1. Crowscoup's Avatar
    Apps minimize to homescreen immediately or within seconds of opening. Happens on all apps : phone clock calendar chrome Gmail GoogleGo search maps YouTube settings.

    Cheap acatel 1x phone.
    Oreo 8.1 Purchased Nov 11, 2 wks ago. Barely used. Haven't installed anything. Have allowed auto updates

    I have read to :
    *stop battery savers. Did not work.
    *disable pic n pic. Is draw over other apps same as pic n pic? No pic n pic listed
    *check for match of firmware /hardware. No clue how to do this.

    I HATE this phone and GoogleGo. Lost my Samsung
    11-25-2019 07:10 PM
  2. Javier P's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. Have you already tried safe mode? Did you originally set it up from a previous Google backup?
    11-25-2019 07:21 PM
  3. Javier P's Avatar
    Found these instructions for a similar device.

    After booting in safe mode see if the same problems persist. To exit safe mode just restart the phone normally.Apps immediately minimize to homescreen-screenshot_20191125-222247.jpeg
    11-25-2019 07:24 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Do you have a screen protector on? If so, take it off and see if that makes a difference. A poorly fitted or installed screen protector can cause phantom touches, and if those touches are near the Back or Home buttons, that could cause apps to close without warning.
    11-26-2019 02:01 AM
  5. Rukbat's Avatar
    Is draw over other apps same as pic n pic?
    No, totally different.

    No pic n pic listed
    Maps minimizes to a small inset on the homescreen. That's picture-in-picture. I assume you mean "minimizes to where it can't be seen, except as an icon".

    I HATE this phone and GoogleGo.
    It's like Google Lite - a small system for small, less powerful phones. Don't expect it to fully replace Android.
    11-27-2019 01:43 PM
  6. Crowscoup's Avatar
    Hi Javier,
    have not checked safemode and phone was not from a backup
    11-27-2019 07:12 PM
  7. Crowscoup's Avatar
    Will try this thank you. I have notic
    11-27-2019 07:36 PM
  8. Crowscoup's Avatar
    No screen protector. I tested to be sure I wasn't touching anything so set on table reopened and did not touch phone. Still happened.

    I read something about how phone set up to handle memory. Assume rom. That seems a logical hypothesis but no idea how to check . Or to fix. for that matter
    11-27-2019 07:41 PM
  9. Crowscoup's Avatar
    Ty for clarifying

    Yes, I have been told my phone has a watered down version . I am seriously considering having my old phone set back up since I have it back now. I am using it like a tablet anyway.
    11-27-2019 07:47 PM
  10. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I agree with Javier P, the first thing to test is Safe Mode, in case a 3rd party app you installed is causing the instability.
    11-27-2019 09:37 PM

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