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How To Fix a Broken Phone Screen

Updated on July 3, 2013

Repairing a cracked cellphone screen

It is not unusual to crack the LCD screen on a cell phone. Damage is easy to avoid when you have your cell phone protected in a case or phone cover. However, when a phone does not have sufficient protection, it can become tarnished quickly and will need to be repaired.

From dropping your phone on the floor to leaving it in a bag, there are many causes for a broken phone screen. Whatever the cause, it's a good idea to know how to repair a cracked cell phone screen yourself, because you never know when it may happen!

It's easier than you think

Most people will immediately call for the help of a trained professional to fix their phone when in times of need. This is the easy and convenient option, however it may result in you spending unnecessary money that could be spent elsewhere.

Understanding what things you'll need and having the instructions to fix a cell phone screen yourself is a great way to save money. It does not take much time at all and is a handy thing to know for future predicaments.

What you'll need to repair a cell phone's LCD screen.

Begin by looking around your house for the items you'll need, before you venture out to buy the items.

You will more than likely possess some of the items already, but if not, it's possible to pick them up easily from your nearest store for a small price. Alternatively, you can find great deals online.

Purchasing items to do the job does not mean you are spending more than you need to, because this is just a fraction of the price it would cost to get a professional's tools and labour.

You will need:

  • Replacement screen for your phone model
  • Torx screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Pair of tweezers

Now you have your items at the ready, you should follow instructions closely. Reading through the instructions before you start work is important, as it can shave time off.

Get to work!

Instructions to fix a broken phone screen.

You are minutes away from a shiny new phone screen. Follow each step carefully to do the best job possible.

  1. First things first, turn the power off on your phone.
  2. Now, take the back cover of your phone off carefully. Each phone has a different way of doing so. Ensure not to force it off as this could break the cover.
  3. Once the back cover is off, slide the battery and sim card out and place to one side.
  4. Now it's time to concentrate. Locate the RF grommet on the bottom of the phone. This should be where the battery once was. Once you have found it, pull the plastic grommet out with your pair of tweezers. Keep these to one side with the battery, sim and cover.
  5. Opposite to where the RF grommet was should be a small hole. Insert your tweezers into this to pop the bottom plastic cover off. Once again, be careful not to damage your phone when doing so.
  6. Following this, take your torx screwdriver and remove each screw from the edges of the phone. This is so that the metal plate can be removed.
  7. Flip the phone over so that you can see the broken cell phone screen. With your flathead screwdriver, slip under the seam on the bottom of the phone. Use slight movements to remove the cover.
  8. With the tweezers, locate the latch on the side of the phone screen and use the tweezers to lift the latch. This should result in the screen coming off.
  9. You should be able to see a cable running from the phone screen to the phone. Remove this cable and with your replacement screen, insert in the broken screen's place.
  10. If you are happy that the phone screen is inserted properly, reattach the cable. Take your items you placed to one side earlier and insert your battery, sim and covers back to the phone.

Test it.

Want to see if your little experiment worked? Turn your phone on and voila! Your new phone screen should look great and work perfectly with your phone, no matter what make or model!

Keep this information handy, because you never know when it might happen and how convenient it is when you know how to pull it off!


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      BethanRose 4 years ago from South Wales

      karii - It sounds like the dirt has affected the mechanism. I'm not an expert, but I think it probably best to take it to a repair professional to avoid future problems. Hope this helps!

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      karii 4 years ago

      I followed the steps exactly as seen on a repair tutorial, the problem is that I might have either damaged the digitizer cables or my LCD screen. I rubbed my fingers without even thinking on the LCD when putting it back together, because I had seen dirt; exactly where I rubbed my fingers along the spots it's where it won't react at all to my touch. It jitters and acts wonky. I went back step by step, but the digitizer cables were fine. Is it possible I ruined my LCD screen?

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      BethanRose 4 years ago from South Wales

      Hi receivetipstricks. I think these videos might help you:

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      Mrinal Saha 4 years ago from Jaipur,India

      My friend had broken screen one,,, the replacement screen was hard to find ,, it was Motorola Atrix...

      DO you know how he fix that ?

      He bought Nokia Lumia

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Hey, this is really nice! It's rather surprising that you can repair a broken screen by yourself. I thought it was impossible. Thanks for posting. Up and useful. :)

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      BethanRose 4 years ago from South Wales

      In reply to your comments:

      bianca01 - I am not sure a camera screen would work on a cell phone, you would have to buy a replacement screen that fits the device model. - If the camera is broken it is possible you would need to get it professionally repaired. I am not sure as I have not created a hub on how to fix broken cameras yet, but I will do this in the future!

      anatomynotes - Thanks for your kind comment, I am glad the hub was of use to you! :)

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      Edmund Custers 4 years ago

      Useful information! I have an old phone with a broken screen. It fell out of my pocket when I was getting out of the car. So I bought a new one. But now, it is time to fix it or at least try to fix it. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • profile image 5 years ago

      i m havin dell xcd 35 ... itz front screen nd camera both are broken what should i do?

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      bianca01 5 years ago

      Hi ! please answer back !! :D

      What if i replace my camera screen to this broken cell phone screen?

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      BethanRose 5 years ago from South Wales

      Yes it should do but if you want to be sure, try to check for a YouTube video tutorial for your particular phone. :) Hope this helps!

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      bionca 5 years ago

      Hello I'm bionca and my phone had crack how old would I have to pay for it and from were

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      Shau 5 years ago

      Will it work on a sprint photon

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      andy 5 years ago

      will this work for a HTC thunderbolt ?