[Updated] Google Pixel Android 13 update bug where recent menu or home screen freezes after swiping up persists (workarounds inside)

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on August 16, 2022) follows:

Today a stable Android 13 update has gone live exclusively for all the eligible Google Pixel devices. For others, the update will be rolled out slowly in the coming months.

There are several new features brought through this update, including an app-specific language selection, end-to-end encryption for group conversations, and a secure clipboard.

Google Pixel menu or home screen freezes after Android 13

Multiple Google Pixel users are facing an issue after the Android 13 update where the menu or home screen freezes when they attempt to pull up the Recents menu (1,2,3,4,5).

The frequency of this happening is higher when using picture-in-picture mode for apps like YouTube and Google Maps as the device freezes when swiping up to go to the home screen while still in PiP mode.

The whole device freezes for a fair few minutes due to this and users are not even able to restart it as well.

Google Pixel android 13 issue

Multi tasking. I use this a lot and it always freezes. Was wondering if others use multitasking but it has been a problem for at least a year now. Open a bunch of apps then hold the nav bar and push up for recent apps. Sometimes the white gesture nav bar gets stuck. Other times the whole thing freezes

It’s happening a lot less for me but still happening. Kind of a ridiculous bug to be having though. How are you going to have ongoing navigation problems on what is supposed to be the “smoothest android experience”

This issue has been affecting Google Pixel owners since the beta testing stage. Now that the stable is out, they are left disappointed that this bug still hasn’t been addressed.

Potential workarounds

While Google developers are yet to comment on the issue, some users have suggested a few workarounds that fixed this issue for them. Firstly, turn off picture-in-picture mode.

Google Pixel android 13 workaround

Secondly, use the navigation buttons instead of gestures in order to avoid the bug.

I use navigation buttons and have never experienced it. Unfortunate, but maybe a work around?

The more feedback Google receives about the bug, the faster they will become aware of its existence and can start working on a fix, so be sure to share your feedback with them.

We will update this story once new events arise on the matter.

Update 1 (October 10, 2022)

03:10 pm (IST): According to a Redditor, the Android 13 QPR1 beta fixes the bug where gestures freeze while navigating through the device.

Had the gesture bug (freeze issue) for the last 7 months every single day. I will have at least 10-15 comments in my reddit history ranting about this issue. After the QPR beta update, haven’t faced this issue in a week.

Update 2 (January 09, 2023)

03:10 pm (IST): Even after the January update, Google Pixel users still reporting issues with the ‘recent menu’ or ‘multitasking’ tab (1,2,3,4,5).

The screen appears to get stuck when users try to clear the recent apps list. While in other cases they are unable to switch between apps as they get an ‘App isn’t available’ error message.

Update 3 (January 10, 2023)

03:50 pm (IST): With Android 13 QPR2 beta 2, Google has fixed the issue that was causing the home screen to freeze or become unresponsive.

– Fixed an issue with the System UI that sometimes caused the Home screen to become unresponsive. (Source)

NOTE: You can also check the Google Pixel Android 13 update rollout, bugs & issues tracker.

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