Every day, hundreds of iPhone owners across the globe drop their phone and shatter its display. Despite Apple using stronger cover glass on each new generation of iPhone, the probability of your iPhone’s display shattering due to a drop is always pretty high.
Given how common iPhones with broken displays are, one would have thought that the display repair price for an iPhone would have gone down with time. However, that is not the case as replacing an iPhone’s display can still be an expensive affair.
If you recently broke your iPhone’s display and are wondering how much it would cost to get it fixed, check out the official quotes from Apple below.
The above prices are without tax and so will vary slightly depending on where you live.
In the United Kingdom, the display replacement prices without AppleCare+ are as follows:
The above prices are British pound sterling and include VAT.
If you have AppleCare+, the display repair price will be far cheaper.
As you can see, the price of repairing an iPhone X’s display without AppleCare+ is almost one-fourth of the price of the device. Even for the iPhone 7/8 Plus which features an IPS LCD panel, the $169 display replacement price is extremely high.
If you have AppleCare+, you will only have to pay $29 to get the display replaced on your iPhone. While this is definitely a key reason as to why you should get AppleCare+, its coverage only works as long as your iPhone is under warranty. A couple of years after purchasing the handset, your iPhone will not be covered by AppleCare+ and you will have to shell out the full price to get it repaired.
Worse, if there is any other physical damage to your iPhone, Apple will charge you extra for repairing that. For major structural damage, authorized Apple service centers might just refuse to fix your iPhone or quote you an unreasonable repair price.
How to get your iPhone Screen Repaired for Cheap
Since iPhones are so popular, you will find plenty of third-party repair shops that offer display replacement for it. Some of these shops even use original replacement displays from Apple, and even with a non-original Apple display, the difference in quality is going to be negligible.
In some cases, these third-party repair shops are also faster than that of Apple in replacing the display of your iPhone.
Cheaper, faster, and almost the same quality. So what’s the issue, you ask?
Well, you need to ensure that the third-party repair shop you have taken your iPhone to is reputable. A shoddy repair job can affect the functionality of your iPhone and might just damage it even further.
The bigger problem here is that Apple knows if you have used a third-party component on your iPhone, and it can brick the device via a software update. The company has already done something like this in the past which led to the Error 53 fiasco. Recently, the company bricked certain iPhone 8 units featuring a third-party display, though, after media coverage, it fixed the issue with the release of iOS 11.3.1.
Repair your iPhone’s screen yourself
If you are courageous enough, you can try and repair your iPhone’s screen yourself. This will be slightly cheaper than taking your iPhone to a third-party shop. However, this process is definitely not for the faint of the heart and if you are not well-versed with technology, you should avoid going down this route. But if you are interested, simply head over to iFixit. You can order the replacement display along with the proper tools that will be required for the job. They even have an excellent guide to walk you through the whole process.
Replacing an iPhone X display:
If you are an iPhone X owner though, you should avoid take your phone to a third-party repair store. The iPhone X is the first iPhone from Apple to make use of an AMOLED panel. This tech is relatively new in the Apple world and so replacement display panels are still not widely available. Additionally, Apple disables the proximity sensor on iPhone X units that are repaired by third-party shops.
How did you get your iPhone’s display repaired for cheap? Do you prefer taking your phone to the nearest Apple service center or do you prefer third-party stores? Drop a comment and let us know!