How To Fix The iPhone SE 3 Screen Flickering Issue

Screen flickering issues can be a sign of a serious hardware damage affecting the display circuit and panel of your phone. But in most cases, they’re actually just a minor software problem which you can easily fix if you’re willing to troubleshoot your device.

In fact, there are times when applications cause the flickering iPhone screen, especially if there are already a lot of them running in the background. Then there’s a possibility that it’s just due to a minor firmware issue, which is also fixable.

If you’re one of the users that’s bugged by this problem, here’s what you should do:

Close all background apps

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Applications that are left running in the background still use your iPhone's RAM, CPU and storage. So if there are a bunch of them, it's possible that some services are affected by it. So rule that possibility out first by doing this:

  1. Double-tap the Home button to view the recent apps.

    Depending on how many apps are running in the background, you might have already a bunch of them using your phone's resources.

  2. Swipe up on each preview to close them one after another.

    You can also swipe up by twos to speed things a bit.

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After that, try to see if the screen flickering issue still occurs because if so, then it’s possible due to a minor firmware glitch.

Force restart your iPhone

The next thing you need to do if the problem persists is to refresh its memory by doing the forced restart. It’s a simulated battery removal that will also reload all apps and services.

  1. To do that, press and quickly release the Volume Up and then the Volume Down button.
  2. Immediately after that, press and hold the Power key for 8 seconds. This will trigger your iPhone to shut down and power back up.
  3. Once the Apple logo appears on the screen, release the power key.

After doing that, try using your phone to see if the problem continues. If it still does, then move on to the next solution.

Reset all settings

Another thing you need to do to fix iPhone screen flickering issue is to reset all the settings. This will bring the settings back to their default values which might be what you need to fix issues like this. You don’t have to worry about your data as none of them will be deleted.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Settings app icon.
  2. Find and tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  4. Tap Reset to view all the options.
  5. Tap Reset All Settings and enter your passcode if prompted.
  6. Tap Reset All Settings at the bottom of the screen, then tap the same option to confirm.

Your iPhone will reboot once the settings reset is finished, so after the reboot observe your iPhone SE 3 closely to know if the flickering screen problem is fixed because if not, then move on to the next solution.

Check for firmware updates

After resetting the settings of your iPhone and the screen flickering issue continues, the next thing you need to do is to check for a new software update. It’s possible that it’s a widespread problem and if that’s the case, it’s often fixed by an update.

  1. To check if there’s an available update, launch the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down a bit and tap General.
  3. Tap Software Update and allow your iPhone to check.

If there is, then take a little time downloading and installing it.

However, if the firmware package on your iPhone is already updated, then move on to the next solution.

Factory reset your iPhone SE 3

If your iPhone screen flickers even after doing the previous solutions, then your last resort, at least before bringing iPhone to the tech, is to reset it. This time though, you need to create a backup of things you don’t want to lose, or you can simply sync your iPhone with the iCloud.

Once ready, follow these steps to reset your iPhone:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Settings app icon.
  2. Find and tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  5. Tap Continue and enter your passcode.
  6. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn off at the top-right corner.
  7. Wait for your iPhone to finish resetting and then set it up as a new device.

If your iPhone screen is flickering after this, then you can try restoring it by booting it up into the DFU mode (Recovery Mode) and restoring it using iTunes on Windows PC or Finder on Mac.

But at this point, if the problem continues, we suggest you have it checked. It’s a possible hardware issue.

We hope this guide can help you.

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