When your laptop screen Flickering, it can be a huge headache. It is of course very annoying if you are concentrated and your productivity is affected as you will have to take short breaks every time.

Performing the solutions below might fix your flickering display issue. Fortunately, it is not always necessary to go straight to a repairman to fix the problem.

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3 solutions when your laptop screen flickers

You can try one of the solutions below to see if it fixes your flickering screen.

Change refresh rate

The first possible solution is to change the refresh rate to match your display. The refresh rate determines how often your screen can refresh per second, and if this setting is wrong, it can cause a flickering screen.

  1. Right-click on your desktop and click on Display Settings.
  2. Go to the Display tab.
  3. Scroll down, and click  Advanced display settings.
  4. Select the appropriate display, and click  Display adapter properties .fix flickering laptop screen
  5. Go to the Display tab and change the  Refresh rate.

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    And for the macOS users.

    1. Go to your  Settings.
    2. Click  Display or  Display Settings.
    3. Select the desired refresh rate.
    4. Test to see if the problem has been resolved.

    Tip:  does your screen stay completely black? Then read how to fix a black laptop screen.

    Update outdated drivers

The second cause of a flickering laptop screen can be outdated drivers.

  1. Open the control panel and click on  Device Manager. (You can also search for the device manager after pressing the Windows key.)
  2. Search the list for Display adapters and expand it.
  3. Check which video card you have and search online for the appropriate drivers to download 
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  1. Right-click on your video card and then click  Update driver.

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  1. Select the driver on your laptop to update it.

Enable VSync

A third possible solution is to enable Vertical Sync if your screen flickers when using DirectX or OpenGL. VSync ensures that the refresh rate of an open application is locked to the refresh rate of your screen. In the other article you read How to Solve laptop screen flickering windows 10. 

You can enable VSync on some video cards like this:

  • Intel:  search for 3D settings or 3D settings.
  • Nvidia: Search for  Manage 3D Settings.


If none of the above solutions fix your flickering screen, it is wise to go to a repair person.