Common Android 12 problems and how to fix them

Android 12 is here — or it is for many Android owners, at least. While some will have to wait a little while longer before they get their hands on it, many can now upgrade to the new operating system. Doing so will provide them with a wide range of useful and fun new features, from a revamped notification shade and Material You to extra privacy controls and support for digital car keys. There’s even a design refresh, giving Android an inviting new look involving bigger icons and bolder colors, all of which combine to make the system more engaging.

While Android 12 may bring one of the biggest overhauls Android has seen in years, it won’t be without its teething problems. Accordingly, we’ve compiled a list of Android 12 problems and how to fix them. These range from the easily solved to those that may require a little more effort or time (such as waiting for an update).

As operating systems are updated all the time, this will be a constantly evolving article, with new problems added at regular intervals. Likewise, Android 12’s rollout on other Android devices (e.g. Samsung, OnePlus, and so on) will also likely cause new hiccups. So check back in case an issue you’re experiencing isn’t covered at the moment.

While Android 12 may bring one of the biggest overhauls Android has seen in years, it won’t be without its teething problems. Accordingly, we’ve compiled a list of Android 12 problems and how to fix them. These range from the easily solved to those that may require a little more effort or time (such as waiting for an update).

As operating systems are updated all the time, this will be a constantly evolving article, with new problems added at regular intervals. Likewise, Android 12’s rollout on other Android devices (e.g. Samsung, OnePlus, and so on) will also likely throw up some new hiccups in turn. So check back in case an issue you’re experiencing isn’t covered at the moment.

Bug: Google Messages bug leaves camera on in background, draining battery and overheating

According to at least one user on Reddita bug in Google Messages was leaving the camera on in the background, quickly draining their phone’s battery and causing overheating.

Solution

In April 2022, Google confirmed that it had identified the cause of this battery-draining bug and was rolling out a fix. If you’re experiencing this, ensure that you have the latest update for Google Messages, which should hopefully resolve the problem.

Problem: Car Bluetooth can no longer see Samsung phone Contacts or Recent Call Log

A number of users on the Samsung Forums have complained that after updating to Android 12, they can no longer see their phone Contacts or Recent Call Log from their car when connected via Bluetooth. This means they can’t use voice calling or redial recently called numbers.

Possible solution

This could be caused by the Bluetooth version settings on your phone. A suggested solution is listed below, but first you’ll need to enable Developer options on your phone.

Step 1: Go to Settingsthen select Developer options.

Step 2: Select Bluetooth PBAPthen choose Bluetooth BPAP version.

Step 3: Select PBAP 1.1then choose Apply.

Step 4: Re-select PBAP 1.2 and choose Apply.

If this solution doesn’t work for you, it’s worth reaching out to Samsung support for assistance.

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Problem: Phone (Pixels) crashing after launching Discord on Android 12

A few users have complained that, after updating to Android 12, they can’t launch Discord without their phones freezing and system UIs crashing. This certainly seems like a serious problem, particularly if you’re someone who tends to use Discord frequently.

Possible solution

There is a simple fix, although you may need to rep