Android is built on hundreds of small background processes that make up the bulk of the daily operations on our phones. Many of these background processes run as independent packages in the background, so it isn’t strange to see a weirdly named app in your phone’s app list.
However, that can also be confusing. In this article, we’re talking about com.android.gallery3d, what it does, whether it’s safe and what to do should the process starts misbehaving.
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Com.android.gallery3d is the default package for your phone’s gallery app. A lot of manufacturers replace custom Android apps with their own and apply a custom skin on Android versions to make their device stand out from the rest.
For example, if the gallery app on stock Android is Google Photos, the default gallery app, in this case, would be called Gallery, as is evident by the package name,
Is com.android.gallery3d safe?
It’s common practice for threat actors to hide malware in plain sight by naming their malware after system services. However, Android packages follow a rigorous syntax when it comes to naming. The syntax starts with com and has the developer name, followed by the app or package name.
In this case, you can see that the package name is Gallery 3D and that it’s developed by Android. The package is legitimate and is completely safe to keep on your phone.
How to fix com.android.gallery3d crashes?
If a system service keeps crashing, accessing apps related to that service can be a problem. If com.android.gallery3d is repeatedly crashing on your phone, try out these fixes to see if you can solve the problem.
Restart your device
Restarting your phone is an age-old fix that can resolve seemingly random issues on your phone almost magically. Restarting your phone closes all processes and starts them again properly, ensuring everything is in working order.
Clear the gallery app cache
Corrupt cache files are also responsible for a lot of crashes. Try clearing the gallery app’s cache to see if that solves your problem.
- Head over to the settings and tap on Apps & notifications.
- Tap on View all apps.
- Find com.android.gallery3d in the list and tap it to proceed.
- Tap on Storage & cache.
- Tap the Clear cache and Clear data buttons to clear the cache and any other stored data.
Try opening the gallery app again to see if that fixes your problem.
Check SD card
If you’re storing your photos on your SD card, check to see if the card is still accessible and if it isn’t corrupt or damaged. If the file system on your SD card is corrupt, or there is another access issue, the gallery app will most likely crash when trying to access photos saved on your SD card.
Remove SD card
Try removing the SD card and opening your gallery app again as an extension to the last fix. If the app opens up fine, your SD card is most likely the cause of the issue. You should back up your data and format the card before using it again.
This might sound drastic, but as a last resort, you can try factory resetting your phone to resolve the issue.
- Head over to your phone’s settings and tap on System.
- Tap on Advanced.
- Tap on Reset options.
- Tap Erase all data (factory reset)
- Tap the final confirmation and wait for your device to reboot.
This should help fix any problems with the package.
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