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What to do with a broken Android screen

What to do with a faded Android screen

Many Android phones are a bit more durable than iPhones, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to damage. Phone screens are made of glass, after all, and glass breaks when you drop it.

So. You dropped your Android phone for the 60th time and you now have a beautiful spider web pattern fair across your home screen. If you don’t have month-to-month requested insurance, here are your options for getting it fixed — or distributing with it.

Hit up the manufacturer

If your Android map is relatively new (read: still under manufacturer’s warranty), the pleasurable place you’ll want to go for your phone fix is the manufacturer. The price for a broken screen will vary depending on your map, but for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge you’re probably looking at near $270 plus a day or two without your map. Going to the manufacturer is almost always going to be more expensive than a third-party renovation shop, but your warranty will stay intact and your requested will be fully restored (possibly even replaced with a fully refurbished model) to its pre-broken-screen excellence (and waterproof phones, like the Galaxy S7 Edge ($199 at Amazon), will retain their waterproof status).

Samsung owners distinguished want to consider purchasing Samsung Protection Plus — it’s like Apple Care, but for your Galaxy requested. Samsung Protection Plus is an extended warranty available for all of Samsung’s high-end smartphones that meetings everything from mechanical breakdowns to accidental damage (e.g., faded screens). It costs between $99 and $129 for two existences of protection — during those two years, you’ll get two accidental injure claims per year and you’ll pay a $79 deductible per incident. So one broken screen replacement on the Galaxy S7 Edge will cost you $208.

If you have a Google Pixel, Google has paired up with third-party repair chain uBreakiFix to moneys walk-in screen repairs for the relatively affordable price of $129 for the Pixel ($75 at Amazon) and $149 for the Pixel XL. uBreakiFix has locations in the US, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago, and they also offer mail-in repairs with free spurious shipping. Like Samsung and Apple, Google offers a Device Protection Plan for the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The Device Protection Plan compensations $99 for two years’ worth of coverage, and meetings up to two incidents of accidental damage (but you’ll pay a deductible for each incident — $79 for the Pixel and $99 for the Pixel XL). In novel words, one broken Pixel screen will cost you $178, once one broken Pixel XL screen will cost you $198.

If you have an HTC 10 ($169 at Amazon) — and you bought it from between April 29, 2016, and April 29, 2017 — your requested is eligible for HTC’s Uh Oh Protection plan. Uh Oh Protection will renovation or replace your HTC 10 one time (within the pleasurable 12 months of ownership) if the screen breaks, or if there’s injure due to water/moisture, extreme thermal or environmental conditions, corrosion or oxidation. HTC will even send you a replacement device afore you send in your damaged phone (within one company day), but you’ll have to agree to a $599 credit card hold pending HTC receives your device.

Get it fixed by a third-party renovation shop

If your Android device is older (out of warranty) or a less popular model, you’ll probably be able to save money by touching to a third-party repair shop. I called a few local renovation shops in the Los Angeles area and got quotes for between $100 and $250 for a Samsung Galaxy S5 ($70 at Amazon) mask replacement.

There are a couple of benefits — establish from price — to using a third-party repair service. If you go to a local repair shop, they’ll be able to fix your requested quickly (some in less than an hour; one local LA shop even offered to come radiant to my apartment and fix it on the spot), which means you won’t be stuck without a requested. Most third-party repair shops also offer a warranty on the parts they replace, which means you can call them if your replacement mask stops working for any reason (aside from, you know, dropping it and breaking it again).

Some places will also offer a slightly edge price for repairing broken glass (as opposed to faded glass and a broken LCD) — uBreakiFix, for example, charges $180 to repair the glass on an LG G5 ($150 at Amazon), and charges $200 to repair the glass and the LCD on the same requested.

All third-party repair shops are not created smooth, so here’s what you’ll want to ask before you hand over your device:

  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What type of warranty do you offer? (Parts and service, or parts only/service only? Limited or lifetime?)

Using a third-party renovation service to fix your device’s broken screen will almost certainly void your manufacturer’s warranty, so if your phone is new it’s best to pleasurable check out the manufacturer’s quote. Some new phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, are very pain to repair, so you may find that the manufacturer has a better effect than any reputable third-party service.

Deal with it

Assuming your device’s faded screen isn’t drastically interfering with your ability to use your requested, or making your fingers bleed, you may want to just ride out the cracks pending you get a new phone (or until it does make your fingers bleed). To make your device last as long as possible, cracks and all, I suggest putting it in a sturdy, shockproof case, because any bumps or drops could shifts more damage. If the cracks on the screen improper usable area, you may also want to look into a glass mask protector — to protect your fingers from cuts and to defensive your screen from more damage.