In other words, you won't lose any progress you've saved.

How often do you see this error message? Did these tips help you fix the problem? Let us know in the comments.

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  • i had to reset my tablet and it worked.

  • i see the error message every 2 seconds

  • i have tried all these method but my problem still remains...

  • None of the above worked for my Hudl 2 including factory reset and updating everything, the error message kept popping up and popping ..... however i found these instructions and it seems to have done the trick . .. . you have a 1.5 second window after each pop up to tap each option listed below, got to be quick on the draw each time but this worked . ..
    Settings >
    Apps >
    All apps >
    Google play services >
    Tap on clear cache >
    Tap on Manage space >
    Tap on clear all data.

    • This helped me so much last night ... I worked out that I had a small window to do things then found this ... Thankyou foe saving my phone! Worked for HTC One m9

    • ali cm 1 week ago Link to comment

      Gr8. Thank you David.
      before mobile technician advise to me restore my phone HTCOneM8, but i just tried above step. works.

    • i have tried all this methord but my problem is not solved,plz suggest me ...my mobile is HTC desire 616 there is one massage continue coming ,Unfortunately,the process com.htc.opensense.social has stopped. plz give me solution....

  • My catch is it is happening after a factory reset when trying to sign into google. So can't get phone to work at all now.

  • Ok here's the catch .I tried this method but it didn' t work . I had my friend's phone he unrooted it or deleated apps that was not known to me .The error was gone after installing google services framework was installed by me .I found it on xda developer forums .

    Thanks for reading

  • Clearing Google Play Services Data helped me fix this!
    Thank you so much!

  • Thanks a lot sir..really it worked for me..

  • how do i know what app it is it just keeps popping up every few seconds and Im not in anything

    • I'm having same problem Brian, did you manage to fix it? iv'e wiped the whole thing (Hudl 2) and still no Joy

  • Worked great but now it says unfortunately sense home has stopped

  • It didn't help and I can't uninstall the app!

  • I've been struggling with the cascade of "unfortunately" notices. None of this cache clearing and settings stuff works although multiple sites claim it is the answer. What you can do is a clean boot, then refuse the Google account registration on sign up. If you're using gmail you'll have to go in through the webmail version. Chrome doesn't recognise your bookmarks. Apart from that, ah the bliss of not having those pop up warnings after every touch of the screen.

  • What if this error keeps coming up, for every process I have, repeatedly.
    I cannot stop these error messages from coming up, so I can't even go to settings etc...

    Please help :(

    Thank you in advance guys!

    • This is also happening to me. I tried hard reset so stuck on language selection page and can't get past because of all the error messages. "com.google.android.gsf.login" just take me back to picking a language. Prior to hard reset, I've tried reinstalling google play services, clearing all caches & unmounting SD card.

    • Personally, I just took it back to the phone shop to get it checked out. Turns out it's an internal virus that corrupts everything. Take out the cards, like SD and SIM, as soon as possible as it can render them useless. Go to the phone shop wherever it may be and get it checked out, though you should get a new phone.

  • Absolutely excellent advice and instructions. Everything now appears to be working again just as before the message started appearing. Thank you very much for the time taken to provide this solution.

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