Congratulations, you cracked your precious iPhone screen. Now, what to do about your cracked iPhone Screen?
There are quick simple ways, and then there are long-winded processes to solve your dilemma. It all really depends on which path you take, and how much more patience you have left.
The simplest would be to use a screen protector or stick clear tape over it, although you might catch some occasional smirks or judgmental glances your way as you whip up your broken phone in public.
Stop whining and consider your options. Here’s a quick rundown:
Did you get AppleCare?
You have AppleCare? Good foresight! This is the best possible scenario should you ever experience a broken iPhone. For $100, one gets two extra years warranty, including coverage for accidental damage.
Depending on where you are from and the availability of service, Apple can will replace your iPhone screen or swap your phones for refurbished (yet still perfectly functional) model.
Have Apple fix your iPhone
If you didn’t get AppleCare, you don’t have accidental damage cover. However if the phone is still within its warranty period, then it is best to have Apple do the job. The disadvantage is that they usually have the most expensive repair cost though.
Repair may cost up to $300 for an iPhone 5, $230 for an iPhone 4S and $180 for an iPhone 4 (estimate).
Check if your insurance covers it
Some types of insurance cover accidental damage of small personal devices. You might also have to shell out a additional premium, but it might be worth the price than asking Apple to repair it for you.
The downside is that most insurance companies do not have prompt payouts nor easy-to-understand processes. Should you decide to go this path, then be ready to suck it while patiently waiting for results.
Have it repaired by the pros
For previous models like iPhone 4 or 4S or have a voided warranty on your iPhone 5, one easy solution is to hire a third-party repair technician.
The older the model, the bigger likelihood iPhone parts are available in third-party service repair centers. You might even be given the option to use original parts or those cheaper versions manufactured by other suppliers. However, don’t have your hopes up too high is it is for an iPhone 5. The parts may still be expensive and in short supply.
If possible, find a reliable repair center near you, this way you avoid paying for shipping fees and the possible additional damages incurred during the shipping process.
Be brave and wing it
This is the last option and probably the riskiest. On a positive note, though, you will experience a high level of success and save a bit of cash in the process. There are online stores out there that offer repair kits that include suction cups, tiny screwdrivers, and other tools to help you fix your phone. After which, you can watch a few online video tutorials instructing you how to replace the broken screen.