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How to fix delayed touchscreen response on iPhone 8 Plus (easy steps)

When touchscreen suddenly stops working, there can only be two possibilities. It’s either your device has acquired some damage to any of the display components or could also be that some of your apps have crashed and eventually caused your device to become unresponsive. Consider yourself lucky if the underlying cause is the latter. Display issues in mobile devices that are attributed to software errors are often get resolved by end-users at home while hardware-related issues often require service.

Tackled in this post is a pertinent issue on the iPhone 8 Plus touchscreen that is unusually responding very slow. Read on to find out what other factors could have caused a delayed touchscreen response on your such a new iOS handset. And if necessary, feel free to refer to the suggested workarounds and potential solutions to touchscreen problems on your iPhone that are triggered by some software glitches.

Drop by our iPhone 8 Plus troubleshooting page if you have other issues with your phone as we’ve already addressed the most common problems. If you need more help, fill up our iPhone issues questionnaire and hit submit to contact us.

What causes your iPhone 8 Plus screen to respond very slowly?

The answer to this question may vary depending on what has occurred to your device before the symptom surfaced. That said, try to look back on what has happened before your iPhone started to act this way. Did it start after downloading or installing a new app or software update on your device? Or did it happen after you dropped your phone? Doing so will give you some hint on the root cause and at the same time learn where and what to start working on as you attempt to fix the problem.

Many people who have encountered touchscreen issues including slow touchscreen response have found out that the problem was tied to memory problems like when the device is running low on internal storage space. This however is likely not the case on your end since what you have is a new device that is packed with huge storage capacity. So what you need to consider as the main culprits are what you have in your phone. I am referring to apps and contents you’ve downloaded recently on your device. It is possible that any of these apps or downloaded contents had crashed and thereby affecting the phone’s normal routine, particularly those associated with touch input commands processing. But unless you didn’t drop your iPhone or have it soaked in the water, it is still possible for you to fix the problem on your end. All you have to do is try some workarounds until the ultimate solution is obtained.

Potential solutions to slow touchscreen response issue on iPhone 8 Plus

Below is a list of possible solutions and recommended workarounds you can refer to when troubleshooting a problem on slow touchscreen response with your iPhone 8 Plus. Your chance of acquiring ultimate solution from any of these methods is higher if there are no bar hardware or screen damage present on your device. Start whenever you’re ready.

First solution: Restart or force restart.

The simplest yet most effective solution to various types of smartphone problems related to minor software errors including slow touchscreen responses from your iPhone 8 Plus is a restart (soft reset) or if not, a forced restart.

Both the usual restart (soft reset) and forced restart not only clear up the internal memory of your phone but also rectify any corrupted files, rogue apps and other issues that are associated with software malfunctions or system errors.

To reboot or soft reset your iPhone 8 Plus, press the Power or Side button until the Slide to Power Off screen appears. Drag the slider to power off your iPhone completely. Then after 30 seconds, press the Power/Side button until the Apple logo appears.

In the case where usual restart or soft reset isn’t applicable like when your iPhone is totally unresponsive, you can do the alternative reboot which is a forced restart. Both reboots do offer the same positive output without affecting any of your iPhone data.

To force your iPhone 8 Plus to restart, press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Power/Side button until the Apple logo appears.

Wait until your iPhone has booted up and then touch the screen to see if it’s responding promptly already.

Second solution: Check and manage display settings.

Adjusting the 3D Touch sensitivity on your iPhone can also help alleviate the symptoms as what other people experienced. With 3D Touch enabled, you can press on the screen using various degrees of pressure to view content previews, actions and contextual menus. If the touchscreen is responding too slowly with the 3D Touch sensitivity set to Firm, then try to switch to other options like Medium or Light and see if that makes any different with the touch input processing.

To adjust 3D Touch on your iPhone 8 Plus, head over to Settings-> General-> Accessibility-> 3D Touch. Then drag the slider to select the desired sensitivity level.

Or you can also try to turning 3D Touch off or on and then see what effects each setting can bring.

Third solution: Manage internal memory.

While it may still not needed for you to free up storage on your iPhone 8 Plus, it’s still worth to check on the current memory status of your device to ensure that everything is okay. By okay means that none of your apps are consuming an unusual amount of storage space.

To check and manage storage on your iPhone 8 Plus, go to Settings-> General-> Storage & iCloud Usage-> Manage Storage. Wait until all your apps populate under Storage section and then try to determine which apps are using the most of your iPhone space.

If the problem started after installing an app, then consider removing that app as it’s most likely at fault.

Last resort: Factory reset/master reset.

If none of the prior methods is able to solve the problem and your iPhone 8 Plus touchscreen is still responding very slowly, then it’s likely a more intricate software error that needs tougher solution. As your last resort, you may opt for a master reset or factory reset. This will wipe everything from your iPhone including bugs and corrupted data that’s affecting the touchscreen system. Hence, it will give your iPhone a clean fresh start. You can do a factory reset through the Settings menu or via iTunes. You may refer to our comprehensive guide on how to factory reset an iPhone 8 Plus. Just visit our Tutorials section under iPhone 8 Plus Troubleshooting page.

Other suggestions

If the problem started after putting in some third-party casing or screen protectors on your iPhone 8 Plus, then try to remove them and see how your touchscreen works without these accessories. Some third-party casing or screen protectors are not really fit for your iPhone and so there’s a tendency for them to interfere with the screen functions of your iPhone.

You may also set an appointment to visit an Apple Genius bar or authorized service center nearby and then have your iPhone checked by a technician instead. This can be your other option if none of the aforementioned solutions is able to fix the problem and your iPhone 8 Plus touchscreen remains very slow when responding to touch inputs.

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If you need more help with the use of certain functions and features of the new Apple iPhone 8 smartphone, feel free to visit our Tutorial Page. There you can find a list of how-to contents, step-by-step tutorials, as well as answers to FAQs regarding iPhone 8. If you have other concerns or encountered some troubles while using the phone, you can reach us through this form. Just be sure to tell us more details of the problem or device issue(s) you may have and we will be more than happy to assist you further.

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