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Updated 26th January, 2017

So you’ve cracked your phone screen. Whether it slipped out of your hand while you were on a call or you left it on top of your car when you drove away, the glass is definitely damaged. What do you do now? If you didn’t opt in for phone insurance 5 Smartphone Insurance Plans That Provide the Best Value 5 Smartphone Insurance Plans That Provide the Best Value When a device is as important and as expensive as your smartphone, it probably makes sense to insure it against catastrophes. Read More  and your warranty doesn’t cover a replacement, you have a few options.

Here are seven things you can do soon after cracking your phone screen.

Deal With It

If your phone is still working, and the screen doesn’t appear to be in danger of completely falling apart, why not just keep using it? Sure, it’ll be annoying to look at for a bit, but you’ll get used to it. And saving the money it would cost for a new phone is always nice. If you’re on a contract that’s soon expiring, this is definitely your best option.

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Adding a screen protector might help keep the glass from cracking further, too. A glass protector like the one above from BodyGuardz might prevent further spidering. It largely depends on how extensive the damage is, but adding a protector certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Ask Around For Temps

Just because you cracked your screen doesn’t mean you need to get a new phone immediately. Finding someone with an old phone you can use for a while will give you the time to figure out if you can repair your phone or if you need a replacement.

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In most cases, it’s as simple as changing over the SIM card. While compensation is always nice to offer, you may find a good Samaritan willing to hand over a non-used phone for you to use. So get to posting on Facebook, tweet it out, and send out millions of emails. You never know who will be willing to assist!

Perform a DIY Repair

No, you don’t need a new phone. As it turns out, you can fix just about anything Something Broken? Learn To Fix Anything With These 4 Websites Something Broken? Learn To Fix Anything With These 4 Websites You can spend hundreds of dollars to have a professional help you out, or you can learn how to fix it yourself for the cost of some tools and a couple hours of work. Read More  if you have the right instructions. iFixIt is a great place to start, as it provides both instructions and extra parts. Benefits of this solution include the affordability and — if you’re the type — a feeling of accomplishment. Cons, of course, include the chance that you might mess something up.

YouTube is another great place to find tutorials for things like fixing your cracked screen. And there are plenty of places to find cheap replacement screens and other parts. Check eBay and AliExpress, but be careful with the latter AliExpress Is Cheap, But Is It Safe to Shop There? AliExpress Is Cheap, But Is It Safe to Shop There? Is it safe to shop with Aliexpress? Are there any security vulnerabilities you should know about? Is it secure? And are you more likely to be the victim of fraud or counterfeiting on Aliexpress? Read More .

Hire Someone To Do The Repair

While you could take your phone to the official manufacturer, you’re going to pay through the nose for that option. If you take a look at Apple’s repair fees, you’ll see that they are pretty darn pricey if you’re out-of-warranty.

Little phone repair shops are popping up everywhere, and an easy Google search is bound to guide you to one. You may have to pay hourly, but a practiced technician can replace a screen in a few minutes. The point is that phone screen repair exists, and it’s also somewhat affordable.

Trade In Or Sell Your Broken Phone

Sites like Glyde, Gazelle, and Gizmogul will buy your phone, and they’ll even pay you for a broken one. you can even sell your broken stuff on eBay Sell Your Broken Things on eBay to Turn Them Into Cash Sell Your Broken Things on eBay to Turn Them Into Cash Don't throw away your broken items -- turn them into cash by selling them on eBay! Here's how to go about it. Read More ! You probably won’t get a whole lot of money for it. But you’ll get something, and that’ll help you pay for a new phone.

Many sites will also give you credit for buying a used phone when you trade yours in. You’ll probably get a better deal if you take credit instead of cash, so keep that in mind.

Scout eBay and Amazon

Yep, you may find a cheaper, older version of your phone on these sites; just pay attention to what you’re buying. Is it working? Does it actually have a functioning screen? If it’s within your price range, it can definitely be a better option that buying a new phone.

You may even be able to find something on Craigslist, but we understand how shady that can be. This is merely a reminder to look in the more obvious places for replacement phones, too.

Just Buy A New One

And, of course, the most obvious option: buying a new phone. Sometimes you just need to pony up the cash to replace your damaged device. It might be painful to spend that much money. But it might be cheaper in the long run than buying a replacement and upgrading a few months later anyway. If you were already thinking about upgrading in the near future, it might be best to just do it now.

If you do decide to buy a new phone, don’t buy one from your carrier. Buy an unlocked version instead Never Buy a Phone From Your Carrier! Buy Unlocked Phones and Save Hundreds Never Buy a Phone From Your Carrier! Buy Unlocked Phones and Save Hundreds Unlocked phones can cost a fortune, but the savings more than make up for it. You can save thousands by not signing a contract. We've got six phones that come contract free! Read More ; it’ll save you a lot of money, even though it seems more expensive.

What other solutions do you have for a cracked phone screen? What did you do the last time you cracked your screen? Share your tips in the comments below!

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  1. C morgan
    January 10, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I cracked my screen when phone fell out of my pocket. Fortunately phone still worked but glass splintered. £190- 300 quotes too high to replace.

    I purchased a screen cover and it has created a new smooth surface that is safe to use and is helping keep the screen together. It will keep this samsung 7 edge going a while longer. Cost £12.99

  2. Kyle
    December 9, 2016 at 1:32 am

    I broke my phone at Disney World. LPT: Don't stay for the Magic Kingdom fireworks and expect to leave the park at closing time with everything intact. It was a madhouse.

  3. Brandon Acosta
    October 18, 2016 at 2:02 am

    The way I cracked my phone is completely irresponsible of me. First of all, I have an iPhone 5c and I know that it is a really crappy phone, including the cheapest one Apple has ever sold ever! So, I always like flinging it around and catching it in the air again. Don't judge it's so fun to do, and since I don't care about my phone, I did whatever I want. So, yesterday, in the library at CSUF at a Speech and Debate Tournament I decided to throw it into a lamp. The guy, a custodian dude, got it for me and it was completely unresponsive. BTW, it was already cracked and it was just a minor one, just across the top of the front of the phone and like a line across a centimeter of the edge, which happened earlier this year. It was really warm after being in the lamp.

    Today, this is the exciting part, for you guys and not me, I was bored. I threw my phone in the air about 4 times in my 4th-period class. I failed. I didn't catch it. It hit the corner of the desk and then fell face first on the floor. I was shocked, and I went to go get it. I got it and the blue part of the phone, the plastic "cover" that is connected to the phone was a little popped out and it was creepy. So, I just saw that and fixed it by pushing it in. By turning it on, I noticed the worst thing ever. It's screen, like the inside of it, broke. Now it has like rainbow lines across the top covering the bottom of the screen until the top of the time. I can see the battery, that's all and all the Verizon LTE stuff. Then there was this black liquid like across it. So, my phone didn;t crack, the screen just broke. I was so shocked at that moment that I lost control if my hand and dropped my phone. Tada, my screen shattered as well. Completely top to bottom. I started crying.

    My mom knows cause I had to tell her. She says I'm not getting a new phone even though my contract ended today and my birthday is tomorrow. WOW! She wished me good luck telling my dad. He is about to get home from work. Wish me luck! Worst day before my birthday ever, and I'm not getting the iPhone 7 PLUS 128GB Jet Black, which is the phone I AM DYING TO GET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BYE!

    • El
      November 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      You're dumb and you don't deserve a phone. Get a job and buy it your damn self.

  4. Miss You-Don't-Need-To-Know
    October 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

    The way I broke my phone screen is..... I threw it on the wall cause I found out it wasn't CHARGING... I'm not proud of it either. Now I'm only a kid so I have to talk to my mom about it anyway. If I don't get a phone well it's not the end of the world. Plus it's good that I can't use my phone now cause my tests are ahead. If only the laptop was out of the way as well... Lol!

  5. sharissa
    June 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

    dropped my tradie proof phone like 30 centimetres into wet mud with the cover on but the front part was open... i nearly cried because its unresponsive to touch :( cant even unlock it...

  6. Pingpong
    June 8, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I completely shattered my phone. Everything else still works. But it's just that... There are pieces that have fallen out, so now I can see the inside of my phone.

    One side has already popped out, as in my screen can just get ripped off if I just used force, I've already tapped it against a hard surface so the excess glass can come out. Please note that there are still some pieces left to be taken out, so I can still cut myself.

    So I'm not exactly sure if I should replace the glass or just get a new one. Please help me.

    • Pingpong
      June 8, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      And also. The crack is spread across my phone. But thankfully it didn't crack by the camera.

    • Nick
      July 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      dropped my phone while walking and the top right of my phone cracked now It cant do anything and when i turn it on it looks like a hacking rainbow

  7. Azmat
    June 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    BUT I BROKE MINE. ITS ONLY A SMALL HORIZONTAL SCRATCH AND I AM FREAKING OUT EVEN THOUGH I SHOULDN'T BE. I CAN'T TELL MY MOM BECAUSE I AM SCARED! PLZ HELP!!!

    • Jerbear
      June 3, 2016 at 2:01 am

      Same I broke mines today too

  8. mik
    June 2, 2016 at 3:17 am

    This really sucks for me because my phone is cracked and I still have 2 more years left on my contract?

    • JustMe
      June 7, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      my friend too. If someone has any advice please, you are welcome.
      She doens't have much money and she just bought it. She is too scared to tell her familiy. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!

      • SvotwaaLAD
        July 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm

        Buy a tempered glass screen protector, as long as it is cracked and not shattered or smashed, it will make the crack invisible and prevent further damage.
        You're Welcome
        ~Svotwa

  9. Anonymous
    May 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    The worst thing about iPhones is that even if you just try taking the glass protector off it cracks even if type actual phone screen doesn't crack!?..?...?...?...??...?...???

    • NAHHHHhhh
      December 23, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Why would you take it off anyway, unless it's already cracked and you're replacing it?

  10. Reema Eqab
    October 18, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I actually called Radioshack about my cracked Samsung Galaxy s3 screen, and the guy told me that no Radioshack performs that service.

  11. Kristian Vranjes
    September 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I cracked my phone and I havent got much money. Should i buy new or fix this?

  12. HAHA_No
    May 20, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    i just cracked my phone **tear tear** so this helps sooo much!!!

  13. nanoBorg
    May 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    You can now get glass screen protectors. Id like to think that it protects my phone that little bit more.
    If your looking for help fixing your screen there's an exciting new movement of volunteers helping you get you electrical items in order. The Restart Project host events called restart parties in which people with broken stuff are paired with repair enthusiasts to help them fix their stuff. http://Www.therestartproject.org . Its an open movement so if there's not one in your area then get people together and make it happen.

    • NAHHHHhhh
      December 23, 2016 at 4:28 am

      They really do protect your screen though, my phone would have been broken a loooooong time ago without it

  14. lasttatu
    March 19, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    My Samsung s3 isn't cracked to the touch, but its unresponsiveness . you can't feel cracks but the touch screen is not working and it's shadowed or splatty looking underneath the shadow ??? I've already been trying to deal with a battery drain issue, even after trying 3 new batteries. The phone insists I'm out of juice after I unplug from a full charge or goes to 40% level. It just plummets. I bought it on eBay 6 mos ago, no insurance, no warranty other than 30 day. I'm desparate and broke...any ideas, suggestions. I'm disabled and need my phone

    • Anonymous
      May 10, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      Are you sure it wasn't a shady seller?

  15. Yuvina
    March 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I also had a android phone which is now in service center as my nephew throw it to the wall and the glass cracked although it does work but who wants to use a cracked phone. So it is now in service center and it costs me too high and after being put the screen protector.
    And without repair can' t sold it also.
    So, in my experience android phone is little handle with care thing.

  16. Anonymous
    February 10, 2015 at 1:20 am

    A screen protector doesn't help......I have had one on and my tablet has cracked 3 times since I have had it on

    • Rressa
      March 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      I think they were saying for after it cracked.

      Screen protectors are for preventing scratches and whatnot. A case would be the best way to help prevent cracking

  17. Rafid
    December 11, 2014 at 3:26 am

    1. GPS Tracker. 2. Connect to TV and make it smart. 3. MP3 Player (always keeping the earphones attached) 4. Desk clock 5. Backup phone

  18. cynflux@gmail.com
    August 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I'm surprised to see that getting a case for your phone is not suggested.

  19. Robert
    July 31, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I drop my galaxy s3 6 days before the upgrade I switch my motherboard with my wifes phone. Every day for a week we shared the same screen.now I'm looking for a replacement on eBay with a bad esn and a good screen or one with water damage that I can place my motherboard in and resell on ebay

  20. Fart Sniffer
    July 31, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    That was the most useless article I've ever seen. Gee, fix it, hire someone to fix it, or buy a new one?! I would have never thought of those! I hope you don't get paid for this. Because it's slap in the face of every garbage man and blue-collar worker out there to get paid to write common sense.

    • J.c. R
      July 31, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Not everyone knows you can replace the screen yourself for less than $10.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 31, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Do you actually sniff farts?

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2014 at 2:34 am

      Since people either don't have common sense anymore or refuse to use it, they need this.

    • Fart Sniffer
      August 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      @Joshua Lockhart, Yes I do. Maybe Makeuseof will allow me to write an article about the proper way to sniff them.

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Now that would be an article worth reading!

    • Joshua Lockhart
      August 3, 2014 at 11:44 am

      More importantly, do you get paid to sniff farts?

  21. Shawn D
    July 31, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    THE first thing you should do is back it up in case it gets worse or goes south fast. I've seen someone loose everything after their screen cracked because all of a sudden they could not enter their password to unlock the encrypted device (only half the keyboard worked onscreen). If he had plugged it into a PC before it locked and started backing up what he could like photos he would have been good to go.

    • Robert
      July 31, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      I've switched. Motherboards in a droid x and. Galaxy s3. Because the LCD was shattered to then you can back it up if your borrowing someone's. Phone. Or buy a for parts phone on ebay

  22. henry kale
    July 31, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Modulates is really a strong partner for anyone interested in activating their video commerce campaigns across multiple networks.

  23. Zhong J
    July 31, 2014 at 2:42 am

    There might be someone you know that own unused phones, consider to ask them for donation.

  24. DeeDeeDee
    July 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    My screen was cracked and the cracks were spreading and catching on my fingers. A screen protector handled both problems.

    • Edward V
      August 1, 2014 at 5:47 am

      Yes, I think a screen protector can save a lot of trouble!

  25. jestermx6
    July 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    On your second (or sixth I guess) point about pushing through, if the glass is scratching/cutting fingers during use, a strip of clear packaging tape is usually perfect to keep the screen usable and safe. I've done it in the past and it protects the screen from further cracks or losing little shards of glass and protected my fingers from having those shards embedded in my skin.

    • Hildy J
      July 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      You might do better with an inexpensive screen protector that's designed to fit you phone.