iPhone SE Touchscreen Response Is Delayed After iOS 13.6

This post will guide you in troubleshooting or fixing the iPhone SE touchscreen issue that started after the iOS 13.6 update. There are three very effective solutions below that you can try to see what works for your device.

When a smartphone like the iPhone SE isn’t as responsive as before, it can be a sign of a performance problem caused by some apps, or some issues in the firmware. Some users reported that the touch screen on their device started to have delayed responses after the iOS 13.6 update. 

Odds are that if it’s caused by an issue with the firmware after an update, then you should be able to fix it on your own by following the procedures below. However, if the problem started after a drop or after the iPhone got wet, then it’s probably due to a physical or liquid damage. You may need to have the device checked, but if you want to try troubleshooting it, then here’s what you need to do:

First solution: Close background apps and force restart your iPhone

It is very much possible that the problem is caused by some apps that have gone rogue. So the first thing you need to do is close every single app that’s opened on your device and then do the forced restart. This will refresh your iPhone SE’s memory as well as reload all apps and services. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Double-press the Home button to show you the app previews. 
  2. Now, swipe up on every app preview to close all of them. 
  3. To force restart your iPhone, quickly press and release the Volume up button, and then the Volume down button. Immediately after that, press and hold the Power key for 10 seconds. This will trigger your iPhone to turn off and then power back on. 
  4. When the logo shows, release the power key and wait until the restart is done.

Once the reboot is finished, try to see if your iPhone still has delayed responses. 

Second solution: Reset all the settings of your iPhone

If the first solution didn’t fix the problem, then bring your iPhone back to its factory settings or default configuration, by resetting all the settings. This is one of the most effective solutions against firmware-related problems that occurred without apparent reason. This is how you do it: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings. 
  2. Find and tap General.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then touch Reset.
  4. Touch Reset All Settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your security lock.
  6. Tap Reset All Settings at the bottom of the screen, and then tap Reset All Settings again to confirm.

Your iPhone will reboot after this, once it has finished rebooting, try to see if your iPhone now responds properly. 

Third solution: Factory reset your iPhone

If your iPhone still has delayed touchscreen responses after the previous solution, then it’s time to reset your iPhone. A reset should be able to fix this problem, but before you actually do that, make sure to create a backup of your important files as they will be deleted. When ready, follow these steps to reset your iPhone: 

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings. 
  2. Find and tap General. 
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and then touch Reset. 
  4. Tap Erase All Contents and Settings. 
  5. Tap Erase Now. 
  6. If prompted, enter your security lock.
  7. Tap Erase iPhone at the bottom of the screen. 
  8. Tap Erase iPhone again to proceed. 
  9. Now enter your Apple ID password, and then tap Erase to proceed with the reset.

Wait until your iPhone has finished the reset, and then set it up as a new device. 

After the reset and the touchscreen is still laggy or if there’s a delay in the response of your device, then you should seek help from Apple technicians. 

I hope that this simple troubleshooting guide has been helpful.