A broken iPhone screen can be annoying and disruptive, damaging the aesthetics and functionality of your beautifully crafted iPhone and potentially causing you downtime.
Causes of a Broken iPhone Screen
There are 100’s of ways to cause a cracked iPhone screen. Some of the most common ways are dropping your phone on a pavement or hard flooring, sitting down with the phone in your back pocket or placing your phone at the bottom of your handbag. Here at iFixed we have seen it all; ranging from children launching their parents phones down the stairs, a bewildered owner leaving their beloved phone on top of a car; and many alcohol induced accidents that leave both the owner and phone more than a little worse for wear.
Don’t worry; there are a number of best practice steps that iFixed can take you through to identify the depth of the problem and provide a solution that fits your budget and reduces your hassle factor.
So, is it worth fixing my cracked iPhone screen?
It’s true that up to a third of iPhone owners with a cracked iPhone screen will not repair it. Although your phone may still be functioning, it is fair to say that an iPhone screen that is cracked will not stand the test of time as well as a phone with the screen intact.
1. Retaining the value in your iPhone is important
Firstly; if you want to trade your iPhone in and achieve its maximum value when you upgrade, it is important that you keep it in a good working order.
2. The cost and time of repairing the screen is probably better than you expect
Some customers have reported to iFixed that they have been put off repairing their iPhone screen because their mobile phone insurance excess has in some instances been up to £150. Largely, this is much higher than the standard costs of repairing an iPhone screen, which with iFixed can be as little as £25.00 for an iPhone 4S up to the SE model for a broken screen (prices as of 22/09/2018).
Often customer’s initial reaction is to go to Apple to repair their iPhone cracked screen. This can be an expensive option on older models and although the quality is always guaranteed, it can often take time to book an appointment to get your repair done. ifixedrepairs.net can offer a same day repair service via their nationwide postal service.
3. Leaving your iPhone screen cracked will lead to long term damage
Thirdly, if you leave the iPhone with a cracked screen for many weeks your phone is more vulnerable to further damage. A broken iPhone screen also means that your iPhone is susceptible to water damage and ingression. If water or a high volume of steam leaks/seeps into your iPhone via the crack on the screen there is the potential that the phone can short circuit and then the iPhone will not be able to be repaired.
iFixed would always recommend that having your screen fixed is the best option available to protect the value and life expectancy of your iPhone.
What is the immediate action if you have a cracked iPhone screen?
If you have cracked your screen particularly badly, we would always advise caution in operating the phone, as small shards of glass could put splinters in your finger or more seriously if placing the phone next to your ear leave small pieces of glass in your ear.
1. Composition of the iPhone Screen
An iPhone screen repair doesn’t just fix the glass on your phone it actually fixes a number of problems. This is because the iPhone screen is not just made up of glass, it is actually made up of 4 bonded parts including the glass that can all affect the functionality of your phone and display if they are dropped or smashed against something.
Michael, Head of Repairs at iFixed states that there are 4 elements that make up a front screen on an iPhone.
The schematic below shows the 4 key parts of the iPhone screen. For illustrative purposes only, we have broken down a damaged screen to show you how a front screen is built up. This is obviously not how a new screen would look.
1. Glass – the glass provides a protective layer over the LCD and digitiser layers.
2. Screen Retaining Frame – this holds the digitiser, LCD and glass together.
3. Digitiser layer – the digitiser controls the touch elements of your iPhone and your touchscreen.
4. LCD – (Liquid crystal display) – this is the actual visual display that displays the images.
Michael states that…. “you cannot just replace one of these elements. If you have damaged the glass the screen comes as one composite part with the four of these parts moulded together.”
Michael continues; “Some non reputable shops claim that they can just replace the glass as part of the repair for a cheaper price. iFixed strictly advises against this. In cases of this nature the phone technician will simply scrape the glass away from the other parts and this will not perform a long term robust, adequate or effective repair”.
2. What things could be wrong with your iPhone after dropping it on its screen?
The next step is to determine what potentially could be wrong with the phone resulting from dropping or smashing the phone.
At iFixed, we run through a number of questions relating to the cracked screen.
A. Have you cracked or smashed the glass on the front of your iPhone?
B. Do you have a faulty or broken LCD display? This can be assessed by asking the following questions:
- Is your phone still lighting up?
- Does it have a blank screen?
- Is there a change of colour on your screen or the appearance of lines, red or multi coloured lines or patches of colours?
C. Touch sensing problems from the digitiser. This can be assessed by asking the following things?
- Is your touch screen reactive?
- Is the finger swipe working?
- Are your apps launching themselves?
iPhone screen repair will fix any of the above issues. iFixed always replace the complete front screen on your device, which includes the front glass, touch screen digitiser and LCD display and of course the frame.
What repair options are available to you?
There are a number of repair options available to you. iFixed would always advise that you get your screen repaired by a reputable mobile phone repair technician to ensure the work is carried out to a high standard and to ensure the repair comes with a warranty.
Is fixing the iPhone screen yourself an option?
iMend see a high proportion of botched mobile phone repairs from DIY kits, and advise caution with this approach as unless this is done very carefully it can cost you more money having to repair the phone later down the line and if you make a mistake you potentially run the risk of losing the full value of your phone.
If you choose to mend the smashed screen yourself, you can source your replacements screens from a UK seller on Amazon or Ebay. The prices listed may look quite attractive but this doesn’t factor in the time and accuracy that is required to fix the phone yourself. If you lose one screw you may have to start all over again, and if you make a mistake you could irreversibly damage your iPhone.
Always be sure to purchase a single piece screen that comprises the glass, digitiser and LCD. Do not buy the glass-only parts. Purchasing just the glass or odd part will not repair your phone successfully. Having just the glass can cause typing or selection misalignment which can in most cases, make your touch screen unresponsive and incorrect.
As well as purchasing the one piece front screen unit, you need to ensure that the kit has the correct tools included. If attempting to repair your own screen we advise that you watch several YouTube tutorials in great detail to ensure that you know which screws need to be removed, how to successfully remove the broken screen glass and how to connect the wires back upon completion.
If the incorrect part is installed then you can end up causing short circuit damage, lose all data and render the device useless. Please remember that there are up to 13 screws in an iPhone 5 screen replacement and 14 in an iPhone 5S screen replacement and half of these screws are different sizes and threads, so if you place one incorrect screw in the wrong place, you can irreversibly damage your phone.
Fixing an iPhone yourself can be done, but in our professional opinion it is not worth the risk. You might save yourself a small amount of money but the first time you attempt to repair an iPhone yourself on average will probably take between 2 – 3 hours; and most importantly if you make a mistake you could damage your iPhone beyond repair and lose the full value.