Watching a movie or a game should be fun.
But it can be ruined by a white spot on the TV screen.
Especially if there are more the next day…
Before you get annoyed, frustrated, or worse…get rid of the TV.
I found some easy fixes.
Let me tell you.
Keep reading to find out:
- 3 ways to get rid of white spots on your TV.
- What causes white spots on your TV screen.
- How you can recognize a dead or stuck pixel and how to fix it.
- And many more…
What causes white spots on a TV screen?
White spots on a TV screen are caused by fallen reflectors. The number of white spots matches the number of fallen reflectors. Also, dead or stuck pixels can create white spots on your TV screen. And in other cases, the wrong brightness setting can be the issue.
White spots on TV screen: 3 proven fixes
#1: Reglue the fallen reflectors
A TV needs to divide lots of light to create the image on the screen.
The reflectors inside the TV are doing this process.
They look like circular plastic lenses, and they’re glued to the panel inside the TV.
When the glue is of bad quality, the reflectors won’t stick and fall out of their place.
It mostly starts with just one fallen reflector, but you’ll soon see more.
As a result, you see white spots on your TV screen.
The fallen reflectors need to be reglued then.
Below is a list of 11 steps to do that on an LG LCD TV with backlighting.
Note: If you have a different TV, consult the TV manual for more details.
11 Steps to get rid of white spots on your TV screen
You’ll need these:
- Toothpicks or Q-tips.
- Thick blanket or towels.
Warning: This fix requires you to open the TV and can take up some time. If you’re not familiar with that, it’s better to let this be done by a professional.
Also, it’s advised to take notes and take pictures.
See: you’ll need to open up the back of the TV.
During this process, you disassemble many parts, which later need to be put back in place.
So, to keep track of every piece, it’s helpful to record the order and location.
Let’s put the gloves on and begin.
Step 1: Lay the TV screen on a protective surface.
You’ll need to open up the TV by unscrewing the back cover.
Therefore, the TV screen must be laid face down on a soft protective surface.
You can use a thick blanket or a few towels for this.
- Switch OFF the TV.
- Unplug the power.
- Unscrew the TV stand.
- Lay the TV screen face down on the protective surface.
Step 2: Detach the back cover of the TV.
Get the screwdriver and remove all the necessary screws from the back cover.
Tip: Keep all the screws in a safe container.
After that, gently detach the back cover of the TV.
Step 3: Remove the internal plastic cover.
At the bottom, there are 4 screws marked with an arrow.
Unscrew them and take the internal plastic cover off.
After that, remove the internal speakers by carefully pulling them out.
Step 4: Disconnect ribbon cables.
Next, gently disconnect the ribbon cables. You need to jiggle a bit until they’re loose.
Step 5: Remove the metal protective cover at the bottom.
Take out all the screws that are part of the metal protective cover at the bottom side.
Then remove the metal protective cover.
Tip: Use a flathead screwdriver to flip it off.
Step 6: Unlink the bottom circuit strips.
You’ll see circuit strips at the bottom when you’ve removed the metal protective cover.
Grab them and carefully pop them out.
Step 7: Place the TV on its side and remove the frame.
The TV has a frame that borders the front and edge of the TV.
Remove all the screws that are attached to this.
Then place the TV on its side and gently remove the frame from the TV.
Step 8: Remove the back of the TV.
Next, place the TV face down on the protective surface.
Then lift the back of the TV and remove it from the screen.
Warning: This part gets easily broken. Therefore, handle the back of the TV with much care.
Step 9: Unclip the black plastic frame.
Tip the TV over so the screen is facing up.
Then gently unclip the black plastic frame around the TV screen.
Step 10: Lift and remove the white sheets.
Keep the TV screen facing up.
Then lift up and remove the white sheets.
Then you’ll see the fallen reflectors.
Step 11: Reglue the fallen reflectors.
Now, pick up the fallen reflectors.
These need to be put back in the correct location with the glue.
Pro tip: Also check the stability of the other attached reflectors. If they’re loose or wobbly, remove them as well.
Then have a good look at a reflector. You’ll see 3 small posts.
These should match the 3 holes in your LED.
So, it’s finally time to get the glue and put the fallen reflectors back in their place.
Here’s how to do that accurately in 11 steps:
- First, make a small puddle of glue on a piece of paper.
- The puddle should be as big as a ten-cent coin.
- Take a toothpick and dip the tip in the glue.
- Smear the glue onto each hole surrounding the LED.
- Place the reflector on your LED.
- Make sure the 3 small posts fit in the 3 holes of your LED.
- Wait and let the glue dry for about 15 minutes.
- Glue each reflector one at a time to prevent errors.
- To test if the glue dried, gently move the reflectors in case it needs extra glue.
- Do this for all the reflectors that have fallen off or are loose.
- When the glue is finally dried, reassemble the TV back together.
For extra visual guidance of steps 1 to 11, you can check out this helpful video:
You might also want to know: 7 Common Toshiba TV Problems And Solutions
#2: Fix a stuck or dead pixel
A TV screen contains a lot of pixels.
And together, they create the picture you see on your TV.
But sometimes, you can see a tiny white or black spot on the screen.
Could be as big as a sand grain.
This is a dead or stuck pixel, which can be very annoying.
It’s also hard to repair, and often you’ll need a professional for this.
However, I got 2 easy ways to fix this issue.
Massaging the area with a microfiber cloth
- Look for the white spot on the TV screen and take note of it.
- Turn OFF the TV.
- Unplug the power.
- Wait for 15 minutes so that the TV can cool down.
- Take a microfiber cloth.
- Place it with your finger on top of the location of the white spot.
- Then gently massage on and around the area.
- Plug the power back on your TV.
- Turn it ON.
Pro tip: Use a stylus pen on the microfiber cloth instead of your finger. This prevents the screen from scratching.
It’s free and you don’t need to install anything.
’’What does it do exactly?’’
It will bring up a box of rapidly alternating pixels that will quickly go ON and OFF in different colors.
You just need to drag it over the white spot and let it sit there for at least 20 minutes.
The idea is that the box will reactivate the stuck pixel.
Just take these 3 simple steps on your TV:
- Visit this link to go to JScreenFix.
- Scroll down and click on Launch JScreenfix.
- Pick up and drag the box on the white spot and wait 20 minutes.
Pro tip: Massage the area around the stuck pixel with a microfiber cloth while the box is doing its thing.
And if your TV doesn’t have access to a web browser, connect your laptop or computer to the TV.
After that, duplicate your screen, visit the website of JScreenfix, and place the box on the stuck pixel.
#3: Lower the brightness settings of your TV
Too much brightness also creates white spots on your TV screen.
So you’ll need to lower it down.
Refer to your TV manual to change the brightness settings.
To give you some guidance, here’s how to do it in 5 easy steps on a Sony TV:
- Press the Quick Settings button on the supplied remote control.
- Go to Picture Mode.
- Select Custom.
- Navigate to Brightness.
- Press the Down arrow button to minimize the brightness.
Further reading: 3 Ways To Get Rid Of White Dots On Samsung TV