My iPhone Screen Is Glitching. Here’s The Fix!

Your iPhone screen in glitching and you don’t know why. It might flicker, freeze, delay when you touch it, or something else that’s very frustrating. In this article, I’ll explain how to fix an iPhone screen glitch!

Hard Reset Your iPhone

By hard resetting your iPhone, you’ll force it to abruptly turn off and back on. Sometimes crashed software can cause screen glitches, so restarting your iPhone may fix the problem.

Follow the steps below to hard reset your iPhone:

iPhone 8 And Newer

First, press and release the volume up button. Then, press and release the volume down button. Finally, hold down the side button on the right side of your iPhone until the screen turns off and the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Simultaneously press and hold down the volume down button and the power button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears.

iPhone SE, iPhone 6, & Earlier

Press and hold the power button and the Home button at the same time until the screen turns off and the Apple logo appears.

Turn Off Auto-Brightness

We’ve heard from people who said they had success fixing iPhone screen glitches by turning off Auto-Brightness. Here’s how to turn off Auto-Brightness on your iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Display & Text Size.
  4. Turn off the switch next to Auto-Brightness.

turn off auto brightness ios 13

Take Off The Case & Wipe Off The Screen

iPhone displays are very sensitive. It’s possible your iPhone case or something on the display is triggering the touch screen and making it glitch. Take your iPhone out of its case and wipe it with a microfiber cloth to clear off any debris that may be on the screen.

Is An App Causing The Problem?

Do you know if your iPhone is glitching only when you open a specific app? If so, there’s a decent chance that app is causing the glitch.

There are a couple things you can do to try and fix the problem, and we’ll walk you through both those steps below.

Close The Problem App

If you think an app is malfunctioning, the first thing to do is close it and see if the problem persists.

If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier, double-click the Home button while your iPhone is unlocked. This will activate the app switcher, which shows you all the apps currently open on your iPhone. Locate the app you want to close and swipe it up and off the top of the screen.

For iPhones newer than the iPhone 8, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger in the center of the screen until the app switcher opens. Then, swipe up on the app until it disappears.

close apps iphone 8 vs iphone x

Delete The Problem App

If the app continues to cause problems, you’ll want to delete it and find an alternative.

To delete an iPhone app, lightly press and hold on the app until it starts to wiggle. Then, tap on the X in the upper left corner of the app icon. A notification will appear asking if you want to delete the app. Tap Delete to confirm that you want to erase the app on your iPhone.

delete tiktok on iphone

If you really don’t want to lose this app, you can try reinstalling it to see if deleting the app fixed the problem. To reinstall the app, open the App Store and find the app. Tap the download button to the right of the app to reinstall it.

reinstall tiktok app

If the app continues to glitch, you’ll unfortunately have to settle for an alternative.

DFU Restore

A DFU restore is the deepest iPhone restore. Before you put your iPhone in DFU mode, we highly recommend saving a backup because a DFU restore erases and reloads all the code on your iPhone. We bet you don’t want to lose all of that information!

After you’ve backed up your iPhone, follow our guide on how to DFU restore your iPhone or watch our video if you’d like to see us walk you through the process.

Screen Repair Options

Unfortunately, if your iPhone is still glitching after you’ve put it in DFU mode, you’ll probably have to look into repair options. It’s possible that an internal connector has been damaged or become dislodged.

If you have AppleCare+, you’ll want to set up an appointment with an Apple technician and bring your iPhone into the Apple Store near you.

We also recommend Puls, an on-demand repair company that sends a technician to you in as little as an hour. All Puls repairs are protected by a lifetime warranty!

Get A New iPhone

Sometimes the best thing to do when your current phone is glitching is to get a brand new phone. If multiple internal components of your iPhone are broken, a repair could be very expensive.

Instead of paying a lot to fix your old broken phone, why not use that money and invest in a new one? Check out the UpPhone cell phone comparison tool to find the perfect phone for you!

From Glitched To Fixed!

You’ve fixed the problem with your iPhone and it’s no longer glitching! Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your family and friends how to fix iPhone screen glitch issues. If you have any extra questions, please leave them in the comments below!

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3 months ago

Why is my phone frozen
I don’t understand

Liam Shotwell
3 months ago
Reply to  Haylee

Check out our article, Why Is My iPhone Frozen? I think it might be able to help you understand the issue a little more.

6 months ago

my phone is glitching it has these purple lines on it i tried to turn it off and turn it on again and it didn’t work and i cant do my password or my finger print what do i do .

1 month ago
Reply to  annabel

That’s literally happening to me right now

8 months ago

Guys my phone is legit when I open it it shows my screen but like those glitches error screens and it’s getting worse and overheating too idk what’s happening

9 months ago

Hey my phone is glitching opening apps and pressing stuff that I’m not touching

9 months ago
Reply to  Xav


5 months ago
Reply to  Ava

lol same

5 months ago
Reply to  Xav

mine too its awful

1 month ago
Reply to  Xav

me too it’s so annoying

10 months ago

hello, i have the iPhone max and it’s been glitching for a while now. and now it shut down and it’s been two days almost and I can’t open it

1 year ago

hi my iphone has been glitching and turning off quite a lot

2 months ago
Reply to  David Lynch

what doess that do

Liam Shotwell
2 months ago
Reply to  jeroma

A DFU Restore is the most complete reset an iPhone can do. It will eliminate any and all software problems that your device has. If a DFU restore can’t fix something, it’s more than likely that it’s a hardware problem that will need you to go get your phone fixed.