Android Headunit running slow or freezes

If your android headunit is running noticeably slower than it once did or is prone to freezing on occasion there are some things you can try before looking for a replacement.

Slow Android Headunit

Some android headunits are just slow, slow out of the box and that’s your purchase. You won’t be able to ‘speed it up’ with these tips.


If you android headunit has slowed over time, or has now started to freeze on occasion you may think it is busted, but there are some things to try first.


Reboot is a simple process of disconnection the power, waiting a moment before plugging it back in again. You have quite possibly already done this with your phone, quite probably for the same reason. You don’t need a password, but you may need to pop the bonnet to disconnect the battery. When the headunit has rebooted (it may take longer than usual) see if that has helped. If not, move on to the next step.

Factory Reset

This is a bit more drastic but can be useful to clear out all the old files and give the headunit a refresh. A factory reset as the name suggests, will bring the software back to as it was when it left the factory. Well, usually. It may not roll back any android version updates, but then again it may. You may also find any applied patches are removed making the resolution incorrect or bluetooth stop working. A factory reset is not to be taken lightly, but if you are considering replacing the slow device, this may just be what it needs to speed it back up.

Factory Reset Password.

You may come up against the need to find the correct android car stereo factory reset password to continue the procedure. The reset is protected by a password. If the password is not in the manual, or you don’t have access to the manual any more. Don’t panic. You can check the android radio factory settings password list for the one you need. It’s a bit of trial and error but worth the time. Make a note of the code you found that worked. You never know when you will need it again.

Factory reset wiped my android headset

Yes, that’s what happens. One of the reasons you need a code to access the Factory Reset settings. Just reconfigure your android account following our guide, connect to wifi (hotspot) and download your apps. If you think the slowness was due to too many apps, maybe hold back on a few until you can be sure it is a software problem.

Mission Complete?

If you have completed the factory restore procedure and the headunit is still slooooow or freezing then it may well be time to replace it. If it has sprung back into life, maybe a few less apps would help to keep the memory more clear and the headunit running quickly.

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An android headunit enthusiast with years of experience with in car entertainment installation and design. Encouraging everyone who wants a change to try a different car launcher :)

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