You have just bought a new phone and before you have a chance to truly enjoy it you drop it. Even before it hits the ground, you know you will have to contend with a broken screen. You think about the expenses of replacing the screen, and you feel your heart drop.
Depending on the severity, you can continue to use your phone for a short time even with a broken screen. However, you need to plan to repair it as soon as possible so that you do not make the situation worse. The crack may get deeper, you could get a sliver of glass into your hands, or water and other debris can find their way into your phone. So what should you do?
· Assess the Damage to the Phone
Your phone screen has an LCD and Glass cover. The latter protects the LCD, and if you drop your phone, you should pray that it is the one that breaks and not the LCD. Take note of how the phone looks and whether it is responsive.
· Backup Your Data
If you must consult an expert due to the severity of the damage, you should back up any critical files that you may want to save. Nowadays, we have cloud storage, so this should not be an issue.
· Do You Have a Warranty
Your warranty may not cover damages such as broken screens. However, it gives you access to the manufacturer who has the best knowledge of the phone.
If you do not have a warranty, you will need to take it to the local repair shop but make sure the person you are dealing with has relevant qualifications.
· Try the DIY Phone Repair Tips
We may have all been in the situation where you need to repair your phone but may not have money at the moment. That is why we feel it is essential that we share with you some fantastic DIY tips on how to repair a broken screen. Here is the thing though, you must have realistic expectations even as you try some of the suggestions we will share below. They may or may not work, but it does not hurt to try, you never know you could save yourself some money. It also helps to know when you should leave the job to the experts. So here we go:-
Toothpaste is excellent for fixing small scratches. It is as simple as putting some toothpaste on a piece of cotton. You then need to rub it over the scratch gently, but you must be careful that it does not find its way into the inner parts of your device.
– Use Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil is excellent for hiding scratches. The procedure is the same as you would with the toothpaste; the only thing you need to do is remember that you will need to keep reapplying it because it will rub off.
– Homemade Screen Protector
If you can afford it, you should most definitely buy a screen protector. But, the reality is sometimes the pockets are less than willing, and you have to get creative. Look for a transparent plastic bag and wrap it around the mobile phone. It is a short-term cure, but it will help prevent the scratch from getting worse.
– Sand Paper
Sounds crazy, right? I mean, who would recommend taking a coarse piece of paper and rubbing it on your screen. Well, apparently some DIYer tried it, and it worked. It will work well for any small marks that appear on your phone, but you need to be very careful. We would recommend that you leave this one as the final resort.
– Baking Soda
Baking soda has so many uses. You can use it to brush your teeth to make them whiter. Soak your feet in a water, baking soda, and lime mixture, and you will have baby soft feet in minutes. Now, you can also use baking soda to fix your broken screen. Mix the baking soda and water in the ratio of 2:1. Now, follow the same procedure as you would if you were using toothpaste. This is a temporary cure, but it should tide you over, until the time you are ready to replace the screen.
– Turtle Wax, Creams and Oils
Turtle Wax, creams, and oils will help you repair the cracks on your screen. You should however never use them on a screen that has an oleophobic coating. You must ensure that none of the oils or wax enters any of the ports.
You will also find several tutorials online that can help you fix various problems with your phone. However, we would recommend that if you are not very good with DIYs, you should not undertake the process on your own.
· Let it go
If you have ever been in the situation where you go to the local repairman, and the bill for repairing the phone is almost the cost of buying a new one. You may, at this point, realize that it is better to let the old phone go. Some people will buy such phones, including that very local repairman, who will tear it apart for spare parts. You can also check out some online platforms such as eBay to find customers. You can then use the money you receive from the sale of the phone towards the purchase of a new one.
We have shared with you some things you can do if you have a phone that has a cracked screen. Do note, some of the ideas we have in the DIY section are from research. We have not necessarily tried all the tips, and you must, therefore, take due care not to damage your phone further if you opt to try. We must, however, emphasize that you should do a proper assessment, before trying any of the DIYs.