It’s hard to imagine life without your iPhone, but unfortunately accidents happen and parts break or wear out and suddenly you’re iPhoneless – what do you do? Your first decision has to be, do you take your iPhone to a repair expert and get a high quality repair complete with warranty, or do you go for a do-it-yourself option which may be cheaper assuming you get it right? Electronics are not the mystery they used to be, so you may be tempted to go down the DIY route, it’s a real dilemma, but be aware that some repairs are simpler than others. Let’s take a look at the problems you are most likely to encounter with your iPhone, and this may help you to make the right decision.
Just a word of warning – assuming your iPhone is in warranty, if you open up the case the warranty will be void, so before you do anything, check whether the problem can be sorted out under the warranty. If you’re out of warranty, then all you have to lose is your iPhone (and all your data) if you get it wrong in a DIY repair.
Broken, Cracked or Scratched Screen
If the pavement has attacked your iPhone, or you’ve let it get too familiar with your keys in your pocket, you may need to replace the screen, and this is not a repair that can be done under warranty (even Apple can’t control gravity and inanimate objects). This is the number one most frequent iPhone problem, and to repair it the iPhone has to be opened up (warranty!)
You can buy a replacement screen from a popular shopping website and there are videos on YouTube to show you how to do it but unless you are a brain surgeon and enjoy the thought of extracting splinters of glass from the inside of your iPhone (and probably your fingers too), this type of repair is probably best left to the people with the expertise and the equipment to guarantee a decent job of it.
Rechargeable batteries have a finite life – they usually last about a year at top performance and then will start to fade out. Your iPhone will need recharging more and more frequently until suddenly it’s living on the charger – not much use for an iPhone that’s supposed to be mobile. You may think that swapping a battery would be easy, after all, you can put a new battery into most electronic devices, it’s not rocket science.
The problem is that it’s not easy to swap out an Apple iPhone battery – you need to open the case (warranty again!) and it’s all a bit tricky. Apple will of course do the job for you, and so will millions of highly competent repair centres. If you’re set on DIY, just like replacement iPhone screens, you can buy a new iPhone battery for a relatively low cost on popular shopping sites, and you can visit YouTube to watch a video on how to do it. The consensus is though that it’s best left to the experts.
You would be amazed by the number of ways that people manage to get their iPhones into contact with liquids (not only water, and not only nice liquids either). They put them through the wash cycle, drop them into their drinks, drop them down the loo, even have a dog run off with them. The point is that electronics and liquids are not a match made in heaven.
There are things you can do – see this article on first aid methods – dry it as best you can and then get it into that bag of rice. You never know, you may be lucky. Sad to say, if you can’t rescue it yourself, the injury may be fatal, but get it to an expert anyway to try to save the data.
You may have gathered by now that if you have infinite patience and the ‘have a go’ attitude, you may be able to make repairs yourself, but it’s often better (and probably cheaper in the long run) to get an expert involved, and you can always take out a decent insurance plan, but do make sure it covers the problems listed above, or it’s probably not worth paying for.