No sooner did Apple launch its celebrated iPhone X than the device begins to throw tantrums. Apart from Face ID not working and iPhone X activation issues, here is something more serious: iPhone X screen burn-in.
Users were all gaga over the beautiful OLED screen, but now they are highly disappointed after seeing its downside, i.e. ‘image retention’; static images that burn into screen if you show them for long time. Thankfully, there are some possible solutions to prevent OLED screen burn-in issues on iPhone X.
How to Avoid and Fix iPhone X OLED Screen Burn-in
Super Retina is a step ahead in the field of OLED technology; unlike the traditional OLED screens, Super Retina display gives you incredible viewing experience as it uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED). Users love to use a thinner display that shows high brightness, wide colour support and has supreme colour accuracy.
When you use OLED displays for long time, they show minor visual changes; this can cause ‘image persistence’ or ‘burn-in’, wherein your OLED screen shows a slight leftover of an image even though you open a new image on your iPhone X. The problem can worsen if you continue to display the same high contrast image for long time. Though Apple has produced Super Retina display to deliver the best results by reducing effects of ‘burn-in’, the brand doesn’t guarantee complete elimination of the issue.
You need to take some measures to get rid of the burn-in issue on your iPhone X.
In its iOS 11 software version, Apple has made all efforts to reduce the effects of long-term use and extend the viewing life of Super Retina display. But you can also follow some solutions to use Super Retina display in the most efficient manner.
Update iPhone X
One of the first steps you need to follow is to update your iPhone X to the latest iOS version. When Apple rolls out a new update, you can see a prompt to update. Go to Settings→ General→ Software Update; next, you need to download and install.
Apart from saving your iPhone X battery, auto-brightness will reduce the danger of ‘burn-in’ on your phone. Basically, this feature adjusts the brightness on your iPhone according to the ambient light in your location. Apple gives you this by default. If you have changed, simply set it to default: Settings → General→ Accessibility→ Display Accommdations→ Auto-Brightness.
Adjust the Auto-Lock Time
Since the problem lies with long-term static images, you need to stop displaying such images for long time. One of the ways you can employ is by adjusting auto-lock time on your iPhone X.
There are many users, who adjust auto-lock after 1 minute to 5 minutes; never select Never as the option. You can keep minimum 30 seconds after that your iPhone gets auto-locked.
Settings → Display & Brightness → Auto-Lock → Select the time.
Reduce Brightness Level
There are two ways you can adjust brightness level on your iPhone: use Control Center or go from Settings.
Control Brightness from Control Center
Step #1: On your iPhone 8 or previous iterations, iPad, or iPod touch: swipe up from the bottom of screen. And on your iPhone X, swipe down from the upper right corner of phone screen.
Step #2: Now, drag the brightness bar up or down to control brightness.
Control Brightness in Settings
Step #1: Launch Settings on your iOS device.
Step #2: Tap on Display & Brightness.
Now drag the ball from left to right or right to left to control brightness.
Shut Down iPhone X and Start Again
Image retention or static image is a less dangerous situation than ‘burn-in’; the moment you feel that there is an image retention issue on your iPhone X, you can shut down your device and then start it again after some time. Note that you have to wait at least for 15 minutes once you turn off your device; if the issue is not resolved and you face image retention on the screen, you may have to keep your phone turned off for some days. Then, start it again.
Do not Use High Contrast Images
High contrast images pose the biggest danger; these images show superior contrast between dark and light.
Replace the Screen
If all the above solutions don’t work, you need to go for replacement of screen in the last resort. No one has faced this extreme situation among all the iPhone X users. Hence, there are thin chances you have to go thus far. If your iPhone X is under warranty/guarantee period, you don’t have to bother about the price. And if unfortunately, your phone is not covered by insurance, you need to take services of any third-party (reputable) repair firms.
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