Cracked glass on an iPhone

Updated: March 01, 2023
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Cracked glass on an iPhone
by Vitalii Yovko
Tech Expert & Writer
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Quality Control team

If you have broken glass on your iPhone, it significantly affects the performance of your smartphone. If we take into account the fact that the original display and the touch screen have a high price, the restoration of the gadget is not cheap. But if your phone is under warranty, you should contact the service center.

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The cost of repair will depend on whether the display has stopped working completely or only some functions are missing. It is necessary to determine the extent of damage to the glass to find out how to restore the device on your own.

Causes of malfunctions

Most of the problems in the operation of the iPhone arise due to mechanical damage, and a broken display is no exception. To avoid this, you need to install protective glass or a film right after purchasing the device. If this is not done immediately, in case the phone falls, the screen will break, and you will have to replace the display.

In addition to dropping or damaging the device, problems with the touch screen can occur for these reasons:

  • water intrusion;
  • software crashes;
  • factory defect.

Water spillage has a negative effect not only on display but also on the functioning of the entire module. If this happens, the front part of the screen should be replaced with the original display.

Software failures are also quite a common problem. To fix them, you do not need to replace the display, just reinstall the operating system.

Factory defects may be found even when the phone is under warranty. Contact the service center. This way, you can fix the problem and restore the performance of the device or get a new, fully functioning one instead.

Signs of a screen failure

To check the operability of your iPhone after a fall, even if the glass is not cracked, you should restart the device. If after that the functions are not restored, you need to make a diagnosis and replace the non-working components with the original parts.

There are a number of specific signs of the iPhone screen malfunctioning:

  • bright lines or streaks on the screen;
  • no response to touching the sensor;
  • image blurring;
  • screen darkening;
  • non-stop screen saver;
  • no backlight;
  • cracks and scratches on the glass.

Such manifestations indicate that the performance of the device is impaired. In order not to aggravate the problem, you need to immediately diagnose and repair your iPhone. If you do not perform phone repair in a timely manner, it may result in damaging related components and, as a consequence, increase the cost of the work. You can try to repair the iPhone yourself or turn to specialists.

Self-help solution to the problem

Carefully remove the screen

If the glass on your iPhone is broken, it is not easy to replace it yourself, but if you have a knowledge of electrical engineering, you can try to do it. Remember that if the glass is cracked, it can not be replaced separately, you need to change the display module completely (the original display, touchscreen, and glass). Follow this instruction:

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  1. Unscrew the screws on the bottom of the device.
  2. Carefully remove the screen.
  3. Remove the plate that holds the stubs in place.
  4. Remove the Home button, speaker, and camera.
  5. Replace the display module.
  6. Attach the cables to the new display.
  7. Assemble the device.
  8. Install the safety glass.

Before you perform these actions, you must be sure that only the touchscreen is damaged and that the chips and other components are intact.

Replacing broken glass is not an easy task. The main difficulty in repairing the display module (touchscreen, glass, and display) is that all actions must be carried out in a dust-free room, using original spare parts and special tools. In addition, all the internal parts of the iPhone are very fragile, and there is a high probability of damaging them.

If there are no such conditions, and you do not want to take the risk, turn to the professionals.

The benefits of skilled help

If the glass on your iPhone is broken, you need to replace it. The quality of repair will determine the operability of the device. We recommend trusting the repair process to a professional. If the glass is cracked, a specialist will be able to replace the front module for the original.

You should visit the service center, where you can find out in what condition your iPhone is. In addition, if the specialists find any faults, they will quickly fix them, change the glass, check whether the touchscreen works, etc. Replacing the broken glass with the original display will make your iPhone fully functioning again.

To prolong the life of your iPhone, protect the phone from mechanical damage so the screen does not crack, preferably use a case, and avoid contact with moisture.

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