Repairing a damaged iPhone screen isn’t all that hard – with the right tools you can do it at home. But there are a couple of common mistakes you want to avoid. Even cautious people may make them, if they rush to get the job done as quickly as possible. Avoiding these iPhone screen repair mistakes will help you save money and keep you in a good mood until you get your device fixed.
1. Not backing up your data first
Repairing or replacing a damaged screen shouldn’t cause data loss. Sometimes, however, you may find that you have to reinstall iOS after the replacement to fix software issues. Backing up your iPhone data is also important if you plan to have Apple or a third-party repair shop fix the screen for you – in this way, you’ll be able to erase your private data from your device before sending it.
Even if your iPhone screen is shattered, you should still be able to back up your data in iCloud or using iTunes.
2. Not powering off your device before repairing it
If you’re very eager to get the repair done, you may forget about turning off your device, or leave it in sleep mode. This can result in data loss and worse. Whatever repairs you do on your iPhone, even if its just fixing a scratch, make sure you turn off the device first.
3. Not researching the replacement screen
The iPhone screen repair kits on the market aren’t all great. The best way to avoid spending money on a low-quality replacement screen that will disappoint you is to take the time to do your research. Don’t read just the product description and what the manufacturer or reseller is saying about it, but hear the voices of the customers who’ve installed it already.
4. Not using a suction cup
A suction cup makes the job of removing the damaged screen from the case so much easier. It’s the cheapest and the simplest solution to taking out the screen without damaging the case. It’s also easy to get – you probably have one around the house. Before using it, though, make sure it’s clean and has no glue or other adhesives on it.
5. Tearing off the logic board cables
The iPhone screen is connected to the logic board by four cables – the sensor camera, display data, home button, and digitizer connectors. After removing the dock screws that hold the screen in place, you need to pull open the front-part of the case with care and remove the cables one by one.
6. Not testing your phone after fixing the screen
This is especially important if someone else handles the repair for you. It’s possible for the replacement screen to work fine at first glance, only to notice when you get home that the ear piece or speaker aren’t working, or that the screen isn’t responsive to your hand gestures.
As soon as you get your hands on your repaired phone, type on it, place a call, take a few photos, play some music, and do all the other things you usually do on your phone to see if it’s fully functional.
7. Applying too much pressure on the screws
In the process of replacing a damaged iPhone screen you’ll have to deal with a number of different screws, including those holding the display shield and silver shield in place. All of these need to be tight in place, but applying too much pressure on the screwdriver can damage the logic board and other sensible components inside your phone. Turn the screws only until they feel tight.
Ultimately, a good iPhone screen repair job is clean and careful. Don’t attempt it late in the day when you’re tired, but do it when you’re fresh, on a clean desk and with natural light to assist you. And whatever you do, don’t rush it – take your time with it.