While it is not uncommon for the iPhone’s screen to suddenly become unresponsive, there are times when the unresponsive iPhone screen problem is a lot more bizarre.
If just a section of your screen is not working, you may find it very difficult to operate the device.
Even the smallest of functions can be difficult to complete, making the device just as useless as if the whole screen had been unresponsive.
Therefore, the same causes that may make the entire iPhone screen unresponsive are the same that may cause the left side to stop working.
This also means that the solutions are just as similar and you can rest assured that the solutions, we discuss in this article will prove very useful to you.
For most people, this issue may occur if they had replaced the screen and then soon after updated the device to the latest version of iOS.
For the most part, the issue occurs when non-Apple screens are installed on the device by third parties.
But this issue has also been known to occur when the screen is repaired using official Apple Displays and you attempt to adjust brightness after updating the device.
This issue is not new. In 2017, the same issue popped up for devices with repaired screens and although Apple blamed the problem on third-party displays, they did eventually resolve the issue.
Keep in mind, however, that there may not be a new update to repair the device in the near future. But don’t worry as there are a lot of other solutions that you could try.
It is also worth pointing out that the iPhone X has been known to suffer from an unresponsive screen when it is used in near-freezing temperatures.
Apple has acknowledged that this problem can occur when there is a rapid change in temperature and they have issued a software fix for the issue.
Whether only a section of your screen or the whole screen is unresponsive, we recommend going through the following steps to try and resolve the issue:
The iPhone screen has been known to be unresponsive due to system glitches that can interfere with the proper function of the screen.
Force restarting the iPhone is a good way to resolve these glitches and may therefore resolve the unresponsive screen issue.
Follow these simple steps to force restart your iPhone:
Resetting all settings to their factory defaults is also a very good way to remove any software glitches that could be causing the issue. Here’s how to do it:
Perhaps the fastest way to fix system glitches that cause a part of your device’s screen to become unresponsive is to use a system repair tool like TinyFix.
TinyFix makes the repair process uncomplicated even for the beginner user as it is specifically designed to resolve issues like this one.
The following three-step process will help you to repair the device in a matter of minutes:
Step 1: Download and install TinyFix on to your computer.
Step 2: Launch the program after installation and then click on the “iOS System Repair”> “Standard Repair Mode.”
Step 3: Connect the iPhone to the computer. If the program is unable to recognize the device, you will need to put it in DFU Mode or recovery mode. The program provides you with the instructions to help you do that.
Step 4: Once the device is in DFU mode or recovery mode, the program should detect it easily. You will now just need to download the necessary firmware package required to fix the device. Choose the firmware package and then click “Download.”
Step 5: When the download is complete, check to make sure the information is correct and click “Fix Now” to begin the repair process.
The whole process will take only a few minutes. Your device will restart in normal mode with the issue resolved.
If the screen is still unresponsive, we recommend trying a DFU restore.
This should be a last resort as it will restore the firmware to the default state and clear the system including all the data on the device.
Ensure that you have a complete backup of all the data on your device and then follow these steps to perform a DFU restore:
We have exhausted all the solutions that you can try if the problem is caused by a software glitch.
So, if you try all the solutions, we have outlined above and the screen is still unresponsive, it is time to consider a hardware problem.
In this case, there is nothing you can do other than contact Apple or visit your nearest Apple Store to get the device repaired.
If the screen issue is indeed caused by a hardware problem, Apple technicians will be able to easily diagnose the problem and advise you on the next step forward.
As a touchscreen device, the iPhone’s screen is very important. When you can’t use the screen or it is unresponsive to touch, it can be very difficult to get the device to work at all.
More often than not, this issue is cause by a faulty iOS system, in which case this article has provided the most effective solutions to try.
We recommend trying each solution and following the instructions outlined here as precisely as you can.
If you have any questions regarding any of the solutions in this article, let us know in the comments section below or contact us.
Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.