Repairing Your Smartphone: Should You Do It Yourself?

I will be the fist to admit, my smartphone usage is way below the amount of time the average person uses them. On average, my phone use overall usually stands at about 10-20 minutes each month, a bare minimum when compared to just about everyone else.

One of the upsides to that is that I have very little exposure to the perils that can occur from misuse or accidents. Dropping them, accidentally submerging them in water…all of these potential pitfalls are completely foreign to me. However, as the following statistics show, I am one of the few:

– Over 80 percent of iPhone failures are a direct result of accidental damage.
– The two most common ways to kill a smartphone are spilling a drink on it and dropping it down the stairs, each of which claim 29 percent of total smartphone damage
– Loss or accidental damage will claim one in four smartphones each year.

Unlike computers, I personally have never had the opportunity to break a smartphone down to its component pats and then reassemble it. Which brought to mind the question: Can the average person, even one with no experience, perform smartphone repairs?

The answer for many situations is a resounding yes! Let’s take a look at some of the most common repairs needed and how best to go about fixing it yourself.


Replacing a smartphone screen can be extremely easy or quite difficult, depending heavily on which type of phone you have. There are two parts to the screen: the glass itself and the digitizer. If the glass and digitizer are separate, and not fused together, replacement is a simple matter of swapping out glass. If they are fused together, expect a hefty pricetag to go with the replacement.

As indicated before, replacing the screen of each smartphone is different and depends heavily on the brand and model of smartphone. Individual step-by-step instructions for most major brands and models can be found here.


Stuck/Loose Buttons

Misbehaving buttons on your smartphone can be replaced, in most cases, by simply opening the case and plugging them in. However, you need to take special care with the wires connecting the button to the phone’s motherboard, as they are very delicate. In depth instructions based on phone model can also be found here.


A broken smartphone does not automatically mean a hefty repair bill in today’s modern, DIY (do it yourself) world. Have you ever tried a smartphone repair yourself? Let us know in the Comments section below!

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