iPhone Screen Flashes White When Unlocking iOS 16? (Fix?)

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iPhone screen flashes white when unlocking

Is your iPhone screen flashing white when unlocking? Does the display light up to maximum brightness for a brief second when your pick up your device to unlock? Is this happening after iOS 16 update?

iPhone Screen Flashes White When Unlocking?

This issue has been reported by Naomi:

“Screen flashes white almost every time I grab the phone and it wakes up to unlock. This hurts my eyes. It only started after i updated to ios 16? Please help me out.”

We’ve found a similar report on Reddit, dating from the iOS 16 beta stages:

“Every time I unlock the phone or even lift it to unlock it the screen flashes at maximum brightness for a moment and then goes back to a normal level.”

Fact: We’ve been able to replicate this issue on iPhone 13 Pro and earlier models, which makes us deduct that this might be an Always On Display related bug. As if iOS 16 might falsely detect that iPhone is in AOD when you raise to wake.

How to Fix iPhone Screen Flashes During Unlocking

This is most likely a bug that has to be addressed by Apple in an upcoming software update. Until then here is what you can do to fix it:

1. Restart Device

We’ve noticed that the issue is temporary solved with a reboot. We recommend you to apply the force restart combo:
Click & release Volume Up, followed by Volume Down and press & hold Side Button until the screen turns black and a white Apple logo is displayed.

2. Turn Off Auto-Brightness

You might also get rid of the annoying screen flash by disabling the Auto-Brightness feature. However, this will affect battery life on your iPhone in the long run.

How to: Settings -> Accessibility -> Display & Text Size -> Auto-Brightness

3. Aftermarket Screen Replacement

According to kyubi screen flashes white when unlocking if an iPhone is serviced with an aftermarket display and gets the iOS 16 update.

In this case your only option is to replace the screen again with an original display.

Can you confirm this scenario? Use the comments!

Have you managed to get rid of the iPhone white screen flash during unlocking? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments.

Related: For more day-one iOS 16 problems and their available workarounds please check our extended review available here.