How to Use I2C Serial LCD 20X4 (Yellow Backlight)

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Description
Now, with only 3 pins from microcontroller, you can display message on this LCD. Compared to parallel LCD which required at least 6 pins of I/O, this LCD offer more cost effective solution. The LCD display is four lines by 20 characters and provides basic text wrapping so that your text looks right on the display.

Feature:

  • 5V powered 4 x 20
  • SPI communication
  • Minimum 3 Pins interface to microcontroller
  • Compatible with all types of microcontrollers
  • Suitable for hobbyists and experts
  • Back light and contrast control is available
  • Size: 99mm x 60mm x 10mm

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Step 1: MATERIAL PREPARATION

In this tutorial,the things you needed as below:

1. I2C Serial LCD 20X4 (Yellow Backlight)

2.4 Male-to-Female Jumper Wires

3.Arduino Uno Board and USB

Step 2: PIN DETAIL

You could see the pinout labeled at the back of the module. It has 4 pins that is VCC, GND,SDA and SCL.

Step 3: Pin Connection

Connect I2C Serial LCD Module to Arduino UNO as following :

  • VCC to 5V
  • GND to GND
  • SDA to A4
  • SCL to A5

Then, Connect your Arduino UNO Board to your computer via USB Cable.

Step 4: LIBRARY

For this tutorial,it is necessary to download and install the "LiquidCrystal_I2C" library.LiquidCrystal_I2C is a library of Arduino which enables serial LCD 20x4 connect with Arduino.To be able to interface the serial LCD with arduino, you will have to download this library and save it into your Arduino's libraries. Download the LiquidCrystal_I2C file below >Go to document >Save the file into your Arduino Uno Library folder. Refer the image above for your references.

Step 5: SAMPLE SOURCE CODE

To get the result, please download the sample source code which is attached below and upload it into your Arduino. In this tutorial, the Arduino UNO is being used.

Step 6: RESULT

The LCD will display the text.

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    7 Discussions

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    JebiDohn

    8 months ago on Introduction

    Thanx for the instructable, for the noob it would have been helpful mentioning the I2C_Hex_Scanner code. Fear not, I finally read upon it somewhere.

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    Marijnlt

    Question 1 year ago on Step 5

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial, but the arduino program can't upload the code to the arduino. It says that the LiquidCrystal.h library cannot be found

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    augustine.sullivanBris32

    Reply 1 year ago

    Make sure you put ure address in code it looks like this 0x3F(is mine)ure may be 0x27 or something else but look in "serial " window

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    Electronicslovers

    1 year ago

    I LOST three hours by looking up into your wrong code, tried everything adding libraries delete again add ..............

    correct code:

    #include <Wire.h>

    #include <LiquidCrystal_I2C.h>

    // Set the LCD address to 0x27 for a 16 chars and 2 line display

    LiquidCrystal_I2C lcd(0x27, 16, 2);

    void setup()

    {

    // initialize the LCD

    lcd.begin();

    // Turn on the blacklight and print a message.

    lcd.backlight();

    lcd.print("Hello, world!");

    }

    void loop()

    {

    // Do nothing here...

    }

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    DaveJ1

    1 year ago

    This is a nice clean instructable, and I appreciate that i was able to get a functioning (i.e. duplicate) project very quickly. One question I have, however, is that there appears to be a great many <LiquidCrystal_I2C.h> libraries out there...maybe it's only one, but my struggle is finding thorough documentation for the library. Do you have any advice? In other words, how do I take this to the next level and make this basic sketch work for my purpose?

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    StephanoH

    2 years ago

    Another LCD l2C tutorial! Hurray!