Screen tearing is a problem with a video display, where the display looks torn and frames don’t look synchronized. When two frames are not synchronized properly the pictures start looking torn and having such issues usually could mess up your display experience.
It usually occurs while playing video games and it’s most of the time concern for gamers and geeks. Screen tearing can be noticed in horizontally moving frames and visuals which can be seen in slow pan camera shots and side-scroller video games.
Although it is difficult to notice screen tearing because when various frames get rendered throughout a similar refresh period it indicates that the screen has shorter tears rather than a wider tear that we can notice easily.
What Causes Screen Tearing?
When a GPU (Video Card) starts sending an excessive number of frames to the monitor. And due to a lack of synchronicity between both Graphic card and monitor screen tearing is being caused.
Monitor render frames at a constant speed which does not match with graphic cards because they do not. Suppose your graphic card sends another new image to the monitor when it’s already rendering an image, the monitor will continue the rendering process but with newer data sent by your graphic card. So, it happens when your GPU submits a new image before your monitor finishes showing you a recent one.
Although a lot of people claim that screen tearing is only caused by your graphic card or framerate, that’s not completely true information. Your monitor is just like another computer part, if you will get yourself the cheap quality and under-performing hardware it will not match the requirement. So, expected performance may also not be the result!
Also Check, How To Fix Screen Tearing Without Vsync
How To Fix Screen Tearing?
There are different ways to solve screen tearing and each way is unique and different because sometimes a problem doesn’t always have one solution. So, whatever solves your problem, understand and apply that fix. These are the following ways of solving screen tearing that is divided into different parts or methods of fixing the issue:
Disable Xbox Game Bar
The Xbox game bar is an additional and a great feature in the latest Windows operating systems that offers game recording, suggestions, and various other features. Although, it’s not something that you may be used regularly. You can disable it and save some additional load from the CPU to check if it’s causing screen tearing.
- Step 1: Open Windows settings or just use the shortcut Windows + I
- Step 2: Once, you’ll click it. You’ll find the gaming setting and open it
- Step 3: Inside gaming settings select the first option Xbox Game Bar
- Step 4: On this page, you’ll see an option to disable it. Turn it off
Turning ON/OFF the NVIDIA G-Sync
G-sync is sync technology developed by NVidia to help gamers avoid problems like screen tearing. If your monitor supports G-sync, it means this will help to maintain synchronicity between the monitor and your GPU.
- Step 1: Right-click on the desktop and open NVidia Control Panel
- Step 2: Look at Display, Click on Setup G-Sync
- Step 3: You try enabling G-Sync for full screen or windowed and full-screen mode
- Step 4: Try these options one by one and click apply
- Step 5: Also, try disabling G-Sync if it’s already enabled in any mode
Change Resolution & Refresh Rate
Not setting up perfect resolution can be causing problems such as tearing because incorrect resolution can become unsuitable and that does not promise that the monitor and GPU both are well synchronized.
- Right-click on desktop and open display settings
- Or you can search to change the resolution of the display
- Now, scale your resolution and try recommendations if it suits
- Then, also adjust the display resolution and again go with recommended if it suits
- Adjust these settings until you get something that works for you
- In-display settings option
- Open advanced display settings
- Now, click on display adapter properties
- Click on “List All Modes”
- Adjust these settings
Try applying these changes until you stop noticing any kind of screen tearing.
Reset & Update Graphics Drivers
Most often many of us forget to check whether our graphic drivers are updated or not and that could be the reason causing screen tearing. Not updated graphic drivers can create disorders with visuals and performance.
- Search “Device Manager” in Windows Bar and open it
- Go to and right-click on “Display Adapters” and click on uninstall
- Now, follow the complete uninstallation process till the end
- Meanwhile, the uninstallation process will take place you’ll have to wait a couple of minutes and you will notice drivers getting turned on and off
- Once, this is done, restart your computer
- Now, get the latest drivers for your device by downloading from the official website
- You can also try installing the default or previous versions of drivers that you had installed earlier
Like all other problems and issues we experience while enjoying the visuals of any video game, screen tearing is one of them, which is so annoying. Old and under-performing hardware, Lack of good synchronization between GPU & monitor, Overload on your device, and other factors could be the cause of noticeable screen tearing. That could be fixed by following and applying the fixes guided in this post. We hope you’ll get your screen tearing issue fixed by applying the methods instructed above.
Feel free to ask and share your thoughts, opinions, and what worked for you? While trying to fix this issue on your own.