8 Things to Do About a Broken Phone Screen



Do you have a cracked phone screen? Regardless of whether your phone’s screen is shattered or not, here’s how to repair, use, or sell it.

You’ve cracked the screen of your phone. The glass is smashed, whether it slid out of your hand while you were on the phone or you left it on top of your car as you drove away.

Fortunately, the display and maybe the touchscreen controls are still functional. So, what are your options now? Here are some things to do immediately when your phone’s screen has cracked.

1. Is a Cracked Phone Screen Covered by Phone Insurance?

The first step is to determine whether or not your phone insurance covers shattered phone screens and, if so, under what circumstances.

If that’s the case, getting a remedy should be simple. If your phone screen is broken, the major issue will most likely be surviving without it for a few days. That’s the worst it gets (although you might have to pay an excess charge).

The issues with broken smartphone screens begin when it is discovered that you will not be able to receive a replacement screen through your insurance. You’ll have to take matters into your own hands if this happens.

2. Don’t use a phone with a cracked screen; instead, use an old phone.

You need a phone despite having a shattered screen. So, what are your options? A smart alternative is to simply utilize an old phone.

You’ll need a replacement whether you can’t make calls owing to a damaged phone screen or it’s been sent away for repairs. Usually, the best spot to look for one is in the back of a drawer.



Even if you don’t have an old phone to use for a while, a friend or relative might. If you ask, you can get a temporary replacement until you figure out what to do with your phone and its damaged screen.

3. Cover a cracked screen with a screen protector

Is it possible to use a screen protector on a cracked screen? You certainly can, but only in specific circumstances.

A screen protector is meaningless for displays with chips and shards of glass that are loose or absent. Because the glass is moving, it won’t be able to adhere correctly. As a result, you’ve squandered your money on a screen protector.

However, in cases where the crack is minor, placing a screen protector over a damaged screen may assist prevent the glass from further cracking. It has the potential to prevent additional spidering.

4. What to Do If Your Phone Screen Is Cracked

You may have discovered (or decided) that you don’t need a new phone by now. But, if your phone’s screen were to fracture, how would you go about replacing it?

You can probably find a DIY remedy for anything on the internet these days, thanks to the internet. iFixIt is a wonderful place to start because it includes both instructions and links to the parts needed to repair a broken screen. It’s also worth reading our own advice on fixing a damaged smartphone screen.

Another excellent source of repair tutorials is YouTube. Online retailers such as eBay and AliExpress sell replacement screens. A DIY fix has the advantage of lowering repair costs and providing a sense of accomplishment.

It’s important to remember that without the proper preparation and expertise, you could make a mistake.

5. Pay for a cell phone screen replacement.

If you’re unsure about DIY (“Can I really place a screen protector on a cracked screen?”), you can consider hiring someone to do it for you.

How much does it cost to replace a phone screen, though?

While you could send your phone to the original manufacturer, that alternative will cost you a fortune. Look at Apple’s repair costs — it’s not cheap to get a broken screen repaired if it’s out of warranty.



You can definitely find a nearby phone repair business, and a Google search can show you where to look for one as well as user reviews. Although you’ll most likely be charged by the hour, a trained technician can replace a screen in a short amount of time.

Before you try them out, examine the prices and competitors of the repair business. This is when our list of places that fix cracked iPhone screens comes in handy.

6. Sell Your Phone to Pay for a New One

Are you considering raising funds for a replacement? Several websites will buy your broken phone and will even pay for it. These are some of the websites:

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Isn’t it true that you may even sell your broken items on eBay? You won’t get a lot of money for it, but whatever money you do get can go toward a new phone.

When you trade in your phone, several sites will give you credit toward the purchase of a used phone. Keep in mind that if you pay with credit rather than cash, you’ll probably get a better bargain.

Check the web’s most prominent online stores, such as eBay and Amazon, for a replacement using the money you’ve saved. You might even come across the same phone in used but good shape. Simply read the item description carefully. You don’t want to acquire a phone that has been harmed!

What should you look for? The specifics, on the other hand, should tell you:

  1. If the phone is operational,
  2. Is there a working screen on it?
  3. If there are any scratches on it,

Buying a like-for-like, second-hand replacement phone can be a better deal than buying a new phone if the pricing is correct.

7. Is Your Phone’s Screen Broken? Simply purchase a new device!

The most obvious solution, of course, is to purchase a new phone. Sometimes you have no choice but to accept defeat and replace your broken device.

Sure, spending that much money could be excruciating. However, it may be less expensive than purchasing a replacement and updating a few months later. It may be preferable to upgrade now rather than later.

If you do decide to get a new phone, don’t go with your carrier’s first choice. Instead, purchase an unlocked version, which will save you a lot of money despite appearing to be more expensive.

If you’re in the market for a new phone, check out our list of the best cheap smartphones.

8. Accept Your Broken Phone Screen If you’re short on cash, just put up with it.

Not a fan of do-it-yourself fixes or paying for repairs?

Why not keep using your phone if it’s still functional and the screen doesn’t appear to be in risk of collapsing? Sure, it’ll irritate you for a while, but you’ll get used to it.

It’s always wonderful to save the money that would be spent on a new phone. This is your greatest option if your contract is about to expire. You can always use a piece of sticky tape to cover the screen crack. Otherwise, cover your phone with a protective case, and it should last you until the next upgrade.

Allowing a broken phone screen to ruin your day is not a good idea.

While shattered smartphone displays are inconvenient, unsightly, and reduce your phone’s resell value, don’t let them cast a pall over your device. A shattered smartphone screen is only a test to be met.

Now you know what to do if your phone screen is cracked:

  1. Make a claim on your phone’s coverage.
  2. Look for an old phone or borrow one.
  3. A cracked screen can be protected with a screen protector.
  4. Self-repair the cracked screen or pay for it to be repaired.
  5. Replace the phone by trading it in or selling it.
  6. Upgrades are available through your carrier.
  7. Continue to use your phone.

Your phone will eventually be replaced, so prepare a backup plan in case the other possibilities don’t work out. You can either contact the carrier for an upgrade or continue to use the phone with the broken screen.

When it’s time to get rid of your phone, don’t just toss it in a drawer.



Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.