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How to fix screen burn on phone?

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A Smartphone's screen can malfunction at any time when facing a screen burn problem. The pixels might struggle to reflect on the screen savers on the lock screen. It can be software-related or a display driver issue. Either of them is fixable, and here are a few ways that you can try to fix the issue right away:

Most of us end up shutting down our devices whenever they malfunction. In this case, too, this is one of the most effective solutions to it. Turning your phone off lets the battery rest without any pressure and all the images on the screen. If the problem has just persisted, you can try shutting the screen down for a while. Let your phone rest after turning it off and letting the pixels rest. This happens mostly with the display technologies of OLED screens, and if this doesn’t fix the screen burn issue, here are more things to try. If not this, the rest of the fixes on how to fix screen burn on a phone will work for your device.

If you haven’t been connected to the new updates for Android, let us provide you with a brief overview. Recently, Android has launched two different themes in which you can use your device. The system is set to light screen as default, and most people don’t bother to go into settings to find immersive modes for the fix. A dark theme can help with pixel differentiation and fluctuation of your screen burn. You can set the brightness to low and use a dark theme that won’t leave an image on the screen.

If you have any colorful images for your background, try changing them as the mobile spends most of its time on the home page. Ensure that the homepage has fewer colors and set the colors to a little dark. You can even set the dark mode in iOS by going to the navigation buttons > settings > Display and Brightness. This works for most smartphones with OLED screens, and we hope this does remove the screen burns.

All the testers, developers, and other smartphone-related professionals have been helpful to the community. As a result of this, there has been an app that can help you correct the colors on your screen. This is all for free, so you save a trip to the service center to get your device repaired. For Android devices, you can find a lot of apps on the Google play store to fix the pixels.

For iOS, you can use the app Doctor OLED X to correct the colors on your screen. What this app does is try to rebalance the colors on your screen by training the pixels to use different colors to reset the settings. Also, you can find multiple videos to retrain your pixels to get back to normal.

If none of these options work, your only option is to have it repaired by a phone repair service provider. Carlcare is among the most reliable services where you can track your repairs from their app. Also, you can make your reservations on the app itself, which reduces the time spent standing in queues.

Yes, getting rid of screen burn is very much possible, but it depends on the severity of the issue. Some screen burns only take a few retraining sessions, while some fix themselves just with a shutdown of your device. In this guide on how to fix screen burns on a phone and how to prevent them, we have discussed all the effective ways. Use them and we are pretty sure they will help you get rid of screen burns from your screen.

Screen burns are never permanent, but with time, they can stay and won’t leave until you change the hardware. If you go out and get the fix before the time runs out, you can use all the methods discussed above. When you see a screen burn, try restarting your device or just resting it by shutting down the screen. Ensure the pixels stay cool or use some corrective apps to get the pixels back to default.

Some of the common causes behind that ugly screen burn on the screen are:

Rémy Fujii
Set Dresser
Answer # 2 #
  • Power it off. Leaving your phone off for a few hours could help lessen the impact of burn-in.
  • Try a burn-in remover video. YouTube has a number of fast-paced, colorful videos that are designed to combat burn-in.
  • Download a fixer app.
  • Replace the screen.
Palomi Jaitly
Answer # 3 #

Screen replacements, however, are an expensive proposition—especially if your phone is out of warranty. And in cases where the screen burn-in issue isn't that prominent, it is best that you look for other fixes. And that is what this article aims to explore.

The workarounds offered below, therefore, are best applied to cases of minor screen burn-in.

At the outset, it is important to know what this problem actually is. A screen burn-in is the phenomenon observed on displays where a part of the display suffers from permanent discoloration—often caused by prolonged use of a static image. It is also important to note that OLED displays are much more susceptible to screen burn-in than their LCD counterparts. In fact, what people think of as screen burn-in on an LCD panel might usually another issue.

While modern AMOLED displays are much better at resisting screen burn-in, if your phone tends to display many static images (Hint: Always-on display), the chances of screen burn-in do increase. But newer smartphones and wearables feature several mechanisms (aptly named burn-protection) that reduce the chances of screen burn-in. The way this works is by shifting a static image or text by a few pixels so that the pressure to stay on is not borne by a group of pixels.

Also important to note is the fact that screen burn-in is a hardware issue and affects OLED-based panels across a wide spectrum of products. For the same reason, any product that uses an AMOLED panel—ranging from Apple iPhones to Samsung Galaxy devices and OLED TVs could be prospective victims.

The scope of this article, however, is limited to addressing screen burn-in issues on Android and iOS smartphones.

In a desperate attempt to find a fix for the screen burn-in problem on your phone, you search on Google, and it turns out there are several apps that claim to address the problem. But how effective are these apps, really?

First things first, you need to know that a screen-burn-in is a hardware problem. Attempting to fix it using software is almost always an exercise in futility. It is no surprise, therefore, that the reviews of most of these apps are mixed. But then what exactly do these apps do? And what about users who claim that their issue was fixed after they installed and used the app?

While some of these apps can be of help, and there are reviews where people have claimed they work, the general philosophy of these apps is to try and "burn" the rest of the screen to match the colors of the area. While this might work for you initially, you should know that eventually, you aren't helping solve the issue. Think of these apps as temporary workarounds until you replace your display.

For LCD screens, there's a dedicated app, LCD Burn-in Wiper that could possibly fix minor cases. However, this tool is not suitable for OLED or AMOLED displays, such as those found on most modern flagship smartphones. For that, you'll need a different app.

For Android smartphones with OLED/AMOLED screens, it is a good idea to try an app called Ghost Screen Fix - Burn-In. iPhone' users can try out an app called Doctor OLED X from the App Store for $0.99.

In most of these apps, the "fix" is to display a sequence of primary colors in an attempt to restore the "burnt" pixels. Interestingly, this was the original function of computer screen-savers: one dynamic image that appears when the screen is idle to make the pixels "exercise" and ensure that the same area of the display doesn’t remain constantly illuminated.

The results that you may get from these apps will vary based on how bad the screen burn-in issue on your phone actually is.

A workaround that has been suggested by one of our users involves an app called "Negative Image" from the Google Play Store. This is what NextPit user Chai Bula did to fix the screen burn-in issue on his smartphone.

As already mentioned in the introduction, screen burn-in is an issue with the actual hardware. As such, a proper fix to the problem usually involves replacing the display. However, do note that modern displays are much more resistant to screen burn-in compared to their older counterparts, and the devices they are attached to also boast of several screen burn-in protection mechanisms.

For the same reason, chances are high you will rarely see a screen burn-in issue on newer devices that are so severe, a screen replacement becomes necessary.

Even so, in the rare instance the problem is awful, the best bet is to contact your manufacturer directly. If your smartphone is under warranty, they will offer you a fix. Bear in mind, however, that an out-of-warranty screen replacement might be quite an expensive affair. In fact, in some cases, it is cheaper to simply buy a new phone instead.

As you might have understood by now, screen burn-in can be an annoying problem. That being said, there are quite a few simple steps you can take so that your smartphone never encounters this issue at all. Note that the steps below are applicable for both Android smartphones and iPhones.

Moosie Dolenz
Chief Scientific Officer