Using a Samsung Galaxy S2 or S3 and getting the error “Unfortunately, Touchwiz home has stopped”? Fortunately there is a simple way to solve the problem.
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What devices are affected?
I use a Samsung Galaxy S2 on the Virgin Mobile network in Australia and recently updated to Android version 4.1.2. Once upgraded the Touchwiz error kept showing and the phone became unusable (I believe that the Touchwiz problem also occurs when running Android 4.2/Jelly Bean). This seems like a common problem with Samsung Galaxy phones on almost all Australian mobile networks (Optus, Telstra, Vodafone).
What is Samsung Touchwiz?
Touchwiz is the Samsung user interface. This means that it is Samsung developed software (i.e. not part of Google Android itself). Here is a video describing Touchwiz:
Instructions to get rid of the error
Here are the steps to take to fix the problem (on a Galaxy S2 although I’m sure it’s fairly similar for an S3):
- Go to Settings.
- Under Device click Home screen mode.
- Select Easy mode.
- Click Apply.
That’s all. The “Unfortunately, Touchwiz home has stopped” should no longer appear but if you still have problems then install the Nova Launcher App from Google Play and this will be used on your phone instead of Touchwiz.
P.S. Read how to get better reception from your mobile phone with a quick settings change.