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Perhaps a runaway elephant stepped on your recently dropped phone in a parking lot adjacent to the local zoo. Maybe your crazy ex-girlfriend tracked you down, took your phone, and threw it off a bridge just so she could ask you, “Why aren’t you returning my calls?!” in person. Or, well, maybe you just accidentally cracked your phone’s screen in a normal fashion.

But unfortunately, the obvious solutions are out: you didn’t opt in for phone insurance Should You Consider Buying Insurance For All Your Gadgets? Should You Consider Buying Insurance For All Your Gadgets? With portable hardware costing more and more you could be quite easily carrying around $2,000 worth of equipment simply by taking a smartphone and a laptop on a train. Mobile phones and tablets can represent... Read More , phone financing isn’t practical, and you never signed up for an “upgrade anytime” plan. What can you do?

Here are seven suggestions to help you out.

#7. Ask Around For Temps

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For whatever reason, some people are under the impression that – immediately after cracking their phone’s screen – they must get a brand spanking new phone. People, we live in a very social (and at the same time, so very anti-social) age. Why not just ask if anybody still has an old phone laying around that they aren’t using?

In most cases, it’s as simple as changing over the SIM card Why Do Cellphones Need a SIM Card? Why Do Cellphones Need a SIM Card? Haven't we come far enough with technology that such a thing as SIM cards shouldn't matter anymore? What is a SIM card and why is it so important? Read More (or in other cases, a certain activation process is required). While compensation is always nice to offer, you may find a good Samaritan willing to dish out a non-used phone for you to use, pro bono. So get to posting on Facebook, tweet it out, and send out millions of emails. You never know who will be willing to assist!

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#6. Push Through

So let’s face it, people. Your phone screen is cracked – not completely and totally removed. Is the text legible? Does the screen still respond to your touch? Are you getting scratched each and every time you swipe through your messages? No?

Well, why not stick it out?

Let’s be real, it’s not the end of the world. It’s entirely possible to keep using it until your contract is up (especially if said contract ends in something like three months). Give it a shot and see if you can push through.

#5. Perform A DIY Repair

No, you don’t need a new phone. In fact, you can simply just replace the screen yourself. If you head on over to a site like iFixIt, where there are several tutorials to get you started (as well as the parts you need). 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…

The tutorials on iFixit are incredibly visual with both thorough image-based guides and in-depth videos. If you’re up for a little DIY project, go for it.

#4. Hire Someone To Do The Repair

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While you could take your phone to the official manufacturer – say, for instance, the Apple Store – you’re going to pay through your nose. 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. Then again, chain shops like RadioShack (yes, they are still in business) offer their own service which actually starts at $59.99. The point is that phone screen repair exists, and it’s also somewhat affordable.

#3. Trade-in Or Sell Your Broken Phone

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Even thought your phone has a screen that has been completely destroyed, this doesn’t mean you can’t sell it. Many vendors like Glyde, Gazelle, and Gizmogul will buy your phone for a small fee. While it always varies, chances are you aren’t going to make much of a profit. However, the idea is to use that cash towards a replacement phone so that you can get it at a lower price.

It’s going to be easier for these companies to repair these phones since they likely have staffers and replacement parts in bulk, so they can spend less on the repair. This allows them to buy your broken phone for a lower price, fix it at low cost, and flip it for a marginal profit. Easy stuff.

#2. Scout Around eBay and Amazon

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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? (Wouldn’t that be funny…)

You may even be able to find something on Craigslist, but we understand how shady that can occasionally be Taking The Battle To Craigslist Scammers: How To Avoid Scams On Craigslist Taking The Battle To Craigslist Scammers: How To Avoid Scams On Craigslist Launched way back in 1995, Craigslist took the Internet world by storm with its innovative cross of classified ads with the web. But as with all Internet-based transactions, some users prefer to game the system... Read More . This is merely a reminder to look in the more obvious places for replacement phones, too.

#1. Just Buy A New One

Sometimes the most blatant answer is never given: just buy a new phone. Sometimes it’s good to splurge on yourself. Furthermore, the cost of a replacement phone plus the eventual new one you will get is actually more than just buying a new one right out the gate. Just keep long-term investments in mind.

What other solutions do you have for a cracked phone screen? What did you do the last time you cracked your screen?

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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...

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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!?..?...?...?...??...?...???

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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?

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

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