I’ve had my cellphone for over two years now and in that time, I’ve dropped it dozens if not hundreds of times. The phone has fallen on concrete, asphalt, tiles, gravel, hardwood floors, grass, beds, pillows, etc. Other than in water, I’ve dropped this thing everywhere.
Each time I’ve dropped it I held my breath hoping the screen would survive the fall and time after time the screen had survived. That was until the last time I dropped it.
I was just sitting watching TV with Luna – cat #1 – and had the phone on my knee. Luna, being a cat, decided she didn’t want to be next to me anymore and used my knee to jump from the couch to the floor taking the phone down with her.
This happens all the time so I just picked up the phone, to put it on the coffee table this time, and felt a weird texture on the screen. Looked at it and saw what it looked like spider web. Yup, cracked screen.
This is really all my fault for not having a phone case or a screen protector, but since I’ve dropped my phone a million times I really didn’t think I needed either.
What should I do?
My first thought was “eh, it still works. I don’t mind rocking a cracked screen. It gives the phone some character.” But after sliding my fingers on the screen and almost shredding them with broken glass, I changed my mind.
I got a little upset because now I’m going to need a new phone. But then Kate intervened and asked, “Can’t you just get it fixed?”
But of course!
I searched for places near me that can fix phone screen and gave them a call. The guy on the phone said he would fix it for $125! I can get a whole phone for $125 – used or refurbished. I said thank you, but no thank you.
I then decided to go to my favorite Do-It-Yourself school… YouTube.
And sure enough, I found a few videos on how to replace my phone’s screen. I also checked on Amazon to see if they had a replacement screen and Amazon had one for $50.
Weighing Out My Options
1. Get a new phone – This is the most expensive route, but I will have a brand new phone with the latest technology. There’s really no big difference between my phone and the latest phones so this will not improve my phone experience.
2. Have a repair person fix my phone – If I pay somebody to do the job, they’ll probably do a good job at fixing my screen and all I do is sit back and wait. The bad thing is they were charging me $125. I could probably get a phone on Ebay for that price.
3. Leave it as is – I consider myself a very simple person who doesn’t really care about having a phone with a cracked screen. The phone still works and since I put a screen protector, it no longer makes my fingers bleed. But I have to admit that I was hesitant to take out my phone in front of people – I guess I care a little.
4. Fix the phone myself – By doing it myself I would save some money and I could pat myself in the back for learning how to do it. The only thing is I could mess it up and ruin the phone.
I decided to try to fix it myself and deal with the consequences later.
DIY Phone Screen Replacement
I ordered the screen replacement kit on Amazon, looked up a video on YouTube, and got my tools ready. Midnight wanted to help but she doesn’t have opposable thumbs.
Since the YouTube video was only 9 minutes long, I thought it would take me about 20-30 minutes with watching, pausing, and then doing each step. But I was wrong. It took me about two-hours to replace the phone screen.
The main problem was that I watched the wrong video. The 9-minute video was only to disassemble the phone and not how to put it back together. If I would’ve watched how to put the phone back together I would know that I needed clear epoxy to glue the new screen to the phone housing.
After I had the phone disassembled I had to go to the hardware store to buy the epoxy and that took some time.
Anyways, I got it done and now my screen looks like new! Well, almost.
The new screen is a little raised because I didn’t clean the old adhesive very well before applying the new adhesive and putting the new phone screen in place. Not too bad but I definitely feel an edge around the screen which I didn’t feel before.
All in all, I’m glad I did it myself. It no only saved me $70, but now I know what to do – and what not to do.
The main lesson I learned from all this is that I have to work on my way of thinking. When the phone screen cracked, I jumped to the conclusion that I needed to buy a new phone. If it wasn’t for Kate asking me if I could fix it, I probably would have spent hundreds on a new phone.
From now on, I’m going to try to remember to look for ways of fixing it myself before hiring a repair person or before buying it new. Doing it ourselves is a great way to save money and it makes us feel accomplished… I know I did!
Please keep in mind that this process was a bit difficult for my phone, but it is a lot easier on other phones such as the iPhone. If this happens to you, find out whether you can do it yourself or not. You’d be surprised of the things you can do yourself.
P.S. I now put a case and a screen protector on my phone.
Are you a DIY person or would you rather pay somebody to do it for you?