Fix a screen that isn't working right on Android

If your phone's screen isn't responding, or if you're seeing flickering, jumping, flashing, dead pixels, or a blank screen, try these quick fixes and troubleshooting steps.

After trying each recommended solution, check to see whether it fixed your issue.

Step 1: Check your phone's screen

  1. Make sure that your screen isn't cracked, chipped, or damaged.
  2. If you have a case or screen protector, take it off.
  3. If you're wearing gloves, take them off.
  4. If you've put any stickers over the screen or sensors, peel them off.
  5. Make sure that your screen is clean.

Step 2: Try these troubleshooting steps

If none of the quick checks above worked, try the troubleshooting steps below.

Restart your phone

To restart your phone:

  • Press your phone's power button. On the screen, tap Restart Restart.
  • If you don't see "Restart," press your phone's power button for about 30 seconds, until your phone restarts.

After you restart, if your touchscreen is still completely unresponsive, learn how to reset your phone to factory settings (below).

See whether an app is causing the problem

The problem could be caused by an app that you downloaded. To see whether a downloaded app is causing the problem, you can restart your phone in safe mode.

  1. Turn on safe mode. Learn how to turn on safe mode
  2. Once you're in safe mode, touch the screen.
    • If your screen works in safe mode, a downloaded app is most likely causing your issue.
      1. To exit safe mode, restart your phone.
      2. To find the app that’s causing issues, uninstall recently downloaded apps one by one.
      3. Once you remove the app that's causing the problem, you can reinstall the other apps that you removed.
    • If your screen doesn't work in safe mode, continue to the next section.
Test the affected part of your screen

If the issue happens only sometimes, or only on a specific part of the screen, you can use your Quick Settings bar and notifications confirm.

  1. Touch the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Slowly drag your finger to the bottom right corner without lifting. Try to move your finger slowly enough that you can count to 10 before reaching the opposite corner of the screen.Drag your finger across the screen image
    • If you can drag your Quick Settings bar and notifications all the way to the bottom of the screen
      The problem isn't caused by a specific area on your screen. Learn how to reset your phone to factory settings (below).
    • If your Quick Settings bar and notifications release while you're still dragging your finger across the screen
      Repeat the test. If they release again, note whether it happened in the same place on the screen. Then contact your device manufacturer.
Turn off developer options

If you have developer options turned on, those developer settings could be affecting your touchscreen performance.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap System And then Developer options. You'll see this only if you have developer options turned on.
  3. Turn off Developer options.

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Still having screen issues?

If your screen still doesn't work correctly after trying all the common solutions above, you may want to try these advanced troubleshooting steps.

Consider resetting your phone to factory settings

To remove any processes on your phone that could be causing the issue, you can reset your phone to factory settings.

IMPORTANT: A factory data reset will remove all data from your phone. While any data stored in your Google Account will be restored, all apps and their associated data will be uninstalled. Before you perform a factory data reset, we recommend backing up your phone.

If an app that you downloaded caused the issue and you reinstall that app, the problem could come back.

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