Ever since Apple adopted the OLED displays starting from iPhone X, there have been issues with the display of the iPhone. Several users have complained about different issues with the screen of their iPhones, one of the most common issues, is a green line appears on the screen of their iPhones, especially iPhone X and above. The green line appears vertically from top to bottom of the iPhone, you can try some of the basic troubleshooting methods provided by us below, this might fix your issue, otherwise, you might have to contact the Apple support team or visit an Apple store.
Try Rebooting your iPhone
If your iPhone is suffering from the green line issue on the display, the very first step you can follow is to restart your iPhone. As rebooting an iPhone clears the cache and all of the temporarily stored data is also cleared, it might be able to fix your issue. To reboot your iPhone you can follow the quick tutorial below.
For iPhone X and later: Press and hold either volume button and the side button until the power off slider appears. Slide to turn off.
For iPhone iPhone SE (2nd generation), 8, 7, or 6: Press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears. Slide to turn off.
For iPhone iPhone SE (1st generation), 5, or earlier: Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears. Slide to turn off.
Booting iPhone Into Recovery Mode
If restarting the iPhone didn’t fix your green line issue, then you can try to boot your iPhone into recovery mode and then try updating it. Although the process won’t wipe your data as it just reinstalls the OS, we would recommend you to take a backup of your phone’s important data so that you don’t lose it no matter what. Below are the steps that you need to follow to boot your iPhone into recovery mode.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable.
- Open the iTunes app on your computer.
- Now, perform a force restart of your device by pressing the volume up button followed by the volume down and then pressing and holding the power button.
- You will see the recovery mode on your iPhone screen showing that it is connected to a computer via USB cable.
- On your computer, iTunes will ask you to select the Update or Restore option.
- To proceed, you need to tap on the update button.
- iTunes will now reinstall the latest available version of iOS on your iPhone, it might take 10-15 minutes, so wait until the process finishes and then disconnect and boot your iPhone to the system.
Resetting the iPhone
incase updating your iPhone from the recovery also doesn’t fix the issue of the green line, then you might need to try resetting your iPhone. Make sure to take a backup of your iPhone, as resetting the iPhone will wipe all of your data, and it will be just like it was out of the box. You can make a backup of your iPhone by using iCloud or iTunes and then reset your device. You can follow through with the tutorial to make a backup of your data on iCloud and then perform a reset of your iPhone.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- open iCloud and then tap on Backup.
- Inside backup enables the iCloud backup if it is turned off.
- Also, tap on Backup Now.
- Wait for your iPhone to create and sync the backup, once the process is completed you can proceed to reset your iPhone.
Now, to reset your iPhone, you can follow through with the quick tutorial.
- Go to the settings app of your iPhone.
- head to General.
- Scroll down inside the general settings and then at the end tap on reset.
- To factory reset your iPhone, you need to tap on Erase all content and Settings.
- Do note that you will have to enter your passcode or the password of your Apple Id, only then your device will re-confirm to erase everything. You need to tap on Erase to confirm.
- Your device will start to wipe the data and restore the OS, this takes several minutes, so you need to wait until you see the welcome screen.
If any of the above-mentioned troubleshooting methods don’t fix the green line issue of your iPhone, then you need to contact the Apple support team or directly visit the Apple service centre near you. If your iPhone is under warranty and doesn’t have any physical damage, then Apple will most likely replace your iPhone with a new one for free, otherwise, it will be chargeable.
Apple says they are investigating g in this green line issue, and as of now without any major solution, they offer a replacement for users whose iPhones are currently affected by this green line problem.
As discussed earlier the problem persists mostly due to the OLED display. As these OLED displays produce very rich colours and the contrasts are very good, colours look punchy, but these OLED displays come with a downside as well. Several users have been complaining about screen burning issues with their OLED displays, while other iPhone users have green line issues, some also have tinting issues in low brightness. Yet OLED is the most preferred display of everyone because of its ability to turn on and off every individual pixel and shows the deep black colours just making it eye-pleasing for everyone.
The R&D teams are constantly researching about something better than OLED displays, and some of them have come up with thee technologies like Micro LED and Mini LED, which was recently used in the iPad Pro 12.9 inch.
If the Mini-LED display becomes a successful technology without any major drawback, chances are the industry might start to shift towards the Mini-LED display technology for their mainstream devices.
This was a guide on how to get rid of your iPhone’s green line issue, a discussion about OLED displays and their issues and how companies are working on better technology to replace the OLED displays from their devices.