Let’s face it. No matter how careful we try to be, accidents happen. We’ve all dropped our phones at some point. In fact, cracked screens are the single most common type of cell phone damage, with more than 50 million broken screens per year. Even though modern phones are made with shatter-resistant tempered glass, cracks still happen–maybe not on the first drop, but certainly after repeated encounters with the pavement.
We recently launched the Swappa Repair Network in order to help you fix your broken phone quickly and easily — and save money in the process. So while a cracked screen may initially seem like game-over for your Android or iPhone; it’s not. Read on, as we take a closer look at how much it actually costs to repair a broken screen.
- Apple iPhone Screen Repair Costs
- Samsung Galaxy Screen Repair Costs
- How do you fix a cracked screen?
- How long does screen repair take?
Apple iPhone Screen Repair Costs
The first thing we want to consider is cost. After all, repair only makes sense if it’s cheaper to fix your existing phone than it is to get a replacement. The cost to fix a cracked Apple iPhone screen varies widely based on which iPhone you have and where you take it to get repaired. As a result, it may cost as little as $50 or as much as $329 to get your screen replaced.
So how much will your phone repair cost? You can find estimated repair pricing for your particular device on our new Swappa Phone Repair Cost Calculator. Our repair calculator does all the hard work for you. Simply enter in your model, storage capacity, and what’s broken, and the repair calculator lets you know approximately how much repair will cost at a local repair shop and whether it makes more sense to repair or replace your existing device.
Let’s get even more context by looking at how much the Apple Store charges for screen repair on some of the most popular models, and how this stacks up to the cost of a gently used replacement iPhone at Swappa.
As you can see, repair costs at the Apple Store can get pretty expensive if you have a newer device with a large, OLED screen. Repair fees drop for older phones — particularly those with traditional LCD screens — however so does the cost of a replacement iPhone at Swappa. This is particularly true on older devices like the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone 7, where you can actually get a complete replacement phone for less than it costs to fix your existing phone.
Our suggestion would be to find a repair shop near you using the Swappa Repair Network and get a phone repair cost estimate using the Swappa Repair Calculator. After all, local shops can often perform the same repairs for less and take less time doing so. Just remember that if the repair costs more than getting a replacement device, you’re better off ditching your old phone and picking up a gently used iPhone on Swappa.
Continue on to cell phone screen repair tips or click the button below to learn more about iPhone repair: What to expect, how to find the right repair shop, and what questions to ask when you get there.
Samsung Galaxy Screen Repair Costs
In general, replacing a cracked Samsung Galaxy screen usually costs around the same as fixing a broken iPhone. Depending on which Samsung Galaxy phone you have and where you take it for repair, you are looking at as little as $50 to as much as $279. Like Apple, Samsung also offers first-party screen repair. However, these repairs are often more expensive than what you would pay at a local repair shop — and they also generally take considerably longer.
Just like we saw with Apple devices, fixing your cracked Samsung screen only makes sense if it’s cheaper than getting a replacement. So how much does it cost to fix a cracked Samsung screen? Let’s find out by taking a look at what Samsung charges to fix a cracked screen, and how that compares to getting a replacement.
Once again, we see that repair costs vary considerably depending on which phone you have — with older phones typically costing less to fix than newer phones. But since Samsung phones are relatively cheap on the used market, it’s probably a better idea to Swappa out your broken phone, especially if you’ve got a Galaxy S9 or older. Check out the new Swappa Repair Calculator to get a phone repair cost estimate and figure out if it makes more sense to repair or replace your existing phone. Click the button below to learn more about what to expect when repairing your Samsung Galaxy phone.
How do you fix a cracked screen?
Contrary to popular belief, a cracked screen isn’t the end for your smartphone. Broken phones can be repaired — and it is often cheaper to fix your cracked screen than to get a new one. So how exactly do you fix your broken screen? At first, you may be tempted to try the repair yourself. But before you ask, no. Despite what you may see on TikTok, Ramen noodles and toothpaste cannot be used to fix a cracked phone screen.
Since modern cell phones are built to be as thin and light as possible, they are made with hundreds of small and delicate pieces that are often glued together, rather than screwed in place. As a result, it can be difficult to perform the work yourself — especially if you’ve never worked with small electronics before or don’t have the necessary tools. Moreover, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you risk increasing the damage and possibly losing the data stored on your device. Because of this, your best bet is to get your phone fixed by a reputable repair shop that can fix it right, the first time.
How do you replace a cell phone screen?
Since fixing your broken phone yourself often leads to more problems than it’s worth, how do you find the right place to fix your phone? You want the service to be done right the first time, so this means you need to hand over your most personal piece of tech to someone you trust. This is where the Swappa Repair Network comes in.
The Swappa Repair network is a directory of over 2400 cell phone repair shops across 270 metropolitan areas spread all around the country, making it easy for you to find and compare prices for repair shops near you. And since all shops listed in the Swappa Repair Network must provide customers with a 30-day repair warranty, you can rest assured that the repairs will be done right the first time.
Click the button below if you’re new to cell phone repair and want to learn more about the process. Our cell phone repair guide will walk you through the most common types of phone repair, how much repair typically costs, whether it’s worth it to fix your broken phone, how to find the right repair shop, and what questions to ask when you get there. And if you’d like repair information for your specific phone, check out our Apple iPhone Repair Guide and Samsung Galaxy Phone Repair Guide.
How long does it take to repair a phone screen?
The next thing to consider is downtime. Most of us practically live on our phones. As a result, we don’t like when they’re taken away from us. Unfortunately, it’s often quite difficult to get repairs done in a timely manner if you don’t know where to look. For example, with fewer than 300 Apple Stores spread across the country, even just getting a same-day consultation appointment at the Genius Bar can be tough. And when you add in the actual time it takes for the repair itself, you’re often looking at well over a week without your phone — simply unacceptable. Unfortunately, the story is largely the same with first-party Samsung repair.
But things aren’t always slow — that is, if you know where to look. There are thousands of repair shops listed in the Swappa Repair Network. So not only is there one near you, but they are often able to fix your broken phone before the Apple Store even has a chance to look at it. So how long are we talking overall? If your local shop has the parts in stock and a relatively free schedule, fixing a cracked screen could take as little as an hour or two from start to finish!Does Samsung offer free screen replacement?
You may have heard that in light of COVID-19, Samsung briefly offering free screen replacements to first responders earlier this year. While the promotion was active, the Free Repairs for the Frontline initiative helped first responders and healthcare professionals get free screen repairs and battery replacements.
Unfortunately, the free Samsung screen repair program ended on June 30, 2020. If you have a Samsung Galaxy cracked screen and want to get it fixed, your best bet is to either find a repair shop near you or simply pick up a replacement Samsung Galaxy phone on Swappa.
Your phone may be down, but it’s not out! The Swappa Repair Network is here to help get it up and running as soon as possible. With over 2300 repair shops across 270 metropolitan areas spread all across the country, repair is always nearby. And since all repair shops in our directory offer a 30-day repair warranty, you can rest assured knowing that the repairs will be done right.
Click the button below to find a reputable repair shop near you. If you’d like to learn more about cell phone repair, including what to expect and what questions to ask, check out our Cell Phone Repair Guide, iPhone Repair Guide, and Samsung Repair Guide. And if you’re still on the fence about whether to repair your broken device, check out the new Swappa Repair Calculator.