iPad Dark Screen Spots
iPad Dark Screen Spots

When you invest in an advanced piece of technology from a company like Apple, you’re paying a premium. So if you’re shelling out the cash for an iPad Air or Pro or something similar, you expect a flawless experience. However, a growing number of users have been reporting unusual dark spot(s) on their devices. This article looks into this issue, offers potential solutions, and sheds light on users’ experiences.

That sleek, crystal-clear screen of your iPad is designed to offer a visual treat, be it for browsing, gaming, or watching videos. The screen is so pristine that any abnormality or blemish will stick out like a sore thumb. When an unsightly black spot appears, it not only becomes an issue with using your tablet but the fact that your once perfect screen has a blemish on it could cause you anxiety. What causes it, and how can you address it?

Understanding the Black Spot Phenomenon

A black spot on your iPad screen typically means a group of pixels in that specific area isn’t lighting up or responding. This can result from various reasons, both external and internal. Multiple users across the internet have reported seeing this appear on their screens. This is particularly noticeable when pressure is applied to certain areas of the screen or when using the Apple Pencil.

Most people with this problem report getting it a year or two after purchase (unfortunately out of the warranty window). A dark spot will appear when some pressure or weight is put on the edge of the tablet (in the course of normal usage like typing or browsing) that wouldn’t go away on its own. Rubbing the screen with some force may make the spot disappear temporarily, but it comes back.

Common Causes of Black Spots

  1. Physical Damage: A hard knock or drop might damage certain parts of the display.
  2. Water or Moisture: If water seeps into the screen, it can lead to pixel damage.
  3. Manufacturing Defects: Sometimes, devices can come with pre-existing flaws.
  4. Pressure Spots: Placing pressure on the screen, even cleaning it too vigorously, can lead to these black or sometimes colored spots. This issue has been commonly reported with older phone models and tablets.
  5. Pressure from the back of the Display: The dark spot could be a result of excessive pressure exerted from the back of the display.
  6. Backlight Issues: An anonymous user suggested that the dark spot might stem from a backlight problem. Such issues are not easily fixable without professional help.
  7. LCD Pressure: PalmTree888 believes that an object might be poking onto the LCD in the problematic area. This explains why the discoloration appears when pressure is applied around that spot.

Troubleshooting the Black Spot

1. Soft Reset

Before diving into more complex solutions, always start with the basics:

  • Hold down the power button and the home button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.
  • Check if the spot remains after the device restarts.

2. Check for External Damage

Inspect the iPad for any noticeable dents or cracks, especially around the affected area. If you find physical damage, it’s likely the root cause.

3. Eliminate Software Glitches

Sometimes, display irregularities might be software-related:

  • Update your iPad to the latest iOS version.
  • Consider performing a factory reset (after backing up all data).

4. Use Pressure

Oddly enough, for pressure spots, a gentle opposing pressure can sometimes fix the issue:

  • Turn off the iPad.
  • Use a soft cloth and apply gentle pressure on the black spot.
  • Turn the iPad back on and check the display.

5. Seek Professional Help

If the above methods don’t work, it might be time to consult experts:

  • Visit an Apple Store or an authorized service provider for a professional assessment.
  • If your iPad is under warranty or you have AppleCare, the repair might be covered.

Prevention Tips

  • Use a protective case to guard against falls or accidental knocks.
  • Avoid exposing your iPad to water or high humidity.
  • Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Be gentle while cleaning the screen; avoid using abrasive materials.

General Advice and Solutions

  1. Backup and Replacement: A majority of users suggest making a backup of your data. The reason? iPads are more often replaced than repaired at Apple Stores.
  2. Design Flaws: Some users believe that certain iPads might have structural weaknesses. One user, Goingthedistancee, had to pay a deductible after discovering a minor bend in their device.
  3. Warranty: Apple’s warranty has provisions for issues like these. Many users have successfully gotten replacements or repairs for their iPads showing dark spots.

Are New iPads Safe from the Issue?

Unfortunately, even the newer models are not immune. Users of the iPad Air (4th & 5th Gen) have reported similar issues. The silver lining? If your iPad is still under warranty, Apple might replace it at no additional charge.

What Can You Do?

  1. Seek Professional Help: If your device is under warranty or covered under AppleCare+, it’s best to visit an Apple Store. Ensure you backup your data before any store visit.
  2. Pressure Points: Some people were able to eliminate the black spot issue by gently pressing on the spot in a rubbing motion. However, caution is advised to prevent any further damage.
  3. Be Observant: If you decide to get a replacement, be vigilant. Ensure you check for similar issues and report them before your warranty expires.


Black spots on your iPad screen can certainly disrupt the device’s visual appeal and functionality. However, with the right approach, you can often find a solution or at least understand the cause. Always start with non-invasive troubleshooting and, when in doubt, turn to the professionals. After all, your iPad is a premium device deserving of the best care.

The dark spot issue on the iPad, while troubling, is not without a remedy. Apple’s efficient customer service and warranty provisions can come to the rescue. Always ensure your device is backed up regularly and treat it with care to avoid further complications.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How long does a repair at the Apple Store take?
    • Depending on the severity and the store’s workload, it can range from a few hours to a couple of days.
  2. Can black spots spread on the screen?
    • In some cases, yes, especially if caused by physical damage or moisture. It’s wise to address the issue promptly.
  3. Is it safe to use an iPad with a black spot on the screen?
    • Generally, yes. However, if the spot is due to internal damage, it’s best to get it checked to prevent potential further issues.
  4. Do screen protectors prevent black spots?
    • Screen protectors mainly guard against scratches. They might provide minor protection against pressure spots but won’t prevent issues stemming from internal damage or moisture.
  5. Are black spots common in iPads?
    • Black spots aren’t a widespread issue but can occur due to the causes mentioned earlier.
Eric Chan

Hi! I’m Eric and I work on the knowledge base at GadgetMates.com.  You can see some of my writings about technology, cellphone repair, and computer repair here.

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