I have a 4th gen iPod touch that recently managed to escape my hand and embrace the floor. While the situation was rather comical, now the glass screen is broken. Everything else works fine, including the touchscreen, but it has the so-called "Spiderman" cracks all over half the screen.

I've called Apple to see if they'll fix it, but it's too expensive, so I'm not going to do it. I also don't think I'd trust myself or an unofficial repair shop to do it. So my question is, what can I do to prevent further cracking? There are some places where it looks like pieces of glass could fall off easily. Is there any way to protect what's left of it while making sure the touch sensitivity still works on the whole screen?

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Unless you are going to never flex the device, you'll want a clear adhesive cover or clear tape to prevent the glass from easily falling out and cutting your fingers or lying in wait in a pocket or bag.

Something like a Otterbox case with a more substantial plastic barrier might be appropriate (or even both clear tape and a thicker plastic sleeve depending on how likely the glass is to fall out.

If you run your finger nail lightly over the surface, you should be able to tell if the underlying layers are cracked or if the surface digitizer layer is cracked and proceed appropriately.

In cases where the digitizer is intact, I have known people to baby a phone for 6 or more months without any glass pieces falling out, so it really depends on how bad your drop was.

  • I have a similar situation and I was tempted to tape over the screen somehow. I am afraid that clear cardboard tape might be an insulator and render the touch screen useless. Is that the case? Commented May 17, 2015 at 19:27
  • @sodiumnitrate use clear packing tape. It holds he glass shards better and lets you use the device as needed until you can get it repaired. That tape is thin enough to not affect the capacitive touch detection.
    – bmike
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 14:01

it works really well if you just put clear boxing tape on it

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