My iPhone Touch Screen Is Not Working! Here’s The Fix.

It’s natural to feel frustrated when your iPhone touch screen is not working. You use your iPhone for everything, from making calls to scrolling through pictures — but don’t let your “touch screen troubles” get you down. In this article, I’ll explains why the touch screen on your iPhone is not working, how to fix the problems that can be fixed at home, and recommend some great repair options, if it comes to that.

There are a lot of reasons why your iPhone touch screen might stop working. Thankfully, there are also a lot of ways to fix those problems.

Why Is My iPhone Touch Screen Not Responding?

The first thing we need to do is figure out why your iPhone touch screen. Usually, the problem is caused when the physical part of your iPhone’s display that processes touch (called the digitizer) stops working correctly or when your iPhone’s software stops “talking” to the hardware the way it should. In other words, it could be a hardware or a software problem, and I’ll help you with both in this article.

Troubleshooting iPhone software problems typically doesn’t cost anything. It’s also easier than prying off your screen with suction cups (please don’t do this). For this reason, we’ll start with the software fixes and move on to fixing the physical problems if you have to.

A note about drops and spills: If you’ve recently dropped your iPhone, odds are a hardware problem is to blame for your touch screen trouble — but not always. Slow apps and problems that come and go are usually caused by software problems.

One last thing to keep in mind is that a screen protector can cause touch screen issue with your iPhone. Try removing your iPhone’s screen protector if you’re having problems with the touch screen.

If your touch screen works sometimes, keep reading. If it doesn’t work at all, skip to the section below called When Your iPhone Doesn’t Respond To Touch At All.

A Quick Word On iPhone Touch Disease

iPhone touch disease refers to a series of problems that primarily affect the iPhone 6 Plus. These problems include a gray, flickering bar at the top of the display and issues with iPhone gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom and Reachability.

There’s some debate over what causes iPhone touch disease. Apple claims it’s a result of “being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.” They’re aware of the problem and have a specific repair program if you’re experiencing this issue with your iPhone. iFixIt opened up the iPhone 6 Plus and discovered what they call a “design defect.”

Regardless of what’s really causing the problem, you can take your iPhone into Apple and get it fixed for a $149 service fee.

Software Problems and Your iPhone Touch Screen

A problem with the software that tells your phone how to act can cause your iPhone touch screen to stop working. It may help to reset troublesome software if your iPhone touch screen is not working.

Does your touch screen stop responding when you use a certain app? That app may be to blame. Try uninstalling and reinstalling it. To uninstall an app:

  1. Find the app on your iPhone’s Home screen. The Home screen is what you see below in the screenshot below.
  2. Press and hold on the app icon until a menu appears.
  3. Tap Delete App.
  4. Tap Delete.

delete app on iphone ios 13

If your iPhone touch screen is not working after you’ve reinstalled the app, send a message to the app developer. They may have a fix for the problem or be working on a solution already.

How Do I Send a Message to the App Developer?

  1. Tap to open the App Store.
  2. Tap Search at the bottom of the screen and search for the app.
  3. Tap the app icon to open details about the app.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap Developer Website. The developer’s website will load.
  5. Look for a contact form or email address on the developer’s website. It shouldn’t be hard to find it the developer is worth their salt. Remember that good developers appreciate it when you let them know about problems with their apps!

visit developer website iphone app store

Update Your iPhone

It’s rare, but occasionally iPhone software updates can cause touch screen issues. The most recent documented case of this happening was Apple’s iOS 11.3 update. The problem was quickly fixed by a subsequent Apple update.

Open Settings and tap General -> Software Update. Tap Download and Install if an iOS update is available on your iPhone.

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When Your iPhone Doesn’t Respond To Touch At All

Touch screen problems that happen in multiple applications or when you don’t have an app open may be caused by problems with the iPhone’s software. A good first troubleshooting step is to power your iPhone off and back on again, but it’s hard to do that when your touch screen doesn’t work! Instead, we’ll need to do a hard reset. Here’s how:

If your iPhone won’t turn off in the normal way — or if turning your iPhone off and back on again doesn’t solve the problem — try doing a hard reset. To do this, hold the Power and Home Buttons down at the same time. Wait several seconds, until the Apple logo appears on the screen, and then let go.

On an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, a hard reset is performed by pressing and holding the power button and volume down button together for several seconds until the you see the Apple logo appear on the display.

To hard reset an iPhone 8 or newer model, press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears on the center of the display.

A hard reset abruptly stops all of the background processes on your iPhone and can cause software issues. It usually doesn’t, but it’s a good idea to only do a hard reset when you need to.

My iPhone Touch Screen Still Isn’t Working!

Is your iPhone touch screen still giving you problems? It might be time to try restoring your iPhone to its original settings. Before you do this, be sure to backup your iPhone. You can do this by plugging your iPhone into a computer and running iTunes (PCs and Macs running Mojave 10.14), Finder (Macs running Catalina 10.15), or using iCloud.

I recommend performing a DFU (Default Firmware Update) restore. This type of restore is a bit more thorough than a traditional iPhone restore. To do this, you’ll need your iPhone, a cable to plug it into the computer, and the most recent version of iTunes.

Putting your iPhone into DFU mode can be a little tricky. For a simple step-by-step walkthrough, check out our article that explains exactly how to put your iPhone into DFU mode. When you’re done, come back here.

When Your Touch Screen Hardware Is To Blame

If you’ve dropped your iPhone recently, you may have damaged the screen. A cracked display is one of the most obvious signs of a damaged screen and can cause all sorts of issues with the touch screen.

A drop can also loosen or damage the delicate under-layers of your iPhone touch screen. What you see and put your hands on is just one part of the touch screen. Underneath, there’s an LCD screen that creates the images you see. There’s also something called a digitizer. The digitizer is the part of the iPhone that senses your touch.

The LCD screen and digitizer both connect to your iPhone’s logic board — that’s the computer that makes your iPhone work. Dropping your iPhone can loosen the cords that connect the LCD screen and digitizer to the logic board. That loose connection can make your iPhone touch screen stop working.

The MacGyver Solution

When iPhones get dropped, the tiny cables that connect to your iPhone’s logic board can become dislodged just enough for the touch screen to stop working, even if there’s no physical damage. It’s a longshot, but you may be able to fix your iPhone’s touch screen by pressing down on the part of the display where the cables connect to the logic board. iPhone display connections to logic board

Warning: Be careful! If you press down too hard, you could crack the display — but this may be one of those “nothing left to lose” situations, and it has worked for me before.Press down over iPhone logic board connections

Options for Fixing a Broken iPhone Touch Screen

If your iPhone touch is not working because it’s completely broken, you could order a kit and try to swap out the parts yourself, but I wouldn’t recommend it. If something goes wrong and you’ve replaced any part of your iPhone with a non-Apple part, the Genius Bar won’t even look at your iPhone — you’ll be on the hook for a brand new iPhone at full retail price.

The Genius Bar does a great job with broken displays, but they charge a premium for their service. Make sure to schedule an appointment first if you decide to visit the Apple Store.

If you’d like to save some money, I recommend high-quality third-party repair services like Puls if you’d like to save some money. Puls will come to you and fix your iPhone in as little as 30 minutes with a lifetime warranty, all for less money than Apple.

Once the damaged pieces are replaced, your iPhone touch screen should work like new. If it doesn’t, the software is probably to blame.

Purchasing a new iPhone is another good option. Screen repairs on their own typically aren’t too expensive. However, if multiple components broke when you dropped your iPhone, they’ll all have to be replaced. Your simple screen repair could turn into something much more expensive. Investing that money in a new smartphone might be the more cost-effective solution. Check out the UpPhone phone tool to compare every cell phone and how much they cost on every wireless carrier.

Back In Touch With Your iPhone

Your iPhone touch screen is a complex and fascinating piece of technology. I hope this article has helped you if you iPhone touch screen is not working, and I’d love to know which solution worked for you in the comments section below.

About Author

I'm Valerie Lauer, a writer, editor and tech enthusiast. I believe in channeling my technical support powers for the greater good, creating helpful how-tos and making life with your smartphone easier.

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Sean
4 days ago

pressing hard worked! reconnected those tiny cables.

Fida
16 days ago

By pressing my fingerprint once it works twice

Fateh Al Naseeb
18 days ago

AHH, yes yes very nice solution, i like umm thank you, saeidni fi ‘iislah hatifiin, 🙂 🙂

Nazakat Ali
19 days ago

yes, indeed i found the article is very informative and problem solving, what i experiences with my iphone 6 plus regarding the touch is not working!

Leslie germain
1 month ago

hello Valerie,
only the top right portion of my iPhone 7 does not want to touch. I had A broken screen repaired and after that the top right side portion does not work to touch. Any thoughts?

joba
1 month ago

THANKS! The last Mcgiever trick worked enough so I could backup the phone before ordering a new one. Screen was smashed.

hari
1 month ago

my iphone swipe up is not working for the applications for closing . please help me on this

hari
1 month ago
Reply to  hari

please help me on this

Barry
2 months ago

the fix lasted 5 minutes. Time for a new phone

Barry
2 months ago

My phone was going nuts! I’d try to send a text but the weather app would show up on the screen, or instead of going to texts it would call one of my contacts, or it just wouldn’t do anything. I read your tips and the hard reset solved the problem. Thanks so much, life with a faulty phone is the pits!

Imran Abbas
2 months ago

I dropped my iphone 11pro Max. The screen is intact, it initially froze and was unresponsive but later most of the screen was responding except for a horizontal space where the numbers 1,2 and 3 are on the keypad. Unfortunately, my passcode includes 1 and now I cannot access my phone. I tried the hard reset more than 10 times. I was wondering if loose cords cause partial screen not to work or it would cause the whole screen not to work? we don’t have official apple stores here in Tanzania, i am scared to get it opened by unofficial… Read more »

anonymous
2 months ago

i did the press on your screen thing and it work but everytime I turned my phone off when I turnt it back on again it went black so I kept on pressing now I wake up in the morning and the press thing wont work at all also it didn’t work because it overheated not because I dropped it

Carolyn
6 months ago

Did a hard reset, worked perfectly. Why doesn’t apple support suggest this? I didn’t drop it, or get water on it, it just stopped responding: one second it was working, the next second it wasn’t! They told me the phone needed to be serviced, and gave me an appointment at the nearest Apple Store, which is over an hour away from where I live.

Thank you so much for your very helpful and informative article.

Tony
6 months ago

I’ve done the DFU and everything else and the touch screen still isn’t responding. Are there any other options. I have an Iphone 5S.

Mitch
6 months ago

this actually worked, i did both the hard reset and macgyver solutions and it worked. Thanks!

Stephanie Hartmann
6 months ago

Wow! thanks so much! This worked, after several attempts but it worked! whew!

joan
6 months ago

my touch screen is not working. how do i fix it.

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David Lynch
6 months ago
Reply to  joan

If you followed the steps in the article and your iPhone Touch Screen still isn’t working, you’ll probably have to get it repaired.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hi,

Top portion of my iPhoneX touch is not working. First row apps are not responding and any app that open from second row, unable to go back as back button is on top, I have to close and reopen the app in order to proceed further.

1. Updated iPhone with new software available.
2. Force restarted, yet no use (Unable to slide Power off button on screen as it is on top)

Any fix for this problem?

Shamili
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hi,
 
I have mostly the same issue.. My bottom screen doesnt respond to touch and i’m unable to do any stuff with it. can you please help me with the problem fix?

hari
1 month ago
Reply to  Shamili

i am also having same issue

Chandler
1 month ago
Reply to  Shamili

Im having same problem with bottom half of my screen. Not. Working
Anyway to.fix it

leon
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

any updates on this issue? i have the same problem, just the top portion

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you so much for your advice, it worked and my phone is up and running again