There are several things that can cause Privacy Browser to crash.
1 Custom OEM Power Management
Google produces Android as an open source project. It is already unstable as it comes from Google. But then OEMs get a hold of it and decide they need to do a whole bunch of customizations to differentiate themselves. Often, they aren’t very good at modifying Android, resulting in systems that are less stable, have worse battery life, and generally are not very impressive (but they have pretty graphics).
The tweaks to Android that cause the greatest problems are those that affect the power management. This has caused problems with VLC running on recent Huawei devices. The Huawei P20 seems to be particularly problematic. One user reported to me that disabling Huawei’s “Smart resolution” resolved a crash that happened most of the time when Privacy Browser was first started. Another user had issues with the data saver feature on a particular ROM (Android Settings -> Network & Internet -> Data usage -> Data saver).
As a general rule, if some ill conceived power management feature is the root cause of the problem, the crash will likely be fairly easy to replicate, meaning that performing the same series of steps will result in a crash the majority of the time. The cause of the variation is that how the system handles power management depends in part on what is happening with other apps in the background. Because every OEM does different things with different settings, it is impossible to make a complete list of where to find everyone’s custom settings. But if you are experiencing crashes with Privacy Browse, try tweaking/disabling the custom OEM power management features.
2 WebView Bugs
A large number of crash reports I receive are caused by crashes in Android’s WebView.
If you have an older version of WebView (the Chrome version number in About -> Version) you might consider upgrading to see if that fixes the problem. Sometimes, however, the current version is more buggy than the older ones.
3 Problems with Android Runtime
It may be possible to minimize these types of problems by telling the battery management features to leave Privacy Browser a little bit alone. Note that this doesn’t fully prevent Android from shutting down parts of Privacy Browser if it gets the whim. It is just a polite request.
The way you get to this screen varies on different Android devices, but on stock Android 8.1.0 it is Android Settings -> Battery -> Options Menu (upper-right corner) -> Battery optimization -> Spinner (drop down) -> All apps -> find Privacy Browser in the list. This type of crash will be almost entirely random and will be difficult to reproduce with a set sequence of actions.
4 Bug in Privacy Browser
Sometimes there is a bug in Privacy Browser’s code, at times only manifesting on particular devices or versions of Android. If in doubt, please file a bug report. Bugs with Privacy Browser tend to be easy to reproduce, meaning that performing the same series of steps always produces the crash.