Ghost touch issue occurs on Samsung Galaxy S22 when its screen responds to presses even when not initiated, automatically opens apps, or randomly taps on icons without you touching the phone screen. In this post, we will tackle the possible causes and what can be done to rectify the ghost touch problem. Read further for more details.
Common Causes of Ghost Touch
The ghost touch issue in most smartphones can be due to dust or dirt in between the screen protector and your Samsung Galaxy S22 device. If this is the case, simply remove the case as well as the screen protector of your android device.
Other factors that have been known to trigger the ghost touch issue in Android smartphones including the Galaxy S22 are as follows:
1. Software Glitches
When the operating system of your Samsung Galaxy S22 device is corrupted with a software glitch, this can trigger the ghost touch issue to occur. This can happen after a recent update or after installing a certain app that is not compatible with your device.
2. Physical Damage
A phone that is exposed to physical damage, either to the screen or its internal components, can cause the phone to automatically touch or open apps without you pressing anything on the screen.
3. Display Settings
Meanwhile, invalid display settings can also be the trigger for the ghost touch issue to appear on your device.
Possible Fixes to Ghost Touch Issue
Fortunately, these common causes can be eliminated without scheduling a technician visit or bringing the phone to the nearest service center for a possible repair. Below are the potential fixes you can try to fix the ghost touch issue on your Samsung Galaxy S22 device.
First Solution: RESTART the phone (soft reset).
Various phone problems like the ghost touch issue can be fixed by simply restarting the device. Doing so resolves short-term software glitches that cause the ghost touch issue to occur.
Restarting your phone can also eliminate dump cache and clear its memory, freeing up the phone storage space to improve its performance. Thus, terminating the ghost touch issue on your android device.
So here’s what needs to be done:
1. Press and hold the Power button until the options to Power Off, Restart or Airplane Mode appear on the screen.
2. Tap restart, and wait until your Galaxy S22 restarts.
A phone restart can also help refresh the phone’s system and fixes issues that may have occurred due to constant usage.
Oftentimes, minor issues like the ghost touch issue can be resolved without performing heavy troubleshooting tweaks, but by simply restarting the device. Hence, it is deemed the simplest yet effective way to get rid of software issues in many smartphones.
Second Solution: Enable SAFE MODE.
Any third-party apps can also be the culprit. Thus, booting the phone into safe mode should be able to rectify the screen problem. When the phone is in safe mode, only important system services run on your device. Therefore, third-party apps won’t load.
Here how to boot your phone into safe mode:
1. Press and hold the Power button until the Samsung logo appears on the screen,
2. Right after releasing the Power button, press and hold the Volume Down button.
3. Continue holding the Volume Down button until the phone completely restarts.
If the ghost touch issue does not occur while the phone is on Safe mode, then it’s likely triggered by an errant third-party application. Should this be the case, uninstalling the suspected app (usually the one that you recently installed before the problem started) is recommended.
The Safe mode tweak can likewise resolve any transpiring conflicts between the phone’s operating system and third-party apps that might have triggered display issues manifested by ghost touches.
Third Solution: Clear System Cache (WIPE CACHE PARTITION).
Another potential fix you can try to get rid of the ghost touch issue on your device is by wiping the cache partition. Doing so can help resolve system issues caused by corrupted or outdated temporary data and system files stored in the system cache partition.
Wiping the cache partition can also improve your phone performance. This is because the cache partitions can become messed up in time, resulting in the phone’s performance to deteriorate. This is when dumping the cache partition is necessary.
If you want to try this solution, do these to wipe your phone’s cache partition:
- Power off your device. Press and hold the Volume Up button and the Power button.
- When the Samsung logo appears, release the buttons.
- Then immediately press the Volume Down button to enter the Recovery Mode.
- Press the Volume buttons to find “wipe cache partition”, then press the Power button to select it.
App issues that cause the ghost touch issue to occur can also be rectified through wiping the cache partition.
Aside from resolving cache-related system issues, wiping the cache partition can also help free up the phone space and thereby boost the phone’s overall performance.
Fourth Solution: Restore System Defaults (FACTORY RESET)
If none of the aforementioned solutions fixes the ghost touch issue on your device, your last resort is to perform a factory reset. Take note that this solution will delete all your phone data, so it is recommended to backup all your important files before performing a factory reset.
So if you are ready to restore your phone to factory reset, follow these steps:
1. From the main screen, head to Settings.
2. Select General Management.
3. Tap Reset.
4. Lastly, tap Factory Data Reset.
5. Read the succeeding warning prompts and then tap Delete/Erase All to confirm action.
The phone will then be restored to its factory state and thereby runs like a new device. Any software-related erratic display settings that trigger the ghost touch problem will likely be obliterated during the reset and thus, the problem is fixed.
The only downside is that a factory reset removes personal data such as apps, media, contacts, custom settings and other saved documents. Nonetheless, this reset often yields a positive outcome.
To sum everything up, performing a factory reset is the most effective way to resolve complex issues such as the ghost touch issues on any devices. Not only does it fix phone issues, it also boosts the phone’s overall performance.
Consider a full system reset as the last resort if none of the basic tweaks is able to correct your Galaxy S22’s display and the ghost touch issue persists. And if all else fails, opting for hardware repair can be regarded as the next best alternative.