The iPad, which is considered one of the highest quality tablets today, has a number of appealing characteristics: it’s portable, powerful and versatile. But unfortunately, it also has some technical issues.
A group of users have recently complained that their iPad screen flickers on and off after lengthy use.
Flickering can occur even with the best designs, and it’s generally down to software malfunctions caused by bugs in applications or iOS issues found in the operating system software. For many users, it seems that their iPad screen flickers after updating their iPad to the most recent iOS version, iPadOS 15.
If you’re having difficulties with your iPad’s screen flickering, there is hope. This article will provide you with tried and tested solutions for your iPad screen flickering issue.
1. Force quit apps
Sometimes it may be the script in an application which is causing your iPad screen flickering issue. The easiest way to solve this is to close, or “force quit” the app. To do this it’s best to first check which apps you are running using the app switcher.
For iPads with a Home Button, double tap the Home button to view a grid of all the currently open apps. For iPads without a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the iPad Home screen, pausing in the middle of the screen until you can see a small grid of currently open apps.
To then force quit or close these:
- Press down and hold on the app window, and then swipe directly upwards (without removing your finger from the screen) to close the app. If the app is closed, it will no longer appear in the list of open applications.
It might be best to close applications one at a time if you are running multiple open applications to see if the iPad screen flickering problem stops after a particular app has been closed.
2. Disable auto brightness feature
The iPad has the ability to alter the screen brightness automatically based on the ambient light on its display. This feature is known as Auto-Brightness, and when it’s turned on, the background light will change from lighter to darker shades as it adjusts to the light hitting the screen. This may give the impression that the iPad screen is flickering, and yet it may not be the case. You can turn off or disable auto brightness by following these steps.
1: Navigate to your iPad’s Home screen and select Settings.
2: Scroll down the mini menu on the left hand side until you find Accessibility, then tap on it.
3: Choose Display Accommodations from the available options under the Accessibility section.
4: Here there will be an option for Auto-Brightness. Simply touch the slider to flick the mode off.
3. Reduce motion and transparency settings
Sometimes updating the visual elements of your iPad can also produce the required fix to prevent the display flickering on the iPad. These modifications improve the iPad system’s performance because they lessen the amount of strain on the GPU. When Reduce Motion is turned on, certain screen effects change or are disabled on your device, including:
- Instead of zoom or slide effects, transitions and special effects employ the dissolve effect.
- The parallax effect, in which your wallpaper, applications, and alerts that move or shift slightly when you tilt your device are disabled.
- Animation and effects in certain apps are disabled, such as weather animations in the Weather app.
To reduce motion and transparency settings:
1: Navigate to Settings from the iPad home screen.
2: Tap General and then navigate to Accessibility.
3: Under Accessibility, select the option Increase Contrast and touch the slider to turn Reduce Transparency on (evident by a green gradient appearing under the slider).
4: Return back to the options for Accessibility and touch the slider to turn Reduce Motion on.
If reducing the motion does resolve your iPad screen flickering problem, this could be down to a fault with either the graphics in your iPad or a problem with the iOS. Check which iOS you are running to see if there is a new update, and then apply the update and turn reduce motion and transparency off to check if the problem is resolved.
If the screen is still flickering after this, it’s best to report this to Apple Support and wait for a new iOS update to see if the issue is resolved, or alternatively take your iPad to your nearest Apple store.
4. Force restart your iPad
Force restarting your iPad may sound like quite a complicated process, and daunting at that, but it’s relatively simple.
A forced restart will refresh the CPU and act as a kill switch for any pieces of software which are misfiring.
To force restart your iPad:
For iPads without a Home button: Quickly press and release the Volume Up button once, then press and quickly release the Volume Down button once in quick succession. Then immediately afterwards, press and hold the Top lock/unlock button until the Apple logo appears.
For iPads with a Home button: Press and hold the Home button whilst simultaneously holding down the Top lock/unlock button. Don’t let them go until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
5. Restore your iPad using Finder
Using iTunes and Finder you can try restoring your iPad from an existing backup if you have one, or alternatively using iOS System Recovery. iOS System Recovery is a recovery mode designed to help you resolve both common and serious iOS errors without losing any data from your iPad, whilst a backup will return your iPad to the state it was when the backup took place.
In this scenario however, the backup material will overwrite the current data on your iPad so make sure that you have made safe copies of anything important before proceeding.
Follow these steps to either restore or recover your iPad with Finder/iTunes:
- Find the lightning cable which came with your iPad and connect your PC or Mac to your iPad using the cable.
- Run iTunes or Finder and wait until iTunes or Finder detects your iPad.
- Under the “Backups” section, select Restore Backup and follow the instructions to choose the backups you want. We recommend choosing the latest backup in order to protect the most recent copies of any saved data. Wait until the whole restoring process completes.
If your iPad screen is still flickering after resetting to the previous backup, or you don’t have a backup to start with, you can restore your iPad to factory settings.
- Connect the iPad to your PC or Mac with the lightning cable and run the latest iTunes or Finder.
- If your iPad is detected instantly, select the Summary option on the left hand side or select the iPad icon on the top side. Then navigate to Restore iPad, and follow the on-screen instructions to finish it.
If your iPad can not be detected, you will need to access recovery mode.
- For iPads without a Home button: Quickly press and release the Volume Up button once, then press and quickly release the Volume Down button once in quick succession. Then immediately afterwards, press and hold the Top lock/unlock button until you see the recovery mode screen.
For iPads with a Home button: Press and hold the Home button and the Top button at the same time. Continue holding until recovery mode is shown on the screen.
Once iTunes or Finder detects your iPad in recovery mode, a pop-up window will appear showing two options: “Update” and “Restore”. Choose Restore and confirm your action.
6. Visit an approved repair expert
Despite the iPad screen flickering being a common problem, sometimes none of the above fixes will work. In which case: it’s time to bring it into an authorized repair partner like us at XG Repair.
It may be that your iPad needs a brand new screen, which we can help with either replacing or repairing your iPad screen. We’ll also have access to software which has various repair modes such as an advanced mode that can help us diagnose any issues that are not immediately accessible to you through using a standard repair mode.
Give our friendly team a call today on 832-974-4967.