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How to fix AMOLED burn-in on Android displays

We love AMOLED displays here at AndroidPIT. They’re super sharp, super bright and, well, super. But they have one big flaw, and that’s burn-in. If you remember the days of CRT screens you’ll remember the ghost images that would appear on-screen, and thanks to AMOLED they’re back. The good news is that there’s a fix. Here’s how to fix AMOLED burn-in on Android displays.

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AMOLED displays are – literally – brilliant, but they can suffer from a condition called burn-in. / © ANDROIDPIT

What is AMOLED burn-in?

Younger readers may not have seen burn-in before, because it doesn’t affect LCD displays (although it does affect plasma TVs). If you’ve been around a bit longer, though, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. On cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors or TVs, displaying the same thing in the same place every day would eventually result in that thing being burned into the display. TVs would end up with a ghostly MTV logo burned into the corner no matter what you were watching, and monitors would end up with a permanent reminder of the Windows menu bar or WordPerfect 5.1.

Burn-in is why screensavers exist: by replacing, say, Microsoft Word with flying toasters or carousels of landscape photos, the risk of burn-in was considerably reduced. People used to pay real money for screensaver apps. Seriously.

As you’ve probably guessed by the fact your phone isn’t two feet thick, we don’t use CRT displays any more. But the same problem that affected the phosphor in cathode ray tubes also affects AMOLEDs. The reason is the O in AMOLED, which stands for Organic. Over time, the compounds in an AMOLED display degrade – just like the components of batteries do – and as they do, they can leave ghostly images behind in the areas that have been subjected to the most electronic wear and tear. That’s AMOLED burn-in.

Burn-in can be the result of using any app regularly for prolonged periods. / ©

How can I avoid AMOLED burn-in?

The simplest way to avoid burn-in is to ensure that your display doesn’t show the same thing in the same place for long periods. For example, if you leave your screen on while charging your phone, you’re more likely to see faint ghosts of the home screen icons and soft keys even when you’re doing something else. It takes a while to happen and it’s very faint at first, but if it happens to your phone you’ll notice it whenever you use something with a white background, such as a text editing app: there will be brownish marks where images have burned into the display.

Charging isn’t the only culprit. If you use your phone for hours and hours of Google Maps, or use the same app for really long periods every day, that can cause some burn-in too. It isn’t as bad as it was in the bad old days of CRTs, but it’s obvious enough to become really annoying really quickly.

This is clever, and can often make burn-in disappear. / © Google

How can I fix AMOLED burn-in?

The honest answer is you can't – but there’s a but so big that Sir Mix-A-Lot would write a song about it. Thanks to some truly inspired thinking, there’s an app for solving the screen burn problem. It doesn’t get rid of the burn, instead it changes your device to make the burn disappear. It’s magic!

AMOLED Burn-in Fixer Install on Google Play

OK, it’s not really magic. But it’s pretty clever nonetheless. The app is called AMOLED Burn-In Fixer and if your device runs Lollipop or later, it can take advantage of a nifty system trick called inverted colors. By changing the colors underneath the burn-in, the app can effectively make the burn-in marks disappear. They’re still there, but the screen is effectively doing what noise cancelling headphones do: analysing the signal and defeating it with a mirror image.

AMOLED Burn-In Fixer does three things. One, it tests your device to show you whether burn-in has happened. Two, it can hide parts of the UI to prevent the burn-in getting worse. And three, it can invert the colors of the navigation bar and other elements to make burn-in effectively disappear.

It won’t work on every device – if you don’t have Lollipop you’re out of luck, and if the burn-in is really bad then no amount of system fiddling will change that – but given that it doesn’t cost money, it’s definitely worth a try. It’s currently averaging 4.1 out of a possible five stars on Google Play, which suggests that it’s doing a pretty good job.

Have you encountered burn-in on your phone? Did you try the app and get good results? Let us know below.


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  • I have the fix i have 2 different apps that actually cure the problem. I have that same app yall are talking about and this app cjanges the screen colour to red then blue then green then white. And it works but i wpuld like to know if the fixes are permanent? And i have the lg g4 and its only for 4 months so far!

  • GT Ohh 11 months ago Link to comment


  • Oh....great article sharing. It's very nice things.

  • soft keys come with burn in as standard on nexus6 ....i can only tell on android pit site. .... once you've seen it your lost to the dark side of ocd...

    • Exactly. But all of my.oled phone have had this issue. More so when I bought the Nexus 6 that doesn't have the hot keys that my galaxy had. But the drop down bar was still burned at the top. Even way back on my Samsung moment ahah

  • Junaid Q. 11 months ago Link to comment


  • The two big culprits of burn in that you missed are the keyboard and the bar on top of the screen. I've been using my Motorola Droid Ultra for a few months shy of two years, and about 1 1/2 years in I started to notice burn in on the AMOLED screen. The whole burn in is actually very surprising. Not only that I can see ghosts of my keyboard, (Seriously think of how much you use it) or the various statuses at the top of my phone. (Such as WiFi, Battery, Time, Signal, and any other icon that is up there a bunch. In my case AndroIRC and Pandora), but the screen as a whole. However, to be honest, these two areas are the real big culprits of screen burn in.

    Those two areas didn't surprise me all too much, but what did, was the entire screen itself. Because LED screens can turn off pixels for a true black, one area stuck out quite a bit. The top bar that houses the burnt in icons! Pulling up a white background, it is pretty obvious that that section had very little wear. The white was bright and clear, but the rest of the screen. Well not so much. It was quite obvious that the majority of the screen had seen its wear. The white was dull and all the screen burn ins were present.

    To me this is the true downfall of AMOLED screens. They really lose their sharp colors over time. I still love these panels but I really hope the technology improves. (Or has improved alteady. This model is two years old) It's a newer technology and I can't wait to see all the improvements to it in the future.

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