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In this article, we have explained what com.android.gallery3d or com.sec.android.gallery3d is, why does it keep stopping, and how you can fix the crashing and other issues. We have tried to cover almost everything related to this topic but if you have more questions, please ask them using the comment box at the end of this page.
What Is the Gallery App?
The Galery app lets the users view and manage media files like images and videos. Almost all Android phones come with a preinstalled Gallery app which is usually more than enough for most people since it offers multiple features like editing options and more, but you can also download a third-party gallery app of your choice from Google play.
com.android.gallery3d is the Android package file of the gallery app. All Android system/third-party apps have a package name that contains important files, and all apps have a unique name so the system can identify the apps.
Is com.android.gallery3d Safe?
Yes, as mentioned before, it is the package of the gallery app. Some people think it is some kind of malware, but we are sure that it is not. Keep in mind if you see com.android.gallery3d in the used apps of the activity log, that does not mean anything wrong, even if you did not use the gallery app. Android apps remain active in the background thus, they show up in the activity log, so there is no need to panic.
Cache data is small files that are generated when you first open any app, so the next time you open it, the app provides a better experience. For example, if you open a folder of pictures in the gallery app for the first time, the pictures may take a little longer to show a thumbnail, but if you open the same folder again, they will load faster because of the cache data. You might not notice this in the latest devices since they are powerful enough for small tasks like that, but cache data still makes a big difference.
The cache data is stored in Android/data/com.android.gallery3d/cache
There will be multiple files in that cache folder with names like “micro”, “mini”, “cross”, and “nano”. Sometimes the cache data can be hundreds of MBs or even GBs; you can clear it if the app is causing any issue, but cache clearing is temporary, so unless it is important to clear cache, it’s better to avoid doing it.
com.sec.android.gallery3d Is Disabled
If your gallery app is disabled and cannot be enabled, it could be because of corrupted files. You can download and install the apk file of the stock gallery app to repair it, or you can download a third-party gallery app.
Read: 10 Best Gallery Apps for Android to Manage Your Photos
Can You Delete com.android.gallery3d?
com.android.gallery3d is the gallery app, you can delete it using an app like System app remover (root access required) or using Android debug bridge (ADB), but after removing it, you will not be able to use the gallery app.
How to Fix “Unfortunately, Gallery has stopped”
1) Re-start your device
- Press and hold the power button.
- Tap on the “Re-start” button.
2) Clear Cache of Media Storage and the Gallery App
- Go to Settings
- Tap on Apps
- Tap on the ellipsis icon (three vertical dots) on the top right
- Select System apps
- Find and tap on the Media storage app
- Open Storage and then finally clear cache
Repeat the same steps and clear the cache of the gallery app; keep in mind the steps can be different depending upon your Android version. On older Android devices, instead of the ellipsis icon, you will have to tap on the “ALL apps” tab and then find the apps to clear the cache.
3) Check SD Card Storage
If your SD card storage is full, try to delete some large files to free up some space, and then hopefully, the “Gallery has stopped” message will stop appearing.
4) Remove the SD Card
Remove the SD card and then try using your phone; open the gallery app and check if you see the message again or not. If you don’t see the message again, insert the SD card back into the device and check what happens; if the issue starts happening again, you may have to format or replace the card.
What to Do If Nothing Fixes the Problem?
If you have tried everything mentioned above and none of them fixes the problem, there are still some things that you can do. First, we recommend you reset the app preferences from Settings > Apps > Elipsis Icon > Reset app preferences. And then download and install a third-party gallery app from the Google Play store, we recommend Google photos apps, but you can download any app of your choice.
If you still the message, you can factory reset your device or remove the gallery app using an app like the System app remover.
- How to Fix “Unfortunately, Gallery has stopped” Error in Android
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