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Screen is dark but visible

One morning my phone screen was fine. I go to school and check it at the end of school. Its still fine.

I take a screen shot and half the screen becomes a little darker than the other half. Its still visible. So I restart the phone and the whole screen is darker than normal on full brightness. Now when i take a screen shot; instead if the screen being white it turns to its normal color and then returns to the darken screen

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You're right Cody, this is an odd defect. I'm going to guess that this phone has seen water at some point, and that it was never cleaned, tossed in rice (same as doing nothing) and considered cured when it started up.

That history would jive with your problem and mean that it is time to jack that sucker open and see if you can get lucky again by cleaning some oxidation off the board to solve, but more likely you're going to need some micro soldering work on the backlight circuit.

Show us a picture of the LCD connector area of the phone with the black sticker removed

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I just got this phone and place it inside of a lifeproof case and haven't taken it out since. So I am pretty sure its not the water problem. I might just have to buy a new LCD screen and see if that works


"just got this phone" still probably old water damage, but who knows. All of iphone problems boil down to 1.) drop damage 2.) water damage 3.) heat damage 4.) dysregulated voltage 5.) 'technician damage' 6.) software or 7.) true component failures for no real reason.

The history of the phone is what gives you a clue which of the above types it is. Most phones handed out at the Verizon and ATT stores are 'refurbished' phones which have already had another life. I have opened a few sold like this and found frank water damage, so you never know!


4 or 5 Jess either or i still think I should buy a new LCD screen or see how much the insurance company charges to get a new one.


sure, you won't escape this one without trying a new LCD.


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Hi Cody

Have you tried a software restore through itunes?Its always good to do that, that way we can narrow down the problem to a hardware failure. Make sure you back up any sensitive data before the restore because it will wipe the handset.

If you have already done that and it did not work. check your "diagnostics and usage" tab It can be found under general settings on IOS 7.1.2 and below, or under Privacy on IOS 8 and above. See if the device is registering a hardware failure. They register as "Panic.plist" or "Panic.IPS". If you see one of these my friend you are suffering from a hardware failure. If you have any technical experience you could test the screen and the battery. Its possible one of those 2 components are failing. However you should inspect all components for damage. iPhone's can act very weird when they have a damaged component.

If its not something obviously damaged it could get tricky from there because now you have to test the motherboard, which requires removing the shields Apple soldered on and the knowledge to inspect & test the board.



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Hey Josh

I restored my iphone through itunes did not work. I did not see the "Panic.plist" or the "Panic.IPS". What do I do now?


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