Coming across an Android black screen is one of the most terrifying situations that you can get yourself into. Especially if you own an expensive device or if you can’t afford another one at the moment.
Assuming that your phone or tablet isn’t completely bricked, there are a few solutions to this problem. The exact process will differ depending on the reason that you’re getting a black screen in the first place. So, without any further ado, let’s dive right into it!
1: Make Sure That Your Screen Isn’t Disconnected
First of all, make sure that your display isn’t connected or that your screen’s cable that connects the display to the phone isn’t done for. You see, your phone’s display isn’t actually “glued” to your phone. There is a very short cable that connects it and it kinda looks like this:
If you drop your phone hard enough, the shock can pull out the cable from its slot. Of course, it’s much more likely that your actual display will shatter. But, trust me. I’ve seen this happen before.
And the thing is that you can’t really see it. So, how do you tell? Well, the way I see it, you’ve two options:
- See if there’s anything that the phone displays at all while booting
- Open your phone and take a look inside or take it to a pro to do it for you
So, the first choice is rather easy. If you see anything while booting the device, then chances are that this is not to blame. You could’ve damaged the software or something else in the device. But, more on that later.
In case that you actually don’t see anything, yet you still get some sort of vibration or any sign that the phone itself isn’t entirely dead, then your only option is to either open it yourself and see if the cable is to blame or take it to a pro to do it for you.
2: Try Charging
I know this sounds dumb. But, listen for a moment… Or actually read. There was a time where a little bit of moisture made it into my phone. I got the Android black screen problem with everything else working just fine. Sound, touch, calls, you get it.
Then it runs out of battery and when I try to plug it in, it just refuses to charge. A few days pass and I decide to plug it in once more. Again, nothing happened. But, after a minute or so, the phone came back into life fully working and it has been fine ever since. Maybe that’s the case for you as well.
Try plugging it in and leave it there for a couple of minutes. See if that helps. If you happened to gather moisture or water as well, make sure to put it into rice first as that’s great for absorbing water.
3: Wipe Your Cache Partition And/Or Perform a Factory Reset
The first time that your screen refuses to turn on, it’s common sense to think that it’s a hardware related problem. However, there is also a chance that your operating system is to blame.
If your phone goes through the first boot stage, meaning that you can see the icon, but goes black before booting into Android, then this is most likely what you’re going through. To solve it, you can either:
- Wipe your cache partition
- Perform a factory reset
- Install a whole new ROM
The first two options are rather easy. You need to turn off your phone then:
- Hold down the power and volume up buttons (Exact combination may differ from phone to phone. In such cases, Google is your friend)
- Select “Wipe Cache Partition”
- Reboot and pray that this will work
Wiping your cache partition shouldn’t cause you any problems as it mostly contains temporary files or data from previous updates and generally stuff that don’t affect you too much in case that you end up deleting them. So, you can go ahead and try it.
Performing a factory reset, however, will end up deleting everything that is saved on your phone’s internal storage. So, do keep that in mind. If the previous step did nothing for you, then you basically need to follow the previous steps. Except, this time, you need to select “Wipe data/factory reset”. Then simply reboot and wait to see if that worked.
Installing a new ROM is your last resort and unfortunately, we can’t guide you through it. After all, the process differs from phone to phone while some devices do not allow you to touch such things in the first place. So, again, Google is your friend.
Still Can’t Solve The Android Black Screen Of Death?
Still can’t get out of the black screen? Then there’s a chance that your phone is bricked. Especially if you dropped it into water. And even if you did nothing wrong, electronics do have a limited lifespan. Smartphones are actually extremely endurable. But, every now and then someone gets unlucky.
Then again, you know what they say: “Hope dies last”. There are still a few miscellaneous fixes. But, don’t expect too much from them.
- Try removing your SD card if you have one installed. Some users have reported that this fixed their problem – not sure why.
- Remove and re-insert your battery if it’s removable.
- Try booting into safe mode. The exact button combination differs from phone to phone. For example, the Galaxy Note 9 boots into safe mode by turning it off, powering up again, and holding the volume down button as soon as the Samsung icon pops up.
Android Black Screen Issue: Wrapping up
This problem can occur with both hardware and software related issues. So, make sure to go through all of the above-recommended steps and hopefully one of them will work for you.
If you feel like we forgot to mention something important or that we got something wrong, then do let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!