Cracked Screen on Your Device: Now What?

Despite your best efforts, chances are that you must deal with a cracked device screen at some point in your life. The chances only increase if you have a variety of different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and e-book readers. Luckily, if you do encounter a cracked screen, there are a number of different repair options.

When a device screen cracks, your first instinct must always be to evaluate whether it is under warranty. For the most part, standard warranties cover only device failures and not accidental damage; however, many sellers offer additional warranties. If you purchased one of these, check to see if your device is covered. Depending on the severity of the damage, expect either a repair or replacement, likely with a refurbished device.

If your device is out of warranty, you have at least a couple options. If you are tech-savvy and experienced with making electronic repairs, consider trying to replace the screen yourself. Generally, you need to purchase a special set of tools and adhesives as well as the replacement screen. If you are not confident in your own abilities to repair the device, turn to a repair service. Repair shops offer a reasonably priced screen repair service that is likely to cost significantly less than options such as replacing your device altogether.

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If you have a warranty that covers cracked screens, you are in luck. Be aware, however, that most of these types of warranties require you to pay a deductible when you need a repair or replacement device. It is always a good idea to contact a third-party repair service for a price estimate even if you do have a warranty.

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