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I got a Galaxy S5 (second hand you may note, however it's in great condition) very recently.
I've noticed that there is a very faint beige-yellow tint on the screen at all times in the shape of the main features of the instagram app.
It's far more obvious on a white background.
Does anybody know why this has happened?

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From what you described, it's very likely that your S5 is the victim of screen burn-in. The previous owner likely used Instagram a lot, which burnt the main interface into the screen. The damage is done to the AMOLED screen itself instead of software-based, and thus can't be reverted, unless you decide to replace the screen altogether.

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  • I have a 2-year warranty, but how much would a screen replacement cost? – Jacob Garby Dec 27 '16 at 1:34
  • @JacobGarby Free if it is covered by warranty. Is it? – SarpSTA Dec 27 '16 at 1:35
  • I think this phenomenon isn't included in warranties anyway. AMOLED screens are always quite expensive - my local resellers have framed ones for ~$100. Customer service might ask a lot more than that. – Andy Yan Dec 27 '16 at 1:37
  • @SarpSTA I'd have to ask. I sure hope so – Jacob Garby Dec 27 '16 at 1:37
  • @JacobGarby What country are you from? – SarpSTA Dec 27 '16 at 1:45
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I would say that your mobile has had a screen damage. You will need to change the screen because this is not a software issue. It's from within the screen of the phone,and must be changed for a better look.

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