All around the world, every day, people drop their phones. There’s always that gut wrenching feeling, just before picking up your freshly dropped, face down phone – is it cracked? That’s usually when you turn it round to find the iPhone LCD screen has indeed, been cracked.
Despite technology advancements in strengthening LCD screens, Apple iPhone’s still have a high probability to shatter if dropped.
Considering how common it is for iPhone owners to drop, crack, and damage their iPhone LCD screen, you would think that the screen repair would be inexpensive, however this is not the case! Unfortunately, replacing a screen for an iPhone can be very expensive affair.
Of course, if you have damaged your LCD screen then you might be wondering how much it will cost to repair your iPhone. Check out Apple’s official repair costs below by clicking on the image.
The prices above show a screen repair cost with Apple care and the costs for out of warranty replacement. Please note, if there is other damage to your iPhone then you may end up paying for the phone replacement warranty. Please click on link below for further costs – all costs include VAT.
As iPhones are so popular, there are many third-party repairers in your local area. They can be found by searching on Google or searching on sites like yell.com, we suggest searching for “mobile phone repair near me” to find applicable stores. Many local repair shops offer iPhone screen replacements at a fraction of the cost of Apple’s authorised repair channel, however be warned if you go down this route you will void your warranty with Apple.
Please note that if you opt to take your phone in to Apple for repair and there is other physical damage to the phone, Apple will charge you the replacement cost, which is very high. Some Apple authorised repairers will sometimes refuse a repair if there is major structural damage or quote an unreasonable price to repair your iPhone.
Where to get your iPhone repaired for a more affordable rate.
As iPhones are so popular, there are many third party repairers in your local area. They can be found by searching on Google, or searching on yell.com (search for “mobile phone repair”). Many local repair shops offer iPhone screen replacements at a fraction of the cost of Apple’s authorised repair channel, however be warned if you go down this route you will void your warranty with Apple.
As third party repairs shops will not be using genuine parts, some customers worry about quality of goods, however third party screens have very little to no difference in quality compared to original Apple screens and most customers will not see a difference.
Of course, when taking your phone to a local repair business you can be sure that the service will be far faster as most repair shops will be able to do the repair while you wait, which is not something you will get from an Apple store.
Faster, more affordable and near quality of the original screen – so what’s the catch you ask?
You need to be sure that the repair shop you are taking your phone to are a reputable company – you can check this by checking online reviews. Most repair shops will have them and anything over a 4 is normally a good sign; it is rare you will find a business with a 5 out of 5 rating as it is near impossible to please all customers all of the time. It is advisable to do this as a bad repair could lead to more damage and ultimately the cost of a replacement phone.
When choosing a third party repair shop be sure to go with businesses that offer at least a 12 month warranty on the repair. If they are not offering this then it is most likely they are using an inferior LCD screen, something you will not want to use on your phone.
The other issue when using third party repairs is that Apple will know when you have replaced a part with a third-party component. This has been known to brick a device (stop it from functioning completely) A few years ago Apple brought out an update which would brick any iPhone or Tablet that had its home button touch ID replaced, this caused an error 53 issue. Apple were forced to bring out a new update shortly afterwards to fix this issue. Earlier this year, Apple released a new update which stopped the touch working on all iPhone 8 third party display repairs. Though after extensive pressure by media coverage, Apple released a new update to fix this issue with the release of iOS 11.3.1.
This might be Apple’s way of trying to stop third party companies repairing iPhones, however, there is fortunately a law passed which gives the right to repair using third party components.
Getting your iPhone Screen repaired, or for that matter any other type iPhone repair, by local repair shops will likely be cheaper, although you might hit some snags along the way with Apple updates as explained above.
DIY – Repair your own iPhone LCD Screen
As the iPhone is so popular there are many third party parts suppliers in the UK that stock replacement LCD Screens for iPhone. iParts4u are one of those with various quality products available and 12 months warranty to ensure you have peace of mind.
If you are confident enough to try to repair your iPhone screen yourself, this will be cheaper for you, however this is not for someone that lacks any kind of technical ability to do this kind of repair. If you are not well versed in this type of repair we would recommend taking the iPhone to a business that is. One very important thing about repairing any iDevice is that you must disconnect the battery prior to removing the LCD screen or doing any type of repair where you are disconnecting parts from the mother board. This is extremely important as this will stop you from causing more damage – a lot of the online guides and video tutorials will miss this out.
There are some really good online guides and videos for repairing an iPhone screen. One source for guides is iFixit – they are a good source of repair guides for many makes and models of phone and tablet repairs.
If you need to fix or replace your iPhone X LCD screen then it is not advisable to do a home repair. This is because if you replace the screen from home you will lose the light sensor function, however if you send your iPhone to iParts4u then they have the ability to replace the LCD screen and load the data from your existing LCD screen to the replacement screen to ensure you keep the light sensor function. There are only a few third party companies that can currently offer this type of repair in the UK. Repair costs for the iPhone X LCD screen are currently set at £200.00 and can be repaired within a few hours, however if you opt for the third party repair you will void your Apple warranty.
Let us know what you think about this article. Do you prefer to send your phone off to Apple or would you go down the third party route? Drop us a comment and let us know.