How Do You Repair Cracked iPhone Screens? (Explained)

Repair cracked iPhone screens with this easy step. iPhones are extremely popular around the world, with over 57 million iPhones sold in just three months.

Allow that to soak in for a moment. It’s easy to understand why, with Apple’s smartphone lineup offering an excellent balance of hardware and software, as well as excellent design, cameras, and mobile performance across the board.

Despite Apple’s continuous efforts to toughen the glass on the iPhone, cracks and outright smashes remain widespread among iPhone users.

Let’s be honest: we all know at least one individual who has an iPhone that is missing 85% of its display glass but still uses it regularly.

If your iPhone screen becomes cracked or entirely shattered, there is a way  in fact, numerous ways  to replace it, ranging from taking it to an Apple Store to fixing it yourself from the comfort of your own home. We walk you through all of the options for repairing a broken iPhone display right here.

How Do You Repair Cracked iPhone screens?

  1. Go to Apple Store
  2. Third-party merchants
  3. Online service for repairs
  4. DIY
  5. Or, Self-Service Repair by Apple

Apple Store

If you’ve shattered your iPhone screen, the Apple Store is likely the best place to go. After all, Apple designed the iPhone, so it will be aware of the best practices for repairing defective components.

Unsurprisingly, it will not do so out of kindness, charging customers a premium for the pleasure of replacing a broken screen.

This is true even if you are still within your warranty period because accidental damage is not covered by the standard 1-year warranty.

The cost of replacing the display depends on the model, with the top-end Pro Max costing the highest at an eye-watering £316.44, and the basic iPhone 13 not faring much better at £266.44.

According to the Apple support website, here’s a comprehensive breakdown of how much it will cost you to get your iPhone screen repaired at the Apple Store:

  • £316.44 / $329 for iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and iPhone XS Max
  • £266.44 / $279 for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS, iPhone X:
  • £216.44 / $229 for iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 11 and iPhone XR: £196.44 and $199, respectively.
  • £164.44 / $169 for iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus
  • £152.44 / $149 for iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE (all versions), iPhone 6, iPhone 5s (all generations): £136.44 / $129

You’re in luck if you paid for the optional AppleCare+ when you bought your iPhone. You’ll still have to pay an excess, but Apple’s extended warranty includes two repairs for unintentional damage.

It’s a wonderful deal for £25/$29 regardless of the iPhone model, and if any other component is broken, it’ll cost a fixed charge of £79/$99 to repair. You’re probably wishing you’d purchased AppleCare+ right now, aren’t you?

If you wish to use the official Apple method, go to the Apple Support page and arrange an appointment at your local Apple Store, or mail it in.

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Third-party merchants

While it’s preferable to have your iPhone serviced by Apple, let’s be honest: those prices are out of reach for the vast majority of people.

Local merchants will likely be the next port of call for many, with phone repair businesses cropping up in towns and cities all over the world, many of which specialize in iPhone screen repairs.

Some are major, well-known merchants, while others are small, independent shops that repair electronic devices.

Importantly, these prices are frequently lower than Apple’s, however, this will vary depending on your area.

Online service for repairs

If you can’t get to a local merchant or an Apple Store to get your iPhone repaired, you may always mail it to online repair service.

There are certain drawbacks to services like this, such as the fact that it will take longer to get your phone mended, but it is a convenient option to get it serviced.

Apple provides the service, letting you package up your iPhone and ship it to the Apple Store for repair, and there are lots of third-party options as well.

iSmash is a popular online service. While you can visit any of its physical locations in London, you can also send your broken iPhone from anywhere in the United Kingdom. iSmash, unlike some physical retailers, uses authentic iPhone components and offers a lifetime warranty.

Unfortunately, this also makes them expensive, with fixes roughly comparable to those offered by the Apple Store. The iPhone 13, for example, will cost the same £266.44 – at which point you might as well send it back to Apple.

How Do You Repair Cracked iPhone screens? (Explained)
How Do You Repair Cracked iPhone screens? (Explained)


You can also repair the iPhone display yourself from the comfort of your own home, depending on your technical expertise.

We wouldn’t recommend it for the great majority of users because you might wind up destroying another component in the process, but it is a possibility for tinkerers.

There are a few possibilities for iPhone DIY, including a new site from Apple.

Self-Service Repair by Apple

Apple launched its Self Service Repair program in the United States, months after its official announcement, giving consumers and independent technicians genuine Apple components as well as company guidance on how to install the component.

Apple sells a variety of repair kits, including screen replacements, but only for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. Users using older iPhones will have to search elsewhere.

Your kit will include not only original Apple parts but also all of the equipment you’ll need to disassemble your iPhone according to Apple’s step-by-step instructions.

It’ll be tough, with Apple recommending the service for “individual specialists with the knowledge and experience to fix electronic gadgets,” but it’s an option.

You can even return defective components to Apple for recycling, and as a thank you, it will apply a credit to your next Apple purchase.

Aside from the fact that it is currently only available in the United States, the only concern is that it is still a rather pricey option to repair your iPhone, with the added danger that something else would go wrong in the process. If you don’t mind that, you may order your kit from the (very un-Apple-like) Self Service Repair website.

Final thought 

In this guide, we have given you the best ways how you can get your cracked iPhone screen fixed. We believe that this information was helpful to you.

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