By September 4, 2012

Workaround for Google Nexus 7 Tablet Screen Freeze

Most of the time I really like my Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. The form factor is nice, the screen is crisp and clear, and the extra horsepower compared to my generation one Amazon Kindle Fire is very, very noticeable.

However, the screen will sometimes become unresponsive. Parts of the screen don’t respond to touch, or require more pressure to register. I wrote about this when I returned my first Nexus 7 as well as my second one. When my third unit suffered from the same problem I knew it was a systemic fault with the Nexus 7 tablet and not bad luck.

The Problem

Parts of the touchscreen will randomly stop responding to my touch. While I notice it most near the bottom of the screen due to the virtual keyboard, I’ve had sections of the screen freeze almost everywhere. These areas aren’t “dead,” as most of the time they work just fine.

I have encountered this problem most frequently with Draw Something, Chrome, Facebook, and using the SwiftKey 3 virtual keyboard.

The Workaround

This is not a solution, but a way to get your tablet back up to 100% for a bit. Push the Nexus 7’s power button and then turn it right back on again. Unlock the screen, and you will be good to go. Only once did this not fix the problem, and the whole tablet crashed. I had to hold the power button down for 20 seconds to get the Nexus 7 to shut off.

Sometimes the screen will become unresponsive again and freeze. This is most noticeable when I play Draw Something, as I use more of the screen in this app than any other.

I am tempted to try a custom ROM with my Nexus 7, but I would rather not go through the big pain in the ass of setting up my tablet again . I hope that Google releases and over the air update to fix this problem, but until then I’ll get by with the power button trick.

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  1. DigitalChris says:

    I was considering a N7, and this is troubling! However I am also a big fan of rooting/custom ROM. Setting up an Android device becomes much less of an issue when you do, since backups and restores are a breeze. (Titanium is the gold standard, but any ROM manager/nadroid type program will work I suppose).