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Change iPhone screen: Everything you need to keep in mind

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If unfortunately the screen of your iPhone has been broken, you have different alternatives at your disposal to fix it. We tell you the options you have at your disposal, their prices and the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.

The screen is one of the most fragile components of our smartphone, and can crack or break easily in case of suffering a fall or accidental impact.

If it has happened to you, surely you wonder if repairing the screen of your iPhone is a service covered by the warranty or by AppleCare, what is the price of replacing the panel in case it does not cover the warranty, where can you do the repair? And many other doubts.

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In this report we will answer all these questions so you know what to do if the screen of your iPhone has broken and what are the alternatives you have at your disposal to fix it.

Change iPhone screen in the official technical service of Apple or authorized suppliers

Although it is the most expensive alternative, changing iPhone screen in the official technical service of Apple or authorized providers is the most recommended option. In this way, you make sure that the panel you are going to install is official and the company will take care of any problem arising from the repair.

Is the repair of the iPhone screen covered by the warranty or Apple Care?

If you wonder if repairing iPhone screen is covered by the warranty, we regret to tell you that in most cases this is not the case. Apple will only be responsible for the replacement of the panel in case it has been broken by a factory defect, but, as stated by the corporation, most of the screen repairs are caused by accidental damage, so they are not covered by the Apple warranty.

In case you have contracted AppleCare Protection Plan for your iPhone, unfortunately the plan does not cover the repair of the screen in most cases, unless it has been broken by a defect in the factory or materials.

Here, you will find two options at your disposal:

  • Take the smartphone for repair by searching for an authorized Apple local service provider or making a reservation in the Genius Bar. To request the fix, you need to enter your Apple ID and password, and you can search for the store closest to the location that you choose. In case the establishment has available the reservation option, you can make an appointment. In addition, the system informs you if the stores have a screen repair service on the same day.
  • Send to repair to the Apple repair center that suits you. Through this option, the corporation will pick up your mobile phone at the address you indicate, will carry out the repair in a maximum of five working days and will send your fixed iPhone. In case you choose this alternative, at the price of the repair you will have to add a shipping cost fee of 12.10 euros.

Change iPhone screen in a third-party repair service

Another alternative that you have at your disposal is to change the iPhone screen in a third party repair service. Chances are that in repair shops that are not related to Apple offer a cheaper price for the replacement of the broken panel, which allows you to save a lot of money.

However, the cheap can be very expensive. One of the problems that you can find is that it is possible that they install a low quality screen, so you will resent the display.

On the other hand, if your iPhone is still covered by the warranty period, replacing the screen in a third party service may cause problems. As you can read in the text of Apple’s warranty, the coverages do not apply in case of “damages caused by the use of the parts with a component of another manufacturer that does not meet the specifications of the Apple Products”, nor “damage caused by a service (including upgrades and extensions) by a person (including updates and extensions) by a person other than Apple’s representative or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP)”. In addition, it also states that “opening the Apple product or removing the protective caps may cause damage that is not covered by this warranty. Only Apple or an AASP should repair this Apple Product”.

Therefore, if your iPhone is in the warranty period, it is not advisable to replace the screen in a third party service, as it could cause problems in case you need to carry out another repair that is covered by the warranty.

In case your smartphone is no longer under warranty, if you wish you can change the screen in a third-party service. Of course, it is advisable that you go to a place of trust, that they inform you of the characteristics of the component that they are going to install and that they offer you a minimum guarantee in case something stops working well after replacing the component.

The price for changing iPhone screen in third party workshops varies depending on the establishment you go to, the quality of the panel and the model of the device. Before deciding on one place or another, besides the cost, compare the features of the component and the guarantee offered to you.

Change the iPhone screen on your own

If you have knowledge of electronics and you think you are able to change the iPhone screen on your own, what you can do is buy a panel of the model of your iPhone and replace it yourself. Of course, as in the previous case, it is only recommended that you do it when the device is no longer under warranty, since otherwise it could cause problems if you need any coverage.

To help you change the iPhone screen yourself, on the Internet you will find plenty of tutorials that show you how to do it step by step. You can buy the spare part in online or physical stores, as well as in second-hand shops, but before purchasing the screen, make sure it is a quality panel.