The unthinkable has happened: you’ve dropped your iPhone, and it fell face down. You pick it up, flip it over, and the screen is shattered. Or maybe it’s just a small crack. Either way, your screen needs help.
If you have AppleCare+, this is not a huge problem. Pay $29 to Apple and your problem is solved. However, if you’ve got an older phone or don’t have AppleCare, you need to look for other options.
Fortunately, Apple is far from the only company that offers iPhone screen repair services. Here are several places that will fix your iPhone screen for cheap.
Office Depot has over 1,300 locations in the US, making it one of the most common places that fixes iPhone screens. It doesn’t support every model of the iPhone, but few of the services on this list do. Office Depot does service the iPhone SE through the iPhone 8, so if you’ve got a modern model you should be okay.
Pricing isn’t available up-front, but Office Depot does offer a one-year warranty on iPhone screen repairs. If you want to be extra careful, you can opt for the company’s Platinum Cell Phone Repair Plan. This costs $49 per year and gets you one repair per year; the company also promises same-day repairs.
This is actually more expensive than AppleCare+ if you keep the service for a few years. That said, if you’re on the clumsy side, it could be worth it.
One of the well-known services that will fix a cracked iPhone screen for you, iCracked also comes to you. Instead of heading to a store, you simply book your repair online. iCracked will then send you a few appointment options and you can pick the one that works best for you. The service supports iPhone models ranging from the 5S all the way up to the iPhone X.
Unlike some services, you don’t have to live in one of a few select cities in order for iCracked to come to you. The company has more than 5,000 repair technicians around the United States that it refers to as “iTechs.” With this many technicians, you have a good shot at finding one local to you. Of course, if you live in a shack on top of an isolated mountain, you might need to meet the technician at a nearby coffee shop.
Simply signing up and requesting a repair doesn’t mean you’re obligated to spend any money. Once you talk to an iTech, they’ll give you an estimate and you can decide whether to move forward. The iCracked website says pricing is depending on your local market and how extensive the damage is.
Typically, you can expect to spend around $99 for a fix, and the service offers a limited lifetime warranty.
A relative newcomer to the world of iPhone screen repair, Amazon Home Services can be a solid option depending on where you live. It doesn’t offer as wide-ranging service as a company like iCracked, but it could end up costing you less money. If you live in or near a city supported by Amazon Home Services, it may even be the cheapest option.
Similar to iCracked, Amazon Home Services matches you up with a local technician who will then fix your cracked iPhone screen. The service supports repairs for iPhones ranging from the 5S all the way up to the iPhone 8 Plus. Unless you’ve got a brand-new or super-old iPhone, this should have you covered.
Prices vary based on your exact device, but will generally run from $80 to $120 depending on the model and size of your phone. As you might imagine, it’s cheaper to fix an iPhone 5S screen than the screen on the iPhone 8 Plus.
With 450 locations across the US, uBreakiFix is the only service on this list that supports repairs on every model of iPhone. From the ancient 2G model all the way up to the iPhone XS Max, uBreakiFix will repair it. But that’s not the only great feature of this service.
Unlike most other iPhone screen repair services, uBreakiFix actually lists estimated repair costs on its website. For example, the service lists the estimated cost of repairing a cracked iPhone SE screen at $89. That may not be the cheapest option you’ll find if you call around, but it’s nice that the company makes it so easy to find out.
A screen repair will take an hour or less, and the service offers a 90-day warranty.
Many screen repair services like uBreakiFix usually appear in the form of a kiosk. In the case of Cellairis, you’ll often find these kiosks located in Walmart stores. If you don’t live in a major city but do live close to a Walmart, this may be your easiest option. That said, while Cellairis has locations in 47 states, not every Walmart has a Cellairis kiosk.
This service promises low prices, but doesn’t give any estimates on its site. Instead, you’ll need to either take your phone to a kiosk or give the company a call to find out. The company promises fast repairs, saying your phone will usually be fixed in 45 minutes or less.
Cellairis supports screen repair for models from the iPhone 5 up to the iPhone XS Max. This means the service should work for you unless you have a seriously old phone. The only real downside we can find is the service’s awkward name.
Fix Your iPhone Screen Yourself
While all the above options are often cheaper than taking your phone to the Apple Store, there’s a cheaper option still. First, take a look at our guide to what you should do after cracking your phone’s screen. Then explore your options.
If you consider yourself handy, you could always try fixing the screen yourself. You still need the parts, but you can buy a kit online from iCracked. Other companies sell kits as well.
While this is cheaper than having someone else fix your phone, it’s also riskier. Even once you’ve completed the repair, you may end up with dark spots on your screen or other issues. Still, if you’re confident or not particularly attached to your phone, it’s a good way to save some money.
If you’re not sure how to fix your iPhone screen, YouTube has plenty of tutorial videos.
Other Issues With Your iPhone?
A cracked screen might be one of the worst fates to befall your phone, but it’s far from the only one. One of the other dreaded mistakes is dropping your phone in water or getting it wet some other way.
Newer iPhones are water-resistant, but this doesn’t apply to older models. If you’ve gotten your phone wet, we’ve got a guide that explains how to fix a water-damaged iPhone.
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