Easy Methods to Fix Touchscreen Issues on Android Smartphones
Modern smartphones are built to take a significant amount of damage. Even if you crack your phone’s touch screen, it won’t be rendered completely useless. If the touchscreen suddenly starts malfunctioning for no reason, there are a few things you can do before taking your phone to the repair center. In this article, we bring you the best easy methods to fix touchscreen issues on an Android smartphone.
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Restart your smartphone
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Restarting your smartphone is the first thing you should do if you encounter a problem. While this may not diagnose the problem, it will fix any minor background errors that may be preventing your smartphone from working. A quick restart clears out any temporary or corrupt files that might make the touchscreen work. To restart your smartphone, long press the power key and tap on ‘Restart’. If the touch screen doesn’t work completely, press the volume down key and power key until your phone turns off. Press the power key again to restart it.
Fix touch sensitivity
If you removed the screen protector from your smartphone’s screen but forgot to lower the touch sensitivity, it may cause the screen to malfunction. Increasing the touch screen sensitivity when putting on a screen protector is essential as it ensures that there is no lag in touch response. However, when you remove the screen protector, the increased sensitivity can cause problems with the touch screen. Go to Settings > Display and tap the toggle next to touch sensitivity to turn it off. Conversely, if the touch screen started showing problems right after you placed a screen protector, turn on the touch sensitivity.
Check the touch screen for hardware related problems
There are a few tests you can run to check the touchscreen for dead pixels. These tests will help you find out if something is wrong with your display’s hardware. You don’t need to download any app for this. Your smartphone comes embedded with certain tools and diagnostic tests. All you have to do is dial a star code.
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Once you’ve run these tests, you’ll be able to check if there are any ‘dead zones’ on your smartphone’s screen.
Remove any physical attachments from the screen
If you have accessorized your smartphone by sticking a label or sticker on the screen, it can prevent it from working properly. Even a faulty display screen can cause this problem. Before buying a screen protector, it’s best to check if it’s approved for use by your smartphone manufacturer, or at least check the user reviews. Some screen protectors use adhesives that can cause certain parts of the screen to react.
Check your phone for moisture
If your phone has recently been splashed, be sure to check your phone for any remaining moisture. You can read the guide to completely remove water from any Android smartphone here. Be sure to wipe the touch screen frequently when using it with sweaty or wet hands. It is always a good idea to invest in a smartphone with waterproof IP rating to prevent this problem from arising.
Reboot your smartphone in safe mode
Rebooting your smartphone in Safe Mode is an effective way to check if the problem you are experiencing is caused by any of the installed apps. When you restart your phone in Safe Mode, it only uses the essential apps that are pre-installed. All third-party applications are restricted to function in safe mode. To reboot your phone in Safe Mode first, turn it off and then turn it back on using the Power key. When the manufacturer’s logo appears on the screen while rebooting, press and hold the Volume Down key until ‘Safe Mode’ appears at the bottom of the screen. If the touchscreen works fine in Safe Mode, it means that an app might be causing it to malfunction. Remove any recently downloaded apps one by one to see which app is responsible for the screen error. If the problem persists in safe mode, there may be a deeper issue causing the screen to act up.
Check for any software update
It is not uncommon for software-related errors to cause touchscreen malfunction. Usually, these errors are quickly resolved with a software update. Check to download any latest updates Settings > Software Update and select ‘Download and Install’. You can either download the update there or schedule it for a later time.
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These are the best easy methods to fix any touch screen problems on an Android smartphone. If these methods didn’t work for you, you should try performing a factory reset. Before performing a factory reset, make sure all your data is backed up. If a factory reset also doesn’t fix the problem, take your phone to the service repair center for further diagnosis.
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