Without a protective phone case, you’re asking for trouble. Scratches, cracks and more — your phone can wind up pretty banged up or even completely broken and defunct if you’re not careful. Plus, life just happens.
But how can you fix it? In this guide, Case-Mate teaches how to fix a cracked phone. Here are a few tips and tricks on repairing a broken phone or chipped case.
What Causes a Cracked Phone?
What causes a phone screen to crack? A lot of things. You can drop it on a hard surface, such as concrete, asphalt or even a rock on a hike. Forgetting it’s even there, you can also sit on your phone as it's in your back pocket. It can also get marred, scuffed up and poked simply being thrown into a purse or bag, resulting in microscopic scratches that can eventually turn into a larger crack.
Even if you are careful with your phone, use common sense and avoid the obvious dangers, you can still have an accident. And that’s why it’s imperative to protect your phone.
Luckily, Case-Mate has all kinds of cases and screen protectors to choose from for both Apple and Android phones.
TheCase-Mate screen protectorfeatures a supremely durable, tempered glass material. This tempered glass screen protector offers shatter-proof protection for your phone. Accidentally dropped your phone? The tempered glass absorbs and disperses the force upon impact, ensuring your phone doesn’t crack or shatter into a million shards.
Last, but not least, don’t forget a lens protector. Your phone’s camera lenses are just as fragile as your screen’s glass front, so be sure to keep it in impeccable shape. Crafted with HD tempered glass and a metal frame, Case-Mate’s lens protector will ensure your photos are never distorted or out of focus.
How to Fix a Cracked Phone
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If your phone is indeed cracked, fear not! There are several options for repairing it and returning it as good as new (or pretty close and functional). Here is how to fix a cracked phone, both temporarily and professionally.
Use Packing Tape
Have some clear packing tape lying around? In a pinch, you can use it to cover a crack. This comes in especially handy for shattered screens that are leaving around bits of shards. The last thing you want is loose glass shards being dropped around the house or inside your purse — ouch! At least for now, until you find a repair shop to replace the glass screen, you can secure it with a small piece of packing tape.
Is your phone damaged on the side? Then wrap it around and trim off any areas or ports with an X-Acto knife.
Have It Fixed by the Manufacturer
If your phone is still under warranty, you can have the manufacturer fix it or, if needed, replace it entirely with a new phone. If the warranty is expired, the manufacturer may still be able to fix it, but it will cost more money. Keep in mind, too, that many phone manufacturers will not cover accidental damages. However, you can also purchase a secondary phone warranty that does.
Find a Repair Shop
If none of these options work, take your cracked phone to a phone repair shop. A screen replacement can run you roughly $50 to $200, depending on the model. Unfortunately, if the touchscreen itself is damaged, you should expect an extra charge to fix that, too.
Trade It in and Get a New Phone
Sometimes, when all is said and done, you have to know when to call it quits and throw in the towel. Even if you ruined a perfectly good, brand-new phone, a bad enough accident might mean a replacement. So if you have exhausted all your options and now hold an irreparable phone or find repair costs exceeding the cost of a new phone, it might be worth considering a new phone.
If you choose to upgrade your phone, you can get some money by trading in the cracked phone. There are several websites out there that can help you get back a portion of what you originally paid. Alternatively, you can also donate it to a charity, where they will repair it and put it to good use.
If you have a cracked phone or know the pain of repairing it, you quickly learn your lesson. Phone cases and screen protectors were made for good reason. So find a durable, aesthetically pleasing case today and prevent cracks in the first place.