1. PaulQ's Avatar
    I haven't factory reset a phone in a while. I've noticed my Pixel 4XL will be slow to return to the home screen - like it's taking an extra second to redraw or make all the icons appear, sometimes starts with a flash of black. It has also locked up a few times in the past couple of weeks. I don't get this "spotlight" view that supposedly came out for GA (I just get pulsing grey boxes that never populate). My call screen doesn't always display the text on screen anymore - this one is weird - it answers, then shows a mostly black screen.

    I haven't ruled out a Google conspiracy to make me buy a Pixel 5.

    I am using Action Launcher which could be contributing to the redraw/slow home screen loads (all of a sudden?).

    Do you think it's worth a factory reset to address some or all of this?

    Thanks!
    09-28-2020 02:24 PM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    Have you tried the stock launcher? Factory reset will be last resort.
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    09-28-2020 02:30 PM
  3. PaulQ's Avatar
    Have you tried the stock launcher? Factory reset will be last resort.
    That was the plan later today as phase one of this operation. Do you think it might impact those other areas?
    09-28-2020 02:37 PM
  4. mustang7757's Avatar
    That was the plan later today as phase one of this operation. Do you think it might impact those other areas?
    Probably not , but try launcher first
    09-28-2020 03:05 PM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I assume you've already tried rebooting, right? If so, then another thing to try would be to clear the app cache for Action Launcher in Settings>Apps​.
    09-28-2020 05:11 PM
  6. PaulQ's Avatar
    I assume you've already tried rebooting, right? If so, then another thing to try would be to clear the app cache for Action Launcher in Settings>Apps​.
    Yup, rebooted today, yesterday, Saturday... I also cleared the Action Launcher cache this morning. You mean go to "Storage" and clear cache, right?

    Speaking of rebooting, I went ahead and switched to the stock launcher. The task switcher stopped working. I just got a dimmed screen and it froze there for a bit. I rebooted and it works now, all my previous apps showed up right away so they were there.

    Stock launcher seems like it might be free of the redraw/load problem. I need some time to be sure. Haven't used stock launcher in... wait, what's a stock launcher? (in other words, years)

    I appreciate being pulled from the factory reset ledge.
    09-28-2020 05:35 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Yes, the app cache for Action Launcher in the Storage section of the Settings>Apps​ menu. You could also try clearing the app data, but that would mean setting up your homescreens again.
    09-28-2020 06:06 PM
  8. PaulQ's Avatar
    Follow up ... I've been using the Pixel launcher for a few days now and I think I can comfortably say... it is definitely faster. I don't know if that means my Action Launcher installation was damaged and slower than usual or the Pixel launcher is just faster. I am going to try and live without the custom launcher features I have used for years because I feel like I have a refreshed phone now.
    mustang7757 likes this.
    10-01-2020 01:10 AM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    The last time Action Launcher was updated was 7/24/20, so it's possible that it hasn't been completely optimized for Android 11 yet. Send feedback to the dev: support@actionlauncher.com
    10-01-2020 01:51 AM

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