iPhones are undoubtedly a value-added purchase when you are looking for durable and high-performance smartphones. However, they are not immune to hardware or software issues. They might appear on your iPhone if it deals with too many resource-consuming activities, ageing, configuration issues, and more.
iPhone screen glitching is one of the most reported glitches by iPhone owners. The screen might keep flickering and overheating without any distinct cause.
On the other hand, you might come across dead or stuck pixels on your iPhone screen. Sometimes, you might experience stripes of different colours on your iPhone screen.
Fortunately, you can find an easy way out of these glitches. Check out the following simple solutions to stop your iPhone screen from glitching.
1. Force Stop all Background Applications
Reportedly, iPhone screen glitches are quite common after installing the recent iOS update. Yet, Apple releases the right patch or version to rectify the error as soon as possible. If installing the right OS version doesn’t solve the problem, then you should try this hack.
Perhaps, too many background applications leave no resources to be shared among other utilities. Consequently, the iPhone screen might flicker.
Go through the instructions below to close applications on an iPhone X and later:
- Swipe your finger up from the bottom of the display when you are on the Home Screen.
- Pause your finger after it reaches the middle of the screen.
- All the running applications will appear on the screen. You can navigate them left and right.
- Simply swipe up the application that you want to close. In this case, we suggest closing all the applications running in the background.
However, the application closing method is different for iPhone 8 and older models, including iPhone SE variants. If you own an iPhone that comes with the Home Button, then you have to rapidly double-tap the button.
Running applications will appear on the screen, and you need to swipe them up one by one to close each one of them. Once you close those background applications, you can test whether the iPhone screen still glitches.
2. Restart or Hard Reset Your iPhone
Giving your iPhone a restart might ease the situation. You can simply hold down the Side button or Power button till the Power Slider appears on the screen.
Slide the power prompt to turn off the device. Wait for a while, and then you can turn your iPhone as you usually do by holding the Side button.
As an alternative, you can hard reset your iPhone using the following steps:
- Hold the Side or Wake button and any of the Volume buttons on your iPhone at the same time.
- You can release both of them as soon as the Power Slider comes up.
- Next, drag the slider from left to right, and it will turn off your iPhone.
- Wait for a minute or two, and then, you can hold the Side button to turn your phone on.
If it’s an iPhone 8 or Later Model
To hard reset such an iPhone, you need to press the Volume Up button first. Release it and then press the Volume Down button. After you release the Volume Down button, long-press the Side button to bring the Power slider and turn the phone off.
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
The mechanism of hard reset for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is a bit different. You have to hold down the Side button and Volume Down button to hard reset the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. If this can’t restore the normal iPhone screen, you must try the following solutions.
3. Disable Auto Brightness
Keeping your iPhone on enabled Auto Brightness can result in screen flickering and other glitching. Reportedly, numerous users have noticed success against screen glitching by disabling the Auto Brightness feature.
Here’s how you can carry it out:
- Navigate to System Settings.
- Scroll down to locate and select the Accessibility option.
- Next, go for the Display & Text Size option.
- Locate the Auto-Brightness option and toggle it off.
Now, check if the screen still keeps flickering or glitching.
4. Clean the iPhone Screen
Perhaps, something is bothering your iPhone screen. Chances are there that something has got stuck between the screen protection and the screen itself. Since the iPhone screen is very sensitive, foreign objects might be annoying the touchscreen. Therefore, it’s better to wipe up and clean the iPhone screen.
Carefully remove the screen protector from your iPhone. After that, you need to take a microfiber cloth and wipe off the iPhone screen with it. This will collect all the debris from the screen, and the screen should not generate a glitch anymore.
5. Update All Apps
All the existing applications on your iPhone can be out of sync if they miss the required updates. And, this can lead the iPhone screen to flicker, stuck pixels, and other glitches.
Hence, you should check whether all the iPhone apps are updated and if not, you need to update them. Here’s the step-by-step guide to doing so:
- Launch the App Store application on your iPhone.
- Press the Today tab from the bottom part of the screen.
- Next, go to the user icon that resides at the top right corner of the display.
- Scroll down to locate the ‘Upcoming Automatic Updates’ option.
- After that, you must tap the ‘Update All’ option to initiate the update for all your iPhone applications.
If you think that one particular application requires the update and you have identified it, then you can simply update it. However, we recommend that you must update every app on your iPhone.
6. Look if it’s a Single Culprit Application
Are you facing iPhone screen glitches whenever you open a specific application? If yes, then you need to close the problematic application first. Try launching the app later and check if the issue still exists. On the other hand, you can consider updating that application through the App Store application.
In case an update doesn’t make any difference, then you should attempt a reinstallation. Delete the application and install its latest version from the App Store. Now, test if the iPhone screen flickers if you launch that specific application.
7. Back up the iPhone
You might consider a DFU restore or other complicated solutions under an expert’s supervision. Before you try such things for your iPhone, you need to save your data from getting vanished. That’s why consider backing up your iPhone data to iCloud.
Additionally, you can consider iTunes for backup if you have installed iTunes on your macOS 10.14 device or a Windows PC. Connect the iPhone to your computer through the lightning cable and explore iTunes.
Once iTunes identify your iPhone, click the phone icon from the top left corner of your computer display. After that, check the box next to the option called This Computer. Finally, hit the Back Up Now option.
If it’s a macOS 10.15, you must back up your iPhone using Finder.
In case nothing works, you can get your iPhone screen repaired. Hopefully, you have backed up all your iPhone data before addressing the hardware failure. You can also upgrade to a new iPhone if repairing or replacing the iPhone screen costs a fortune.