There’s no way around it – cracking your iPhone means cracking your wallet. Luckily, you’ve got more options than we’ve got puns, and we’re here to help break them down for you.
Since we purchase damaged iPhones and spruce them up for resale, consider us your personal educated, unbiased experts on phone screen repairs. So, without any further adieu, here are the top places for iPhone screen repair.
The Apple Store
Best for Big Spenders and Apple Addicts
If you need the comfort of knowing your phone is 100% good as new after being repaired, then Apple is, without a doubt, the best choice for you. When Apple repairs your iPhone screen, you can rest easy knowing they’re using genuine Apple parts installed by highly trained professionals.
The repaired parts will be covered for a minimum of 90 days or the remainder of your AppleCare coverage, whichever is longer. The problem with Apple screen repair is that it often doesn’t make sense for older model iPhones.
For example, the cost for Apple to repair an out-of-warranty iPhone 7 screen is $149 (or only $29 if your device is covered by AppleCare+). You can buy an iPhone 7 on eBay (in mint condition) for the same price and keep your cracked one as a family heirloom for that price.
For that reason, generally speaking, we don’t recommend using Apple to replace your iPhone screen unless you have one of the newest models, like the iPhone XS or iPhone 11 Pro, or have AppleCare+.
Apple Authorized Repair Centers
Best for Those Who Wish They Lived Near an Apple Store
Apple authorized repair centers offer all the advantages of getting your device fixed by Apple, but with way more options to choose from, making it the perfect option if you don’t live close to an Apple Store.
For example, Best Buy is an Apple authorized screen repair center. The prices are the same as Apple’s, plus the only real disadvantage is that the staff will likely be a bit less knowledgeable than an Apple Genius. Or you might end up leaving with a bonus refrigerator.
You can find an authorized repair center here.
Best for the Frugal and Adventurous
It’s true! In addition to Jesus Toast, you can also get your screen repaired on eBay.
eBay has various vendors that offer mail-in iPhone screen repair services. Here’s how it works. You pay for the repair upfront, ship them your iPhone, and they’ll repair and ship it back to you for free.
The biggest drawback is clearly that it’s super sketchy to send your iPhone to a random eBay seller, right? Trust us, we hear you. That’s why we’re only recommending one specific eBay seller, TechSpert Repair. In the past, before we had our own in-house repair techs, we sent this company all of our cracked iPhones and they did a great job repairing them.
Not only are they screen repair pros, but they also have specialized equipment that allows them to only replace the glass portion of the screen instead of the entire LCD. Since the glass portion of the screen is super cheap, they’re able to fix screens for next to nothing and pass the savings on to customers.
The added benefit is you get to keep your genuine Apple LCD instead of getting it replaced with a lower quality third-party screen. The price really speaks for itself since when this article was written, the glass repair cost on any of these iPhones models was just $24.99.
|iPhone 6||iPhone 6S Plus||iPhone 8|
|iPhone 6 Plus||iPhone 7||iPhone 8 Plus|
|iPhone 6S||iPhone 7 Plus|
They advertise a one- to three-day repair time, but speaking from experience, we can say it may take a week or slightly more if they’re backed up. This option only makes sense if you can be without your iPhone for at least a week and only the glass itself is broken, not the LCD underneath. Also, they can’t replace the glass if your iPhone screen has already been previously repaired.
Third-Party Repair Shops
Best for Compromisers
Local repair iPhone repair stores like ubreakifix, Experimax, and others are a middle-of-the-road option. You’re going to get a quality screen replacement and, generally speaking, you can figure on paying about $50 to $80 less than whatever Apple is charging.
The caveat is you’re going to get an aftermarket screen that, while still “good,” is not the same quality as Apple’s, and could potentially void any remaining Apple warranty if it’s not installed correctly.
Also, keep in mind that if you ever sell the iPhone, it could be worth less because of the aftermarket screen. Before going this route, make sure you’re getting at least a 90-day warranty for parts and labor, which is standard for the industry. Click here to see repair shops near you.
Repair It Yourself
Best for the Brave or Handy
Possibly the best part of repairing an iPhone screen yourself is that it basically makes you an Apple Genius. You may even want to write that down on your resume. But can you actually pull off a repair yourself? Definitely maybe.
If you’re handy or have tinkered with repairs of another kind before, you can probably handle repairing the screen yourself and save some green for your trouble in the process. iFixit has very detailed guides on how to repair the screen for every iPhone model. Check them out and decide for yourself if you’re equipped to do the repair.
We also recommend purchasing your screen from iFixit. They’re very high quality for third-party screens, as well as reasonably priced (we have personally used their screens in the past).
Replacing the screen yourself will likely take you about an hour. The cost ranges from $50 to $80 for the screen and tool kit depending on your model. If that seems expensive, keep in mind you can get screens much cheaper on eBay, but the quality is hit or miss.
Don’t Repair It At All
Best for Creative Thinkers and Couch Potatoes
The last option for repairing your iPhone screen is quite clever, if we do say so ourselves. Plus, it’s an option we can actually help you out with: Just sell it and buy a replacement.
You’d probably be surprised to hear that cracked iPhones can be sold for a price very comparable to ones in good condition. Here’s a simple example of why this option makes so much sense:
Market value of a cracked iPhone 7 (32GB unlocked) at the time of writing: $65
Market value of the same model in good condition at the time of writing: $115
If you followed this method, you’d only take a $50 loss by selling your damaged iPhone 7 and buying another one instead of shelling out $149 to Apple, $97 to ubreakifix, or $70 to try and fix it yourself.
On top of that, you’ll never be without a phone because you can keep using your cracked one up until the point you purchase a replacement. Thanks to our specific “cracked” condition category, GadgetGone is one of only a handful of places that will offer you a solid, instant offer for a cracked iPhone.
For other ways to sell your cracked iPhone, click here.
Hopefully, you’ve learned a thing or two about iPhone screen repair. Any of these options will serve you well, so there’s no reason to not take care of that screen ASAP.
A final thought: Once you get that shiny new screen, buy a case and glass screen protector for it this go-round, yeah?
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