Sync is Currently Experiencing Problems? Easy FIXES!

Are you getting the “Sync is currently experiencing problems” error message on your Android phone? This is an annoying issue that pops up whenever you are trying to use a Google app. 

This article will step you through possible fixes for when you have syncing problems on your Android phone.

Why “Sync is currently experiencing problems”?

The sync problem is a Google account-related issue and it is devastating for Android users due to their reliance on Google apps. 

Google apps function based on individuals’ Google accounts. The account has to stay in sync with the device.

Otherwise, the apps will stop functioning. And issues like failed updates, stuck emails, and disappearing images will take over. 

Generally, only one specific Google app gets affected. But in rare cases, some users have had trouble with multiple Google apps. 

This rarely happens because of the non-responding Google server. But most often, the problem occurs due to minor mistakes.

Restricting background data, not providing necessary permissions to Google apps, or even enabling the power saver mode could trigger it.   

Tips to Fix the “Sync is currently experiencing problems” Issue 

While the fixes for dealing with the sync is currently experiencing problems message are fairly simple, it’d best to check the status of the Google server and your internet connection before jumping to any conclusions. 

First, check your internet connection. If there’s a slow internet connection, then your phone will have problems syncing with your Google Account. You can check our guide to speed up slow internet connection on Android phones.

The next step is to check the status of the Google server. Google is very reliable and its server rarely goes down.

Still, server maintenance happens and you need to be aware of them. You can check the status from the Down Detector website.

If all the checking is done and yet you are still getting sync is currently experiencing problems, try out the following fixes to make your Google account sync again.

  1. Restart the Device 
  2. Automatic Date & Time 
  3. Disable Power Saving Mode
  4. Manual Sync
  5. Update Android
  6. Clear Cache & Data for Gmail 
  7. Remove and add the Google Account

1. Restart the Device 

Most of the time, Google account sync issues can be easily dealt with via a reboot. It is a simple but effective approach. A restart takes just a few seconds. Give it a try. 

2. Automatic Date & Time 

Date, time, and timezone are tricky things. They can cause a lot of problems if they’re not set correctly. 

If you have the wrong time, date, and timezone set on your mobile, your Google account could fail to sync due to security reasons. So, you need to check and set them to Automatic if necessary. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and go to General Management
  2. Tap on Date and Time
Sync Date and Time Accurately
Enable Automatic Date and Time. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

You will find the option that says, Automatic Date and Time. There will be a switch beside the option, toggle the switch on to set the date and time automatically. 

3. Disable Power Saving Mode

Android Battery Saver Feature
Android Battery Saver Feature. Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

If you are a fan of the Power Saving Mode and keep it on all the time to conserve battery, you may have to disable it.   

Power saving mode can cut off Google sync completely, depending on how aggressively you are using it. So, just disable the Power Saving Mode. If the sync is working perfectly, then the power saving mode is the problem. 

If you want to increase your Android battery life, you should check our guide for tips and tricks. You will find a lot of other ways to conserve the battery other than using the Power Saving Mode.  

4. Manual Sync 

Manually syncing the Google account is one of the easiest but simplest fixes. The only downside is that some users have said this is a temporary fix. But not all Android users share the same opinion. 

So, just give it a try. If it becomes undone, you can sure try out the other fixes. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap on Accounts and Backup. (The option varies depending on the Android device you are using)
  2. Then, tap on Manage Accounts and select your Google Account
  3.  In the following panel, you will find the Sync Account option. Tap on it. 
Manually Sync the Google Account
Sync the Google Account. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

This is the procedure to manually sync the Google account. After the account is synced, check the Google apps. If they are in working order, there’s no need to worry anymore.  

5. Update Android 

If you have tried all the other fixes, try updating the Android OS. An outdated OS can seem like an insignificant issue but it can cause a lot of problems. 

So, if you haven’t had the time to install the latest Android updates, this is the time to do it and it’s pretty easy. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap on Software Update
  2. Tap on Download and Install
Update Android to Fix the Sync is Currently Experiencing problems
Update the Android OS. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Now, Android will start searching for new updates. If a new update is available for your device, then you will get further options. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the new update on your phone.

6. Clear Cache & Data for Gmail 

Piled-up cache files are known to create unforeseen problems, the issue becomes critical if there’s a corrupted file in the midst.

So, if you are still getting sync is currently experiencing problems on Android, clear the cache and data for the Gmail app. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap on Apps
  2. Locate and tap on the Gmail app
  3. Select the Storage option. 
  4. In the following panel, you will find the Clear Cache and Clear Data options at the bottom. Tap on them. 
Delete Gmail Cache and Data Files
Remove Gmail Cache and Data. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

First, clear cache and then data. After clearing the files, check the account sync. It should not be having any issues.  

7. Remove and add the Google Account 

Last but not least, remove the Google account and then add it again. Some users have reported that removing the Google account and then adding it again has worked in this situation.  

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap on Accounts and Backup. (The option varies depending on the Android device you are using)
  2. Then, tap on Manage Accounts and select your Google Account
  3. At the bottom, you will find the Remove Account option. Tap on it. 
Tap to Remove the Google Account
Remove the Google Account. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Now, restart the Android mobile. Then, add the Google account. You will be asked for the necessary credentials for the verification. Provide them and complete the sync.

Wrapping It Up 

And there you have it. Our step-by-step guide to fixing Sync is currently experiencing problems on your Android phone.

We hope the tips in this guide were useful in helping you resolve your phone syncing problem. If you found success doing something else, leave us a comment down below!

Saurav is passionate about tech. He loves sorting through tech jargon and making sense out of them. When he's not working, he is most likely on a date with his gaming PC.

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