iPhone 5 screen becoming yellow

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PaladinGuy, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    Does anyone know why my wife's iPhone 5 screen has begun to yellow around the edges? It was not like that before now. It used to be my phone.

    Is it the glue under the screen messing up or the LCD panel going bad? Would replacing the screen resolve it? Also, does this eventually happen to all iPhone 5S and earlier screens or do we just have a bad one?

  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Sounds like the backlight is starting to fail.
  3. PaladinGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    Nope. I'm not quite as motivated to deal with it right now because my wife isn't really bothered by it. It would drive me nuts! Until it gets worse or she starts saying something about it, I'll probably leave it alone. I have enough stuff on my plate without that.

    It's also past warranty, obviously, so I really don't want to spend any money fixing it. We'll probably end up getting her an SE, when it becomes necessary to do something.
  4. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    The screen actually isn't going yellow. The center is becoming pink.

    This happened on my first iPhone 5, about a year after I bought it. I think it's the glue. The screen worked fine.

    That iPhone was replaced with another iPhone 5 back in January for am unrelated battery swelling problem. The replacement unit seems to have a very slight pink center that can only be seen in some situations.
  5. sorgo macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2016
    I like my iPhones like I like my burgers— a bit pink in the middle.
  6. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    My iphone 5 is showing a fair bit of yellowing on the right side the screen now. It started way back when in the top right corner, and now it has slowly worked its way down the side of the screen. In my case, I think I got a little bit of water in my phone 1.5-2 years ago at the beach, which is when I first noticed the yellowing. So here, two years later, what I am seeing could just be a continuation of that.
  7. PaladinGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    I'm wondering if it's an inevitability with the screens used on 5 series iPhones. It's another thing that's giving me pause about buying the SE.
  8. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    I would ask iPhone 5s users how their displays are looking. Most 5s are probably over 2 years old by now, so any widespread unresolved issue would be apparent.
  9. imhereareyou macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2013
  10. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    same thing started to happen on my old iPhone 5 over a year ago. it keeps on getting worse but i barely use it anymore
  11. TommyA6 macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2013
    My mum's 5s has the same issue on both sides, but she's not bothered by it at all.
  12. Jeff R macrumors 6502

    Jeff R

    Jan 28, 2014
  13. radiologyman macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2011
    I noticed it on several iPhones. Seems to be coming with time...
  14. PaladinGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    I've never noticed it on phones before the iPhone 5. I've seen other things though, like broken wake/sleep buttons.
  15. xixi.li macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2015
  16. kitkat2 macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    It's been like that on my 5 for a while now, a very uniform yellow band along the edges. Often I can tune it out, but it is annoying. I just got my SE though, so it's no longer an issue.
  17. imhereareyou macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2013
    No, its not but it still works and wont turn yellow for a while longer. I have replaced several screens with this one and it seems to work fine.
  18. mateo124 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    This happens when the adhesive between the display and cover glass begins to separate. A friend of mine has had it happen on a number of different phones (Galaxy S4 Active, iPhone 5s). They'd leave them in their pockets when they sat down, which put a lot of pressure on the edges, and over time those yellow spots would pop up. In the right light, you can see near the edges bubbles where the adhesive begins to fail.
  19. PaladinGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    That's along the lines of what I thought. Sucks. I guess it's bound to eventually happen.

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