How to test the touchscreen on your Android phone

How to test the touchscreen on your Android phone
When electronics are involved, no company's products are immune to manufacturing defects – whether they reveal themselves as soon as the gadgets gets into consumer hands or months and years down the way.

With smartphones, touchscreens are generally one of the components of the phone that you seriously want to ensure is working properly – especially with cheaper models where manufacturers usually cut corners – after all, you'll be using it every time you touch your smartphone. 

So, is your device's touchscreen marketed as a 5- or 10-point touch? Do you want to make sure that a all areas on the screen are adequately sensitive? What about pressure sensitivity – do you need to constantly exert force to operate the screen or does it register even the lightest of touches? Whether you're considering a new phone or want to obtain proof that your device's touchscreen is under-performing and is, thus, eligible for under-warranty repairs, the below quick guide will show you how to get the answers to all of the above questions easily.

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17 Comments

1. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

An actual informative how to on PA? Is this real life?

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Is this just fantasy?

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Fantasy? Hah... This is SPARTA!

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Caught in a landslide. (Lol someone didn't get the memo)

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

No escape from reality. (C'mon people...)

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Open your eyes

13. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Look up to the sky

17. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Look up to the skies and see.

9. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

No, THIS IS PATRIC!

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

" A good touchscreen will register as little pressure as 0.05." well... my Z2 will register sometime when my finger is about touch the screen... I don't think that's normal o.O aynone has the same problem with their Z2??

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah I think the Z2 recoginzes the touch even before the finger fully touches the screen. Though I like it and it never causes me any problems. And I mean I'm not even sure if it does so maybe I just don't realise my finger already touches the screen. But yeah a sensitive display is definitely not a problem. Of course if you turn on glove mode the screen will register the touch well before you touch the screen.

7. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Have you, by any chance, enabled the extra-sensitive Glove Mode of your display?

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

No, I have not and that's why I'm so confused about my Z2. But that only happens like once a day. I wonder maybe there are something on my skin that i'm not really award of.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Maybe there are tiny little jaytai0106's jumping all over your fingertips waving their hands ;)

14. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

It's the same on my Z2. If my finger hovers close to the screen for a while, it will register a touch occasionally. Glove mode not enabled.

15. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Good to bookmark if buying a used handset. Is there an iPhone version coming?

16. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

There are a variety of Android apps that do a touch screen test as well. I'd be interested in one for the iPhone. I checked the Apple App Store and there weren't any such apps, unlike Android where there are a number of them.

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