How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Screen Problem

One of the most common issues that you may face with an older smartphone is the black screen problem. You will know that your phone has this problem when you try to use it and all you can see is a black display that is unresponsive. There are several factors involved as to why this is happening mostly relating to the software of the device however there are instances when the hardware is involved. The #Samsung #GalaxyS4 is not immune to this problem as there have been several reports of this issue happening on the device.

For our latest troubleshooting series we will tackle the Samsung Galaxy S4 black screen problem. We have gathered some of the latest issues of this nature sent to us by our readers. We will be providing the necessary troubleshooting steps necessary to resolve each issue.

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S4 Black Screen After Software Update

Problem: I did the update and didn’t turn it off or anything then it said i needed to shut down the phone and install the software, which I did. Then when it was all done i was using my phone for about an hour and then wanted to lock the screen and the phone just turned off when i clicked the lock key. Now it is stuck between a black screen and the Samsung S4 thing that shows up when the phone restarts. I have taken my battery out several times and as I put it back in the Samsung s4 thing pops up then the screen goes black and again the Samsung s4 thing will show (it continues like this). What must I do?

Solution: Assuming that the update was successfully applied to your phone you will need to restart your phone first by taking out the phone battery then pressing and holding the power button for at least a minute. This discharges your phone of any remnant charge and clears out its RAM. Reinsert the battery then try to turn on your phone.

If the problem still occurs then you will want to proceed by wiping the cache partition of your phone from the recovery menu. This resolves the issue if the issue may be caused by a corrupt cached data.

If wiping the cache partition fails to resolve the issue then you should consider doing a factory reset using the hardware keys. Take note that this deletes your phone data so only consider doing this if you have a backup of your data available.

Usually, a factory reset will resolve this type of issue. However, if at this point the problem still persists then try connecting your phone using a USB cord to a computer running on Kies and attempt to do an emergency firmware recovery.

S4 Black Screen Problem When Running On Official Firmware

Problem: I’ve lately flashed a custom ROM which is Cyanogenmod for my I9500, but when I reflashed an official Firmware, I had this problem: Let’s say I’m using my phone, I lock it and leave it for few minutes, when I come back to use it and press the power button, the screen doesn’t turn on, and sometimes back and menu lights turn on but the screen stays black, and if I keep swipping even though the screen is off, it rarely turn on but with a lot of lags and also it shows that TouchWiz has stopped working. So to prove that it is a software issue and it is related to TouchWiz, I reflashed the custom ROM that doesn’t use TouchWiz and it works perfectly no lag at all, I tried flashing different countries Firmware, different version still the same. I’m pretty sure, there’s something that kills TouchWiz app which is the reason why the screen doesn’t turn on.

Solution: Since your phone works perfectly fine when using a custom ROM then we can rule out any hardware related problems that is causing this issue. What I can suggest is you try to get the correct firmware of your phone but this time get it from another source. The firmware files that you have may be corrupt which may be causing this problem.

Once you have installed the stock firmware make sure check for any software updates first before using your phone. Take note that the rules for updating your Samsung phone still applies in this case so you will have to make sure it is unrooted first.

S4 Black Screen Unresponsive

Problem: So my phone shut down because I had to charge it. I left it there alone for a bit before plugging it in. the. We were going to the store, so I plugged my phone into the charger in our car. It turned on like it showed “Galaxy S4” on the screen and then instead of turning on, the screen went black and it showed options like “reboot” or “reset factory data” something like that and it won’t let me select one. I don’t know what to do. I’ve never dropped it or anything.

Solution: In cases like this you should try taking out the battery of your phone first then press and hold the power button for at least a minute. This completely discharges your phone of any remnant power and clears out its RAM. Think of this as a way of resetting its state without losing data. Reinsert the battery then turn on your phone then check if the problem still persists.

S4 Black Screen After Drop

Problem: A few days ago I accidentally dropped my phone which caused it to turn off once I turned it back on I could hear it starting and the LCD on but the screen was pitch black. I tried different ways to solve the problem but none worked. The screen won’t respond and the touch buttons beside the home button either, everything else works just fine. How can I fix this?

Solution: It’s very likely that this is already a hardware related problem possibly caused by a damaged display. Try taking out the battery then reinsert it again. Connect your phone to its wall charger then turn it on. If the issue still persists then you will have to bring your phone to an authorized service center and have it repaired.

S4 Random Black Screen of Death Issue

Problem: My phone will just die. It will be fine and I put it in my pocket for a little bit then it is the black screen of death. I take the battery out as suggested and it will come back. It is annoying. It started happening after the lollipop update. Is there a fix or do I have to live with this? Also the lock screen numbers will pixilate. They just become white squares. Help!

Solution: If this issue happened after the Lollipop update then you should consider doing a factory reset. The way I see it this may be caused by the old software data that has not been completely removed from your phone and is now causing a conflict with the new software version. The only way to completely remove this old data is to do a factory reset. Just make sure that you back up your personal data before proceeding.

S4 Black Screen of Death Issue

Problem: Hello, I am an owner of an s4 mini and I have had a problem with my phone, I searched what my issue may be with my phone and tried the solutions that match the problem. Whilst researching the problem your site came to me as the most trustworthy. As I was researching a term as ‘the Black Death screen’ came up and I’m not too sure if that is the problem I’m having. Last Friday I was using my phone normally, browsing through Pinterest, like normal and my phone died. Prior to last Friday I had got my screen replaced because it had cracked and desperately needed to be fixed. So, continuing with last Friday, my phone had completely died. I put it on charge and as it started to switch on the usual Samsung Galaxy logo came on it started to glitch and run down the screen constantly, so I took my battery out, left it out for 5 minutes and the same thing happened but the writing was pink, yellow and green. Now my phone is completely black but the sounds for all my notifications work and the back and menu options still light has usual. I have taken out the battery, held the power button down for exactly a minute, released it, and left the battery out for five complete minutes. I then inserted the battery and turned on my phone. The logo came on again but with pink, green and yellow pixels but then went off again and resumed being with a complete black screen. This has gone on for just over a week now and I’m hoping that you can advise me on how to fix it. Thank you for taking your time to read this.

Solution: The issue that you described is very likely hardware related, possibly relating to the screen replacement. If there is any way to save your phone data then do it now. You can connect your phone using a USB cord to a computer running on Kies and back up your data using the software. You should also do a factory reset using Kies. If the issue still persists or if you can’t back up your data and perform a factory reset then I suggest you bring your phone to an authorized service center and have it checked.

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  1. so, i have a samsung j3 6 V and it was working perfectly fine when i went to school. When school started i zipped it up in my backpack.
    After school, I took it out and the screen protector was cracked?? then i took that out, and I tried turning on my phone but it had a black screen. It was ON i could hear my notifcations and all, but the screen was black. I also tried tons of different solutions like taking off battery thing then holding the power button, etc, but it doesnt work? i really need help, thank you if you do!

  2. I was on youtube and randomly the screen blacket out but the video aoudio kept playing. I turned it off and on and now the screen is perminintally black. but if i tap the screen i can hear the clicking of me typing my password

  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-1317M
    Start off screen was cracked than was black put new screen all worked Than i put sim in it and it says insert sim I have tryed everything i can think of
    Also it has a new sim reader and the new screen hasn’t been taped down would this cause the phone not to read sim ? connecting to wifi is OK

    Need Help!!

  4. So recently I was just watching Youtube on my phone then we had to leave. It was working completely fine then once I got in the car it was pitch black. (I have a AT&T Samsung S4 sgh-I337 Lollipop 5.0.1). I did crack my screen 1 year ago but everything was fine until just recently. I did update to lollipop about 4 months ago and never had an issue. Everytime I boot up, either the screen glitches, or restarts automatically.

  5. i have a galaxy s4 m919 and it has gone to the black screen of death and i have tried different methods to get my screen working again but nothing happened. i want to know if changing the screen will fix the black screen of death or if there is any other means of getting my phone’ screen to work again.

  6. I have the galaxy s4 mini. it was working fine and it died completely.. i charged the phone and now it will power on, vibrate, has sound. But now its a blank screen. Nothing at all shows up when i power it on. what can i do

  7. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Black Screen Issue

    My phone was working fine at night and then in morning it is not turning display on. Phone is charging fine, on restart displaying Blue light first and than home button and other buttons turns on as well. I can hear sounds as well. Tried static charge, battery removal, power button and volume button sequences but nothing worked. Advice please

  8. While charging my phone and I usually turn it off to charge , I turned it back on and this black screen came up that said samsung with an open lock at the bottom of the phone then a white verizon logo screen came on and then it just stays on that screen and the phone continues to get hottttt. I took out the battery and let it stay out and mashed the power button for a min , re-entered the battery and it did the same thing …Black screen with samsung at the top and an opened lock at the bottom and then goes to a verizon logo screen and wont go any further .

  9. yes! what is kies and how do you do a reset on a phone that has a black screen? (sounds are still there but can’t see anything!)

  10. I want urgent help plz i was taking my mothers mobile with me and going to my room accidentally it fell down the screen went black a the buttons are working i can hear the voice of messeges and other notifications except that screen is not working and at the right top corner its giving a shade of pink color

  11. My screen is completely black and wont turn on after i dropped it. The sound and everything works but the screen wont turn on and if I try this weird stuff come up. It’s like thousands of tiny dots that are green, blue and red. Idk what to do and I’m really scared.

  12. My s4 dropped from table and now nothing at all comes up on the screen.. I’m scared I’ve lost all my photos. Will this be the case?

  13. I was just searching for some apps when suddenly my Samsung galaxy s4 screen rolls down too fast then turn black !!! after restarting it too many times and taking out the battery many times still it’s in black screen … but the sounds and the blue light and also the buttons are still working !!

  14. I replaced the LCD screen for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 but when I the new LCD wouldn’t turn on I have it plugged in all the way but nothing happened my screen type is T530 and the back has different ones does it matter?

  15. i really dont know what happend to my phone phone its just pitch black and when i try to turn it on i can hear the sounds of the phone turning on but i cant see anything. need help please

  16. Mine is Samsung s4 mini but it has dim light that I can’t even use it at night cause my eyes pain me when am trying to focus to see what am using it in the dark at night,auto brightness refused, brightness adjusting also refused either *#0*# also refused,please help me with this issue.

  17. So have a samsung s4 and my baby brother slept on it the next morning i woke up and am having the indication lights and the fone messages are coming in as usual but the the screen is pitch black …. can i get help with this asap plz

  18. Basically the scree n is black but the buttons on the bottom will flash up and the red light on the top left but the screen won’t turn on

  19. Comment*hi I just put my phone in my pocket when I took it out the screen was blank and the phone was hot when I put my machine to another screen its working just fine

  20. I dropped my s4 and the screen is glitching/black every time I turn it on. I tried using the hold down home, power and volume button to turn it on/off but the screen still appears to glitch. I even tried taking out the battery and I’m really hoping this issue can be fixed as I don’t want to lose the stuff I had on my phone.

  21. Screen just keeps flashing black. Touch something it goes black then flashes back with chosen app open. Or it’ll just go black just like that. Haven’t had ne damage to the phone. Just started today

  22. I have charged my phone to 100 and i ppaced in my bag after when i took it and switch it on it only shows black but all the sounds play and the sensors work please help me

  23. Having a issue with the screen on my s4. I recently got the phone replaced through insurance an just noticed the tiniest of cracks above the speaker. I was using the phone just fine. Placed it on the charger an when I went to use it the screen was black. I can hear all of my alerts when they come in. I have my blue power indicator light showing the phone is charged and can even get galaxy siri to speak. How can i fix this. I have tried to reset as suggested holding down the home button up volume a power button but nothing happens.

  24. Samsung Galaxy S4. Black Screen of death – but ONLY the screen. The buttons still work, the phone itself is intact, but the screen is just black. Removing battery, holding power to discharge excess static, charging to full….all did not work (I’m an IT person myself, but primarily for computers) I am thinking the connection inside came loose, but I don’t know how to open it to reconnect it. The case is a tad complex. Advice welcome.


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