How to Fix Google Play Music Lag Issues.

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Google Play Music is one of the bigger players in the Music streaming game, giving Spotify a run for its money. Although Google Play Music is pretty good, its service has a few issues regarding lag, causing some users to abandon the service altogether. Surprisingly the lag issue isn’t just limited to older model phones, with some of the newer models like the Galaxy S7 and Nexus 5 also experiencing this issue. This guide will explore a few ways you can try remove the latency/lag issue from your device.  


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The lagging issue is app based lag, rather than internet streaming lag, as the music streaming component of the service works quite well (Depending on your connection of course) App based lag is focused on things such as: Slow and bouncy scrolling in menus, delay in music track changes, music continuing to play for a short period after the app has closed, as well as pause, play and skip buttons being slow to activate.

If you are suffering from any of these issues or some other small frustrations when using Google Play Music, we have compiled a shortlist of possible fixes that you can try to fix the issues. Unfortunately, none of these are going to guarantee a 100% chance of success.

How to Fix Google Play Music Lagging.

The first thing you are going to want to do before you start trying the below methods is to make sure you have the latest version of the Google Play App installed on your device. This has a good chance of fixing your issue. If you are already running the newest version and still have issues proceed with the steps below.

Clear Cache & Data.

Whenever you start to have issues with any app on your phone or tablet the first thing you should do is clear the Cache and Data, this basically refreshes your app, removing a ton of junk information from its memory. To clear the Cache and Cache data from your device go to: Settings > Apps > Google Play Music Here tap on clear cache and clear data. If you don’t see these options straight away you may have to enter one more menu called Storage to find them (phone models will vary a little inside settings menus)


Re-Install Google Play music/ Reset it to Base Version.

Another thing you can try to fix the issue is completely uninstalling the app from your device, then reinstalling it. Again this might vary on your phone's make and model, as some new models of Android phones come with Google Play Music Preinstalled. If this is the case on your phone just uninstall all the updates and start from scratch. To do this go to Settings > Apps > Google Play Music.


A few other Random adjustments.

Depending on the age of your phone you should also consider how many other apps you have running in the background and how full your device is. Remember the more apps you have running in the background means more of your system resources are being divided among tasks, possibly slowing down the overall function. If you aren’t already using it, an app called Clean Master is worth looking into and will help get rid of a lot of the junk info on your phone.


If none of these methods work for you, it probably means that the current app version needs some work on Google’s end. If you would like to roll back to a previous version you can try to find an APK file from APK Mirror. The below link will take you directly to all the Google Play APK file Downloads.

Google Play Music APK file Downloads.

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