It’s unfortunately extremely common for phone screens to get broken. Whether they have been dropped on the floor or something heavy was put down on top of it, a broken screen can make it impossible to use your phone. If you’re not under warranty, didn’t opt for phone insurance and aren’t due an upgrade for a while then you’re left in a difficult situation.
Here, expert tech blogger Lloyd Wells working with Best VPN discusses the next step to repairing your mobile phone screen…
The first thing to say is that you should not ignore it. A cracked phone screen may still retain most of the functionality that it had before the crack, but it’s a bad idea to just leave it alone. Once a screen has cracked it can be very vulnerable to further damage. Ultimately this could end with something going wrong with the phone itself. It’s also true that a broken phone screen can scratch or cut your fingers when you use it, so it worth’s getting it sorted out as soon as possible.
You need to find a practical solution to do something about it. And you’ve got four main options available to you. Let’s have a look at which one might be best for you:
1. Complete a DIY fix
A DIY fix could definitely be worth doing if you’ve got a bit of practical experience fixing phones. Of course, attempting to fix it yourself may be the cheapest option available to you, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t forget that you will need to buy a replacement screen so it will still involve spending money, but it won’t be nearly as much as the other options.
You will be able to find plenty of tutorial videos online for fixing the screen on your particular phone model, and they will give you an idea of how to do it. But many of us don’t have the skills or the time to learn, so it may be more practical for you to choose one of the other options.
2. Hire someone to fix it
The next cheapest option is likely to take your phone to a specific repairman or shop that deals with phone repairs. If you provide the parts they will likely be able to deal with the repair more quickly and cheaply than sending it away to the manufacturer. However, remember that if anything were to go wrong with the fix you would have little potential to get it sorted out and it may leave you with no option but to replace the phone entirely. You should also remember that you need to ensure your phone is properly password-protected before you hand it over to someone you don’t know.
3. Have the manufacturer repair it
It’s all very simple if your phone is under warranty: get it sent away to the manufacturer as soon as possible and they still get it repaired for you – as long as you meet the requirements (Apple and Samsung’s warranties do not cover accidents). However, for the majority of people they either won’t be under warranty or the warranty will not cover the kind of damage. You can still have the phone repaired by the manufacturer, and they will do a thorough and proper job, however it will be expensive.
4. Buy a new phone
It may be the case that when you get a quote for how much the repairs to the phone will cost, it will actually make more sense to put that money towards a new phone. If you’re coming to the end of your contract, you could simply pay it off and then simply get a new contract. If your phone was already paid for, you can put the money you would have spent on the repairs directly on the new phone.