How To Fix Delayed Touchscreen Response on iPhone XR

A delayed touchscreen response can be an early sign of an iOS device that is going through either hardware or software issue. But if your phone doesn’t show any physical damages like broken or cracked screen, then probably your phone is just being inflicted by software glitches after iOS 13 resulting it to not properly respond to your touches. To address this touchscreen not responding issue caused by random software glitches and possible iOS bugs, we have gathered potential solutions which are already proven effective by other iOS users who were experiencing the same issue.

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you happen to find this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, then visit our iPhone XR Help Guides page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. We may have already published articles that could help you fix your problem. Find issues that are similar to yours and feel free to use our solutions.

Fixing Delayed Touchscreen Response on iPhone XR

If the problem occurs while using a specific app, then it would be ideal to delete or uninstall the said app. Simply head to Settings->General->iPhone Storage, select the app that needs to be deleted and then follow the onscreen prompts to confirm the action. Otherwise, start troubleshooting your iPhone using the methods provided below.

First solution: Quit all running apps to fix delayed touch screen response after iOS 13

Delayed touchscreen response can be an aftermath for leaving the apps running in the background while installing iOS 13. When ignored, this can also cause a total phone functions disruption as these background apps will eventually get corrupted. To fix the ongoing screen issue and to prevent possible system conflict, close all the background apps. Here’s how:

  1. From Home, swipe up from the bottom and slightly pause in the middle of the screen until the App switcher appears.
  2. Swipe left or right to navigate through apps preview.
  3. Then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it individually.
  4. Do the same to the rest of the running apps.

After closing all the background apps, check your phone to see if delayed touchscreen response issue has been resolved.

Second solution: Force restart your iPhone XR

If the first method fails to fix the issue, might as well do a forced restart on your device to completely eliminate cache files from the corrupted apps as well as clear out minor glitches that might trigger the delayed touchscreen response issue to emerge. Here’s what to do:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side/Power button until the Apple logo appears.

Once your phone has finished booting up, navigate your phone and check if the screen is responding to your touches promptly.

Third solution: Adjust 3D touch to fix delayed touchscreen response after iOS 13 on your iPhone XR

Another simple yet effective way of fixing delayed touchscreen response issue is adjusting the 3D Touch setting on your device. If the pressure exerted when touching the screen didn’t match with what is set for the 3D Touch, this will result for the screen to delay the response or not respond at all. To address this, check the 3D Touch and adjust when needed. Here’s how:

  1. Select Settings from Home
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. Scroll to 3D touch and toggle the switch to enable the feature.
  5. Then adjust the 3D Touch Sensibility from Light, Medium to Firm.

After making necessary adjustment, restart (soft reset) your iPhone XR for proper changes implementation.

Fourth solution: Install pending apps updates

Updating the installed apps on your device can also be of help. This fix is not only limited to fixing the delayed touchscreen response issue, but also with other symptoms that may occur in the future due to these out-dated apps. To check and install pending apps updates, follow these steps:

  1. From Home, open the App Store.
  2. Select your profile icon.
  3. Then scroll down to the Updates section to show the list of pending apps updates. If there are no updates available, drag the screen downward to refresh the page.
  4. Then tap Update to install a pending app update.
  5. Otherwise, tap Update All to install all pending apps updates at once.

Restart (soft reset) your iPhone XR after installing the pending apps. Then try navigating your phone to see if the screen is now responding accordingly.

Fifth solution: Reset all settings on your iOS 13 iPhone XR

System conflict caused by misconfigured settings is also a possible cause. The recent iOS update might have automatically overridden the current settings and trigger the touchscreen system to act up. To rule this out, reset all settings on  your iPhone using these steps:

  1. Launch the Settings app from Home.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap Reset.
  4. Then select Reset all settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then select the option to confirm all settings reset.

After the reset, your phone will reboot automatically and restores the settings default values and options. By then, you can start enabling the features you will be using again and customize the settings depending on your preference.

Is your iPhone XR still having delayed touchscreen response up to this point

If the delayed touchscreen response still persists, you might be dealing with sturdy iOS bugs that need more-advanced solution. You can opt to restore your phone to factory default settings in which everything saved on your phone’s memory will be deleted, but will give your phone a fresh and clean iOS install. Just head to Settings->General->Reset->Erase all content and settings and follow the onscreen prompts to confirm factory reset. Make sure to back-up your files prior to the process. Another workarounds that you may try if the factory reset couldn’t fix the issue, is to restore your phone in recovery mode via iTunes. But if you no longer want to continue troubleshooting your iPhone device, contact Apple Support for further assistance. Don’t forget to provide them detailed information to when the problem started and what are the things you have tried to fix the problem. That way, they will be able to provide you the appropriate solution to your touchscreen issue.

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