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 on iphone

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 With The App Switcher

Check For An App Update

It’s possible an app is making your screen glitch because it’s out of date. App developers regularly release updates to introduce new features, fix known bugs, and make sure their app runs smoothly on the latest version of iOS.

Open the App Store and tap on your Account Icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Scroll down to the section labelled Updates. If an update is available for your problem app, tap Update to its right. There’s also an Update All option if you’d like to download all available app updates simultaneously.

Check For A Skype Update In The App Store

Delete The Problem App

Deleting and reinstalling an app can give it a fresh start. Sometimes, app files can become corrupted, causing problems when you try to use it.

To delete an app on your iPhone, press and hold on its app icon until the menu opens. Tap Remove App -> Delete App -> Delete.

Delete and Reinstall The Skype App

Now that you’ve uninstalled the app, open the App Store and tap on the Search tab at the bottom of the screen. Type in the name of your app, then tap the Reinstall button to its right.

Once it has finished installing, reopen the app to see if the problem has resolved. If the app continues to glitch, you may have to find an alternative.

Back Up Your iPhone

If your iPhone screen is still glitching, it’s time to back it up. While we haven’t ruled out the possibility of a deeper software problem, it’s very possible your iPhone is broken and will need to be repaired. This may be the last chance you have to back up your iPhone. Follow the steps below to save a backup to iCloud or your computer, then move onto the next step in this article.

Back Up Your iPhone To iCloud

Open Settings and tap on Your Name at the top of the screen. Tap iCloud -> iCloud Backup. Make sure the switch next to iCloud Backup is on, then tap Back Up Now.

back up your iphone to icloud

Back Up Your iPhone To iTunes

If you have a PC, or a Mac running macOS 10.14 or older, you’ll use iTunes to back up your iPhone to your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a charger cable, then open iTunes.

Click on the iPhone icon in the upper left hand corner of iTunes. Select the circle next to This computer, then click Back Up Now.

Back Up Your iPhone To Finder

macOS 10.15 replaced iTunes with Music and moved device management to Finder. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and open Finder.

Click on your iPhone under Locations and and select the circle next to Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac. Finally, click Back Up Now.

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.

Reach out to Apple support for repair options. Apple offers mail, phone, online, and in-person help. Make sure to schedule an appointment if you plan on going into your local Apple Store!

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!

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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1 year ago

My iphone starts but no light screen i haved buy new screen but its same

Unhappy In Utah
1 year ago

Person: my phone is now permanently dark and i cant fix it even if i restart.

This Website: Go into settings and restart. turn on so u see the apple logo. if that doesnt work, update the phone in settings. it also could be an app, so close that app.

Like how tf we supposed to see stuff if we cant see stuff

1 year ago

Its same to me

2 years ago

i havent even dropped my phone and this green glitch came up on my phone and it wont let my type my password

2 years ago

Thank you for this! Very annoyed I couldn’t even use the phone. Figured out it was some dumb app I had to download for parking the other week. Saved me a lot of time and money!

2 years ago

I had cracked my phone just a little and its been glitching. I deleted all my apps and I refreshed everything and its been glitching and shutting off by itself.

Matthew Tovar
2 years ago
Reply to  Katelyn

I have the same problem with my iPhone XR.

2 years ago

I put water on it by accident and it keeps glitching. Help.

2 years ago
Reply to  Hira

yes please help, i dont know what to do 🙁

2 years ago

My iPhone 11 Glitches. Pink pixels show up on it and sometimes it freezes. I can barely do anything with it because of the lag.

2 years ago
Reply to  Hanna

same colorful pixels for me

2 years ago

my iPhone 6 i had new screen replace and it sometimes glitches

Colin Boyd
2 years ago
Reply to  Joanne

Hi Joanne, did you have your screen replaced by an Apple Technician or a third-party repair service?

shhh secret
3 years ago

My phone often goes black or has these color lines on the sides and my screen often doesn’t respond at all. Today, it was so bad that it took me all morning just to fix it. Although, it continuously does it when I finally thought that the problem was solved. Is there anything that I can do?

Colin Boyd
3 years ago
Reply to  shhh secret

It sounds like this is a recurring issue that you’ve repeatedly needed to fix. If that’s the case, you may want to contact Apple Support directly to inquire about repair options. Your iPhone’s glitch might be beyond home repair at this point.

2 years ago
Reply to  shhh secret

I’m having the same trouble it keeps doing it over n over again

3 years ago

Why is my phone frozen
I don’t understand

Liam Shotwell
3 years 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.

3 years 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 .

3 years ago
Reply to  annabel

That’s literally happening to me right now

shhh secret
3 years ago
Reply to  annabel

Same with me
I don’t understand what’s happening.

3 years 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

1 year ago
Reply to  Dndj

Same to me whats the promblem

4 years ago

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

4 years ago
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3 years ago
Reply to  Ava

lol same

3 years ago
Reply to  Xav

mine too its awful

3 years ago
Reply to  Xav

me too it’s so annoying

1 year ago
Reply to  Xav

Yea I don’t know what to do like at all I have a cracked screen I thought it had something to do with that

4 years 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

4 years ago

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

3 years ago
Reply to  David Lynch

what doess that do

Liam Shotwell
3 years 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.

2 years ago
Reply to  Liam Shotwell

How do you do it? I’ve never had a glitch on my phone until now so I don’t know were to go.