How to Fix Stuck Pixels on the iPhone

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How to Fix Stuck Pixels on the iPhone
If a pixel remains red, green or blue, regardless of the changing images, it is stuck. (Daniel Barry/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Sometimes when using an iPhone, pixels -- a single point in the display -- become stuck on the touchscreen. They will remain red, green or blue, regardless of the changing images on the iPhone's screen. If a pixel remains black, that means it is "dead" and will no longer work. To fix this issue on a computer, you could visit a website that displays an animated .GIF of flashing colours, but unfortunately .GIFs load too slowly on iPhones to properly work. You can fix a stuck pixel, however, using an eraser on the end of a pencil and a damp cloth.

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Things you need

  • Pencil with an eraser at tip
  • Damp cloth

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  1. 1

    Turn the iPhone off.

  2. 2

    Lay a slightly damp cloth across the screen. This will protect it from breaking.

  3. 3

    Place an edge of the eraser where the stuck pixel is located. Gently apply pressure on the stuck pixel, and take note not to disturb any nearby pixels.

  4. 4

    Turn the iPhone back on after about 30 seconds.

  5. 5

    Remove the pencil eraser and damp cloth. The pixel should not be visible.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also purchase apps such as "Stuck Pixel Fix" or "Fixing iPhone Stuck Pixels" to fix the pixel. These apps flash various colours on the screen, forcing the stuck pixel to change.

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