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iPhone Screen Repairs: Everything You Need To know

Most iPhone owners in Houston will, at some point in their lifetime, need to fix a broken screen. It’s just the nature of owning an expensive mobile device that is often dropped, scratched, and used. Replacing your iPhone screen can be stressful and time-consuming. Still, luckily many companies offer convenient ways to repair these screens quickly and effectively with minimal impact on you as the consumer.

What is an iPhone Screen Repair?

An iPhone screen repair is when your phone’s glass, LCD, OLED, or Digitizer screen has become damaged or cracked, usually due to a drop or spill. The result in most cases is that you will not be able to see your screen correctly, or touch input may also become problematic if it works at all. An iPhone screen repair aims to fix this problem by either replacing or fixing the damaged screen of your iPhone.

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Are all iPhone screen repairs created equal?

Unfortunately, not. The quality of an iPhone screen repair will directly relate to the price you pay for it, and this is especially true when buying replacement screens online or in stores. Many companies offer unusually cheap iPhone screen repairs, but there are many reasons why these may be a bad idea; here are some things to look out for.

What is a “cheap” aftermarket iPhone screen?

Most of the time, cheap or low-quality replacement screens are just that – poorly made products from unreliable suppliers that either don’t work well or won’t last long before breaking again. They may also be missing crucial layers, have terrible color accuracy, and have low peak brightness.

While this may seem like a good deal at first glance, it is almost always better to go with an OEM grade Apple iPhone screen replacement because they are much higher quality and are typically backed by a lifetime warranty when sold through a reputable third-party repair shop.

What is a “high-quality” iPhone screen?

High-quality or OEM grade replacement parts are usually made by manufacturers that copy Apple, very carefully with top-quality materials for better performance and greater longevity. For example, when you pay slightly more for an iPhone screen repair, you get a higher-quality screen and better customer service after you have made your purchase.

OEM grade replacement screens are often more durable and longer-lasting than cheaper alternatives because they are manufactured with the highest standards in mind for both internal hardware components as well as materials used to make them. For example, Apple screens have a special coating on the screen called oleophobic coating that is aimed at making the screen more resistant to smudging. This is a feature that cheaper screens often do not have and which can make using your iPhone much less pleasant over time due to fingerprints, oil residue, and dirt getting trapped in between layers of glass.

Which screen type fits my needs?

If you’re tight on money or are just looking to recover data from your phone, a cheap iPhone screen replacement might be the best option for you.

A high-quality iPhone screen repair will last longer and look better than its cheaper alternative, but it’s not always necessary for everyone. If you can spare some extra money, then spending more on repairs is probably worth it because the screens won’t break as easily, which means that even though it costs more upfront, in the long run cost of ownership ends up being less expensive overall compared with lower quality parts. If a cheap repair costs $50 and you have to repeat it every 1-2 months (it happens a lot!), it’s probably just best to go with the $75 screen repair to start.

What about warranty?

So you’ve decided on which repair is suitable for you, and now you want to know about the warranty. Some iPhone screen repairs come with a warranty, but not all of them do. If you’re wondering why this is important, it’s because an iPhone repair that comes with some sort of warranty means that the company selling the part wants to stand behind their product and be confident enough in its quality to offer customers protection against defects or failure over time.

Unfortunately, most cheap iPhone screen repairs don’t come with a warranty, and there’s usually a good reason for this.

Companies that sell high-quality iPhone screens will typically offer customers some sort of warranty as part of their purchase because they know that the parts are made to last over time without breaking down or falling unexpectedly. We actually offer the best warranties in the industry. A lifetime warranty on all of our iPhone screen repairs.

Where does Apple come into play?

Alright, we’ve talked a lot about independent repair shops (we’re one so that might be why) but where does Apple come into play?

Apple offers a limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for one year. That warranty does not include any accidental damage so if you were to accidentally break your iPhone screen, you would have to pay full price just like everyone else, and Apple screen repair prices live up to Apple’s fame for exorbitant prices. At the time of writing this, our price for an iPhone 11 screen repair is $99. Apple charges $199. That’s a $101 difference, & don’t forget to tack on the sales tax!

But wait.. doesn’t apple offer AppleCare?

Absolutely! AppleCare is Apple’s warranty for iPhones against accidental damage, sounds great, right? Let’s do the math. AppleCare costs $199 for two years. That’s $199 you’re never seeing again, even if you don’t break your iPhone Screen! The cherry on top is their $29 deductible for an iPhone screen repair, AND you’re limited to two claims per year. Yikes. If you’re breaking your screen more than 3 times a year, yes. Please get AppleCare, and we’d love to sell you a case and screen protector.

If you only break your screen once or twice every couple of years, it just doesn’t make sense to get AppleCare. You’re basically prepaying MORE for what a repair should cost. That’s kind of silly if you ask us! It makes even less sense when you take our lifetime warranty into account. It covers any screen defect, issue, and accidental damage to internal components of our screens. As long as the glass isn’t cracked. We’ll replace it.

How much does an iPhone screen repair cost?

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. How much does an iPhone screen repair cost? That depends on the model of your iPhone, where you’re getting it fixed, and how long ago the phone was released. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Older iPhones (for example iPhone 6s is 2015) are around $50, including labor & parts.

If you’re looking at an iPhone that’s still current (iPhone 11), the screen repair is around $80 to $99. Newer models can be a bit more expensive due to the added technology and cost of parts.

Do you need an iPhone screen repair? How do I know if my phone needs a new screen or not?

This is such a great question! We get it all the time, but there’s no hard and fast rule for when your phone screen has reached its last leg (we lied, we have two rules, so keep reading). The best thing to do is take a look at the phone and try to assess how bad it might be. If your screen’s cracked, obviously you need one. But what if there are little dings around the edge of the glass? It may not look as bad but those could turn into bigger issues over time like dead spots that won’t respond to touch or complete inoperability. We have two rules of thumb at CellFix for when it’s time for a new iPhone Screen.

  1. If your thumb is getting cut, it’s time for a new screen.
  2. If you can’t use your phone normally, it’s time for a new screen.

If you’re not sure if your phone can be repaired or you think it’s too expensive, we’d love to help! Just come on in and ask one of our associates or contact us.

Is it worth it to get my iPhone screen repaired?

It sure is! We’re here to tell you that it’s definitely worth the investment. The average cost of a flagship iPhone is at an all-time. An iPhone 13 Pro Max is $1,199. That’s a whole mortgage payment! If you’re rocking a newer model phone, there’s no way that it isn’t worth a fraction of that price to keep your phone working and looking good.

The good thing is older phones get less expensive to fix as time goes on as well. So if you’re still using an iPhone 5s, you’re in luck!

Frequently Ask Questions about iPhone Screen Repairs

iPhone screen repair is the #1 most requested service at CellFix. The iPhone is a very popular phone to repair. This is due to the popularity of the phone, and its relatively thin design. When we get a walk-in iPhone screen repair, most of the time it is because the screen is cracked, and the iPhone is usually cracked across the entire front screen. An iPhone screen repair is not as difficult as it may sound. For a screen repair, the iPhone usually takes about 15 minutes to repair, and we usually have the iPhone screen repair completed within an hour.

iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, and more.

It depends on the repair you are trying to get done. The iPhone 6s/6s+ and iPhone 7/7+ are the easiest to repair and can take less than 30 minutes to be fixed. On the other hand, the iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5s/5c take longer as they are more complicated.

If you see water residue on the screen, it is water damage. If you have liquid damage and you have a warranty on your phone, you should contact Apple or your carrier. If you are not covered by a warranty, the liquid damage repair at CellFix Houston will be cheaper than a new iPhone.

Yes. While we cant guarantee the repair, we have done many water damaged devices before and have had success each time.

There are two ways to fix a broken screen. You can either use a thirdparty repair service, like CellFix, or you can use your phones warranty to get it replaced.

Again, you should remove the iPhone from the pool of water ASAP. After that, you should turn it off. If possible, remove the SIM card, memory card, and battery. Then, use dry rice to absorb any remaining moisture inside the iPhone. Bring the iPhone to CellFix ASAP for the highest chance of reviving your phone.

Yes, depending on the time of day, we can fix your phone that same day.

There are only two ways to repair your iPhone: repair or replace. Compare the price of a replacement iPhone to the cost of a repair. When you replace your iPhone, you will lose all your apps, data, music, photos, videos and other content unless you back it up. Repairing your iPhone is less expensive, keeps your data and allows you to avoid the risk of losing valuable data.

The fastest way to get your iPhone serviced is at an Apple store. However, they are expensive, and they dont always offer the best repair price. If you are looking for the lowest price for iPhone repair, you should consider an independent repair service provider. For comparison, you should know that Apple charges up to $349 for a broken screen repair, while a local repair shop charges $69.

If your iPhone is not under warranty, you should consider repairing your iPhone. Independent repair shops charge less and can fix your iPhone in as little as 1 hour, versus the 3 business days it takes Apple to fix your iPhone.

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