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Those of you with Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED) displays may eventually suffer from a defect known as “burn-in”. Frequently displayed images — like the lockscreen — can permanently imprint onto the screen. Fortunately, there’s a number of apps and precautionary methods that can mitigate display damage. For already burned screens, there are some somewhat experimental steps which might offset the damage.

If you are unsure whether or not your device includes an AMOLED screen, many devices from Samsung, LG, and Motorola include AMOLED screens. They usually appear on flagship devices, although they also show up on other models, such as Samsung’s “Mini” line of Galaxy S series smartphones. Note, though, that because Samsung uses hardware buttons, its burn-in problems aren’t as pronounced as those on phones from Motorola or LG.

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Why Does Burn-in Occur?

The individual light-emitting pixels, or diodes, within an AMOLED matrix decay over time. Whenever a diode emits light, it begins breaking down. As it loses coherency, its color accuracy begins to fall off. This is partly because individual pixels do not decay at the same rate. Because navigation and status icons appear all the time, these light-emitting pixels wear out first.

Compounding this problem is that all user-interface buttons are white. To produce white light, the display switches on three different colors in close proximity to one another: Red, blue, and green. Red diodes are the most durable, followed by green. Blue diodes wear out the fastest.

Neither LCD, E-Ink, or other display technologies Common Mobile Display Technologies You Should Know Common Mobile Display Technologies You Should Know When you're comparing different mobile devices, whether they're phones, tablets, e-readers, or laptops, one of the differentiating features can be the display technology. But do you know the differences? Read More suffer from this issue. Longevity is the price that we pay for getting better contrast. They say that the candle that burns brightest, burns shortest. No display tech is more representative of this saying than AMOLED. So how can you extend your display’s lifespan? First, start simple.

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Saving Your AMOLED Screen: The Basics

The first steps everyone should take:

  • Go to Settings;
  • Then go to Display;
  • Reduce your screen brightness. Optionally, turn auto-brightness on. It sometimes lowers screen brightness below the minimum possible through manual control.
  • Decrease your screen timeout to as little as possible.

The less time your screen stays on, the better its lifespan. Also, the more intense the brightness, the shorter the display’s life. After that, consider installing a few applications.

settings for amoled screens

Immersive Full-Screen Mode

Immersive mode in Android allows the removal of the top and bottom bars in Android’s user interface. We’ve covered Android 4.4’s introduction of immersive mode Get Immersive Mode For All Android Apps – No Root Required Get Immersive Mode For All Android Apps – No Root Required Immersive Mode was one of the cooler features introduced in Android KitKat, but it was only introduced for certain apps. Now you can get Immersive Mode across all your apps! Read More . Unfortunately, Google implemented this feature on a per-app basis, so if you wanted to rid yourself of persistent on-screen images, you’d need to configure it for every app on your device. Fortunately, there’s a handful of apps that automatically do this for you.

A great app that can remove the navigation bar is GMD Immersive. It gets rid of the persistent navigation buttons at the bottom of an Android device, and, when needed, you can pull up the navigation and Action Bar by touching either the top or the bottom of the screen and dragging your finger.

It’s both free and without advertisements, although it adds a red line at the bottom of the screen. As mentioned earlier, red light is less damaging to the screen relative to white or blue, so it’s not that big an issue. Fortunately, the Pro version of GMD Immersive allows users to remove the red line, though it costs $3.32 and is available via in-app purchase What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains] "I can’t believe it!" my cousin said to me the other day, "someone’s just bought a $10 in-app purchase on my mother’s phone, and she doesn’t even know what I’m talking about!". Sounds familiar? How... Read More .

GMD immersive example

Change Wallpaper with Colors

Some might notice that the stock wallpapers in Android aren’t usually suited for AMOLED screens. AMOLED screens consume very little energy when displaying the color black, and they do not burn-in when displaying blacks. Unfortunately, Android’s default wallpapers don’t include solid colors.

Fortunately, the free app Colors allows users to change their wallpaper to a solid color. Just install and run the app. Then choose a solid black background as the new wallpaper.

Using a black wallpaper will actually improve the battery performance of your device, so this one is a win-win.

colors android app

Change Your Launcher

The default Android Google Experience Launcher isn’t exactly AMOLED friendly. In Android 5.0, it forces the App Drawer wallpaper to white (the worst color for AMOLED screens). One of the better launchers: Nova Launcher. Not only is it more responsible, it offers better customization options.

nova launcher example with gmd immersive

Invert Colors to Reduce Already Existing Burn-in

I do not recommend using this option unless your screen is already trashed. It will cause additional damage, but may reduce the appearance of already existing on-screen burn. Inverting colors simply reverses the colors displayed on your screen. Whites become blacks and vice-versa. If you use the phone with the colors inverted for extended periods of time, it will burn-in the areas surrounding the burned-in navigation bar, reducing its noticeability.

The Invert colors option was introduced in Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in order to reduce eye-strain when reading in the evening. It’s not at all designed for the purpose of combatting burn-in and remains experimental. So use it with caution. To invert colors, go to:

  • Settings, and then:
  • Accessibility, and then:
  • Display, and then select:
  • Color inversion. Turn it on.

inverted colors android

SwiftKey

There are a few other options that can reduce burn-in (and improve battery life). For example, the default keyboards are sometimes not properly optimized for use with AMOLED screens. You can install third party apps, like SwiftKey, that allow users to change the color of their keyboards. The best I’ve seen so far is SwiftKey’s Pumpkin keyboard theme (which is paid).

For AMOLED screens, you are better off using dark keyboards, with reddish text. Most third party keyboards include support for dark-colored keyboards — the best of these is SwiftKey. While SwiftKey offers a number of dark-themed keyboards, additional themes cost money.

My favorite theme is Pumpkin, which uses black keys with an orange typeface.

swiftkey pumpkin colored theme

Other Options to Reduce Burn-in

There are a few other options, which I do not recommend, since they either require root access Take Control: Android Rooting Guide Take Control: Android Rooting Guide As of the writing of this guide, approximately 80% of the world's population owns their own cellphone. Out of those, 1.08 billion are smartphones. Read More or can increase screen damage. However, for reference, you can read about them below.

Change Google Now Launcher to Black

You can change the color of Google’s launcher. This flashable .zip file requires root access, a custom recovery (what’s a custom recovery? What's a Custom Recovery? Exploring CWM, TWRP, and Friends What's a Custom Recovery? Exploring CWM, TWRP, and Friends If you've ever considered tinkering with your Android device, you've probably read that you need to flash a custom recovery onto it before you can do anything serious. But, that begs some questions. Read More ), and Android 5.0 or better. It simply changes Google Now and Google Now Launcher to black.

Simply flash the file from your recovery and it will install a themed version of Google’s launcher. Be warned though: Flashing files from a custom recovery always carries risk. Make sure to create a Nandroid backup before proceeding.

Screen Burn-in Tool

Screen Burn-in Tool flashes red, green, and blue colors on your screen. I do not suggest using this app. AMOLED burn-in occurs as a natural part of an OLED’s life cycle. Screen Burn-in Tool “fixes” burn-in by causing uniform damage across all AMOLED pixels. While it might resolve the aesthetics of burn-in, it might dramatically decrease the life expectancy of your device.

screen burn in tool

A Note of Warning

Some screen filters can turn the screen to another color — for example the app Twilight can make all images red-hued. However, this was reported to intensify screen burn-in. While red-shifted colors will decay less rapidly than blue or green, overusing any particular hue will eventually create a noticeable impact on the color accuracy of your screen.

Has Your Device Suffered from Burn-in?

None of these methods will stop the inevitable death of your device’s screen. However, using all the recommended options in this article will dramatically decrease the rate at which it decays. That said, some Galaxy Nexus users (one of the first AMOLED screens introduced in the Android ecosystem) have phones with very little burn-in. So the durability of even first generation screens seems to be good.

Anyone else have an AMOLED screen with burn-in? What steps have you taken to fix it? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credits: flames Via Shutterstock

  1. Nagrom
    November 29, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    My solution was to get on Twitter and get Verizon to replace my phone.

    • Kannon Y
      November 29, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Their customer service wouldn't replace it?

  2. Kenneth
    August 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I will never use the screen burn in tool again with the red blue and green flashing images, and worst part is that I have used it about one hour a day to prevent my screen from getting burn in. I have done this for a month on my new s7 edge. How much do you think I have damaged my screen? One hour per day in 30 days! Or does the uniformed damages only occur/happen if I run it several hours in a row like 8-10 hours. I'm so angry at my self. Please let me know what you think, and thank you for a great articel.

    • Kannon Yamada
      August 25, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Kenneth! Those flashing lights were originally designed for LCD screen which sometimes had stuck pixels. By flashing colors across the screen, it normally causes the pixel to become unstuck. That tool is ridiculous because it's trying to solve burn-in by using a method that was designed for LCD screens.

    • Kannon Yamada
      August 25, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      I almost forgot to respond to your question -- you probably won't notice the damage as it's burning in all pixels evenly. It may impact your color accuracy, although you can gauge this for yourself.

      Burn-in occurs naturally as a part of the OLED's life cycle. Each light emitting sub pixel decays over time. The blue sub pixels decay at a faster rate than the green or red, so you might see a shift toward green or red over time. But I don't think you'll notice it if you haven't already. It's usually a very gradual process that takes months and years, rather than just a few days.

      The most severe burn in that I've seen always is on department store demo models, which display the same image continuously for weeks or even months. Just a few hours probably generates damage that you can't even notice.

  3. Melissa
    July 31, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I received a--refurbished--Samsung Galaxy S5 as a gift from a friend. I started having issues with the screen flickering, not illuminating when the phone rang, and inconsistent screen illumination when using the power button or the home button, though it was still responsive to touch.

    I recently got the screen replaced for $170 (I'm in Salinas, CA), and I no longer have the inconsistent illumination and flickering problems, but AFTER I got the phone back, I noticed screen burn-in at the bottom, with icons that I have never had in those positions (except the immobile "apps" icon in the bottom-right position). I brought it back to the repair place, and they ordered another screen saying sometimes they can arrive flawed, and that they can ONLY be purchased directly from Samsung (b/c I'd asked if they'd used a refurbished screen or something). They ordered me a second replacement screen.

    So today I brought it back for the second screen replacement, and the burn-in is STILL there, and it's actually worse than it was before. I'm seeing the "mail" "camera" and "gallery" icons in places I've never had them. After having read some app reviews, I'm reluctant to use burn-in fixer apps...I guess I will try a factory restore and see what happens.

    • Kannon Yamada
      August 25, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Sorry for the late response. It appears that they're recycling screens from damaged phones. That's a really unethical act, considering that you're paying full price for the screen.

  4. PhilT
    July 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    My S5 has burn-in where the 'Apps' Icon is located (bottom-right).
    Moving it would reduce further burn in - but it is the only thing that cant be moved !!
    I can move all other icons but not this one.

    • Kannon Yamada
      July 11, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      That's really bad design on Samsung's side. I don't think there's much that can be done unless you change the launcher maybe?

  5. Gianni
    July 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I bought a used Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7") and the screen has a strange "burn-in" effect: the image "permanently inprinted" is flipped horizontally! I can clearly see 4 buttons, but the words are flipped: "Favorite", "Edit", "Share" and "Delete" are written from right to left.
    How was that even possible?
    Do you have any idea?
    Thank you,
    Gianni

    • Kannon Yamada
      July 11, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      That's really strange. Most of the time burn-in is not so visible that you can read the words. It's definitely even weirder that the words are flipped. Could it be by design? It sounds almost as if that's by design. Have you tried a factory reset yet?

      • Gianni
        July 12, 2016 at 12:15 am

        I didn't try the factory reset yet...
        If you want see the pictures and try to figure out what is going on, please see:

        4 flipped buttons:
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/d8s29ss7ek5dlpk/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_01.jpg?dl=0

        The full screen:
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/bgmi5iwfnmvcx1i/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_02.JPG?dl=0

        Close up of the flipped buttons:
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/p3975skl1koxt0n/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_03.jpg?dl=0

        You can clearly see the text... It's like the image is all the time on top of the actual application window...

        Reaaally strange!
        Thank you so much for your interest and help!
        Gianni

      • Gianni Dal Mas
        July 12, 2016 at 2:05 am

        No, I didn't... I'm not sure how to do a factory reset and if it would affect the screen.
        If you'd like to have a look at the flipped image, here I have 3 crops:

        1- the buttons
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/d8s29ss7ek5dlpk/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_01.jpg?dl=0

        2- the full screen
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/bgmi5iwfnmvcx1i/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_02.JPG?dl=0

        3- a close up
        https://www.dropbox.com/s/p3975skl1koxt0n/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_03.jpg?dl=0

        Thank you so much for your help!
        Gianni

      • Gianni Dal Mas
        July 12, 2016 at 2:06 am

        No, I didn't... I'm not sure how to do a factory reset and if it would affect the screen.
        If you'd like to have a look at the flipped image, here I have 3 crops:

        1- the buttons
        dropbox.com/s/d8s29ss7ek5dlpk/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_01.jpg?dl=0

        2- the full screen
        dropbox.com/s/bgmi5iwfnmvcx1i/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_02.JPG?dl=0

        3- a close up
        dropbox.com/s/p3975skl1koxt0n/Flipped_Burn_in_Galaxy_Tab_S2_03.jpg?dl=0

        Thank you so much for your help!
        Gianni

        • Kannon Yamada
          July 12, 2016 at 4:49 am

          OK, that is certainly burn-in, but I've never seen burn-in that's so precisely carved into the screen. It looks like they enabled RTL mode in developer options, which makes one-handed use easier on left-handers. But what's really crazy is that it looks like they just left the phone on the same screen constantly.

          If they were tinkering around in developer options, they might have enabled the phone to never sleep while plugged in. That's a horrible thing to do to an AMOLED screen. The damage appears to be irreversible. I'm very sorry. But thank you very much for sharing the screenshots.

          The Samsung Galaxy S2 is, in my opinion, the best tablet on today's market. Even with the burn-in, you made the right choice. May I ask how much of a discount it was at?

        • Gianni Dal Mas
          July 12, 2016 at 10:33 am

          I still don't understand how anyone could be using the screen flipped... eteleD instead of Delete, etirovaF instead of Favorite :D
          Anyway, it was a purchase from the big auction site for 300US, where it was described as 99.99% conditions... The moment I received the tablet I immediately discovered the screen problem, so I asked for a partial refund of 50US, cause the costs of returning it were too hight from my country to send back to the US.
          The seller accepted to refund, so now I have a 250 US ab S2, which I consider too much for the kind of screen issue... but that happens when you buy from a 97.8% feedback seller... I should have followed the rule: never buy from sellers with a feedback lower than 99.5%...my bad!
          Thank you so much for your kind assistance,
          innaiG :D

        • Kannon Yamada
          July 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm

          My pleasure. I'm sorry about the degree of burn in. For $250, it's almost worth it, but I'm not sure about the exchange rate and it may have been more expensive in your region.

          We will probably never know how it was caused, unfortunately. But outside of user error, my best guess is it was used as some kind of point-of-sale device. A POS device might be constantly running on the same screen. I think that some apps support RTL mode, in which case they automatically correct the direction that the text flows in.

          The S2 is probably the lightest tablet ever made, so it might have been customized to be used with a single hand to run a proprietary application.

  6. Faith
    April 3, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Bought a Note 5 in December. Within 2 months I had burn in on the bottom and top of the phone. Returned to AT&T under warranty for a "certified like new" phone which kinda pissed me off since I had the phone less than 8 weeks but according to them my problem wasn't a "known issue" to them so not eligible for new phone. I'll see how this screen and phone works out for 2 months. Samsung knows this is an issue and I'm sure carriers do as well. Grrrrr

    • Kannon Yamada
      April 6, 2016 at 8:43 am

      That's really frustrating. They KNOW about the burn-in issue. It varies by individual user and screen quality, but Samsung's Note 5 is supposed to use a top-of-the-line screen that doesn't suffer from burn-in anymore. The fact that burn-in is still happening suggests that they haven't fixed the issue yet.

      AMOLED screens just became cheaper to produce than LCD. We're going to see a lot more AMOLED screens out there now, even though LCD is much more durable. It's sad.

    • Peter Hubb
      June 11, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      those problems are very common, its jsut that the most people are god-damn plebs who dont care about problems like that so samsung will keep selling their garbage.

      • Kannon Yamada
        June 11, 2016 at 9:32 pm

        Most people I know with AMOLED screens complain loudly about burn-in. But because they upgrade their phone every two years, they're not really concerned about it. That's more by design. Carriers love selling new phones and AMOLED fits right into their planned obsolescence strategy.

        Samsung clearly understands that burn-in exists because they design most of their phones with capacitive buttons -- which allows them to dispense with the soft keys.

  7. Hany
    March 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    My LG V10 bought it from one month and i have the keyboard burn in whenever it Appears It disappear again I using that app Screen Burn-in Tool and after the burn in disappear when i'm using the keyboard again its appear I used that invert colors option and helped like the app but I have the burn in again
    I changed the theme of keyboard from white to black the letters on the black theme is white so I have the burn in again
    how can i stop that stupid burn ?!!

    • Kannon Yamada
      March 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Burn-in is permanent. There's not much you can do, although a few methods will reduce the distinctiveness of the burn-in. It sounds like you've tried everything. The only other option is to return the device and hope the next AMOLED panel offers better quality.

      I was under the impression that the LG V10 has an LCD screen, not an AMOLED. It does use Quantum Dot technology, although I'm not sure whether or not it's Quantum Dot backlighting or something else entirely. It may be that you are simply suffering from persistence, rather than burn-in. LCD screens do occasionally retain frequently displayed images, but they eventually go back to normal after a while. Judging from your description of the issue, it sounds like the burn-in is going away, which means you just have some kind of image persistence issue.

      I can't say with certainty, but color inversion might be a good option for the V10.

  8. Arkaney
    March 11, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Galaxy s3 lasted 2-3years before I noticed it and then it got relaly bad within a few months. Replaced the screen with a cheap screen (I suspect it isn't amoled) and it is almost completely covered with burn ins all over the screen. It was a throwaway phone at that point since I upgraded and a good thing I learned from that.

    Don't cheap out on replacement screens if you're going to stick with your phone!

    • Kannon Yamada
      March 12, 2016 at 11:34 am

      It sounds like the replacement screen was also AMOLED. LCD screens are pretty burn-in resistant. And when they do suffer burn-in, they oftentimes slowly revert back to normal.

      • Arkaney
        March 14, 2016 at 3:01 am

        After months of no use I powered it up again and it was almost black. Maybe it started with burn-ins and now the actual pixels are degrading or something. It doesn't matter now since I don't use it but it was strange at the time.

  9. Jim
    March 11, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    My wife plays solitaire - a lot - this caused screen burn in under 2 years on a Galaxy S4.

  10. Clayton
    March 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I didn't even know this was an issue until I noticed on my Galaxy Note 5. I'm kinda pissed about it.

    Less than 6 months old.

    Stupid Google widget burned in.

    • Kannon Yamada
      March 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Samsung panels are supposedly higher quality than competitors. But even so, that's pretty new. It shouldn't be suffering from burn-in this early.

    • Johanneslo
      March 19, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      I had a note 4 with a burned in screen after 10 months :) I send it for repair and it was fully fixed under warranty ! So I suggest you do the same :)

  11. RMnDC
    March 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Nexus 6P here, only have had it a few months and the burn in is terrible. My love of the phone ended quickly.

    • Kannon Yamada
      March 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      The good news is that you should still be covered by warranty.

  12. Anthony
    February 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Well i got the phone used...but never use brightness about 50% and never stay on the same for more then a few minutes...then my last question is...will it just get worse on its own...or will it stay the same if i am careful?

    • Kannon Yamada
      February 10, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Like all AMOLED screens, it will get worse over time. Reducing brightness will decrease burn in substantially. For example, my Moto X 2014 doesn't have any signs of burn-in (lowest brightness setting).

      One of the very first AMOLED screens in a smartphone was the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. People continue reporting that despite horrible screen burn-in, the phone still works fine.

  13. Anthony
    February 10, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Once screen burn has occurred...how long will the screen last? With light screen burn with the screen last a while? Whats life expectancy of a screen with screen burn...thanks

    • Kannon Yamada
      February 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      A very, very long time. Screen burn-in can eventually make the screen unviewable, but even after it becomes visible, it can take a very long time before it makes the screen unusable.

      • Anthony
        February 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm

        So screen burn wont make the screen just stop working...mine is super light..it is there but doesnt effect anything...

        • Kannon Yamada
          February 10, 2016 at 8:24 pm

          It shouldn't. It will take some time before it comes unusable. Although it may become distracting long before that.

  14. Chad
    February 10, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I don't know why but I did not experienced any burn-ins in my Samsung Galaxy S2 until now.

    • Kannon Yamada
      February 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      It depends on usage. If you have anything that is constantly showing up on the screen, you'll see burn-in. Motorola phones are probably the worst because they use the combination of on-screen buttons and AMOLED screens. Samsung plays around this shortcoming by using capacitive physical buttons instead of the action bar.

  15. Chris
    January 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I have a galaxy tab 10.5 which I use in portrait mode. I have had the screen replaced once or burn in, now it's one the same. Out of warrenty so no free repair. Bugs the he'll out of me but not worth over 200 to fix

    • Kannon Yamada
      January 28, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      That's terrible, Chris. I'm really sorry about that.

  16. Said C
    January 16, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I have a Galaxy Nexus. Everytime when the display has to show the color red there are thin, black stripes over the red part. Is that a burn-in too or something else?

    • Kannon Yamada
      January 28, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      I don't think that's caused by the screen. That sounds like a GPU issue. If the problem disappears, then it's not burn-in.

  17. Bhaskar
    January 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

    You said that LCDs don't have these burn-in tendencies but I had a Moto G 1st generation with IPS LCD and the virtual keys at the bottom were imprinted on the device and I observed it particularly while watching movies too,why so?

    • Kannon Yamada
      January 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Some LCDs can retain images, but over time they go back to normal. I've heard of rare cases in which the damage is permanent, but I've never seen it happen. OLED burn in is permanent.

  18. Chris
    January 4, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I have an LG G4 H818P model. I have burin-in/ screen image retention issues. This has quantum ips lcd npt amoled. Why is that? Thanks.

    • Kannon Yamada
      January 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      I'm not familiar with that particular model, but there's different kinds of Quantum smartphone displays out there. There's Quantum Dot screen technology, which is highly susceptible to burn-in (I wasn't aware it was used in any variation of the G4) and then there's the Quantum backlight. I think Quantum backlighting relies on blue phosphors and so I do not think it is susceptible to burn-in, since it still uses a traditional LCD screen.

      • Chris
        January 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

        Thank you Mr. Kannon Yamada.
        According to an article i read in: http://tinyurl.com/j92kj7p

        LG G4 uses IPS Quantum Display.

        Quantum Dot uses blue LEDs while the Quantum Display uses both blue and white LEDs. Quantum Display uses potassium and nitrogen based compounds in combination with the blue LED to achieve red and green colours where Quantum Dot uses that tube or film layer.

        • Kannon Yamada
          January 18, 2016 at 12:41 am

          Thanks for sharing the article, Chris. That was a really good read.

          From what I've just read (literally, I just read this), they are referring to the backlighting and not the actual IPS LCD display. Supposedly, Quantum Dots decay over time, which is why they are susceptible to burn-in. If a backlight began to decay, you'd only notice weaker and/or splotchy colors. Burn-in occurs when the individual pixels began to break down.

          LCD screens can suffer from burn-in, but this fades away. It's more like the pixels get stuck, rather than them actually burning out. I have heard of permanent burn-in on LCD screens, but it's fairly rare.

          However, burn-in has occurred on devices such as the Dell XPS 13 and iPad Mini, which use IGZO backplanes and regular IPS LCD screens. Maybe newer technology is more prone to fault?

          If you're seeing burn-in that doesn't fade, that's really bad. It could be a bad panel or maybe the technology just isn't ready yet. Have you spoken with LG customer service yet?

  19. psf
    December 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    LG V10 has a IPS LCD not amoled screen. no burn in here.

    • Hany
      March 26, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      On my V10 I got burn in !!

  20. Connor
    November 26, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Man, this is terrible. I went to Best Buy today and I noticed burn in on all the Tab S2 9.7 and 8 display tablets. The Tab A 9.7 was fine. This is a deal breaker for me and I'm hoping that the next generation goes to some other type of display. I would much rather have a duller display than worry about burn-in within a year. I might get the Tab A, but I really was hoping for a more powerful tablet. Shame, really.

  21. Nathan
    November 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I've had two Galaxy S4s over the last year, used a white letter on green background swiftkey theme and always had the screen brightness on maximum. I guess I did pretty much everything wrong >_<

    • Nathan
      November 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      I should clarify that both of them have had burn in, so like, 6 month lifespan if you do the opposite of what this article recommends haha.

  22. Jerry
    November 18, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    My 1st Galaxy Note Edge have a ghost image of my keyboard burn-on on my screen. Had it warranty replacement with a new Note Edge. Had for 3 months now and saw the same keyboard burn-in on my screen again. This time, It'll be my 2nd time getting it replace. I've always been with Samsung, even have the Gear S. This time, I'm going to root my Note Edge and modify the screen and declock the GPU and CPU under sleep or idle.

    • Kannon Yamada
      November 19, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Have you tried a dark themed keyboard?

      • Jerry Fang
        November 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm

        No, I have to root my phone. Or you know where I can get a darker keyboard without rooting and have swipe function?

        • Kannon Yamada
          November 20, 2015 at 11:10 am

          Samsung phones don't allow a different keyboard? I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and it's no problem installing SwiftKey and changing the theme (in the settings menu of SwiftKey) to a dark theme. Their "Pumpkin" theme includes orange fonts and black keys.

        • Jerry
          November 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

          Really? I didn't know that. All my Android phone has always been rooted. Just my Note Edge that I kept it stock and not root. I know a custom ROM have a theme have a Dark theme that make everything black, even the type box. I'll give SwiftKey a try. Eventually, I'm going to root my Note Edge anyway. I can't stand stock ROM and useless app that I can't remove and waste valuable space.

        • Kannon Yamada
          November 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm

          Samsung stock is really awful. It's bizarre how they add so many customizations that it causes the phone to become laggy. Great hardware and bizarre firmware.

          In case you're interested, there's alternatives to SwiftKey, like Swipe. And the version after Marshmallow will include a custom dark theme, supposedly, as an option.

        • ldAbl
          January 12, 2016 at 4:58 am

          Google keyboard. Go into the settings of the app, and change the appearance to holo white.

      • Cameron
        November 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm

        Fleksy allows you to make a custom theme for a keyboard.

  23. madd maddinson
    September 21, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Hi,
    Do you think if I use the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 primary for reading books, that it could cause any burn in? What would you suggest to prevent the burn in when reading a book?

    • Kannon Yamada
      September 21, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Use apps that remove the action bar and the status bar. All AMOLED screens degrade over time, so you're getting burn-in no matter what you do. Over time it will accumulate. However, there are people with 5-6 year old OLED screens with very little burn in.

  24. mina
    May 7, 2015 at 6:04 am

    My new nokia Lumia 930 shows a slight ref flashing under black backgrounds ..is this normal or something wrong in my phone?

  25. Andrew
    April 24, 2015 at 1:33 am

    This stinks for me. For some reason, when I plug my phone in overnight, the next morning the screen is always on. I'm not sure why. Over a year old with no sign of burn-in though. And that's despite having my brightness all the way up and my screen on a LOT every day.

    • Kannon Y
      April 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      You can disable screen-on while charging. Some phones support this natively. Others require some kind of app to do this. I would check in your settings menu under display first and then check the Play Store.

    • Pravin S
      July 20, 2015 at 1:25 am

      Probably, you might have turned that option in Developer Mode. You should look into it to make your screen remain off during charging.

      • Kannon Yamada
        July 20, 2015 at 1:32 am

        Thanks Pravin!

        • Pravin S
          July 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

          Kannon, Don't mention it.
          I have a request.. You have covered about AMOLED screen burn-in issue.. Could you also cover the lifespan/hours of AMOLED/SAMOLED/SAMOLED+/HDAMOLED, etc.., and RGB Pixel Matrices?? This article surely has created awareness as well as little panic. It would be very help for the people who know only first half of the story. After knowing about the burn-in issue, they would be scared to use their phones, paranoid actually.. That would give them some sense of relief.. :D

          Thank you

          Pravin.

      • Andrew Gulak
        July 20, 2015 at 1:11 pm

        I have since fixed the problem. Simple as rooting the device and running a custom ROM. Thanks for all the feedback.

  26. Anand
    April 24, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Samsung galaxy series now uses what they call Super AMOLED display. Curious to know if the above mentioned issues, and their solutions, are applicable for Super AMOLED too.

    • Kannon Y
      April 24, 2015 at 12:59 am

      My understanding is that SAMOLED screens only differ in their implementation of a touchscreen. They still rely on OLEDs, which suffer from the problem with burn-in.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMOLED#Super_AMOLED

    • Ryan Bamford
      May 2, 2015 at 5:45 am

      They absolutely suffer from this problem. I have the Galaxy Note Edge (which supposedly has the best display along with the Note 4 of any phone currently) and I have a few spots of noticable burn in. To be fair, this isn't so much the fault of the phone as it was my previous addiction to an idling game called Tap Titans lol. Now I have 3 circles burned in near the top of my screen, and the navigation bar is getting burned in too. I tried to combat the 3 circles by inverting my colors and playing in one handed mode so that the entire burned in portion would be white, but that was actually a bad idea as described in this article.

      All in all, I clocked in 244 hours in that game over the span of a month and a half (like I said, idle game so doesn't really require attention) and a majority of my time spent playing was on the charger which caused my device to get hot as hell when coupled with the hours of running a somewhat intensive game.

      So sad. Oh well, if it ever gets too bad to deal with I can attempt to warranty it or just buy a replacement LCD.

  27. Dels
    April 21, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Install custom rom if available and choose theme that provide deep black as background on almost stock google app

    • Kannon Y
      April 21, 2015 at 1:52 am

      Great tip! Thanks for the comment!

    • Eva
      April 25, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      I have set a deep black theme throughout my Galaxy Note 3, from my wallpapers to my text app (textra) to all my book reading apps. Basically, everything I can set to black for reading, is changed. It's not only easy on the battery, but also on my eyes, and I think it's really elegant.

      I only wish my Google browser & email apps had a black theme setting.

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