iPhone 5 screen becoming yellow

PaladinGuy

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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?

Thanks!
 

PaladinGuy

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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.
 

Retired Cat

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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?

Thanks!
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.
 

v0lume4

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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.
 

PaladinGuy

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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.
 

Retired Cat

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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.
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.
 

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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
 

TommyA6

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My mum's 5s has the same issue on both sides, but she's not bothered by it at all.
 

kitkat2

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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.
 

mateo124

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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?

Thanks!
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.
 

PaladinGuy

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