What To Know About Phone Screen Replacements
What To Know About Phone Screen Replacements

Every smartphone user dreads the thought of a broken or malfunctioning screen, given the integral role screens play in device operation. As technology advances, the necessity for proper knowledge about screen repairs and replacements is paramount. Whether you get the repair professionally done or do it yourself, most of these points will still apply. This guide enlightens you on what you need to know about the process, to ensure a seamless experience and prolonged device lifespan. Here are some essential “things to know” going into your screen replacement.

1. Your Phone’s Water Resistance Will Be Gone

Opening up a screen for repair or replacement will void the IP68 certification, meaning the device will likely lose its waterproof capabilities. The cost and difficulty of applying adhesives back (after removal) that would be in-line with your phone’s water resistance capabilities coming out of the factory are usually unrealistic. This factor should be considered, especially when deciding between repairing a current device and purchasing a new one.

2. Some Minor Issues Can Be Fixed Without Repair

It’s important to get your screen and issue diagnosed properly to see how bad the damage is to your phone and screen. Some issues may not actually need a full screen replacement. For example, some minor scratches or marks on your screen may not be as visible if a proper tempered glass is attached. You may also be able to deal with very minor cracks this way as well.

3. Importance of Professional Repair

We can’t stress how important this is. Messing up your phone beyond repair is a really common issue DIYers run into. And a lot of times first-timers may make a single mistake that can burn out their replacement screens. Venturing into DIY screen repairs can be risky due to the intricate nature of modern smartphones. Professional technicians possess the requisite expertise and tools, guaranteeing precise repairs, minimizing the risk of additional damages, and ensuring the longevity of the replacement screen.

4. Beware Of “Too Good To Be True” Costs

When getting a professional repair if a cost seems “too good to be true” then it probably is. Screen replacement hardware comes in a lot of different quality grades. Some low-cost replacement shops may use screens that are absolute garbage and offer you a price that reflects that. For phones, you don’t want to mess around with a low quality screen as that is your entire interface with the device. Always look for a shop with great reviews on Google and Yelp before choosing them.

5. Take Precautions During Your DIY Repair

Read up and learn about the particular issues that might come up with your specific phone model and make sure you’re familiar with general best practices, tips, & tricks. For example, when dealing with a heavily cracked screen, securing it with parcel tape is essential to avoid potential injuries during the repair. Ensuring a clean, level workspace is also crucial to prevent the replacement screen from acquiring scratches during assembly.

6. Use Genuine or High-Grade Replacement Parts

As mentioned before, you don’t want a low-quality screen on your phone causing you trouble. Always use premium replacement quality or genuine parts so that your device works as it did before. Subpar components can affect the touch sensitivity, display quality, and the overall functioning of your device, leading to more complications in the long run.

7. Data Backup

This is important if you’re doing a professional or DIY repair – ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR PHONE! Before undertaking any repair, backing up all essential data is a crucial step. While professionals usually do not access your personal information, having a backup ensures you don’t lose important data during the repair process.

8. Check Warranty and Insurance First

Before initiating repairs, reviewing your device’s warranty and insurance is vital. Some policies might cover repair costs, while unauthorized or improper repairs could void your warranty or insurance, leaving you with additional expenses. It’s almost always going to be cheaper going through the warranty route than paying out of pocket for your repair.

9. Post-Repair Care

After the successful completion of the repair, investing in high-quality protective accessories like screen protectors and durable cases is essential. Regular cleaning and careful handling can also prolong the lifespan of the newly replaced or repaired screen.


Understanding the crucial aspects of screen replacements and repairs is essential for every smartphone user. From the selection of professional, authorized repair services to the use of genuine replacement parts, each step impacts the outcome of the repair. Taking necessary precautions, considering the implications on waterproofing, and maintaining the screen post-repair are also vital to ensuring the longevity and optimal performance of the device.


  1. Is it safe to repair a screen myself?
    • While DIY repairs are possible, professional repairs are recommended due to the complexity of modern devices.
  2. Can I retain the waterproof feature after a screen repair?
    • Opening up a device for repair compromises its IP68 certification, causing loss of waterproofing.
  3. How do I prevent injuries during a screen repair?
    • Securing a heavily cracked screen with parcel tape can help prevent potential injuries during repair.
  4. Does a clean workspace impact the screen replacement process?
    • Yes, a clean, level workspace is crucial to prevent the replacement screen from acquiring scratches during assembly.
  5. How crucial is it to use genuine parts for screen replacement?
    • Using genuine or high-quality parts is vital to maintain optimal device performance and prevent future complications.
Eric Chan

Hi! I’m Eric and I work on the knowledge base at GadgetMates.com.  You can see some of my writings about technology, cellphone repair, and computer repair here.

When I’m not writing about tech I’m playing with my dog or hanging out with my girlfriend.

Shoot me a message at ericchan@gadgetmates.com if you want to see a topic discussed or have a correction on something I’ve written.

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