My iPhone Screen Is Glitching: 5 Best Solutions

Ah, technology – you love it until it starts acting up on you. It’s an all too familiar situation. One moment you’re enjoying your iPhone, the next, your screen is glitching like a scene out of a horror movie. Frustrating, isn’t it? Well, before you consider throwing your phone against the wall, I’ve got some good news. I’ve been there, experienced the glitches, and came out victorious. So here’s your guide on how to fix your iPhone screen when it starts going bonkers.

Why is my iPhone glitching?

Here are some possible reasons why your iPhone screen may be glitching:

  • Software issues: There could be bugs, errors, or conflicts within the iOS software that are causing visual or touchscreen glitches. Sometimes simply restarting the phone can fix software glitches.
  • Hardware issues: Issues with the display screen itself, like dead/stuck pixels, or problems with touch response could cause glitchy behavior. The screen or related hardware components may need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Corrupted data: If there are corrupted files or caches on your iPhone, it can interfere with how the screen displays content smoothly. A data reset may fix glitches caused by corrupted data.
  • Overheating: iPhones sometimes glitch or lag when the internal temperature gets too high, such as from heavy usage, being left in direct sunlight, or inadequate ventilation. Allowing the phone to cool down may resolve heat-related glitches.
  • Low storage: Lack of available storage can cause glitches, as the iPhone needs sufficient free space to run efficiently. Deleting unused data/files may help if low storage is the cause.
  • Outdated software/drivers: Making sure your iOS version and apps are all updated to the latest versions ensures compatibility and fixes any known software bugs that may be responsible for screen glitches.

How to Fix a Glitched iPhone Screen?

1. Force Restart

Yes, I know, it’s the age-old fix for almost anything tech-related. But believe me, it works more often than you think. A force restart can cure a multitude of digital ills. For your iPhone, here’s what to do:

For iPhone 8 and later: Press and release the volume up button, then press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold both the volume down button and the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.

Force Restart


2. Update Your iOS

An outdated iOS could also be the culprit behind screen glitches. Make sure you’re running the latest iOS version:

  1. Go to “Settings” -> “General.”
  2. Tap on “Software Update.” If an update is available, tap “Download and Install.”

There you have it – a detailed breakdown of these potential solutions to your glitching iPhone screen. Take it one step at a time, and you’re likely to solve the problem. Good luck!

3. Check for App Updates

Outdated apps could cause your iPhone screen to glitch. Regularly updating your apps could prevent this:

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Tap on your profile icon at the top right of the screen.
  3. Under “Upcoming Automatic Updates” or “Available Updates,” tap “Update All.”
Check for App Updates

4. Delete and Reinstall Problematic Apps

If the glitching happens only when using a specific app, the issue could be with the app itself. Try deleting and reinstalling it:

  1. Tap and hold the app icon on your home screen.
  2. Tap on “Remove App” then confirm.
  3. Go to the App Store and search for the app.
  4. Tap on the cloud icon or “Get” to reinstall the app.

5. Reset All Settings

Resetting all settings on your iPhone could solve your glitching problem. This step won’t delete any data, but it will remove your personalized settings. Here’s how:

  1. Go to “Settings” -> “General” -> “Reset.”
  2. Tap on “Reset All Settings.”
  3. You’ll be asked to enter your passcode to confirm.
  4. Your iPhone will restart with all settings restored to their defaults.

Is your iPhone screen cracked or damaged? This could definitely cause some glitching. While there’s no DIY fix for this, taking it to an authorized Apple repair center will do the trick. You can find a location near you at Apple’s support site.

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Benjamin Johnson

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