[Tutorial] Fixing "Force Close" Apps When Calling the Keyboard (Galaxy Tab 2 10")

Keyboard is an essential part of your Android phone/tablet, you're using it from updating your Facebook status to some seriously work, for example, editing your document on your Drive then collaborate it to your partner. Now what's happen if your keyboard stops working, or worse, making all of apps "force close" when you want to type something? You might got to install a 3rd-party app to replace your current keyboard. Now what' you're gonna do if it doesn't solve it?

This happened to me, my 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (running ICS 4.0.3) keeps getting error every single time I open an app then try type something on it, on any app. From a few discussion topics I found on the Net, it seems caused by corrupted data on /data/clipboard folder. The good news is you just have to delete the contents of the folder, bad news is, it's located on root folder, you can't look into it from any app by default. 

There's a few workarounds though, at least I found 3 solutions regarding this :
  1. Install 'Ice Cream Sandwich' keyboard app from Play Store.
  2. Root the tablet so we can delete the contents of /data/clipboard folder.
  3. Reset the tablet to the factory settings.
Now solution #1 didn't fix this, at least for me, and I won't reset my tablet and set it up all over again, no if I still have other option. You might want to contact Samsung about this, don't worry, someone has already did it and you can read Samsung's response on this post. Yep, they suggest you to reset your tablet back to its original state. No thanks.

For those of you that might not know, rooting your android devices allows you to have administrative rights, it has so many functions, in this particular case, it allows you view hidden folder that can't be seen by default. In my opinion the process doesn't very hard or complicated, but you must understand the risk of having your devices 'rooted'.

IMPORTANT : Rooting your devices will likely void your warranty, involves the risk of 'bricking' your phone (slang which means your devices is now useless, just like carrying a brick with you) and perhaps some other problems. I will provided you a tutorial link which explains how to do it, but I do not hold any responsibilities for any damage caused during or after the process, even if you did exactly the same steps as the the tutorial explains.

So, after you understand the risks and still want to root your tablet, click this for the tutorial. Do as exactly as the tutorial told, and do not hesitate to ask a question if you somehow got confused.

After successfully root your phone, head over to the Play Store and install a file explorer app that has root explorer feature (I suggest use ES File Explorer, it's free and it's awesome). Enable root explorer from the app settings, navigate to the top / root contents, open data/clipboard folder and delete all of its contents and then reboot your tablet. You should be able to use your keyboard now.

You may already to know that in the time I write this post, Samsung is in the middle of process of giving a Jelly Bean update via OTA or Kies for this tablet. They already providing it in few countries, but not worldwide yet (I'm In Indonesia and didn't receive it yet). From what I read on another article, updating your tablet with this problem still unsolved will likely to give you another headache, as there's a process when you need to type something (Your Google account info, perhaps) before completing it. Root you tablet, get rid of clipboard folder contents, un-root it back then start downloading and applying the update, it's the best procedure I've found so far. I'll update this post as soon as I received the update.

Thanks to XDA-Developers & Android Central for their awesomeness!


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