What is Ghost Touch? See what it is and how to solve it!

Learn what ghost touch on the screen is, the various reasons and the various solutions.

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What is Ghost Touch? See what it is and how to solve it!
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Is your phone typing things on its own, like letters on the keyboard, or worse, opening apps automatically? It even seems like there is a ghost moving on the screen, because even without touching it, it keeps moving on its own, sometimes scrolling up or down. There are several reasons that can cause your keyboard to keep typing alone or your cell phone to act as if it were alive, and this is known as “ghost ringing”. In this article, Seletronic will explain better what phantom ringing is, what can cause it and how to resolve it. Read until the end to get rid of this problem!

What is ghost touch?

“Phantom touch” is a term used to describe the abnormal behavior of a touchscreen device, such as a smartphone or tablet, where it registers touches or gestures without the user’s physical intervention. This can manifest itself in a number of ways, such as applications opening, selecting items on the screen, or typing text without our interaction.

It doesn’t matter if you use Android devices or Apple iPhone, ghost touch can affect any device from any brand, as they all have touchscreen technology.

What causes “Phantom Ringing” and how to resolve it?

There are several things that can make your device’s touch crazy. We separate the main reasons and how each one of them. Check out each reason and its solution below.

1. Moisture or Dirt

Moisture and dirt on the cell phone screen can cause touchscreen problems, including ghost touch. If there are water droplets, excessive moisture, or dirt accumulated on the screen, the touchscreen sensors may incorrectly interpret the stimuli, resulting in unintentional touches that we call phantom touches.

If it’s just moisture, simply dry the screen with a soft, clean cloth. However, if the cell phone has a crack in the screen or film, moisture can enter there, causing poor contact. In this case, it is advisable to wait for the device to dry naturally over time.

In the case of dirt, isopropyl alcohol is recommended for cleaning electronics, including smartphone screens. It is effective at removing dirt, finger stains and other residue, and it evaporates quickly, which minimizes the risk of liquid damage.

If you are going to use isopropyl alcohol to clean your smartphone screen, follow these guidelines:

  1. Turn off the device before starting cleaning.
  2. Apply a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to a soft, clean cloth, not directly to the screen.
  3. Gently wipe the screen, preventing liquid from entering the device’s openings.
  4. Make sure the screen is completely dry before turning your smartphone back on.

2. Film can also cause Phantom Touch

Few people know that cell phone film can also cause ghost ringing. There are different cases in which the film can cause ghost touches on the screen. One of these reasons is when the film accumulates moisture from finger sweat or other sources around it. In other cases, the quality of the film, added to other factors, can magnetize it in some way, causing it to end up touching the screen.

And obviously, a cracked film can also cause ghost touch, especially when the cracks in the film are moistened by finger sweat or other sources.

In this case, the best solution would be to remove the film from the device.

3. Software problems

Although it is very rare, software problems or problems with certain applications can also cause the cell phone to behave strangely, opening applications alone and performing other tasks on its own. In some cases, malicious applications can also interfere with the device’s perfect functioning, opening advertisements and even other applications.

In this case, returning the cell phone to factory mode can be effective in most cases. However, if there is corruption in the device’s system, it may be necessary to take it to a technician to have a completely clean and functional system reinstalled.

In this article, we try to cover the main reasons why ghost touch occurs on your device’s screen. Of course there are other reasons, but here we cover the main ones. If you have any other tips to help this tutorial and help more people, please leave them in the comments. Our team will analyze your suggestion.

Marcus é o fundador da Seletronic. Além disso, é programador, e editor no site. Ama ajudar as pessoas a resolverem problemas com tecnologia, por isso criou esse site. Segundo ele: "A tecnologia foi feita para facilitar a vida das pessoas, então devemos ensinar a usá-la". Apesar de respirar tecnologia, ama plantas, animais exóticos e cozinhar.
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