We’ve all been there. Tapping, swiping, or zooming — there is often a moment when the touch display on a tablet refuses to respond. How do you overcome this and achieve a zen touch on the tablet?

Why is your tablet’s touch screen not responding?

As the primary way of interaction between you and your applications, a tablet’s touch screen is vital. Any damage inflicted — whether it be blows to the device, scratches or something else — will degrade the reliability of the component, and, with the exception of the screen replacement fee and the digitizer, you will need to constantly monitor the safety and serviceability of the display. ,

There are a few things you can do to help with this, not least applying a screen protector, which is probably easier to get right than you might think. . Using a case with a padded interior and keeping the handles away from the device is also a good idea, more than ever when you place your device face down on hard surfaces. A small amount of dirt can scratch your display, resulting in touchscreen sensitivity issues.

The following five tips — which can also help with touchscreen smartphone issues — will help you resolve your tablet’s touchscreen responsiveness issues. Please note that this should be considered as a general guideline for all touchscreen tablets running iOS, Android, and Windows 8.

1. Make More RAM Available


Perhaps the best place to troubleshoot screen responsiveness issues is to allocate more system memory. This may take a while (and in some cases require a reboot, see below), but should give you an idea of ​​how bad the problem is.

Android users have many options to free up space on their tablets, such as clearing the app cache or using third-party apps such as Memory Booster — RAM Optimizer. Chris Hoffman’s Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Android should come in handy.

Memory issues on iPad can cause your touch screen to respond slowly. The best way to deal with this is (in iOS 6 and below) double-clicking the home button to display the currently open apps, and then long-pressing it to display a cross in the top right corner. For devices running iOS 7, the process is slightly different — read James’ What’s New in iOS 7 article or our iOS guide. After you close all the apps you no longer need, your tablet should become more responsive. In the meantime, a jailbroken iPad can launch task management apps to help you close any running processes you don’t need.

In Windows 8, close as many desktop apps as you can before going to the Start screen. Display the modern task switcher view by dragging each app to the home screen before closing them (modern apps are closed by swiping down from the top of the screen to the bottom).

If freeing up some RAM helps the touchscreen tablet’s responsiveness, that’s all you need to do.

2. Restart your tablet


Further troubleshooting can be done by restarting the tablet. When the device restarts, most applications will be closed. You can then test the touch screen sensitivity, either by finding that everything is fine, or by using the apps suggested below to find out more.

Rebooting your tablet isn’t just about pressing the power button to turn off the screen. Instead, the entire device must be turned off and on again.

For Android users, this shouldn’t be a big deal — all you have to do is hold down the power button and select » Reboot» .

However, Apple iPad owners must close each open app before holding the Mode button. Sleep / Awake» and drag the slider. If you can’t close the app, hold down the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the Apple logo appears.

Windows 8 tablet owners can reboot their devices by opening the Charms menu. then press Settings > Power > Restart . If the device is not responding, hold the Windows button and the Power button together for a few seconds until it restarts.

3. Rearrange the display

Only done if you have a device that is out of warranty and you don’t have the money for a professional repair!


This step does apply to some cheaper Android tablets, not any high-end device like the iPad, and basically involves removing the screen and replacing it with the desired result of better response to touchscreen gestures.

For example, knocking can knock out a digitizer; similarly, dropping or shaking the tablet can loosen the cable connecting the digitizer to the motherboard (this shouldn’t happen, but it’s not accidental).

Of course, before you pick up your tablet, make sure you can find tools and instructions for disassembling your device. The first place you should look is YouTube. We do not recommend taking this step lightly; similarly, do as much research as possible before you start opening the tablet (as I did with the tablet).

4. Use your own troubleshooting apps


Often times when a tablet’s touch screen is not responding, the problem can be localized to a specific part of the display.

Knowing which areas of the touchscreen are not responding correctly can be helpful in diagnosing what is wrong; the information is sure to prove useful to any engineer who ends up fixing the tablet.

A useful means of checking which areas of your display are working and which are not is to use multiple applications.

With the calculator app, you can test simple taps on the display (the screen rotation function will allow you to test the tablet in all directions)

The maps app, meanwhile, can be used to identify problems with dragging and zooming.

5. Use a calibration tool


Calibrating your tablet display can resolve many touchscreen detection issues.

For iPad users, a calibration tool is not available or required. However, if you are using a jailbroken device and you find that your touches and swipes are not registering correctly on the display, it is recommended to do a hard reset to undo the jailbreak.

On Android, it depends on the OS version and device. Generally, you can find the calibration parameter in menu «Settings» > «Display», but if you can’t see anything, there are a few apps you can try, like TouchScreen Tune (requires root) that can be used to fix many touch screen problems.

Windows 8 users can click » Start» and enter «calibration», press » Settings» and select » Calibrate screen for pen and touch input» press » Calibrate…» and follow the instructions.

Help the engineer — use these tips!

Here we’ll cover all the basics, giving you five of the most effective ways to fix your tablet’s touchscreen issues while still allowing you to hold your device for as long as possible.

However, as you may have already figured out, there are problems that are so serious that you will need to hire an engineer who works as an official repairman for the tablet manufacturer or the store where it was purchased. We suggest that you clarify what steps you took to resolve your touchscreen issues, perhaps by noting which of the five steps above you took.

And now, as you move from your tablet to your phone, here are a few fixes you can try if your Android phone’s touch screen isn’t working.

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