How to Fix White Light Bar on Samsung Galaxy Phone

Many Samsung phone users have reported a white light bar appearing on the bottom of the screen after the update. This article provides many workarounds to fix the white light bar on your Samsung Galaxy Phone. Let’s start with a few practical scenarios.

Scenario 1: White Light on the Bottom of the Samsung Phone Screen After the Update Yesterday

My Samsung S10+ has a row of bright white light along the bottom edge of the phone. It happened after the update yesterday. I cannot get it to go away… even after powering it on & off. I’m concerned that it’s impacting the battery. Thanks!

Source: Samsung Community

The White Bar on the Bottom of the Samsung Screen, Anyone Else?

My S10 has an obtrusive white bar on the bottom and I can’t get rid of it, in addition, it is also reducing my overall brightness. Anyone else having the same problem? Any fix?

white light bar on samsung phone

Source: Samsung Community

Like the above users, there are many others who want to fix the white light bar on their Samsung Galaxy phone. Follow the steps in this article to take care of the issue. One of the steps may help you to fix a bright white light bar on the Samsung Galaxy Phone.

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How to Fix White Light Bar on Samsung Galaxy Phone

Delete the Cache Partition

  • Switch off your phone.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up button and Bixby button, then press and hold the Power button.
  • When you see the Android logo, release all the buttons.
  • You will see the ‘Installing system update’ prompt for a few seconds, then Android system recovery menu options should appear.
  • Press the Volume down button a few times to highlight the wipe cache partition, now press the Power button to select it.
  • Now press the Volume down button to highlight yes, and then press the Power button to select.
  • After the wipe cache partition process is finished, Reboot should be highlighted.
  • Press the Power button to restart your phone.

Check the white light now. In case the issue still persists, move on to the next step.

Identify the Problematic Apps

Please note that these steps are only applicable in Standard mode with the default Home screen layout.

  • On the Home screen, swipe up or down from the center of the display to go to the apps screen.
  • Tap on Settings icon > Apps.
  • Now tap the Menu icon (upper-right corner) and then tap Special access.
  • Special access > tap Draw over other apps.
  • Now try tapping apps one by one which you think is causing errors to turn the permissions off.
  • On Home screen, relaunch the app.
  • Tap the available permissions to turn on or off.
  • Repeat the steps to find the app which is causing the issue.

For a few Samsung phone users, the white light bar disappeared after closing all the chrome windows. Also, try closing Snapchat as this has also fixed the white light bar issue for many users.

Slide Down the Navigation Bar

For a few Samsung users, the white band of light was in the same place on the bottom as Navigation Bar. So, in your case, if the white band of light is in the same position as the Navigation Bar, then double-tap the dot located on the left side of the Navigation bar to unlock it. This will allow the Navigation Bar to slide down and hide. Now the white band of light should not be there when charging your Samsung phone during the sleep mode.

You can also try pressing the power key on your phone when your Samsung phone goes to sleep, the white light bar should go away leaving a black screen.

Turn Off Edge Panel

Turning off the edge panel has made the bright white light bar to disappear for many Samsung users.

To disable Edge panel, do the followings:

  • Open phone Settings.
  • Tap on Display.
  • Tap on the Edge screen.
  • Turn off Edge Panels.

Disable Edge panel samsung


Turn Off the Screen Saver or Night Mode Off

  • Open Settings > Display.
  • Scroll down and choose the Screen saver option.
  • Tap the button at the top-right corner of the screen to turn off the screensaver.

Switch to Full Screen

Many users fixed the white light bar by switching to full screen.  To do so:

Open Settings > Display > Navigation Bar > and tap Full Screen.

Switch to full screen samsung

Check the White Light in Safe Mode

Most of the times a third-party app is responsible for a lot of issues on your Samsung phone. To know which app is causing the problem, start your phone in the Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, your phone works in a restricted environment and does not allow any third-party apps. This will help you to figure out and get rid of the app which is causing the issue.

To enter the safe mode power off your Samsung phone. Then, switch on your phone, press hold down the Volume Down key when you see the Samsung logo. If you follow the step properly, you should now see “Safe Mode” displaying on the bottom left corner of your phone screen.

After you’re in Safe Mode, get rid of the third-party application which you think is causing the white light bar on your Samsung phone.

To get out of the Safe Mode, just reboot your phone and it will start in standard mode.

Please note that you can also enter the Safe Mode alternately, press the Power button, then press and hold the Power off-key, and then tap the Safe Mode icon.

safe mode samsung

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Contact Samsung Support

In case the white light bar still appears in safe mode even after removing the third-party apps then contacting a Samsung technician would be a better idea. Backup all your data before paying a visit to the technician as you may lose your data during repair.

You can use Android Data Backup & Restore software that helps you to backup almost all types of data like photos, videos, contacts, call logs, calendar, messages, audio files, apps, and apps data. This software allows you to backup and restore data on any Android devices.

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