I noticed that when I charge my phone with a cheap charger that I bought from Ebay, the screen acts strange:

  1. It suddenly can't position my taps correctly and
  2. It detects swipes as taps.

After a fast googling the reason is most likely that the charger has a bigger voltage output that the phone expects and that causes the trouble.

Why does a bigger voltage output cause a behaviour like this?

  • I have a similar problem. I put In a cheap charger, my screen starts going mental
    – Dan Brown
    Aug 2, 2015 at 9:45
  • My phone used to do that too ;) although I use the charger that came along with it. BTW my phone is Xperia M and thank god the problem got away by itself, I didn't do anything. Aug 2, 2015 at 10:51
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    It happened with my Pixel 2 using the charger that came with it. It's not the charger as I use it all over the place without problems. It's the mains sockets on Great Western trains. Aug 24, 2019 at 19:05

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Problems with ghost touches on the screen while charging is very common when using third party chargers or cables. It is caused by electrical discharge in the form of either current or static charge. I'd toss that charger and/or cable away and buy an original one. Damage might have been cause already though which will most likely be seen by unusual battery draining (it can mess up the calibration).

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