Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge screen started flickering & other screen-related issues

  • Learn how to troubleshoot the screen flickering (#screenflickering) issue with the #Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (#S7Edge).
  • Galaxy S7 Edge’s screen shows 4 lines when brightness is adjusted to maximum.
  • Is there something you can do if your phone’s screen is overly sensitive? How about if Touchwiz is laggy or glitchy?
  • S7 Edge screen reportedly blacked out and the phone won’t respond after that.
  • What you should do if your phone wake up from sleep every few minutes? What might be the cause?


We received some reports from our readers who own Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge units complaining about some screen related issues including screen flickering, display turned black and won’t turn on. These issues can be caused by apps that keep on crashing, corrupt firmware and more hardware issues. You can still do something about the first two causes, however, when it comes to hardware issues, they’re off limits especially if you still value the warranty of your device.

I addressed some of the issues we received in this post so try to browse through this page to see if you concern is among the ones I cited. You may also visit our troubleshooting page for we have already addressed a lot of issues with this device ever since it was released. Please use the solutions and troubleshooting guides we suggested to try to fix your problem. And if you need further assistance, then you can always contact us by completing our Android problems questionnaire.

Please provide us with sufficient information about your problem so we can provide you with more accurate solutions and draft you with effective troubleshooting guides. One-sentence messages may not be addressed.

Q: “My phone started flickering. The screen was heating up and gradually started seeing lines on the screens. One fine day it completely died on me and couldn’t revive it. Have got video and photos to prove it.

Hope you can assist me. I came to Sri Lanka on a long vacation and won’t be a while before I get back to UK and Samsung says it needs to be returned to the UK to be repaired. – Shibly

A: Hello Shibly. I watched the videos and looked at the pictures and it seems like it’s really a hardware problem. However, there are a couple of troubleshooting procedures you can try to see if they can make a difference. The first one is to delete the system cache which may fix “MINOR” firmware and hardware issues especially if they occur after an update. Here’s how…

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  2. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  6. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  7. Now highlight the option ‘Yes’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  8. Wait until your phone is finished wiping the cache partition. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  9. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

The second procedure you can try (but still no guarantee) is master reset. However, you need to go through the hassle of backing up every bit of data you don’t want to lose in your phone such as your pictures, music, videos, etc. It is also important you do it before you send the phone in for repair when you go back to the UK.

  1. Backup your data.
  2. Remove your Google account.
  3. Disengage screen lock.
  4. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
  5. Press and then hold the Home and Volume UP keys, then press and hold the Power key.

NOTE: It doesn’t matter how long you press and hold the Home and Volume Up keys, it won’t affect the phone but by the time you press and hold the Power key, that’s when the phone starts to respond.

  1. When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows on the screen, release the Power key but continue holding the Home and Volume Up keys.
  2. When the Android logo shows, you may release both keys and leave the phone be for about 30 to 60 seconds.

NOTE: The “Installing system update” message may show on the screen for several seconds before displaying the Android system recovery menu. This is just the first phase of the entire process.

  1. Using the Volume Down key, navigate through the options and highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  2. Once highlighted, you may press the Power key to select it.
  3. Now highlight the option ‘Yes — delete all user data’ using the Volume Down key and press the Power button to select it.
  4. Wait until your phone is finished doing the Master Reset. Once completed, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and press the Power key.
  5. The phone will now reboot longer than usual.

When it comes to hardware issues, there’s only so much we can do about them.

Q: “I noticed that there were 4 dark areas on my 2 week old s7 edge. When I adjusted the brightness to maximum the lines disappeared but when I adjusted it to dark 4 prominent lines appear. I never dropped it or spilled anything on it. I never pressed it hard nor do I put it on tight pants pockets. I tried rebooting it but nothing happened. It’s still there.

A: A lot of S7 and S7 Edge owners reported similar problems and majority point to the hardware being at fault. However, there were also reports that such case may also be caused by factors. In your case, try to see if it has something to do with the theme. Try to change the theme of your phone and see if those lines disappear. If not, then it’s time to call your provider or Samsung and claim warranty for it. If it’s a hardware problem, then there’s nothing we can do about it as a technician is needed to do further investigations and tests.

Q: “The screen is ultra sensitive, the Touchwiz is a bit laggy/glitchy at times, i.e. swiping from home screen page to page isn’t smooth.

A: According to Samsung, S7 Edge’s screen is sensitive enough that users probably won’t need the sensitivity setting that’s why if you were asking how to make the screen less sensitive, sorry buddy, there’s nothing we can do per se. Now, about the Touchwiz being “a bit laggy or glitchy,” try to verify first if it’s not caused by other apps that could be freezing or crashing. Try to isolate the problem by booting your phone in safe mode and observing it if TW still lags.

  1. Press and hold the Power key.
  2. As soon as you can see the ‘Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE’ on the screen, release the Power key and immediately hold the Volume Down key.
  3. Continue holding the Volume Down button until the device finishes rebooting.
  4. You may release it when you can see ‘Safe mode’ in the bottom left corner of the screen.

If the problem remained in safe mode, then you should try wiping the cache partition first and if that won’t work, then you really have to do the reset. Backup your data and follow the procedure to do the master reset in the first problem.


Q: “Please help, I have a black screen on my S7 Edge. I have tried everything on your page and it still won’t turn on. Upgraded to this phone on 23/4/16 so outside my grace period. Store said all I can do is send it off for repair which will take 2 weeks.

A: Okay so your S7 Edge got a black screen, when did it start and what could have caused it? I’m certain something happened or occurred like the phone lagged, rebooted, won’t charge or anything at all.

We’re always willing to help but if there’s not enough information, it’s difficult for us to begin our troubleshooting. So, in your case, I would assume two things; first, that it’s a minor system crash and second, if it’s not a system crash, then it must be an issue with the firmware or the hardware.

As to the system crash, all you need to do is press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys (in that order) together for 10 seconds until the phone reboots. If it didn’t respond to Forced Reboot procedure, then it must either be a firmware or hardware issue. So, for this, you need to send it in for repair.

Q: “Hi. My Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is only 2 weeks old and now the screen turns on by itself and therefore uses battery and someone can read my phone. Please help soon.

A: Wakelocks. They’re often the reason why Android phones wakes up from being idle. Most of them came with apps you installed. Try installing Wakelock Detector from the Play Store to detect them and get rid of them.

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8 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge screen started flickering & other screen-related issues”

  1. Screen too fragile on the sides, how many people have broken their screen that is not solid enough in the sides? Me
    6 month of garanty lost

  2. Yesterday morning after using my s7 edge for an hour or so I connected the charger. Phone was working fine then. After some time i disconnected the charger and saw that bottom one third screen has turned white obscuring the screen contents while top two third is ok. Icons are visible but no app opens.

  3. my s7 edge fell 4 months ago and ave a white line at the left hand corner and it was working fine until yesterday it started flickering now there is a white screen on it i cant see ntn on it i hear it ringing and i ans it n talk perfectly on it but thts all i can do plz help me .

  4. I have owned 3 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edges within a year. The first one was destroyed in ten minutes because the TCC Verizon store sold me a lemon that someone returned and my darn HIP BONE shattered it. WORKED ENOUGH, until my father turned off the always on screen feature…. Started flickering and flashing neon green. Riddle me that. The SECOND one, I accidentally bumped it off off a table at work and put a tiny fracture where the finger scanner is and they wouldn’t replace it because of the cosmetic defect… Two months, I had the phone and first, the screen’s colored bled. Within less than a week, it got lines in the screen and was flickering, flashed neon green, then a day later went black screen. I Ibasically said screw Verizon and got AT&T because of that poor customer. In two months, just like the second phone, the third phone has done this. I know a girl who has had one since they came out and hers never did this. She has the same one since the beginning. I originally got the phone because my father got one and I was in love. I’ve had 3 separate phones and they’ve each ended in the same outcome. I have a $60 Otterbox on my phone to make sure no one can say it is my fault this time. It a pity shame… i love the phone. It dramatically slows down after 2 months as well. I clean it out daily, but it still lags.

  5. Same thing that happened to Vicky happened to me. I cracked my screen on the edge and now its always flickering, on or off. However, when its on, i can still blindly do my pattern password and the top third of my home screen will slightly show for a few seconds then completely go back to green and purple flickering. I feel that repairing the screen wont be enough to fix the internal damage. Is there anything i can do to save files and information that isn’ already saved on my SD card?

  6. My s7 edge fell couple months ago and the screen kind of shattered, I’ve put a protective film over it since it happened and everything has been working just as it was before it fell. This was about 3 months ago when it fell. Yesterday it started flickering every now and then, sometimes it would just go black then green flickering then back to normal again. Is there a way I can fix it to stop flickering?

  7. My Samsung S7 Edge’s screen is flickering and flashing. Screen will turn black. I’m lucky if I can make it go on camera mode. Sometimes it’ll allow me to put in my password and open my phone. I have adjusted my phone to the brightest. So it sorta works. But if I lower the brightness, the flickering begins and the super bright light. The phone is a couple of months old. I was simply using navigation. And when I looked at it, it was super bright and flickering. I quickly shut it down. But when I tried to turn it on again. It’ll flicker. Or flash me the lock screen, or simply stay black. What should I do?

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