Android 12 will force restart apps and games if you change a wallpaper due to Material You coloring

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Android 12 has brought a ton of visual changes and new features to the popular mobile platform. One of the most significant changes in the whole system is the introduction of Material You, which allows users to change accent colors, icons and parts of apps to change color according to the colors. wallpaper. The accent colors are generated from the wallpaper, which then returns very similar pastel colors throughout the system and third-party apps. If you change your wallpaper while playing games, Android 12 will force restart games and apps due to Material You dynamic color change feature.

a problem was recently published on Google Issue Tracker (via XDA-Developers). One user reported that while playing games such as Wild Rift or Pokémon Go, changing the wallpaper can cause the entire game to crash and may even result in a penalty in some games. After changing the wallpaper on the Home screen and updating the Material You color scheme throughout the user interface, all running apps should restart, even those that haven’t. implemented the dynamic accent color theme.

Out of curiosity, I tested the issue on my Google Pixel 4 XL running the latest Android 12 software update, and Monument Valley didn’t crash, but it restarted on each level when the wallpaper was turned on. amended. Asphalt 9 on the other hand required a complete restart of the game. It is clear that the problem also affects other devices running Android 12, it does not only apply to the latest Pixel 6 series. Adam Conway, from XDA-Developers, tested Minecraft, PUBG Mobile, Genshin Impact, and Call of Duty: Mobile, all of which crashed on their Google Pixel 6 Pro.

Google added a validation note to AOSP, stating the following:

“Activities will be scheduled for restart through the normal lifecycle. This is similar to a configuration change, but since the changes to ApplicationInfo are too low, we do not allow applications to unsubscribe.

Apps don’t seem to have the option to disable force restart at this time, although it is possible to do so when changing dark / light mode on the device. It remains to be seen whether Google will change this behavior in the future.


Roland udvarlaki

Roland is a UK based technology enthusiast and software engineer. He is also a content creator and writer, and is best known as “Techusiast”.


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