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How To Fix An Android Phone Screen That Is Not Working

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Last Updated on March 27, 2021 by Muhammad Junaid Khalid


Experiencing problems with your Android phone screen? While users can go without the internet or tolerate battery issues, display issues can render phones practically unusable. All of us try to go the extra mile to prevent our Android phone screen from damage and other problems. However, accidents happen. Your Android phone screen problems can arise due to a few reasons – either in the hardware or software. For example, weakened internal connections and software bugs just a few issues that cause phone screen problems. You can try several fixes for your Android phone screen, but you also need to diagnose what went wrong.

Fixes For Your Android Phone Screen Problems

Before you attempt a fix for your phone screen problems, check the symptoms! Read on to see what solution you need to apply depending on the nature of your phone screen problems.

·         Cracks And Other Display Irregularities

Examine your phone screen for physical damage such as cracks and chips under the screen protector. Can your phone turn on? If it does turn on, look over the display. See any dead pixels? Some phone screen problems can present as strange colors and random lines. Both may appear together – the dead pixels and other phenomenon anomalies often run along any cracks. Does your screen flicker?

Solution: For deep cracks and internal damage, have your Android phone screen replaced with a new unit. For Android phone screens that don’t have any physical damage but show color changes, go check your phone’s display settings – perhaps you need to adjust options for dark mode, screen hue, display contrast, or accessibility.

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If you notice the display flickering, reboot the phone, and observe if it happens for a particular app. You may need to update the app, uninstall it, or delete the app cache. Sometimes, disabling the HW Overlays from the Developer options also helps. It is also worth removing SIMs, memory cards, and any external devices. Re-insert them one at a time to see what causes the problems.

·         Smears And Shadows Inside The Screen

If you dropped your phone in a liquid, its residue may appear as dark smears on the display. The weather also matters – was your phone in a really cold environment? Most Android phone screens develop dark or light smudges around the edges when the weather turns too cold.

Solution:  For spills, take off any screen protectors and cases, then clean under them. If your Android phone screen still shows smears, you may need to disassemble it and clean the screen from the inside. In the case of water, turn off your phone and take off the covers. Wipe it as much as you can and simply let it dry.

Some also suggest putting your phone in a container filled with dry uncooked rice as it absorbs moisture. Don’t blow-dry it, and avoid charging or booting the phone until the moisture has evaporated.

Getting rid of viscous liquids such as oil is harder and it is best to replace the display. For cold weather, the best you can do is move your phone to a warmer environment and wait for the screen to clear up.

·         Unresponsive Screen

Is your screen unresponsive to taps and swipes? Does it appear blank, or simply stuck on an app?

Solution: First, your phone may have crashed or frozen – try rebooting it. Second, if you applied a screen protector incorrectly or any obstructive sticker or decorative item on the screen, they might have interfered with the screen sensors. Remove them, clean your screen, and tap on all four corners of the screen to reseat any loose connectors.

The latter may help if the Android phone screen appeared blank. Next, an unresponsive display can happen if your phone overheating. Most Android phones automatically freeze and restart when overheated. Shift your phone to a cooler environment, and reboot if it hasn’t already.

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Other Fixes

In the absence of any physical damage, look for any app or system errors causing problems in your Android phone screen.

Updating Your Phone

Sometimes, problems pop up due to a corrupted software build. You should update your device frequently and upgrade to the latest Android build when it becomes available to you.

Think an update messed things up? You can delete the app, but you may have to wait for a new patch in case of a system error. Some devices allow reverting to older firmware, or you might have to perform a factory reset. Factory reset wipes all your data, so remember to back up if you go for this option.

Safe Mode

Android’s Safe mode is a temporary state to boot in where your phone switches to the operating system it came with. Your apps and data remain when you boot normally, don’t worry! Remember, Safe Mode just helps with the diagnosing, it won’t directly fix your issue.

While the method to boot into Safe Mode varies according to your handset, it usually goes as follows: Press the power key and when the power prompt appears, press and hold the Power Off option to reboot into Safe Mode. If the flickering or display freezing stops, an app caused the issue. Exit the mode by repeating the process and pressing the Restart button this time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to fix the android phone screen?

a. For major cracks and internal damage, replace the damaged screen with a new one.
b. If the screen is not damaged but shows some color changes, check your phone’s display settings. You may need a color correction or need changes in brightness or contrast.

2. How to fix screen flickering on android?

a. Clear the app cache and see if the problem is resolved.
b. If the problem persists, restart the phone. Re-insert SIM card, memory card, or any other external device.

3. How to fix the black screen on an android phone?

Go to the recovery mode to fix the black screen issue. Power off the phone. Now press and hold volume down and power to initiate the recovery mode. Select “Wipe cache partition” and wait for the process to complete.

If the above solution didn’t work, then “Factory Reset” is the only option. Enter into the Recovery mode as described above. From there, select the “Wipe data/Factory reset” option and confirm. This will most probably solve the issue.



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