Are you seeing the 'jelly scrolling' effect on your OnePlus 5?

Now that we're past the initial launch and fascination with the OnePlus 5, and many people have them in their hands, we're all starting to focus in on the finer points of how the phone operates. Throughout multiple launch-day OTAs, and talk about the cameras, one thing has cropped up consistently: so-called "jelly scrolling."

The effect refers to how the screen is responding to touch when scrolling. Some say it's most noticeable in the home screen, while others see it when scrolling through long pages in the browser or other apps. We're seeing mixed reports in our OnePlus 5 forum.

I did indeed get that jelly effect on my app launcher and thought it was just me being picky. This concludes that it wasn't in my head. I even tried playing with the nova settings to get it to smooth out to no avail. Sent my phone back for unrelated issue but this reassures my decision to send back this overpriced "flagship killer"

dannyar11

The toughest thing about diagnosing the "jelly scrolling" is that only some people are seeing it — and further to that point, those who do see it often find it's intermittent.

Definitely not in my phone. Screen work great. See ya!!

J R Mtz

For it's part, this is the official statement from OnePlus on the situation:

The OnePlus 5 uses the same level of high-quality components as all OnePlus devices, including the AMOLED display. We've received feedback from a small number of users saying that at times they notice a subtle visual effect when scrolling. This is natural and there's no variance in screens between devices.

Confirmation from the company that all OnePlus 5s are using the same display gives one less thing to point to when trying to figure out why some people see this effect while scrolling and others do not.

Speaking with the few people here at AC who have the OnePlus 5, it hasn't been an issue for us. Looking back at the hundreds of phones we've used, there has always been some kind of characteristic or behavior in the screen or software of each phone that's a little different from others. It's to be expected — the only question is whether or not the OnePlus 5's characteristics bother you to the point of turning you away.

So, are you noticing any weird behavior in scrolling on your OnePlus 5? Let us know in the comments below, and join the discussion in the OnePlus 5 forum!

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

55 Comments
  • It's because the AMOLED panel is mounted upside down.
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  • Perfect ;)
  • It's caused by the display being mounted upside down and then inverted back via software:
    https://www.xda-developers.com/confirmed-oneplus-5-display-upside-down-l...
  • Saying "thing 1 exists, and thing 2 exists" doesn't mean that thing 1 and 2 are related. Typical "causation versus correlation" problem. That's all I have to say about that.
  • And you would be absolutely correct.
  • I don't have a OP5, but from the videos I've seen, I actually think it looks good. Guess I'm the only one.
  • You are not.
  • I image there will be a software patch fixing this as a result of the AMOLED panel being upside-down as metioned in this thread.
  • Oneplus is already on record as saying that there won't be a fix and that it's working as intended.
  • WHY SETTLE
  • I see it, and it bothered me at first but now it really doesn't anymore.
  • Nope!
  • I don't see what I saw shared online. I do see a little, almost unnoticable, lag/stutter when scrolling and a normal pace. This might be normal though, and I may have only noticeed because I was looking for an issue. I have only really used the device to scroll through gReader+, Firefox, and the Google search app, oh and the built in app drawer. So I may have just not come across it yet.
  • So happy not bought it :)
  • No, not seeing it.
  • I guess people would get used to it, and I agree with the XDA Developer's conclusion that the screen is upside down to move the screen controller hardware to the bottom of the phone, making room for the new dual camera setup. I also agree that it does not affect every other phone when their screen is flipped via software: I used "Set Orientation" on my phone to flip the screen upside down, and even in low power mode on an M8, the display can keep up no matter how fast I scroll. Maybe the OnePlus code has too much overhead?
  • Wish I hadn't typo-ed in that post... Screen still works great though!
  • no
  • I have not noted this on mine
  • Fortunately, I don't have this in my OnePlus 5.
  • I've seen it and quite honestly, if I had one with the effect that noticeable, I would've sent it back and tried my luck to get another one.
  • Mine does it
  • I was considering the OP5, but not anymore, not with the way OnePlus shrugs off problems.
  • I've seen the videos online, but I still don't see it on mine
  • That's why you get a Galaxy!
  • And get Samsung lag?
  • Extreme Samsung lag
  • Not while they continue to ruin their devices with Touchwiz
  • I can see it on mine. I don't see it at all on my S8+. Unfortunately song with don't other works I'll be sending this back. Kind of a bummer. Was really wanting one of these!
  • From the second 40 in spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0LpDLHBIZ4 They can't deny that each time we have more clear videos like this, even with a small-medium scroll, that's unacceptable.
  • Heh, looks like a feature more than a bug. In Linux the call that Wobbly Windows, and it's all good.
  • Guess I'm blind because I couldn't see it. I was worried there for a bit that this would be a major letdown since I plan on purchasing this device soon.
  • I've had my 5 a week now, never seen it and love the phone. Big upgrade from the 6p overall.
  • Not seeing it on mine. I am still amazed at how fast and smooth the scrolling is. This is my first Oneplus phone and I am very pleased with it.
  • 128gb or 64gb
  • Nvidia gpu's have bad jelly effect as well I have been seeing it since the early Asus transformers and now even on pixel c. Not as bad as that 1+ vid but u can see it
  • Got my phone 2 days ago and don't see the jelly effect. I actually got motion sick trying to see if it was there after a few minutes of trying it. Ugh. Love this phone though!
  • Yes, I see it very clearly. Damn you oneplus...
  • 128 gb or 64 gb ?
  • Mine has to jelly anything.
  • I'm not seeing on mine. I've asked 5 other people to see if it was just my eyes and they said they didn't see it
  • Maybe they are using two different panels?
  • Perhaps the phone is too new and things just need to jell...
  • Have had mine for over a week and haven't had any issues with the screen (or anything else).
  • I've had mine since 06/26 ... use it daily and have not seen this "Jelly" scroll issue. It's fast and the screen is really decent for an FHD. No problems with mine so far.
  • Nope
  • I've had the OP5 a few days now. I do get the "jelly scrolling" effect buy it's not as severe as some of the videos I've seen online. Doesn't effect me whatsoever. Super happy with the device
  • People plz mention which Op5 you have ( 128gb or 64gb) . Everyone would like to know which has this Jelly Screen issue
  • I have the 128 Gb model, my wife has the 64Gb model and neither of our phones have the jelly scrolling problem. I don't think it's a specific model. They both have the same build, same screen inversion, same processor....
  • Not seeing it on mine at all.
  • which one Sir.. 64gb or 128gb ?
  • Straight Smuckers
  • No, I don't have the "jelly scrolling" problem on mine at all. I have tried several apps and website and cannot see anything noticable.
  • I ordered a replacement unit as my original had a blemish on the scratch-resistant coating. My new unit definitely has a subtle jelly effect. I can't say if the original unit had it, because this 'controversy' had yet to surface. To be completely honest, if these stories weren't all over the place I don't know that I would have even noticed it.