You know you have a serious issue with your Android device, when the touchscreen won’t immediately respond to a tap or when typing a text seems like an eternity. This situation can make you doubt the efficiency that was once part of your phone. Before considering buying a new phone, you can easily fix this issue with these simple steps.

1. Power Cycling

As much as you put your phone on standby mode, the touch screen lags could be a sign that all it needs is a little power nap, especially if your phone is on most of the time.

Turn off your device completely. Once off, wait for a minimum of fifteen seconds or more before powering it back on. If it’s the touchscreen is properly functioning again, then the issue is fixed.

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If not, try the following solution options.

2. Star Code Commands

Making use of a few star code commands compatible with your device serve as tools for troubleshooting. Once you enter these code commands into your dialer, you can diagnose the issue without any third party applications or software. Though they may not work on some devices, it won’t hurt to try.

Star code commands:

One code that is compatible with most Android devices especially Samsung phones is *#7353#.

As for HTC phones, try *#*#3424#*#*

A primary code for Sony Xperia smartphones is *#*#SERVICE#*#* or *#*#7378423#*#*.

Use *#0*# code for opening diagnostic components on an Android 2.1 running Motorola phone.

Simply put one of the codes into your keypad, to launch the device’s diagnostic mode. On the diagnostic mode, testing of the touchscreen for bugs or dead zones can be done.

3. Perform a Battery Pull

If you can’t find the issue behind your unresponsive touchscreen, there are other ways of fixing the problem.

A battery pull, involves physically removing your phone’s battery to allow it a few seconds rest. However not all devices feature a removable battery, in this case there some devices may feature an internal function for battery pull simulation. Check online for tips on how to do this on your device variant.

It is recommended that you remove the battery while the device’s still turned on. Once the battery is out, give it at least a minute then reboot your Android phone.

Rebooting your device is similar to shutting down your device, although, this method is more intensified, fixing some of your software issues as well.

4. Boot to Safe Mode

If the previous method does not work, booting your device into Safe Mode can help determine if a recently installed application may be the cause of your touchscreen issue. If your device works properly once on the Safe Mode, then you’ve confirmed that an installed app is responsible. Once you’ve found the troublesome app, uninstall it and confirm that the issue is fixed.

5. Install an Anti-Malware or Anti-virus application

If your touchscreen problem isn’t already affecting your ability to download apps from the Play Store, the download and installation of an anti-malware application may be the answer to all your problems.

6. Perform a Factory Reset

If all the other options fail, and you have confirmed that a software issue isn’t responsible for the touchscreen bugs, a factory reset may be the last effective option. However, you need to remember that if this does not work, it may be hard to restore the device on an unresponsive touchscreen.

Ensure that you back up all your device’s data before you perform a factory reset. If the problem was software-related then you have resolved the touchscreen issue. Afterwards, try installing your previously installed apps beginning with your most recent. By doing this you can find out the specific cause of your problem.

If you suspect that the problem is more of a hardware issue, that is, the physical touchscreen is the culprit, then do not perform a factory reset.

7. Purchase a Touchscreen Replacement

This is pretty straightforward, if the hardware is the cause, then you may need to find a touchscreen replacement.

Which of these methods worked for you? Let us know in the comments.

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