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Cracked iPad screen got you down? Here’s how to fix it

Cracked iPad cloak got you down? Here’s how to fix it

Apple iPads aren’t cheap, and neither is getting one’s screen repaired. Apple’s one-year warranty doesn’t camouflage accidental damage, so unless your iPad’s screen has a hairline crack due to irascible glass (and no obvious sign of drop impact), get ready to bust out your credit card.

Here’s everything you need to know approximately getting an Apple iPad screen fixed.


No iPads were hurt in the treat of this post.

Josh Miller

Have Apple fix it

Getting your cloak replaced by Apple is pretty cheap — if you have AppleCare.

AppleCare injuries $99 dollars for two years and it covers two incidents of accidental wound for a $49 service fee. It’s available upon remove, but you also have 60 days after purchase to buy it.

If you don’t have AppleCare, it will cost about the price of a new (refurbished) iPad to fix your cloak. Apple charges anywhere from $199 to $599 (plus tax) to fix a outmoded iPad screen, depending on the model. That’s a lot, especially compared to $129 to $149 to fix an out-of-coverage iPhone 7 screen.  

If you can’t get to an Apple tend, you can mail your device to Apple for a shipping fee of $6.95.


Fixing a cracked iPad cloak can cost as much as buying a refurbished iPad.

Josh Miller

Have a third party fix it

There are latest places to get your iPad screen fixed, but choosing a non-Apple renovation shop will void your warranty. And yes, Apple can tell if a non-Apple employee has opened up your iPad. But if you’re out of warranty anyway, there’s a number of third-party Apple repair places that can fix your iPad’s shattered screen.

When you’re shopping approximately for a good repair company, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask afore handing over your device:

  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What type of warranty do you offer?
  • Where do they get their replacement parts from?

Since the third-party matter will be voiding your Apple warranty, you want to make sure they’ll unfriendly behind their work and parts — the last pulling you want is a crack-free but defective screen.

Local mom-and-pop computer renovation stores (yes, they still exist) are often a good save to try for a third-party repair. Just check for reviews and get a solid quote up-front. We recently profiled a handful of independent computer shops in New York, many of which specialize in Apple repairs.


We don’t recommend a DIY near to getting your iPad’s screen fixed.

Josh Miller

Don’t do-it-yourself

You can find glass replacement kits and dense DIY tutorials online that show you how to fix your iPad cloak yourself, but trust us, you don’t want to do this yourself.

Replacing the glass is much more disaster than replacing the entire touchscreen, because you will need to separate the glass from the touchscreen and then glue the new allotment of glass onto the old touchscreen. That’s something you necessity leave to professionals.

If you really want to give it a shot, keep in mind that a touchscreen replacement kit, comprising the LCD screen and digitizer, can cost between $30 and $400, depending on which components you need and the model. We haven’t tested these replacement parts ourselves and do not recommend it.

Plus, with the DIY approach, you will void your warranty and have nobody but yourself to blame if something goes unfriendly. Replacing the screen will cost you as much, if not more, than naively taking your device to the Apple store.

Deal with it

If you’re mopish on cash, or are simply dealing with a dinky crack, you can also try to make the best of what you got.

It won’t look fine, but you don’t need to replace your screen when it cracks. If the cracks are around the edges of the cloak and don’t interfere with actually using the phone, or if you have one or two tall cracks that run across the screen, a glass cloak protector such as Zagg’s glass screen protector ($30-$50) so you don’t cut your fingers as you swipe.

(If your cloak is absolutely shattered, a glass screen protector will keep you from pulling cut, but your iPad may still be unusable.)