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How to fix screen burn-in on your Android smartphone

Ghost image or screen/image burn-in are names given to a permanent discoloration of your smartphone’s screen caused by irregular pixel usage. The prolonged use of static images can create a permanent shadow or ghost of that image on the screen. This problem is more common than you think, and happens most often on AMOLED screens (although LCD displays aren’t completely free of this bug). Fortunately, there is a solution to restore the image quality of your device.

Does this look weird to you? This is how you'll fix the issue. / © AndroidPIT

The screen ghost happens when phosphor compounds that emit light to produce images lose their intensity with prolonged use. Moreover, the irregular use can "burn" an image onto the screen which will be visible all the time.

Many apps that are available in the Play Store promise to reduce or even stop the problem. You'll want an app that's compatible with your display type.

For LCD screens: there's a dedicated app, LCD Burn-in Wiper. However, this tool is not suitable for OLED or AMOLED displays, such as those found on Samsung Galaxy devices. For that, you'll need a different app.


The concept is simple: a sequence of primary colors is displayed on your device, restoring the "burnt" pixels. In fact, this was the original function of computer screen-savers: one dynamic image that appears when the screen is idle to makes the pixels "exercise" and ensure that the same area of display doesn’t remain constantly illuminated.

Did your smartphone ever had this problem? Did you use another app to fix it?


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  • Sorry Storm that is no correct. I use my phone all the time and not for gaming and I have screen burn in from the task bar at the top which some Idiot at samsung thought was a good idea to leave it on permanently. Previous phones let the task bar disappear if not used.

  • storm 2 months ago Link to comment

    It's a non issue if you use your phone. If you just gaze at it continuosly, maybe then it would happen

  • Never had the problem on my LCDs, because of quick screen blackout setting and using KeepScreen only for active apps. I'd guess it mainly affects gamers and long video watchers who have top and bottom elements always on during play. I recently learned about and tried this currently inactive app to full screen over that fringe area, and found it works surprisingly well on a new Android N tablet:

    GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode (Good Mood Droid)

    It's potentially a burn-in preventive but also increases active screen real estate. Not sure how many other devices it might work on.

  • Nice LOIE FAVRE , Downloaded and I am Enjoying the App, Thanks For Sharing

  • "Hey, my screen shows burn-in! Why is that?" -- "Well, some pixels on the screen are worn out more than others. Especially the pixels that mostly show brighter colors age quicker." -- "I see. Can I fix it?" -- "Yes, you can. Just download an app that destroys the better pixels until you don't see the difference anymore!" And that, folks, is how you get people to download an app which systematically destroys the screen.

  • Enjoyed the Omni, now it's time to learn!

  • This stuff needs a freaking epilepsy warning, God Damn

  • Is this a permanent fix ?

  • Works on LG G5 (confirmed) I had a Snapchat chat burned partially into my screen. I let this run while I slept when I woke up I checked it and it was fixed. Thanks alot definitely didn't want to drop another $400 on a g5

    • eekoh Jul 20, 2017 Link to comment

      oh good because i was messaging my friend on an app and i fell asleep and my phone doesn't sleep when the keyboard is up so it was on for 5 hours (also lg g5)

  • Thanks for verifying it works ! Going to try it on my old note 2 tonight

  • That did happen to me yesterday, i installed the app, and definitely worked for me, i had to let it run more than 8 hours, it's worth trying, trust me, i had the doubts, it really works

  • Tanna Mar 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Nope, didn't help. I have a yellow patch in the middle and white where the keyboard is, and the status bar at the top.

  • https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNzxLlPXLfg (remove space after https) Footage taken from the Samsung lab when they confused - for the first and last time - phosphor materials with phosphorus ;-)

  • Thanks for the suggestion, I have burn in from my keyboard. I will let you know if this helps.

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