How to calibrate Dell Streak touchscreen


You shouldn't have to do this very often (if at all), but if you ever need to recalibrate the touchscreen on your Dell Streak for some reason, there's a really easy way to do it. It's so easy, in fact, that you don't even have to touch the screen. Yep, you won't find any of that "tap the moving cross hair" you may be used to here.

Here's how it's done:

  1. Turn off your Streak.
  2. Boot into recovery mode by holding down both volume buttons while pressing the power button.
  3. Use the volume down button to highlight option 3 (screen calibration) from the menu and press the camera button to select it.
  4. Press the volume down button again to begin the calibration, then press the camera button to return to the previous menu screen. Select the last option to turn off the Streak and then turn it back on normally.

Step 4 may not apply to Android 1.6. I'm running 2.2 on my Streak, but what I think happens on 1.6 after step 3 is that the calibration begins on its own and the device reboots once it's done.

Thanks, Brian!

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36 thoughts on “How to calibrate Dell Streak touchscreen

  • Avatar of Andrew

    Thanks Jenn! This was very easy to do.

  • Hi Jenn, Fellow Streakers,
    I have performed a calibration a few times on my Streak. I would say once every 3 days maybe, my screen acts funny. While attempting to press something, my Streak acts as if I pressed another icon. This is ridiculous when attempting to type/send text messages. Anyone else have these issues?

    So my question is does screen calibration help with touch responses or the sensor that determine the level or angle the Streak is sitting at?

  • Avatar of lungjian

    I did a screen calibration and have not had any issues since. It didn’t need it – I just saw it there and decided to try it.

  • I had a similar problem where the touchscreen stopped working on parts of the screen. A screen calibration fixed it.

  • Thanks! I just had that same issue people have mentioned here.
    Clicks on icons did not work or would open the wrong thing…very frustrating!!!!

    but so far the calibration seems to have fixed it.

  • Спасибо из России !!! Вы мне очень помогли !!!

  • Avatar of elijah

    Or you can try with the app name of bubble which you can get exact calibration for dell streak. I did it after re-calibration thru fast boot mode. Worh try. I made it pefectly.
    Good luck. :)

  • Avatar of mctano

    after recalibration my streak goes better!
    before I had problems with the keyboard, and now is working very good.

  • My streak does that to

  • thanks man! it worked perfectly!

  • thank u very much…it works

  • Avatar of Dr,Bharwad


  • Mine will not go into recovery mode. Although I am holding both volume buttons when pressing the power button, it then just powers up the phone normally. I am so sick of the Streak, I cannot tell you. Nothing works. People often will not hear me in a phone call. Two to three times a day the touchscreen stops working and I have to take the battery out and reboot. For a £400 purchase, this is ridiculous

  • my recalibration keeps failing ….

  • Thanks it works perfectly

  • Hi Robin,

    you need to power on your steak and then you need to hold both volume buttons…after this you will get 4 option and rest of the think is mention above.

    Hope this help.

  • Avatar of drwhite

    I cracked my screen and fitted a replacement one. It appears to work ok, but doesn’t respond to touch. I tried to recalibrate but it fails repeatedly. I even tried a different replacement screen, but same thing.

    Can anyone help?

  • Avatar of Melodicarvi

    2nd time i tried to do screen calibration it fails, it when i turned off and turned on my Dell Streak it fix the touch screen issue. anyways im using Dell Streak 5 with 2.2 (froyo). Thanks!

  • Thank you very much .. worked great! :)

  • thanks I couldn’t unlock my phone at all

  • Avatar of Tex Brown

    have you found a way to get the screen working i am having the same problem and i am wondering if the phone is worth the aggrivation

  • My screen was sometimes unresponsive and recalibration fixed it.
    Thank you very much

  • Thank you very much. I couldn’t unlock my phone and if I did was not able to type my pin. Followed the steps for caliberation and worked like magic :) thank again

  • Avatar of Yadwinder Gill

    Thanks bro you are genius, my Dell Streak started working again :)

  • Avatar of sendhill

    Thanks a lot …………… made me a big relief

  • Avatar of asanka

    Thank you it works. my screen only work part of it now it work correctly thank you again

  • Avatar of Geffmets

    I have a Dell Aero, Can someone please help me know how to calibrate it…share info please

  • Avatar of dixit

    i have dell aero .some part of its touch not working. i m in trouble plz help

  • Avatar of Rakesh kumar

    i have dell streak . some part of its touch
    not working. i m in trouble plz help

  • THANKSSSSSSSS. After 7 hours my lockscreen broken. Finally I can use my Streak again. Yahooo!!!

  • Many thanks!

  • hi, im luis angel, from peru. Im a little confussed about what caind of phone ae you talking about. My cell ohone is a DELL AERO, is not the same?.
    I don´t know how calibrate my screm.
    Thank you

  • hI have calibrated fine but still can not make a call on mobile.?

  • Avatar of Vikash


    I was not knowing about this procedure at all and this helped me to fix my problem.

    Thanks alot Dude….!!!


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