Accessing the Settings of a Samsung Galaxy S9 can be an important thing in many different situations. If you do that and all you get is this message, saying on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus “Unfortunately, Settings has stopped”, you’re obviously starting to freak out.
But you don’t get to do that, at least not yet. You haven’t looked up for any corrupt data or cash, you haven’t ruled out the firmware or app issues, so, no, don’t panic. Instead, try our six solutions from below! Next time you see the “Unfortunately, Settings has stopped” error on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus…
First, consider a fast restart option
This is more like a temporary solution for a temporary problem, but you should never say no to the Restart option. Long press the Power button until you see that menu and hit the Restart. This action alone can make small glitches go away almost instantly.
Second, consider taking care of the system cache
More often than not, the problem has some kind of software trigger. When your apps are incompatible with the firmware version, they can make the device freeze, crash, or display various errors. Before you get to the part where you test this option and decide which apps to uninstall, you might want to boot into Recovery Mode and use the Wipe Cache Partition option. By doing so, you’ll also rule out the possibility of dealing with a corrupt cache, which usually sends errors following some firmware update.
Third, consider testing the device in Safe Mode
When your Samsung Galaxy S9 operates in Safe Mode, it will work exclusively with its stock apps and services. In case that the reason for seeing this “Unfortunately, Settings has stopped” on Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus was a stock app, the error will obviously show up in here as well. Naturally, if it comes to this, extreme measures might be required…
But if the error is gone in Safe Mode, it means you’re fighting a faulty app, one that you currently cannot exactly identify. So, you can either test them one by one, manually, by removing them and monitoring the progress… Or you can factory reset the phone to get rid of all the potential problems at once.
Fourth, take a look at the Play Store’s cache
We get it why this isn’t the first thing that will cross your mind when looking at the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus “Unfortunately, Settings has stopped” error. Still, clearing the cache of the Google Play Store and, sometimes, even uninstalling the most recent app update can do the trick. Do not worry, you’ll get to reinstall the latest version soon after that, but here’s exactly how you should proceed:
- Go to the Apps folder on the Home Screen and open it;
- Head to the Settings center;
- Open the Application Manager;
- Select the Google Play app listed in there;
- Use the Clear cache option;
- Uninstall the updates;
- Restart the phone;
- Return to the Google Play app and launch it;
- Access its menu, that 3-line icon from the upper corner;
- Select Settings;
- Next, select Build version;
- At this stage, you’ll see a notification about a newer software version available, which will be downloaded and installed;
- Confirm the action with the OK button and that was all.
Fifth, hard reset the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus
As the last thing that still depends on you, the hard reset will erase the device. With a completely empty phone, looking as if it just got out of the factory, your previous problems should be history. Synchronizing your “new” device, however, is just about to start.
In a nutshell, go to Settings, at the User & Backup submenu, and open the Account section. Make sure your phone is synced with Samsung and do a sync of all your data, backing up apps, contacts, photos, settings, and so on.
Sixth, take it to an authorized center for further inspections
Sure, if you can think of a better thing other than everything we already suggested to you… Feel free to follow whatever new lead you can find. Otherwise, you’d better dust off the warranty of this device, in case it’s still active, and use it. Even if you no longer have the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus warranty, there’s no alternative left for the “Unfortunately, Settings has stopped” error than to let the Samsung technicians inspect it.