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Android messages flashes black and white, used to work on verizon S4 phone

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by sdowney717, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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    I recorded a video. It shows me starting up messages for android.
    It used to work fine.
    I uninstalled, reinstalled, cleared cache.
    Yes, I restarted the phone
    So how to fix it?
    Everything else on phone works including Samsung messages
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/11QhAyWWj9kGqCUq6
     


  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    That looks like an older model Galaxy ... S4? In any case it might be a case of incompatibility. You could try booting into recovery and wiping the system cache, or, if it is important that messages remain your SMS app, then you might consider a factory reset -- after backing everything up, of course.
     
  3. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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  4. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    Wiping the system cache won't affect your data.

    The cache in app manager is the cached data that the app uses during normal operation. Sometimes that can get corrupted or just grow so large that it interferes with performance. The system cache is the used by Android to run your apps, so if that becomes corrupt, it might indeed cause an app to not run at all.

    Clearing the system cache is perfectly safe. All that will happen is the next time you boot the phone or launch an app, the cache will be rebuilt, which might cause a little lag, but even with an S4, I'd bet you'd never notice it.
     
  5. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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    I cant enter that menu.
    press vol up, power on, home button just reboots phone to the os

    press vol down, home, power on, gives a load new os menu.

    I know I have done this before! I have tried it now 5 times.

    Ok, got it, but it never vibrated.

    Wipe cache partition: Samsung Galaxy S4
    1. Turn off the device.
    2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: ...
    3. When the phone vibrates, let go of the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
    4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
     
  6. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    It can be a little tricky sometimes.

    First, make sure the phone is off.
    Press and hold vol. up + power + home until the screen comes on (and/or the Samsung logo appears).
    Now you either must release only the power button or release all three (I don't remember with the S4). If you continue to hold the power button for longer than a few seconds, the phone will reboot.
     
  7. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Android messages still blinks black and white, so its dead on the phone.

    I uninstalled it.
    Wiped cache
    reboot
    reinstalled it
    ran it == black and white screen

    Plus, it overheats the phone, I let it flash for a while, then got an overheat message.
    So maybe the programers screwed up the functionality with an S4 running android 5.0.1
     
  8. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    I have an older S3 in a drawer here running LineageOS (Nougat, I think) and Messages didn't have any issues. The overheating either indicated that the processor get's stuck at maximum frequency or it's failing, but the latter would probably affect all your apps. I'd just switch message apps for now.
     
  9. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I am back to using Samsung messages.
    Obviously something is really wrong, but have not noticed anything else with the phone.
    Phone plays the kid games just fine.
    Can watch video.

    Obviously, deleting the cache still leaves something behind that is screwed up, some damaged file, maybe only a factory reset can fix.
     
  10. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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    its a pain to do a factory reset. I end up with android 4, then Verizon has to send android 5, then everything has to be reinstalled.
    I dont think its worth doing.
    Anyone know an easier way?
    Is there a way to run a newer version of android?
     
  11. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    No no. A factory reset doesn't revert you to the original Android version. All it does is clear user data and apps.

    Your S4 is over 5 years old. Official upgrades stopped at 5.01. You might want to consider upgrading to something that will run a newer OS.
     
  12. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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    It did last time I did a factory reset.
    This phone originally shipped with android 4.
    Verizon upgraded phone to android 5.0.1

    I have heard of people using android 6 and 7 on an S4.
     
  13. red5ive

    red5ive Member

    Just curious if you ever got this working? This started happening for me as well after a recent update.
     
  14. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    A recent update for a Samsung Galaxy S4? Is that the phone you've got there? Because AFAIK Samsung no longer supports that device, and stopped updating it 2 years ago now.
     
  15. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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    Never got it working. I have not had the time to do a factory reset yet.
    The update is of course to the APP, IMO, not the OS being updated which then breaks the functionality.

    I do think they do OS updates of some kind, maybe security updates. I had a problem with speaking search on the phone app which Verizon broke and then they fixed.
    It was NOT just my phone as the other S4 we have also failed and was fixed at the same time. So the programmers still mess up these phones with changes to the APPS.

    It could be the messaging APP does some reference to the video subsystem that is not supported by the hardware of an S4.

    Since it used to work great, then they could fix it again. Can we tell them there is a problem?
     
    #15 sdowney717, Oct 4, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2018
  16. red5ive

    red5ive Member

    Thanks. I went ahead and just grabbed an older version from APK mirror, v3.3.044. That was the version I started using it, mainly for the Messages For Web feature and it's working fine for me now. I always manually update my apps so for now I'll keep it on this version unless it breaks again or I hear of a newer version that works for my phone. That or until Google stops all support with this app for Lollipop, then it may be time to upgrade my device.
    Psst, my phone is next to me so I hope Google isn't listening to my typing right now and has an algorithm to make out my keystorkes. I really don't want to upgrade any time soon.
     
  17. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Hi, do you have a link I can use for that app version?
     
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