What is com.android.gallery3d and Why does it keep Stopping?

If you check the app activity of your Android device using the Activity Log or Google My Activity, you’ll find an application called com.android.gallery3d or com.sec.android.gallery3d. This app creates confusion among the users because they don’t know if it’s an important application, malware, or just the usual Android Bloatware.

In this article, I’ll explain everything about com.android.gallery3d, why does it keep stopping, and how to fix this app from crashing.

What is com.android.gallery3d?

com.android.gallery3d is the Android Package(APK) file of the built-in system application Gallery app which is used to view your media files like photos and videos stored on your phone.

This application is present on all Android devices and you can check its activity by going to the Settings > Apps > System Apps.

Every Android application has a unique application identifier(App ID) that is used to identify the app on Google Play Store and on your device. Android applications are named in the format com.developername.appname. In com.android.gallery3d, the developer name is Android because it is actually a built-in default app and the name of the app is Gallery.

In Samsung Android devices, the package name of the Gallery app is com.sec.android.gallery3d where the “sec” stands for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

The different types of image files will have their extension added at the end of the image file in the Gallery APK. So, the APK file of JPG image in Gallery app will be com.sec.android.gallery3d.jpg and the APK file of PNG image will be com.sec.android.gallery3d.png.

What is the Gallery App on Android?

The Gallery app is a built-in system application that allows you to view, manage and organize your media files like photos and videos. The Gallery app organizes your media files in smaller thumbnail sizes and you can view the full-sized images by tapping on the thumbnail images.

The Gallery app also allows you to share your media files through different channels like Bluetooth, WhatsApp, Email, etc. You can also edit and delete your media files using the Gallery app.

When you capture an image with your phone, the photo is stored on the DCIM folder on your Android device. The Gallery app allows you to browse all the images present in the DCIM folder on your Android device. The images are presented as smaller thumbnail sizes like micro, nano, mini, etc. which makes it easy to view multiple images.

The Gallery app is present on all Android devices as a built-in system application that can be used to view, edit and delete images and videos. This app is more than sufficient to view and edit your media files but you can also download a third-party Gallery app like Google Photos to replace or use along with the default Gallery app.

Is com.android.gallery3d a Virus or Malware?

No, com.android.gallery3d is not a virus or malware. It doesn’t cause any intentional harm to your device. It is a very important system application that allows you to view your media files. Without this app, you cannot view, edit or delete the images and videos stored on your Android device.

Some people see the com.android.gallery3d app in the Activity Log or Google My Activity and think that it is a dangerous app or bloatware but that’s false. If you recently opened the Gallery app and didn’t close it properly then this app will keep running in the background and you can see its activity running in the background.

In Activity Log or Google My Activity this app will show up as com.android.gallery3d.app.gallery activity.

If you see this app in your device activity then you shouldn’t worry about it. Android apps have a tendency to remain active in the background if you don’t quit the app. This happens when you press the Home screen button to get out of the app and don’t close the app afterward.

com.android.gallery3d Cache

Cache data are files that are stored on your device when you open an app or visit a website for the first time. When you open the app the next time, these stored cache files quickly gather information about the app and reduces the time taken to open the app.

Cache files reduce the load times of apps and websites that you visit frequently.

For example, when you open the Gallery app for the first time, the app will take some time to show all the image thumbnails. But when you open the app again, the image thumbnails will appear much quicker than before because of the stored cache files of the Gallery app.

The cache data of the Gallery app on an Android device is stored in the location Android/data/com.android.gallery3d/cache. The cache data of the images stored in the SD card folder of the Gallery app is located in sdcard/android/data/com.sec.android.gallery3d/cache.

The cache folder of the Gallery app contains multiple files of different image thumbnail sizes like “micro“, “mini“, “cross“, and “nano.” The cache folder contains data of all the image and video files stored in your Gallery app so the size of the cache folder of the Gallery app can be huge ranging from hundreds of Megabytes(MB) to even a few Gigabytes(GB).

com.android.gallery3d.common

com.android.gallery3d.common shows the testing of the Gallery app for Common GPU Family characteristics. com.android.gallery3d.common1 shows GPU supporting the common family 1 characteristics and com.android.gallery3d.common2 shows GPU supporting the common family 2 characteristics.

com.sec.android.gallery3d is Disabled

If your Gallery app is disabled then you will get a message com.sec.android.gallery3d is disabled while opening the app. This error is either because the app has become corrupted or the device has automatically disabled this app because you weren’t using this app often.

There is a feature on some Android devices called Auto disable that disables unused apps. So, if you weren’t using the Gallery app often then your device automatically disables the Gallery app.

You can enable the gallery app by following the steps below.

Step 1 – Go to Settings.

Step 2 – Tap on Apps. (In some devices it is named as Apps & notifications)

Step 3 – Tap on the Ellipsion icon(three vertical dots) in the top right corner.

Step 4 – Tap on Show system apps. (In some devices this option is named as Show system)

Step 5 – Find the Gallery app and tap on it.

Step 6 – Tap on the Enable option.

If this doesn’t fix the issue then it is likely that the Gallery app has corrupted. You can download the stock gallery app from a site like APKMirror.

All you have to do is go to APKMirror, search for your device’s Gallery app like Samsung Gallery, Huawei App Gallery, or search for com.android.gallery3d and then download and install the app.

If you don’t want to use the stock Gallery app then you’ll need to download a third-party Gallery app like Google Photos or any other Gallery app.

com.android.gallery3d more_vert

more_vert is a static constant variable which you will find in the source code of the com.android.gallery3d APK file. The more_vert constant represents the material icon which is part of the IconData class in the source code.

Here is an example of the implementation of the more_vert constant.

static const IconData more_vert = IconData(0xe404, fontFamily: ‘MaterialIcons’);

Unfortunately com.android.gallery3d has Stopped?

Sometimes you might get an issue with the Gallery app where it stops working and you get an error message “Unfortunately, com.android.gallery3d has stopped.” This error message appears randomly and some users have complained that it pops up every few days.

This error is caused due to corrupted app cache or an overloaded app cache. If you haven’t cleared the Gallery app cache for a long time, chances are the cache files have become corrupted or overloaded and it’s causing the app to crash resulting in this error message.

How to Fix the “Unfortunately, Gallery has stopped” error message?

There are few ways you can fix this error message and all of them are mentioned in detail below.

(1) Clear Cache of the Gallery App and Media Storage

The biggest reason why this error occurs is the corrupted or overloaded cache. So, clearing the app cache should fix the issue. Follow the steps below to clear the app cache.

Step 1 – Go to Settings.

Step 2 – Tap on Apps.

Step 3 – Tap on the Ellipsis icon (3 vertical lines or dots) in the top right corner.

Step 4 – Tap on Show System Apps.

Step 5 – Search for the Gallery App and tap on it.

Step 6 – Tap on Storage.

Step 7 – Tap on the Clear Cache button.

You have to repeat the same steps to clear the cache data of the Media storage app. The only change is to replace the Gallery app with the Media storage app on Step 5.

These steps can differ depending on the Android version and your device manufacturer.

On older Android versions, you don’t need to tap on the Ellipsis icon, instead, you have to tap on “All apps” or “Show system” and then find the Gallery app and clear its cache data.

(2) Reboot your device

Sometimes, a simple reboot can fix such issues. All you have to do is press and hold the Power button for a few seconds and then tap on the Reboot device button.

Restarting loads the app and cache files so if your Gallery app is causing this error message while loading then a reboot can fix it.

(3) Clear SD Card Storage

If your photos and videos are stored on your SD card then chances are that your SD Card storage is full which is why the Gallery app is malfunctioning.

To clear SD Card storage, you need to find some large files like videos that aren’t important and delete them. Deleting these files will free up some storage space and it should fix the “Gallery has stopped working” error message.

(4) Remove the SD Card

Sometimes this error could be caused by a defective SD card or a corrupt file in the SD card. Remove the SD card from your phone and then open the Gallery app. Keep it running sometime and check if the message is appearing or not.

If the error message doesn’t appear, try re-inserting the SD card into your phone and then check if the message is appearing. If you see the error message appearing again it means that there is a problem with your SD card. In this case, you have to either Format your SD card or replace the SD card with a new one.

(5) Use a Third-Party Gallery App

You can also download and install a third-party Gallery app. Before you do that, you’ll need to reset app preferences by going to Settings > Apps > Ellipsis icon on top right corner > Reset app preferences.

Once you reset the app preferences, you now have to download and install a third-party Gallery app like Google Photos, PhotoMap, A+ Gallery, or any other gallery app you like.

(6) Factory Reset your Android Smartphone

A Factory Reset erases all the data from your phone and restores your phone to its original state. If you can’t fix the error message using the methods mentioned above then a factory reset will hopefully remove this error message for good.

factory reset android phone

Before factory resetting your device, you should backup your data. After the backup is complete, follow the steps below to Factory Reset your Android device.

Step 1 – Go to Settings.

Step 2 – Tap on General.

Step 3 – Tap on Reset.

Step 4 – Tap on Factory Data Reset.

Step 5 – Tap on the “Reset” button and you may need to enter your PIN or password.

Step 6 – Tap on Delete all or Wipe Data and your phone will be reset.

Can You Delete com.android.gallery3d?

com.android.gallery3d is a built-in system app so you cannot delete it directly like other apps. To uninstall it, you have to use Android Debug Bridge (ADB) which doesn’t require root access, or the System App Remover application which requires root access.

I recommend not removing the default Gallery app from your device because it is an important application without which you won’t be able to view your photos and videos.

If you still want to delete the default Gallery app then you have to first install a third-party Gallery app like Google Photos and you have to change the built-in Gallery app as your default app.

How to Change Gallery app as your Default Photo app?

Before you can use a third-party photo app you will have to change the built-in gallery app as your default photo app. You can do it using the steps mentioned below.

Step 1 – Go to Settings.

Step 2 – Tap on Apps.

Step 3 – Tap on Gallery.

Step 4 – Scroll down to App settings and tap on Set as default option.

Step 5 – Tap on the Clear defaults button.

Now, you can use a third-party app like Google Photos to open images and select the Set as default option to set the Google Photos app as your default photo app.

android-data-com.android.gallery3d-files-.trashcan

When you delete photos stored in your Gallery app they aren’t deleted permanently. The data of these deleted images are stored in a folder called android-data-com.android.gallery3d-files-.trashcan.

Forensic experts can retrieve these deleted images from the data stored in the android-data-com.android.gallery3d-files-.trashcan folder in your device.

How to Uninstall com.android.gallery3d?

To uninstall com.android.gallery3d, you have to use Android Debug Bridge (ADB) or the System App Remover application which requires root access.

Uninstall com.android.gallery3d using ADB

ADB allows you to bring up a Unix shell so you can issue commands directly on the Android device. You can use it to install, uninstall, debug and disable apps. You’ll need a Windows PC to use ADB.

Here are the steps to uninstall com.android.gallery3d using ADB.

Step 1 – Go to Settings > System > About phone

Step 2 – Tap on the Build number 7 times to activate Developer Options.

Step 3 – Go back to the main Settings menu and tap on Developer Options to open it.

Step 4 – Enable USB debugging by tapping on it.

Step 5Download ADB on your PC.

Step 6 – Extract the ZIP file into a folder.

Step 7 – After extracting the ZIP file, open that folder.

Step 8 – Press and hold the shift button and right-click in a blank area.

Step 9 – Click on “Open Powershell window here.”

Step 10 – Enter the command adb devices

Step 11 – Connect your Android device to the PC using a USB data cable. 

Step 12 – Type the command adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.android.gallery3d and press Enter to run this command. Wait for a few seconds and you’ll notice the app has been uninstalled from your device.

Uninstall com.android.gallery3d using System App Remover

This method requires you to gain root access to your device. If you don’t know how to root your Android device then check our Android Rooting guide.

Rooting an Android device

After gaining root access follow the steps below to uninstall the built-in Gallery app.

Step 1 – Download and install the System App Remover application.

Step 2 – Launch the System App Remover application, find the Gallery appand select it by tapping on it.

Step 3 – Tap on the Uninstall button to completely uninstall the app and delete its data.

Conclusion

com.android.gallery3d is the APK file of the built-in Gallery application. It allows you to view your images and videos. The com.android.gallery3d stores data of your photos in smaller thumbnails.

Sometimes, the Gallery app stops working which can be fixed by clearing the app cache or following other fixes mentioned in the article.

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