I dropped my iPhone earlier today. The screen is now full of cracks but the phone still functioning. Is there any cases of DIY style repair being performed? Can anyone share their repair steps for this?

  • Happened also to my iPod touch >.< hope it doesn't happen to my iPad! :O
    – user235
    Sep 4, 2010 at 15:20
  • I always resisted the idea of putting any bumper because it feels so much thicker and adding an extra layer to the design.
    – Tedd
    Sep 4, 2010 at 16:16

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I went through this myself a couple of weeks ago. Stupid tile floor in my office wouldn't catch my phone at 9.81m/s2. I ended up taking my phone into a mobile repair shop and had them replace the screen (voiding my warranty in the process), but was a hell of a lot cheaper than doing it myself. Took all of about 15 minutes.

Your profile doesn't list where you live, but any Apple Authorized repair shop can do it for you (or send it away for repair if they can't do it in house).

That said, it is possible to do the repair yourself. iPhone 3GS glass replacement kits can easily be purchased on eBay and from any other number of resellers. The process for doing it yourself isn't easy, but depending on your own level of handiness, you could do it yourself.

There are some excellent video guides for DIY iPhone glass replacement on YouTube. For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mboB8p-sdw

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    Thanks for the info! I am in Singapore and I am going to the telco tomorrow to understand what my options are. If the reimbursement is high, I'll probably go to repair shop or even do it myself. :)
    – Tedd
    Sep 4, 2010 at 16:13
  • Check around for other repair shops. Taking mine to a tiny little place a block from my apartment was about 1/2 the cost of sending it away through my mobile service provider. Best of luck!
    – Scott
    Sep 4, 2010 at 17:50
  • My cousin (a non-techie) bought a repair kit last week from ebay, took him about 20 minutes to have a shiny new front on his iphone 3g. It cost £8. They were quoted £140 from the apple store & £55 from man in a electronics shop. Lucrative business!
    – gef
    Sep 4, 2010 at 23:22
  • If I'd been able to find a repair kit locally (I live in Sweden, I would have had to order one from another country) I would have tried to do it myself. Unfortunately, my iPhone's screen was completely shattered and unusable, not just cracked, so I couldn't wait – it's my work phone as well as personal phone, so I needed it fixed asap, couldn't afford the downtime. :(
    – Scott
    Sep 5, 2010 at 7:15

eBay is a great option for repair kits, you can get them sent globally no matter where you are. Unless perhaps if you are a Nigerian businessman....

Otherwise you can choose an aftermarket iPhone screen repair service, if you are in Perth then www.buddhaiphonerepair.com is a fantastic way to go.

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