iPhone screen flashing red after dropping

In this article, I’m going to show you what to do when your iPhone or iPads screen is red. Some users have experienced their iPhone turning red after it’s been stuck on the Apple logo. This is a dreaded issue that many users have complained about so, I’m going to show you how to fix it.

The red screen is very popular on the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6.

Why is My iPhone Screen Red?

The reason your iPhone or iPad screen has turned red may be because of a software or a hardware problem. Software problems happen when there’s a bug in the software and this can happen when the software is out of date. If your software is up to date, I’ll show you what to do further into the article.

The second reason why your iPhone’s screen has turned red is because of a hardware issue. Your display may be malfunctioning because the LVDS cable isn’t connected to the logic board properly. When the display cable isn’t connected to the logic board, it can cause your screen to have issues which is why it’s flashing red.

There’s a small chance that you’ll have to get your iPhone screen repaired and you can scroll down to see how to do this cheaply and as quick as possible. First, I’m going to show you how to fix the problem because your iPhone may just be flashing red because you dropped it and loosened the LVDS cable from the logic board.

Restart your iPhone or iPad

The first step you want to take towards this is to make sure that this problem isn’t software related by trying some software solutions before you try any hardware solutions. The first thing you want to do is to restart your iPhone or iPad.

If there is a bug lurking in your software, restarting your device is going to get rid of it. It’s only going to get rid of it if the problem is minor and nothing major. Restarting your iPhone is a very simple solution, but it can actually fix a lot of issues. Here’s how you restart your iPhone:

  • Hold the power button
  • Wait for the red X to come up
  • Slide to the right
  • Wait 15 seconds for your iPhone to fully shut down
  • Hold the power button again
  • Wait for the Apple logo to come back up then let go

Once you’ve done this, hopefully, your screen shouldn’t be red anymore and you should have fixed the problem. If your screen is still red, the problem could be major or, it may just be hardware related.

DFU Restore your iPhone or iPad

If the software solution above didn’t work, the next step to take is to restore your device from DFU mode. DFU mode stands for device firmware update. This is the harshest type of restore that you can do to your iPhone and it’s the last line of defence any Apple tech will take to fixing any problem that could be software related.

Before you do any type of restore, you need to make sure that your backup your device because you’re going to lose all of your data. If you don’t have a backup, you’re going to lose everything, it’s as simple as that. In the Settings app, you can simply do an iCloud backup and this will help save everything.

A DFU restore is going to involve you: press and hold the Sleep and Home buttons together for about 10 seconds, then connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes. Here are more steps on how to do a DFU restore.

If you did a DFU restore and your iPhone or iPad is still flashing red, the problem may be hardware related and not software related. Since you did a DFU restore which can be very powerful, you’ll now need to try some hardware solutions. Hopefully, the hardware solutions work, if they don’t, you’ll need to repair your device.

Push Down on your Screen Firmly

The first hardware step to fixing this issue is to simply push down towards the middle of your screen slightly to the right. As I said earlier, the main problem that’s making your iPhone screen red is that the LVDS cable not being connected to the logic board.

If there is any type of interruption between the display cable and the logic board, it can cause your iPhone’s screen to flash red. If you dropped your iPhone before this problem started to happen, you’ll know that this caused the issue.

Pushing down on the centre of your screen is only going to work if the display cable and the logic board has been misplaced slightly. If the disconnection is major, the only way you’ll solve this problem is by connecting the cables again using tools or getting the device repaired. The aim of this is to simply see if you can reconnect the LCD cable back to the logic board.

  • Place one finger on the screen and one finger on the other side
  • Push down very firmly but not enough to crack the screen

Once you’ve done this, you should hope that the screen isn’t flashing red anymore. If the screen is still red after doing this, you can try the next step and if that doesn’t work, look at the last option.

Hit the Back of the phone in the Hope the Cable Will Reconnect

The last hardware trick sounds like a joke but it’s the last hope you have in getting your screen to go back to normal again. This trick is similar to the first one but you’re using a different technique. It involves you hitting the back of your device with your fists.

This is an attempt to try and get the LCD cable to reconnect with the logic board. When doing this, you need to make sure that you don’t hit the back of your iPhone too hard unless you may damage some of the small components that are in the back of your device.

Repair your iPhone

The last option is to get your iPhone or iPad repaired because the LCD cable isn’t connected to the logic board properly. And, the only way to fix it properly is to get it repaired. Going to the Apple store is the best option for this but it takes a long time to go to the Apple store and schedule an appointment. Once you’ve scheduled the appointment with Apple, they are going to set a date for the repair and this is likely to take a few weeks.

Puls Repair Service

There are other options for repairing your screen that is relatively cheap and won’t be as costly as Apple and one common one is Puls quick repair service. Puls is an on-demand iPhone repair service that actually comes to you. You can schedule an appointment with them today and get your iPhone or iPad repaired tomorrow if you wanted to. And, if you don’t want the repair anymore, you can cancel it.

Puls is a much cheaper option than Apple and they send a trained repair professional to meet you at home, the office, at Starbucks (you choose the location), and the technician fixes your iPhone on the spot. You only pay when you’re satisfied with the repair.

Bottom Line

Hopefully, you managed to fix your iPhone. If you didn’t manage to fix it, comment which steps you took and I’ll try and help you further. If you liked this article, subscribe to the email newsletter where you can reply back to me with any tech related problems you’re having, and I’ll give you a solution.