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Why is the screen of your iPhone lifting and how to fix it?

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Why is the screen of your iPhone lifting and how to fix it?

iPhone beyond any doubt is swish in performance. However, iPhone users face a lot of issues from packaging to hardware problems. Last year, Apple verified that several iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro max may have hardware issues and advised owners to take their devices to Apple Stores or authorized repair centres to have them addressed. The most typical issues are a broken screen, , a burning battery, a lack of charging, or a lack of headphone connectors, among others. Sometimes your iPhone’s screen might lift or bulge out. In this post we will explain why is the screen of your iPhone lifting and how to fix it?

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Even if you just bought your iPhone about a month ago or never dropped it, you might see a little gap between the phone glass and the aluminium body on the edge of your iPhone. This happens with all iPhone models. It may appear on one edge of the screen, causing it to crack, flicker, go black, or even switch off randomly.

Why does this happen?

Lifting of iPhone’s screen can happen due to a variety of reasons like:

1. iPhone screen is separating from the body

Has your iPhone’s screen shattered before? This should not be a big deal if you already have AppleCare+. Apple will replace the screen and you would need to pay a small amount. Opting for repair rather than replacement of your iPhone saves a great deal of money. But often, some service stores employ hot glue to fix low-cost screens instead of the appropriate cold press adhesive, which takes days to set. Generally, the cold glue sets the Apple glass into the frame. The process takes two days. When such iPhones are handled a little aggressively, or left in the sun for a long time, the screen comes out of the frame. It doesn’t matter how many times you fix it, it won’t stay at the same place. If you don’t want to visit repair shops all the time, get an Apple-certified screen.

2. The iPhone screen is lifting after being repaired

The best option for screen replacements and lifting screens is to do your research and find reputable repair businesses where you can have your screen repaired. Since smartphones like the iPhone use high-quality tech with high-quality components, they are high-priced. Trying to replace or repair them with low-cost aftermarket components will certainly result in future issues with your smartphone. A poor-quality aftermarket screen usually pops out of the iPhone frame after a week or so. You can try to glue the screen to the frame but it would not work.

3. The iPhone screen has flickered and is lifting up

If the colour of your iPhone screen changes, blacks out, or flicks, a hard reset might be needed to restore it. These issues are most probably occurring as a result of software problems. The crashes may not be severe enough to completely disable the phone, but these flickers indicate that there might be some issues.

If you have an iPhone 8 or a newer model, follow these steps:

  1. Tap and release the volume down button for a few seconds.
  2. Pressing and holding down the iPhone’s side button.

Follow these instructions if you have an iPhone 7 or 7Plus.

  1. Hold the Power button down for a few seconds.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down button at the same time.
  3. The Apple logo will flash across the screen.
  4. Wait for the reset to complete before releasing both presses.

Follow these steps if you have an iPhone 6S or previous models.

  1. Hold the Power button down for a few seconds.
  2. Press the Home button on your phone at the same moment.
  3. Watch for the Apple logo to appear on the screen. Now you should be able to use your phone again after a reset.

4. Your iPhone’s battery is swelling

At 500 full charge cycles, an iPhone’s battery  maintains up to 80% of its original capacity. The Apple iPad has at least 1000 charge cycles. But, they don’t always keep up with that. Bulging batteries point to the gas accumulation inside. Battery swelling happens because of a process known as outgassing.

Under these conditions, the chemical reaction that keeps the battery running disintegrates and produces gas. Electrochemical oxidation of the electrolyte produces these gasses. Overcharging of the battery,  bad charging electronics, or a faulty battery causes oxidation. You should immediately stop using your iPhone in such a case.

Signs that your iPhone battery is swollen

Due to pressure on the display, a bloated battery can result in a foggy white screen externally. You might also notice a “squishiness” of the display or a separation between the screen and the phone body. You can also check by smelling the battery by wafting it. But do it from a safe distance and not too close like a flower since the battery has toxic fumes. You can also check to see whether the battery’s packing is loose or wrinkling. When your iPhone is opened, check if the battery is coming out of its covering, or appears round.

Make sure that you are operating on a non-flammable surface. It’s a good idea to keep a bucket of sand with you. Avoid exposing the battery to water or moisture, since the lithium in the battery may react with the water, causing even more difficulties. It’s crucial to understand that if your battery has already swollen, it’s at risk of catching fire. If your iPhone is extremely hot, smells unpleasant, or is already on fire, don’t try to change the battery. Instead, back up your data, turn it off, and don’t use it again.

Is the battery swelling dangerous?

Please remember that any battery-related problem can be extremely dangerous. Lithium-ion polymer batteries are harmful, and a huge accumulation of gas might cause them to explode and catch fire, releasing deadly chemicals.

The chemicals that make it a battery have transformed into chemicals that aren’t battery-like at all. They are now combustible and poisonous gasses. The battery shell contains that poisonous gas, so it will eventually swell up. The battery bulging will force the screen assembly out of the frame, and could end up in permanent damage to the screen. But worse than that, the battery can bulge to the point that it eventually explodes, or in rare cases, catches fire.

Have your iPhone inspected by Apple Store or other repairing services as soon as possible

Does Apple covers the battery replacement?

iPhone's battery being replaced

Apple offers a one-year warranty for an iPhone battery. The warranty also includes service coverage for damaged batteries. If your device is out of warranty, your local Apple Authorized Service Provider may be able to help you with a battery replacement. In case you are unsure whether you are covered, enter your iPhone serial number to see whether you have AppleCare+.

If your iPhone has an issue that prevents the battery from being replaced, such as a cracked screen, then it must be repaired before the battery is replaced. In some situations, you might have to pay a repair fee.

Apple or an authorized service provider should charge the batteries for devices with built-in lithium-ion polymer batteries. Apple’s warranty covers faulty batteries and you won’t have to pay a charge for an iPhone replacement. Apple offers a $49 battery replacement for iPhone 6 and above models that are out of warranty. It charges $69 for the iPhone X series, iPhone 11s, iPhone 12s, and iPhone 13s. You may also be covered by consumer protection rules that extend after the warranty period, depending on where you live and when you bought it.

Tips to maintain your iPhone’s battery health in the future

While we can’t predict the life of iPhone batteries, many factors impact how long they will function well. Follow these tips to ensure that your iPhone lasts long.

  • Don’t ignore the charge cycles: Your iPhone’s battery has 500 complete charge cycles. Avoid full charging your iPhone or keeping the battery discharged most of the time. You should maintain the battery between 40% to 80%.
  • Don’t charge your phone overnight: If you charge your iPhone overnight, the chances are that it is overcharged. Overcharging your iPhone can potentially damage the battery since it allows current into already full cells.
  • The temperature matters: Your iPhone when exposed to hot temperatures can lead to data loss or degradation. Heat can also lead to battery leakage which is a big safety hazard.

Apple has warned not to do certain activities to minimize the heat like keeping the iPhone in a car on a warm day. It has also advised not to utilize specific functions such as GPS tracking or navigation in a car. Don’t play a graphic-intensive game or use amplified apps for an extended amount of time under direct sunshine. Use these tips to extend your iPhone’s life.

Also read: 8 Tips to Maximize Your Smartphone Battery Life

How to Stop Your Phone from Overheating


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