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Photo: Chikena (Shutterstock) With major software updates, developers add new wallpaper choices for users to try, while entire forums online are dedicated to creating and sharing the best-looking images for your phone’s lock screen. If you’re on Android, however, beware, because switching your wallpaper can force your apps to restart. Android 12’s Material You is to blame The issue seems to stem from Android 12’s new Material You design. This new UI update automatically changes the OS’ color theme to match the colors of your chosen wallpaper. If your wallpaper is yellow, your phone’s UI turns different shades of yellow. If your wallpaper is blue, the UI switches to blue. It’s a neat design that adds an extra layer of depth to Android. As cool as this feature is, however, it’s wreaking havoc with app memory . When you switch your wallpaper, Android forces all open apps to restart. If you switch your wallpaper on Android 12, it’ll seem like all of your apps have crashed, when in actuality they were made to by the OS. That behavior can have some dire consequences: If you’re in the middle of a game, you’ll lose your progress; if you’re writing a note in an app that doesn’t auto-save, your work will be lost. All because you innocently decided to change your wallpaper. If you use a setting that changes the wallpapers automatically, well, you might want to stop for now. App crashing on Android 12 is no bug The problem is, […]