With everyone completely attached to their smartphones, it’s no wonder frustration ensues with they become broken. In a flash, they’re cut off from the world around them, unable to send texts, unable to make calls, perform searches, and, maybe worst out of everything, play games. So, what do people do when they drop their iPhone and the screen shatters into a million pieces? Or, it won’t turn on at all? Or, worst, falls into water? The problem could be a basic one or it could be more complex. No matter the case, consumers could think they could fix it without help. After all, they’ve used a screwdriver before, and they’ve been known to pry open PCs that have malfunctioned in the past. How hard could fixing an iPhone be, really?
First, consumers need to look at what the common iPhone problems are before they can figure out if they can fix them.
Battery is worn out
Rechargeable batteries do wear out, this is a sad truth. One a year is up, the batter will not last as long from charge to charge. One two years is up, the runtime will plummet even further. After a longer period of time, consumers will be lucky if they see half a day out of their batteries.
Apple, unfortunately, makes it difficult for users to replace batteries in their iPhones. Attempting do so could cause a void in the warranty. Once the first year is up, the warranty is void anyway. It’s tricky to do this, though.
For a fee, Apple replace batteries that are beyond their warranty. Local repair shops will likely do the same for less money. Check ebay for a battery, too, if you feel comfortable working on electronics. There are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube that will guide you through the process.
A Broken Screen
A broken screen isn’t covered under the warranty because it isn’t Apple’s fault that gravity broke it in the first place. However, statistically, this is the number one problem smartphone users experience.
Can consumers fix it on their own? Maybe. Consumers could probably find a YouTube video explaining the process once they find a replacement screen on ebay. Remember, though, that opening up the iPhone voids the warranty unless it is already expired.
Replacing the screen is not an easy task, either. The process is very complicated, often involving miniscule pieces of glass. Most consumers opt for hiring a professional.
The iPhone That Got Wet
Did you iPhone go for a swim? It is no mystery that water is not an iPhone’s friend. However, this does not necessarily mean the death of your device.
There is a trick: place the iPhone so it is completely submerged in rice immediately. This trick causes the rice to absorb most of the moisture out of the device.
If this trick doesn’t work, unfortunately there isn’t much a repair shop can do. You may have to replace your iPhone.
Keep it Safe
There are truthfully challenges to both repair shops and DIY options. The best safety option is to get an insurance plan at the time of purchase. This will cover any future repairs or replacements you may need. Good policies will protect consumers from just about any type of loss including a screen that cracks, water submersion, and much more.