Did you know that every hour, over 5,700 smartphone screens are broken? There may be a very good chance that your smartphone is one of those casualties this very hour!
We know it must feel devastating to break what feels like an extension of yourself. But there may still be hope, so don’t chuck it into the trash can just yet.
If you have a broken cell phone screen, don’t panic. Read the rest of this article to see what you can do.
Assess the Damage
Sometimes, the damage can seem worse than it really is.
Once you’re gotten over your initial panic, take a deep breath. Get to a well-lit area, preferably where you can shine a light on it too.
Now thoroughly inspect every little bit of your cell phone, taking care not to hurt yourself on any jagged edges if there are any. See if the damage is just superficial or if your screen is literally falling off.
Sometimes, all your phone will suffer is just a small crack on the side of your screen. In this case, you’ll still be able to operate it just fine. So if you’re on a budget, don’t want to get a new phone yet, and don’t mind a little bit of ugliness on your device, then it can be ok to keep using your current cell phone.
Here are some quick fixes to try.
Put a Screen Protector Over Your Phone
It’s a little too late now, but at least it’s something. By placing a screen protector on your cell phone, you’ll prevent yourself from cutting up your fingers when swiping around. It’ll also prevent any small pieces from coming off while you’re using your device.
Put Packing Tape Over Your Phone
Don’t have a screen protector? Are you currently waiting for it to be shipped? Then use the next best thing: packing tape.
Simply get a strip and place it across your screen carefully to get a temporary screen protector.
The above tips will only work if your phone isn’t badly damaged. If you find that your phone might be on its last breath, then you’ll want to take quick action. Read on to find out what to do.
Back up All Your Files
You probably store everything in your life on your phone: photos, funny conversations, ebooks, coupon codes,—you name it, it’s on there. Should you lose your phone or if it breaks, then you’ll probably be at a huge loss.
Because of this, you should be backing up all your files anyway, even if it was working perfectly fine. If you’ve already been doing so, then all you have to do is a small backup to make sure your files are up-to-date.
Otherwise, you’ll have to spend some time backing up everything, so get to it ASAP! In most cases, all you have to do is plug your phone into your computer and save all your important files there.
Replace the Screen Yourself
Are you proud of your DIY skills and know your way around mobile devices? Then you might want to chance replacing the screen on your own.
All you have to do is hop online, order the screen for your particular cell phone, and then replace it yourself. There are many YouTube tutorials online, so that may help.
However, do note that this will void any warranties and if you’re not successful at replacing the screen, you’ll be left with something that’s completely broken.
Get Your Broken Cell Phone Screen Fixed
The better idea would be to get your broken cell phone screen fixed by a professional. The repair cost will vary depending on a number of factors, such as the age of your phone, as well as the model and where exactly the cracks are (and how severe they are too).
For some people, it won’t be worth it to get the screen fixed, as the price will be almost as much as buying a new phone. So if you’re due for an upgrade anyway, you might just want to call it quits and get yourself that shiny new device you’ve had your eye on.
To mitigate the costs, you can try selling off your broken phone. It may seem pointless to even try, but you’d be surprised at who’s willing to take the device off your hands. There are many people who love to fix up phones to either use themselves or sell, so try putting your broken cell phone on a marketplace platform to see if you get any bites.
But before you do so, make sure you completely wipe the phone; you can do this by performing a factory reset. That way, you can ensure that future owners of the phone won’t get access to any of your accounts and/or sensitive details.
Now You Know How to Handle a Broken Phone Screen
Now you know all the proper steps to take if you have a broken cell phone screen. Whether it’s just happened or you just want to be prepared for the future, this article is a great reference for you to have so you won’t panic and get too upset.
Of course, you can keep using a broken phone in many cases, as the breaks will be mostly superficial. But if you have a more serious issue at hand, then you’ll have to assess whether it’s worth it to get it repaired or to just buy a new phone outright.
Either way, make sure you back up all your files as soon as possible. That way, you won’t lose anything important, no matter what you do with your phone.
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