Android: How to disable touchscreen but enable mouse input | Ghost Touches Permanent Fix

There’s plenty of reasons why you want to do that, but mostly either your screen cracked or the touch screen faulty. In both cases, the touch screen can go haywire introducing ghost touches – a situation where you don’t press any parts of the screen, but somehow it pressed itself, interfering with your apps/games usage.

I’m sharing this because likely there are many of you who are in the same situation like me. For my case, I have an old Android tablet: Nexus 7 2013 version which was still great back in 2019 before I accidentally messed up (read: broke) the touch input ZIF connector during opening the back case and cleaning the device. Since then, as much as I love to use the device, it’s barely usable – the broken ZIF connector causing my Nexus 7 tablet to have ghost touches.

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There are 2 ways to disable touchscreen but enable mouse input

1) Software based

The software based is mostly good for those who are looking to watch movies without accidentally touching the screen – great for watching Netflix or YouTube. I have tried a few apps, but I haven’t really find apps that can disable my touch screen but still enable mouse input – apps that I have tried was disabling both touch screen and mouse input as well. But who knows it works for you, so here it is.

The one I did try is Touch Lock by Brink Technologies: Google Play download link.

In case you are looking for other alternatives: Google Play Store for Touch Lock/Blocker.

2) Hardware based

This requires you to open up your Android device. In many Android devices, the screen has 2 cables/connectors: one is for powering the screen, the other one is for registering the touches back to the device.

In Nexus 7 2013 tablet, it looks like this. Since the ZIF connector holding the cable for registering the touches back to the device has been slightly broken, so why not pulling out the connector altogether.

This was before:

Nexus 7 2013 disable touch screen
Android Screen normally has 2 connectors: 1 for power, 1 for touch input

This was after I pulled out the touch input connector:

Nexus 7 2013 fix ghost touch input on touch screen android
How to fix ghost touches on Nexus 7 – either by cleaning and ensuring the connector sits properly or by removing the connector altogether

Do note: Before completely removing the touch input connector, you may want to try cleaning it out, unplugged and plugged it (but please do take extreme care, otherwise like me you may mess up with the connector) – who knows the ghost touches issues are gone. Do unplugged the connector for good only if ghost touches are keep coming back and you are ok to operate your Android device via mouse only.

Bring it all together

Unplugging the touch screen connector from the board permanently fix my ghost touch issues on my Android tablet – though it now unable to respond to touches, but it’s ok – the tablet is now highly operable via mouse. My Nexus 7 is becoming great (to use) again.

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4 thoughts on “Android: How to disable touchscreen but enable mouse input | Ghost Touches Permanent Fix

  • March 5, 2021 at 4:50 am

    I read your article about disabling the touch screen, and wondered if you might be able to shed some light onto my problem; which is that the touch screen works in recovery (safe?) mode, but not in tablet mode. The only way I can use it after it, boots into the OS (Android 4.2.2), is using the mouse. I would dearly love to get the touch screen back. I don’t know if it’s some software I install, a setting I changed or ??? Any suggestion are appreciated.
    ……. john

    • March 5, 2021 at 6:23 am

      Hi John,

      Have you tried hard reset it? From your explanation, it seemed software issue – your touchscreen still work but not after booting.
      Since you have still access to the Android using mouse, do backup as necessary and perform a hard reset (wiping out everything) to see if after hard reset, your touchscreen shall comeback.

  • February 16, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Jon,
    Your solution for circumventing the problem of Ghost touch in Android devices by disconnecting the touch cable is simply fantastic.Out of the box! I was having hell of a problem with this Ghost touch in my RCA Tablet and tried everything to fix it.Even went to a repair a shop and got the advice to go for replacement of touch screen which is not readily available in India.When I lost hope of ever reusing my tablet,I came across your blog luckily and Voila!Now my tablet is working without touch but with mouse nicely.You saved me from torture.I really appreciate 👍 Thank you!

    • February 20, 2023 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Sankar,

      Glad it worked for you. Same thing happened to me, now I’m fully utilizing my old tablet with just a mouse / controller (for gaming).


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