Fix: ‘System app updater isn’t responding’ in Xiaomi, POCO, Redmi

The system app updater on your Xiaomi device may not be responding due to some bugs in the app itself. Also, there can be an issue with your device’s software or a third-party app. An outdated software version is also among the leading causes of this error. Therefore, make sure your device is operating on the latest software version.

MIUI system update
MIUI system app updater fix

Sometimes the Xiaomi server is facing downtime, resulting in errors such as the one you are experiencing. Thus, don’t forget to check for the server status for Xiaomi when troubleshooting the error.

In this post, we are going to discuss 3 simple yet effective ways that will help you get rid of the “System app updater isn’t responding” error. Let’s check them out!

1. Reboot your Device

The first thing that you need to do is reboot your device. When you restart your phone, the complete system of your device shuts down, and when you restart it, its hardware will boot the system for a fresh start. Also, the RAM of your device clears when it continues; resultantly, your phone will work much faster and smoother.

The reboot also clears harmful data that is affecting the app or the whole system. Therefore, it is often recommended to do this once a week so that each of your apps works seamlessly. Thus, if there is any problem with the system app updater, a simple reboot will solve it.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Press and hold the side/power button.
     side/power button
    Press and hold the side/power button
  2. Release the button when the 4 options appear on your screen. Tap on Reboot and your device will restart.
    Reboot the device
    Tap on Reboot

However, if you are unable to perform a reboot and your device is malfunctioning, you may do a force restart. A force restart will help you restore your mobile to its normal state as it reboots the device at the hardware level.

Here’s how you can do a force restart:

  1. Press the side/power button and keep on holding it.
  2. Release the side/power button when the MI logo appears on the screen.
    MI logo appears on the screen
    MI logo appears on the screen after releasing the side keys

2. Pause Your Ad Blocker

If you have enabled an ad blocker, chances are that the system app updater will not work properly. Some features of both systems do not work well together. Thus, many Xiaomi users have reported that after pausing the ad blocker, the system app updater worked perfectly.

Apart from this, there are some third-party apps, especially ad blockers, that can affect the performance of your device and the app installed on it, as they might not be compatible with your device. For this reason, you need to pause any ad blocker that you’re using.

Below is the step-by-step guide to pausing the ad blocker from Mi Browser:

  1. Go to the Mi Browser.
     Mi Browser
    Open the Mi Browser
  2. Tap on Profile.
    Tap on Profile
  3. Next, go to Settings and tap on Advanced.
    Select Advanced
    Tap on Advanced
  4. Turn off the Ad blocker.
    Turning off the Adblocker
    Turn off the Adblocker

If you want to pause a third-party ad blocker, you can uninstall it directly or force-stop it from the application list. After doing this, restart your device and see if the error is gone.

3. Uninstall the Updates from System App Updater

Many Xiaomi users reported facing problems in their system app updater after updating the app to the latest version. The new version is said to be buggy and broken, which does not have to do anything with the MIUI version you are on.

Due to this reason, you can not update apps or even open the system app updater. Also, you may see that the app updater would not show any badge suggesting that there are updates available. So if you are one of the users who updated the system app updater to the latest version, you are suffering from the same issue.

The only solution for this problem is reverting to the previous version of the app updater. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Settings, scroll down, and select Apps.
  2. Tap on Manage Apps and find System Apps Updater.
  3. Now tap on the middle cross button to uninstall all the app updates.
    uninstall updates
    Uninstall app updates

4. Factory Reset

A factory reset can help remove the culprit behind the system app malfunctioning. May it be a virus, a software glitch, or a bug in the app, a reset can fix the problem quite easily.

Additionally, it also improves the overall performance of your device, as it clears all the corrupt files that are crashing the system. Here’s a step-by-step guide to resetting your Xiaomi device:

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. After this, turn your device on by pressing and holding the power button and volume up button. Release the buttons when you see the Xiaomi logo on your device.
  3. Now, you will see 4 options on your screen, including Reboot, Wipe Data, Connect with MiAssistant, and Safe Mode. To reset your device, you need to click the volume down button and go to Wipe Data. After this, use the power button to select the option.
    Wiping data
    Go to Wipe Data
  4. Next, choose to Wipe All Data by using the side button.
    Choose to Wipe All Data by using the side button
    Select Wipe All Data 
  5. Click on Confirm to reset your device.
    Tap on Confirm
    Tap on Confirm
  6. When all the data is wiped off, you will see the text “Data Wiped Successfully” on your screen. Lastly, click on Back to Main Menu to turn on your device.
    Back to Main Menu
    Click on Back to Main Menu

If you have tried all the above methods, but the problem persists, you need to contact the Xiaomi Support team and ask if they can solve the issue. You can also go to a repair center and see if they have any solution to this problem.


Maryam Gilani

Maryam is a tech enthusiast with a passion for all things digital. She has a deep understanding of the latest technological trends and advancements. With her strong problem-solving abilities and exceptional attention to detail, she can quickly identify and fix any IT-related problem that comes their way. But what sets Maryam apart is her proficiency in mobile troubleshooting. Be it a problematic app, slow device, or frustrating software update, Maryam is skilled in tackling any mobile issue with ease.
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