Broken screens may appear a simple cosmetic issue, but damage sustained can be hidden. Your screen works for now, but over time you may notice the brightness fade or the touch sensitivity decrease, with the result that your device stops functioning as it once did.
Broken screens can cause internal hardware issues that require a professional fix or, in some cases, a replacement phone. However, with many different causes of broken iPhone screens, it can be difficult to know what to do to fix yours.
In this article, we guide you through the different steps to take to remedy your broken screen.
When your iPhone screen stops working it can feel like the end of the world because, ultimately, your device is useless if you cannot use the touchscreen. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to fix it, providing that there are no serious hardware issues.
If the touchscreen isn’t working, the first step we recommend is forcing your iPhone to restart. This process can help clear glitches and restore your phone to its normal functioning self. Depending on the type of iPhone you have, you should be able to use a combination of buttons to force a restart. On some models, you hold down the power button. However, on others, you push and hold a combination of power and volume buttons. For further information, refer to Apple’s iPhone user guide to Force restart your iPhone.
Sometimes, iPhone screens can stop working due to a faulty charging cable or another accessory connected via the lightning port. By disconnecting it, you may find your screen starts to work again. If that happens, it is likely the accessory is incompatible with your iPhone; a common issue with a range of cheap headphones, power banks and other iPhone accessories.
For most people, their iPhone is the first thing they pick up in the morning and the last thing they put down at night. We use our devices throughout the day at home, at work, while shopping, in the gym, and basically, everywhere we go. So, it is understandable the touchscreen attracts dust, dirt and debris that can disrupt the way your phone functions. iPhones have a capacitive touchscreen that senses your fingertips through electrical conductance – the efficacy of which can be reduced by liquids, moisture, and muc. If you think that could be causing your iPhone screen not to work, you should thoroughly clean and dry the surface – and your hands – before using it again.
Because most iPhones costing hundreds of pounds, it is only natural you will want to take steps to protect your investment by using cases and screen protectors. However, sometimes you may notice that these extras can cause your iPhone screen to stop working as it should. Some screen protectors may be too thick for the touchscreen to register your fingers, while others cover too much of the screen, causing it to glitch. If you think these protective additions may be affecting your screen, try removing them and seeing if it fixes the problem.
If, after trying all of the methods mentioned, your screen still isn’t working, you may want to try a factory rest of your iPhone. This is often a last resort because it can cause you to lose all of your photos, contacts and other important data if you haven’t recently backed up your device. However, it may be necessary to try if nothing else is working.
If you have no access to your iPhone screen, these are the steps you can take to factory reset using your computer:
If your iPhone screen is damaged but still working as it should, then it can be tempting not to address the problem. Nobody wants to pay out for an unnecessary fix, and although the damage may seem cosmetic, there are dangers of not fixing a broken screen, such as:
iPhone screens act as so much more than just a display. The are an essential barrier between your device’s hardware and the elements. Screens serve as an airtight seal that keeps the internal portion of your phone protected from moisture, dirt, dust and other debris. However, by not fixing a cracked phone screen, you risk letting everything from pocket lint to moisture from your fingers seep into your device. This is likely to cause long-term damage.
Although it may not seem dangerous, cracked and broken iPhones can pose a serious safety hazard. Many people with smashed screens are at risk of cutting their fingers on sharp, exposed shards of glass, but the dangers don’t end there. Compromised phone screens put you at risk of electric shocks, expose you to radiation, and are a fire hazard. As a temporary fix, you can place clear tape over the affected area to protect your fingers and prevent fire hazardous dust from accumulating in the cracks.
Your cracked screen may work for now, but you may notice that the touch response performance and sensitivity decrease over time. The longer your screen is left in this condition, the more chance of dust and moisture seeping into the phone and causing the hardware to malfunction.
iPhone screens being damaged is a fairly common occurrence, and Apple provides its own repair service. If your phone is not covered by a warranty, Apple will expect you to pay hundreds of pounds for a screen repair, ranging between £136.44 for an iPhone 5s up to £ 316.44 for an iPhone 13 Pro Max.
At those prices, many people would rather buy a new phone altogether and naturally seek out cheaper repair options.
When it comes to repairing a broken iPhone screen, we would always recommend calling on the help and expertise of a professional phone repair company such as IM Fixed. However, a range of iPhone screen replacement kits can be purchased from online retailers.
If your broken screen is simply a cosmetic issue, a DIY option may be an effective quick fix.
Often there will be instructions or links to a video tutorial with the kit you purchase, but the process of replacing an iPhone screen generally follows the same steps:
After you have followed all of these steps, you should be able to switch your iPhone back on to test the screen’s functionality without reattaching the screws. It is, however, important to note that iPhone screen repairs can be tricky and it only takes one wrong move to cause your phone to stop working completely.
If you don’t want to risk a DIY job, we recommend contacting a specialist in our team at IM Fixed, one that is experienced in carrying out screen repairs.
Instead of a risky DIY job or a costly Apple fix, you will save yourself a lot of time, money and stress by employing the services of a phone repair specialist like IM Fixed. Our service is not only carried out to the highest standards by trained and qualified staff, but we also offer a price guarantee to ensure you are always paying fairly.
Unlike an at-home fix, by using a repair specialist your device will be thoroughly assessed for any internal and external defects to ensure the longevity and health of your iPhone.
It is estimated that more than 50 million phone screens break every year. Unsurprisingly, as one of the biggest phone manufacturers, Apple’s iPhones make up a large percentage of these numbers.
Despite each new edition of the iPhone being more advanced than the previous one, the fragility of their screens remains the same, resulting in British people spending more than £680m each year to pay for repairs. Whether your iPhone screen has been damaged by heat, water, or after being dropped, it is important that you act straightaway.
Whether your iPhone screen has been damaged by heat, water, or a fall, don’t wait for the problem to worsen.
At IM Fixed, we are proud to offer screen repairs on the majority of iPhone models, which can be found on our iPhone Repair page.
Here you will be able to select your model, the fix required and see what prices we currently charge. Wherever you’re based, we are committed to offering a fast, friendly, professional and reliable service via post and offer a call-out, pick-up and drop-off service within a 20-mile radius of Greater Manchester.
1. What if i live too far?
You can always book your repair online and ship the device to us.
2. Do you do iPad repairs?
Yes, we do repairs for all devices.
3. How much warranty do I get?
You get a total on 12 months warranty.
4. Do I loose my data when my device gets repaired?
No, it stays.
5. How much is it to repair my phone?
it depends on the device model.
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