The Pokemon Go trainer played so much it burned his iPhone screen

A Pokemon Go trainer shared something that will horrify many players of Niantic’s hit mobile title: they’ve played so much that the game is permanently burned into their iPhone screen.

Since the release of Pokemon Go in 2016, millions of players have caught, traded and battled in the mobile title ‘Mon. With monthly updates and seasons of content, the game keeps fans coming back for more.

However, one trainer may have taken his love for the Niantic app too far by playing so much that it literally burned into their iPhone screen and permanently damaged the device.

Pokemon Go player’s iPhone gets screen burn-in when playing too much

reddit user’u/lightguard23‘ shared her issue on the Pokemon Go subreddit on March 29. “Am I playing too much?” They asked. “[Pokemon Go] burned into the iPhone XS screen.”

In the photo, the bottom of the device’s screen has game burn clearly visible, showing the menu icon, nearby ‘Mon’ tab, and other interface options when exiting the iOS menu.

Fellow gamers were stunned as it takes a lot of consistent gameplay for screen burn to occur, especially on this scale.

Am I playing too much? – Pogo burned into the iPhone XS screen from Pokemon go

“This is the first time I’ve seen it on an iPhone,” read one response. “I know it was possible, but I just hadn’t seen it before.”

“Keep playing until it’s completely burned into the screen,” wrote another. “Then free Pokeballs for life.”

One player offered a solution to those who feared it might happen to them. “iPhone screens don’t perform particularly well in high brightness and direct sunlight (because there’s so much outdoor gaming),” they said. “Make sure your phone is facing down when you’re not doing anything on the screen so the game dims to black.”

However, unless you play too much in the sun, don’t worry about the game burning into your screen. The user finally revealed in the comments how this came about.

“I disabled the screen lock and always left it open next to my desk with Pokemon Go on, LOL,” they explained. The Pokemon Go trainer played so much it burned his iPhone screen

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing

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