Updated by James Bruce.
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 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.
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.
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 a broken mobile phone display yourself if you have the right instructions. If you broke anything else on your phone, chances are you’ll find a DIY fix somewhere. 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.
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! 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; 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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