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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by glasshalffull, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. glasshalffull

    glasshalffull Member
    Thread Starter

    anyone else having problems after the update?

    tried restarting several times and that hasn't helped

    swiping between screens has snags and scrolling has snags as well....not smooth

    also....several widget icons keep dropping from my pages and have to keep adding the shortcuts over and over

    erradic problems with apps is happening dropping or not running from one minute to the next....not necessarily after a restart....at any time

    is there a way to roll back from the update or reinstall it?


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  2. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Since this doesn't appear to be root related, I've moved this to the general S4 forum and given it a Verizon prefix.

    As for your issue, often times when a large update has occured, it is helpful to perform a factory reset. It might not be preferred, but you should see dramatic improvement.
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  3. EuroDriver

    EuroDriver Newbie

    Before you resort to the dramatic measure of a factory reset, you might want to simply try clearing the data cache first. It ususally solves those types of problems;

    Boot into recovery mode:
    Turn phone off
    Volume up + power keys simultaneously for about 5 seconds
    Use volume down key to "wipe data cache," select with power key

    If the issues continue after it restarts, you can try a factory reset, or contact customer support.
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  4. zoxxo

    zoxxo Android Enthusiast

    I would clear the cache, but after the update, I get an error message and then a reboot when I try to clear the cache from recovery. I don't think a factory reset would solve this issue.

    I'm also having problems with the camera focusing on close-up (macro) photos.

    Any suggestions?
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  5. gadzooks64

    gadzooks64 Member

    My phone would hang on reboot at the Verizon splash screen after the update. I also did not have the WiFi toggle.

    Verizon tech told me to wipe the cache and then it would boot but the next boot would hang.

    I did a factory reset (sigh) and everything is back to normal including the addition of the WiFi toggle.

    My son's device also does not have the WiFi toggle so I predict he will have to do a reset as well. Both of us had Disabled many apps. I wonder if that has anything to do with the update not applying completely/correctly.

    I sure hope this doesn't happen with every update.
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  6. DanDroide

    DanDroide Android Enthusiast

    Same exact thing happened to me last night. It would hang on the Verizon splash screen and way overheating. It took several battery pulls to get a normal start up.

    So, it took a Factory Reset to get rid of that, wiping Cache did not work?

    Anyone else experiencing this?

  7. Trooper

    Trooper Android Expert

    I would just do a factory reset and be done with it to be honest. I always recommend that people do one, especially after an OTA update. You can drive yourself nuts but a factory reset usually solves most of these types of issues.

    Go for it!
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  8. glasshalffull

    glasshalffull Member
    Thread Starter

    I hope i don't have to do a factory reset...I'm gonna have to wait a few days before i test removing the cache as i need my phone for the next few days immensely and don't want it to get caught in those hangup phases mentioned above.

    if i have to factory reset, what's the most painless way to get the phone setup back to normal?

    when i've done hard resets in the past, it takes me half a day or longer to get everything back to the way it was .

    my contacts are stored with google, I have mybackup pro app, should i save all the settings with that or is this app no longer relevant?

    I'm thinking that google play will update/add most of my apps back to the phone, right?

    what's your method for getting a hard reset done as painlessly as possible?

    thanks for all the great help so far, i wouldn't know what's going on with out it!

    you guys rock!
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  9. gadzooks64

    gadzooks64 Member

    There is an option to restore your device which will download all or nearly all the apps you had installed along with some settings like wallpaper and wifi connections.

    You will still have to redo all your screens and settings but having the apps download for you is really helpful.

    I take screenshots of all my screens and app drawer to help me get things back to how I want them.

    You'll be much happier after the reset.
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  10. Trooper

    Trooper Android Expert

    Pretty much this in a nutshell. Things should flow much better for you after your factory reset. Or you can root and rom (like me). But for now sounds like your best bet is to carve time out to take care of the factory reset.

    Let us know how you go.

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  11. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    My S4 was super smooth before and after the update with 260 apps installed.... My problem with the update is they killed the King (root).
  12. EuroDriver

    EuroDriver Newbie

    After running the update, my phone was also hanging at the splash screen when rebooting. Since I have practically everything on my SD card, the only thing I was concerned about was my SMS/MMS messages which I backed up to Google with the SMS Backup+ app.

    After performing a factory reset, the phone has been fine and the wifi toggle appeared. Other than the known improvements, the other thing I noticed is that when my phone is wireless charging with the dock clock app running, in now goes into trickle-charge mode after it's fully charged (opposed to continuously charging all night). Not sure I'm happy with it, as it now beeps every time charging is activated again.
  13. glasshalffull

    glasshalffull Member
    Thread Starter

    you guys rock, thanks for the help
  14. DanDroide

    DanDroide Android Enthusiast

    I ended up doing the Factory Reset.

    Unfortunately I forgot to back up my SMS text messages and my phone log :(. I had to use an older backup I had from launch date so I lost about a month.
  15. treb1797

    treb1797 Extreme Android User

    Still waiting for the update here :(

    My OCD is in full effect. Keep doing the Settings > More > About Phone > Software Update > Check New every hour on the hour.
  16. glasshalffull

    glasshalffull Member
    Thread Starter

    hey treb,

    the update is not delivered to the phone like prvious updates, this update comes from the Verizon software upgrade service that you install on your computer.

    you'd plug the phone into the computer to then get the update...took about 30 minutes for mine to install
  17. glasshalffull

    glasshalffull Member
    Thread Starter

    gadzooks, is this option in the S4, google playstore or my backup pro app?

  18. treb1797

    treb1797 Extreme Android User

    It was originally released that way, but yesterday it was being sent out via OTA.

    ADDED : Please see the first post of this thread I linked for clarification :

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  19. marine one

    marine one Well-Known Member

    My update [OTA] went fine but my battery life seems to have taken a real hit. When I cleared the cache [twice] I get the word "error" in the center of the screen below the icon during the process. I also don't see the wifi toggle.
  20. DanDroide

    DanDroide Android Enthusiast

    First... back up your phone logs, text messages, apps and data.

    I ran into my "stuck in the start up loop" after rebooting my S4 a few times while flying across country. I did see the same error message. Clearing the Cache did not fix it for me...only the Factory Reset. I was only able to do that after several battery pulls before I could get to the update/reboot/wipecache/factory reset screen.

    It took me all day to get my phone reloaded the way I wanted it.
  21. marine one

    marine one Well-Known Member

    E-gads, not this again. I thought I escaped this when I walked away from Motorola. Truth be told, I could live w/o the wi-fi toggle, but I have noticed that the smart scroll feature is no longer working, and I kinda liked that.
  22. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love

    I have not had any issues with this VZW update, but this same update on my AT&T S4 caused my phone to hang on reboot at the AT&T logo, and after several tries with battery pulls, eventually I had to manually do a factory reset.:mad::rolleyes:
  23. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

  24. gadzooks64

    gadzooks64 Member

    This is an option when you sign into your Google Account on the phone as part of the setup.

    I believe it is turned on by default. Just make sure you read the screens before hitting next. You'll know it is happening when you open the Play Store and see that it has started downloading apps.
  25. willjammer

    willjammer Lurker

    I downloaded the OTA update yesterday and my phone seems to operate much smoother overall...wifi toggle is in ongoing notifications.

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