The screen of your smartphone is probably touched hundreds of thousands of times per day. It’s easy to see why smartphone touchscreens are the most frequently damaged components.
However, a broken touch screen on an Android phone doesn’t necessarily mean that your hardware is failing. Before calling professional assistance, you can try these things:
If your Android touchscreen doesn’t work, here are some fixes.
- Is Your Smartphone’s Touch Screen Broken?
First, you need to rule out the possibility that your phone’s touch screen isn’t functioning properly. You can confirm this by following a few troubleshooting steps.
Reboot Your Phone
Rebooting might seem futile in resolving such a complex issue. This is often the best way to fix an Android touchscreen that doesn’t respond. Restarting the phone turns off all background services and shuts down any apps that may have crashed.
Hold the Power key to display the power menu. Then, tap Start if it’s possible.
You can switch off your phone by holding down the Power button on most smartphones if you aren’t able to touch the screen. In certain cases, the Power button may be required simultaneously with the Volume Up button.
Boot Into Safe Mode
If your touchscreen stops working or is intermittently not working, you might be able to reboot your phone into safe mode . Android’s safe-mode allows you to use only the original software your phone came with. It removes any apps or services that you may have installed. Your display will work normally in safe mode if you have a third-party application.
Hold the power button for most Android phones to go into safe mode. Touch and hold the Turn off button in the prompt. When you see the prompt to enter Safe Mode, tap OK. Your phone will shortly restart. To exit safe mode, simply restart your phone normally.
Diagnostics for your Display
Are you wondering why my phone’s touchscreen isn’t working? You can find a number of apps in the Play Store that will help you diagnose any display issues. These apps can pinpoint the issue with your touchscreen. Display Tester is the best option.
Display Tester will launch. You can go to its Tests Tab when you launch it. This tab allows you to test various aspects. The app detects dead pixels, burn in on OLED screens, whether contrast and saturation are accurate and multi-touch status.
If you get positive results from touch-based testing, you might want to review any recently installed apps and perform a factory restore. Your touchscreen was functioning as it should under certain circumstances. A third-party application is most likely to be the cause.
- The Screen Protector should be removed
Screen protectors are often applied to phones to provide extra protection against accidental drops or scratches. The same sheet of glass or plastic could also prevent touch signals from reaching your display panel.
Remove the protective cover from your phone’s screen if it is acting up in recent days. However, it doesn’t guarantee a fix. This could improve the response rate of a screen that is already very weak.
- Artificially improve the screen’s latency
A third-party app may be possible to improve the latency of partially functioning screens.
Touchscreen Repair, a lightweight app, calibrates your screen to reduce response time. The app requires you to tap repeatedly on several sections of your touchscreen. The app then artificially lowers latency by using your phone’s internals.
Touchscreen Repair’s effectiveness will vary depending on the manufacturer of your phone. Many OEMs ship their phones at the best possible response rates. Touchscreen Repair is unable to assist in such situations. If nothing else works, it’s worth a shot.
- You can control your phone using voice or facial movements
Touch inputs are not the only way to control your smartphone. A lot has been done to improve accessibility for users using Android’s voice- and facial-based interaction options.
The right apps will allow you to navigate on your smartphone entirely using your voice and facial gestures. These solutions will only work if the touchscreen on your phone is capable of installing an app from the Play Store.
Otherwise, you can install the app directly to your phone using the Play Store website interface. The touchscreen input can be disabled on your phone until the screen is fixed.
Google Voice Access is a proactive app that listens to you and assigns a number for every action on your screen. Instead of touching an icon or menu element you can simply call out the assigned numeral.
Voice Access links basic actions to fixed phrases. You can use Voice Access to say “screen down” when you want to scroll through pages, and “go back”, to go back to the screen that was previously displayed.
EVA Facial Mouse Pro
This app does exactly the same thing as its name. The app displays a virtual cursor that you can move with your face. You can move the cursor by simply moving your head in the right direction.
Once the cursor has moved over the element you are interested in, wait a while before tapping. The dock allows you to access a number of important actions quickly, such as multitasking and home.
- A pair of External Keyboards and Mouse
Connecting an external keyboard or mouse can help you install apps that aren’t possible to see on your screen. This assumes that the screen is still visible.
It is very easy to control your Android phone using an external keyboard or mouse. Simply find the correct cable and connect the accessories. To pair your two USB inputs, you’ll need a dongle.