We’ve all been there before. We are rushing around and we drop our smartphone. Ideally, the case and even screen protector that we are using should limit the damage, but many times they do not. We end up with a cracked phone screen. What are your options? Fix it? Buy a new phone? Go online to buy a cheap used replacement?
In this post, I am going to walk you through how to fix a cracked phone screen. I’ll even give you some tips on how to avoid cracking the screen in the first place.
Options For How To Fix A Cracked Phone Screen
When it comes to fixing a cracked phone screen, you have 2 options:
- Hire a professional
- Do it yourself
There are advantages and disadvantages to both options and I walk you through all of them below. Let’s start out looking at the professional option.
Hiring A Pro
When you use a professional to fix your cracked screen, you can either go back to the manufacturer, like Apple or Samsung, or you can choose to use a third party firm.
If you choose to go back to the manufacturer, you are looking at spending anywhere from $110 up to $150 for the fix.
With Apple, you can go to their authorized repair shops and see how long it will take to repair. If one of the shops is not near you, then you will have to mail your phone into Apple. In this case, you will be without a phone for about a week. Before you shriek at the thought, you can get a loaner from Apple during this time for an extra cost of $29. The cost to repair an iPhone 6 Plus is currently $130 and the iPhone 6 is $110.
As for Samsung, your only option is to mail your phone into them, but they are testing the waters with physical locations to repair cracked phone screens. Their goal is to have your screen replaced in an hour at these stores. For now though, you will be without your phone for about a week as well. The cost to repair a Galaxy S4 or S5 is $150.
Finally, we have HTC. They actually offer a free cracked screen repair service, the catch being that you need to have purchased your phone in the last six months.
If you would rather not go directly to the manufacturer, there are plenty of third party stores that offer to fix cracked phone screens. One great store is iCracked.
They have stores throughout the US and repair cracked phone screens on site. This means you will get your phone fixed in about an hour. They even offer a lifetime warranty on their parts. To fix an iPhone or Galaxy phone, the price is around $100.
The reason I mention iCracked is because they are reputable. You can search on Craigslist and find a ton of places that claim to fix cracked phone screens. Most are more trouble than they are worth. First, they won’t guarantee their work. Second, they offer attractive prices, usually under $50, because the glass they use is substandard.