There Are Lines On My iPhone Screen! Here’s The Fix.

You’re seeing lines on your iPhone’s screen and you’re not sure why. This problem usually occurs when your iPhone’s LCD cable gets disconnected from its logic board, but it could also be a software problem. In this article, I’ll explain why there are lines on your iPhone screen and show you how to fix the problem for good!

Restart Your iPhone

First, let’s try and rule out a minor software glitch. Restarting your iPhone will let all of its programs shut down normally, which could fix a problem causing lines to appear on your iPhone’s display.

If you have an iPhone 8 or older model, press and hold the power button until slide to power off appears on the screen. On an iPhone X or newer model, simultaneously press and hold either volume button and the side button until slide to power off appears.

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Swipe the white and red power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone. Wait a few seconds, then press and hold the power button (iPhone 8 and earlier) or the side button (iPhone X and newer) until the Apple logo appears on the center of the display.

In some cases, the lines on your iPhone screen will be so obstructive that you can’t see anything on the screen. If  the lines on your iPhone screen are completely obstructing your view, you can restart it by doing a hard reset. A hard reset abruptly turns your iPhone off and back on.

The way to hard reset an iPhone depends on which iPhone you have:

  • iPhone 6s and earlier models: Simultaneously press and hold down the Home button and the power button until you see the Apple logo flash onto the screen.
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the volume down button and the power button simultaneously until the Apple logos appears on the center of the screen.
  • iPhone 8 and newer models: Quickly press and release the volume up button, then the volume down button, then press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears on the display, release the side button.

It can takes 25–30 seconds before the Apple logo appears, so be patient and don’t give up!

Backup Your iPhone

We recommend backing up your iPhone as soon as possible if there are still lines on the screen. This may be your last chance to back up if your iPhone is seriously damaged or suffering from liquid damage.

Backing up your iPhone saves a copy of all the information on it. This includes your photos, contacts, videos, and more!

You can use iTunes or iCloud to back up your iPhone. You’ll need a Lightning cable and a computer with iTunes to back up your iPhone to iTunes. If you want to backup your iPhone to iCloud, you don’t need a cable or a computer, but you will need enough iCloud storage space to save the backup.

Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode

The Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore is the deepest type of iPhone restore and it’s the last step we can take to rule out a software problem. This type of restore erases and reloads all the code on your iPhone, restoring it to its factory defaults.

We strongly recommend saving a backup of the information on your iPhone before putting it in DFU mode. Check out our step-by-step guide when you’re ready to put your iPhone in DFU mode!

Screen Repair Options

Most of the time, lines on your iPhone screen is the result of a hardware problem. It can occur when you drop your iPhone on a hard surface, or if your iPhone gets exposed to liquids. Vertical lines on the display of your iPhone is typically an indicator that the LCD cable is no longer connected to the logic board.

Set up an appointment at your local Apple Store to meet with a technician, especially if your iPhone is covered by an AppleCare+ Protection Plan. We also recommend Puls, an on-demand repair company that can send a certified technician directly your home or office. They can be there to help you fix the vertical lines problem on your iPhone within sixty minutes!

No More Lines!

I hope this article helped you fix your iPhone or find a repair option that will help you get its screen replaced as soon as possible. Now that you know why there are lines on your iPhone screen, make sure to share this article on social media with family and friends! Leave any other questions you have for us in the comments section below.

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1 day ago

hi, I have an iphone 6 and all of a sudden the screen started showing horizontal lines across the whole screen but is still being responsive

11 days ago


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Liam Shotwell
11 days ago
Reply to  Syd

How colorful! That’s… not supposed to happen. If following the steps in this article didn’t work then I’d say there’s probably something wrong with the screen and you’ll have to check out your options for repair or replacement.

23 days ago

Can someone please help me last month I dropped my iphone 7 on my kitchen floor and rainbow lines cam on it and a massive black circle this is all at the top and a bit of the left side is there anything I can do about it without paying?

Liam Shotwell
21 days ago
Reply to  Angel-Mai

No, that’s a pretty good indicator that the screen has been damaged. Fortunately, you may not have to pay that much. Try exploring some of your options on this page. A third party like Puls might be able to help you at a lower rate than Apple will.

24 days ago

i have lines vertical and horizontal and with screen from right all black (just a small part vertically) i got this phone 1 year back, its an iphone7. what is supposed to be done?

Liam Shotwell
24 days ago
Reply to  zaufeshan

If you have tried all the steps in this article and there are still lines on your iPhone screen, you should consider exploring your options to get your phone repaired. It’s most likely hardware damage.

25 days ago

I have an iphone 7 with a screen i bought from amazon and when it turns on the screen is fine the after like 1 second the lines slowly show up but the screen is still responsive

Maria G
25 days ago

I have a big thick white line across my phone and a little think one next to it. What should I do?

26 days ago

hi, i got an iphone 6 last year and anytime i used to charge it the screen would go very blury and weird or it would just randomly happen, i got the phone in a bad condition. i found a solution to fix it by wiping the screen with my hands. Early this year, my iphone got worse, and it will show these grey lines, it got very weird. Even if i wipe it, it doesn’t work. Basically the screen (that’s how i got it). what can i do?

Liam Shotwell
26 days ago
Reply to  lisa

Sounds to me like there’s a bad screen connection. Wiping your hands across the screen probably helped regain that connection, but as the phone has aged, that probably won’t work anymore. Fortunately, fixing screen issues isn’t impossible. You should explore your repair options. If they aren’t able to fix it, I suggest you go and check out options for getting a new phone.

28 days ago

I restarted my I phone 5 s but no way ,I dropped alcohol on the display 2 month before it went like this

Liam Shotwell
28 days ago
Reply to  Randa

Looks like you’ve got a damaged screen. If there are lines on your iPhone screen and your phone is damaged, you should take it to get it serviced or replaced.

1 month ago

I have a iphone 8 plus and i woke up the next morning with faint lines on half of my screen and im scared and dont know what to do

11 days ago
Reply to  safaa

We have the same problem! The lines disappear for a few seconds when I press the power button and it comes back. T_T

4 months ago

My husband’s iphone X has a solid bright pink line with one fine line on each side of the solid line and they are on the left side of his phone going from top to bottom. No liquid contact or dropping of the phone. The phone is about two years old. The line appeared about two days ago.

4 months ago

my phone has the rainbow lines going through it and i can’t get on it

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