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. And although 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.
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 2300 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 different 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!
How much does it actually cost to fix my broken screen?
Now that you know how to find a reputable repair shop near you, it’s time to talk about cost. After all, it doesn’t always make sense to repair your broken phone. Depending on which phone you have, screen repair typically costs between $80 and $300. However, repair costs vary widely based on what device you have, parts availability, and what screen technology it uses.
Because of this, it is important to consider both the cost of repair and replacement when figuring out whether it’s worth it to fix your broken phone. After all, if your phone is a bit older or if you’re already thinking of upgrading, it may make more sense to just buy a replacement or upgrade on the Swappa Marketplace. Let’s take a closer look at average repair and replacement costs for various popular smartphones.
Apple iPhone screen repair costs
The price to fix a cracked Apple iPhone screen varies widely based on which iPhone you have and where you take it to get repaired. It may cost as little as $50 or as much as $329 to get your screen fixed. So let’s start off 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.
|Phone||Screen Repair (Out of Warranty)||Replacement Price (Swappa)|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||$329||As low as $849|
|iPhone 11 Pro||$279||As low as $809|
|iPhone 11||$199||As low as $475|
|iPhone XS Max||$329||As low as $480|
|iPhone XS||$279||As low as $439|
|iPhone X||$279||As low as $350|
|iPhone XR||$199||As low as $389|
|iPhone 8 Plus||$169||As low as $265|
|iPhone 8||$149||As low as $200|
|iPhone 7 Plus||$169||As low as $199|
|iPhone 7||$149||As low as $125|
|iPhone 6S Plus||$169||As low as $118|
|iPhone 6S||$149||As low as $79|
|iPhone 6 Plus||$149||As low as $120|
|iPhone 6||$129||As low as $65|
|iPhone SE 2020||$129||As low as $385|
|iPhone SE||$129||As low as $50|
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 locate a repair shop near you using the Swappa Repair Network, and find out how much screen repair costs in your area. After all, local shops can often perform the same repairs for less, and take less time doing so. Just remember that if 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. Click the button below to learn more about iPhone repair, including what to expect, how to find the right repair shop, and what questions to ask when you get there.
Samsung Galaxy screen repair costs
Repairing a cracked Samsung Galaxy screen costs about 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. Let’s take a closer look at what Samsung charges to fix a cracked screen.
|Phone||Screen Repair (Out of Warranty)||Replacement Price (Swappa)|
|Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G||$279||As low as $825|
|Galaxy S20+ 5G||$259||As low as $775|
|Galaxy S20 5G||$239||As low as $700|
|Galaxy S10 5G||$279||As low as $415|
|Galaxy S10+||$269||As low as $424|
|Galaxy S10||$249||As low as $394|
|Galaxy S10e||$199||As low as $310|
|Galaxy S10 Lite||$169||As low as $465|
|Galaxy Note 10+||$279||As low as $600|
|Galaxy Note 10||$239||As low as $459|
|Galaxy Note 9||$239||As low as $288|
|Galaxy S9+||$229||As low as $210|
|Galaxy S9||$219||As low as $179|
|Galaxy Note 8||$239||As low as $187|
|Galaxy S8+||$229||As low as $160|
|Galaxy S8||$219||As low as $160|
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. Click the button below to learn more about what to expect when repairing your Samsung Galaxy phone.
Does Samsung offer free screen replacement?
You may have heard that in light of COVID-19, Samsung recently started offering free screen replacements to first responders. This new Free Repairs for the Frontline initiative helps first responders and healthcare professionals get free screen repairs and battery replacements from now through June 30, 2020. Additionally, the program lets these frontline workers get 30% off MSRP on select Samsung products and accessories such as wireless charging pads, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watches, and even washing machines.
If you’re a frontline worker, Samsung’s new program is definitely worth looking into. However, Samsung does not offer free screen replacement for the vast majority of us. So if you’re not a healthcare worker, 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. And 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