My iPhone Screen Is Flickering! Here’s The Real Fix.

Your iPhone display keeps flickering and you don’t know what to do. The screen flashes, changes colors, or blacks out, but you’re not sure why. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone screen is flickering and show you how to fix the problem for good!

Hard Reset Your iPhone

Sometimes iPhone software crashes, which can cause the screen to flicker. Hard resetting your iPhone will force it to abruptly turn off and back on, which can sometimes fix the problem.

There are a few different ways to perform a hard reset, depending on which iPhone you have:

  • iPhone 8 and newer models: 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 on the screen.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Simultaneously press and hold down the power button and the Volume Down button until the Apple logo flashes onto the display.
  • iPhone SE, 6s, and earlier models: Press and hold the power button and the Home button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears on the display.

You can release the buttons you’re holding onto as soon as the Apple logo appears. If your iPhone screen continues to flicker after turning back on, move onto the next step!

Does The Screen Flicker When You Open A Specific App?

If your iPhone screen only flickers when you use a certain app, there’s probably a problem with that app, not your iPhone. First, I recommend closing the app to see if we can fix a minor software problem.

You’ll have to open the app switcher to close an app on your iPhone. The iPhone 8 and earlier, double-press the Home button. On the iPhone X and later, swipe up from the bottom to the center of the screen. Now that you’ve opened the app switcher, close your app by swiping it up and off the top of the screen.

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If your iPhone screen still flickers when you open the app, you may have to delete the app and reinstall it or find an alternative. To delete an iPhone app, lightly press and hold on its icon on your iPhone’s Home screen. Then, tap the small X that appears. Confirm your decision by tapping Delete!

delete audible app on iphone

Turn Off Auto-Brightness

Many iPhone users have had success fixing their flickering iPhone screen by turning off Auto-Brightness. To turn off Auto-Brightness, open Settings and tap Accessibility -> Display & Text Size. Finally, turn off the switch next to Auto-Brightness!

turn auto brightness on iphone

DFU Restore Your iPhone

We still can’t rule out a software problem even if your iPhone display is still flickering. To try and fix a deeper software problem, put your iPhone in DFU mode and restore it.

A DFU restore erases and reloads all of the code that controls your iPhone. Before putting your iPhone in DFU mode, we strongly recommend saving a backup of the information on your iPhone.

Once you’ve backed up your data, check out our other article to learn how to put your iPhone in DFU mode.

Screen Repair Options

You’ll probably have to get your iPhone repaired if the screen still flickers after you put it in DFU mode. It’s possible an internal connector has been dislodged or damaged.

When dealing with such small, intricate internal iPhone components, we recommend taking your iPhone to an expert who can fix the problem. If you have an AppleCare+ protection plan, set up an appointment at your local Apple Store’s Genius Bar and see what they can do for you.

We also recommend Puls, an on-demand repair company that sends a technician directly to you. The technician can be there in as little as an hour and the repair is covered by a lifetime warranty!

Flickering Screen: Fixed!

Your iPhone screen isn’t flickering anymore! If you know someone with a flickering iPhone screen, make sure to share this article with them. Leave any other questions you have about your iPhone below in the comments section!

Thank you for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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2 years ago

Can someone help me? My phone keeps flickering from my Home screen back to the white wand thing.

Saidu Tanimu
2 years ago

Each time I hold my screen it performs different actions. I can barely view status on Instagram and WhatsApp each time I hold the screen to read the status it starts misbehaving. Please I need help.

2 years ago

Had a dark screen, kept trying volume up, volume down and holding power button. It finally worked this morning, worked fine for a few minutes. It’s been flickering real bad ever since.

Marco Sanlley
3 years ago

My iphone has never touched the floor, meaning it has never fallen. Today, all of the sudden it started flickering white, and then black, then white again, the touch feature works even though its flickering, but I want to know why or how to fix it. I have the iPhone 11

3 years ago

Add that the ‘Reduce White Point’ setting will also affect the screen flicker. I like the auto brightness and toyed with the white point setting. The newer phones/updates have a slider to adjust the intensity and playing with that fixed my flicker.

3 years ago

I dropped my iPhone X, cracked the screen and now it keeps flickering in green.
Nothing can be accessed on my phone (the screen is black but lights up green when I touch it). I do not know how to fix it.
Please, help me! I’m a college student and don’t know how to effort fixing this.
Thank you for your time in advance.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jassmin

ME TOO! I have an iphoneX I dropped my phone really hard and when I turn it on it like starts flashing green and stuff also there is a just white light bar on the right and bottom.

3 years ago

If my 7plus screen is 1/4 black after dropping and shattered and separated from the titanium case at top…but the screen is fully touch responsive even black part do I have to replace anything but the glass?

Eccentric Theorist
3 years ago

Try turning off “Shake to undo” option. That was my magical solution after countless of resets.

3 years ago

where is shake to undo?

3 years ago
Reply to  kate
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Swipe down and tap General, then Accessibility.
  3. Swipe down and choose Shake to Undo.
Clinton Adeleke
3 years ago

My iPhone6 screen still flickers even after I dim the brightness of my phone

Liam Shotwell
3 years ago

Dimming the screen might actually make it more likely to flicker, but let’s assume that your iPhone is flickering at all brightness levels. If you’ve tried all of the suggestions in this article, then there is probably a hardware problem with the device that you’ll need to get resolved by getting the phone repaired or replaced.

4 years ago

Hi mi iPhone XR have transparents lines sometimes. Only like for 5 seconds. I try evereything. Even factory reset. Any clue of what is happening???

4 years ago
Reply to  Freddy

My 8+ did the exact same thing, it just continued getting worse and worse now the whole screen does it. I am thinking it’s definitely a screen issue and not a software issue, I’m bringing it in today to get the screen replaced!

LaMona Harvey
5 years ago

Thanks! Dimming the brightness on my phone solved the problem Ive been having for a month! If it continues, Ill move on to your next suggestions.