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by Suzanne Kantra on December 02, 2022 in Tips & How-Tos, Phones and Mobile, Cell Phones :: 3 comments Techlicious editors independently review products. To help support our mission, we may earn affiliate commissions from links contained on this page. Iphone 6 Plus Lcd Replacement
Updated on 12/2/2022 with current repair pricing, pricing for iPhone 14 models, and information on Apple's Self Service Repair.
Fixing a cracked screen on an iPhone can be expensive, costing hundreds to replace screens on the latest iPhone models. So, it pays to shop around for the best price.
Price, though, shouldn't be your only consideration. A lower price may mean an Apple Authorized Service Provider isn't providing the repair. If your phone is under warranty and you do not use an Authorized Apple Service Provider, you will void your warranty. However, if your phone is not under warranty, it may make financial sense to go with a third-party repair service. Keep in mind that while Apple provides a one-year warranty, if you purchased your iPhone with a credit card, many credit card issuers extend the warranty by up to a year.
The other reason you may find a lower price is that the service provider isn't using Apple parts. Whenever possible, it is best to use Apple parts to ensure reliability. However, reputable repair services provide warranties on their repairs. So, if you have an older iPhone, it may make financial sense to use a less expensive repair provider that uses third-party parts.
I researched and analyzed the data from the major nationwide providers to clearly establish the costs, benefits, and drawbacks for each of the options. Use these charts to pick the best option for you based on whether your phone is under warranty, your iPhone, and your proximity to each of the service providers.
Apple and Best Buy have unified policies and pricing across the U.S. However, uBreakiFix and Batteries Plus Bulbs determine pricing and source parts depending on location. Note that there are currently part shortages. So check with your repair location regarding part availability and whether the part will be an Apple part or a third-party part before scheduling a repair.
The pricing below is accurate as of December 2, 2022 (doesn't include taxes). For uBreakiFix and Batteries Plus, pricing will vary by location and whether you choose to use Apple parts. The lowest price for each model is highlighted.
Apple provides a one-year warranty for defects like bad pixels (not if you dropped your phone and cracked the screen), and many major credit cards will automatically double that warranty. So, if your screen is defective, it's worth bringing your device into an Apple Store or an Authorized Apple Service Provider to see if it can be repaired for free.
If you have AppleCare+, an insurance plan you may have purchased through your carrier, or coverage from a third-party insurance provider, you may have a small deductible or no cost to repair your iPhone screen. For instance, Apple charges $29 for screen repairs (up to two claims per year), which is less expensive than paying without insurance, but SquareTrade charges $149 per claim, which may be more than you'd pay out of pocket.
You can repair your iPhone yourself, but you won't save money and may spend more. Self Service Repair, which Apple started offering this year for all iPhone 12 models, all iPhone 13 models, and iPhone SE (3rd gen). The kit only saves you between $34.60 to $50.60 versus having it serviced by Apple, and that's only if you return your damaged screen for a $33.60 credit. Plus, you must also rent a tool kit for $49 to complete the repair. So, you may end up paying more for the privilege of self-repair than having Apple fix it for you. And you'll have to remember to return the kit, or you'll be charged for all the components, which costs around $1,000 (when you rent the kit, a hold on your credit card that's equivalent to the cost of the kit is placed on your credit card). That's a lot of effort and risk for very little reward.
To find an Authorized Apple Service Provider, go to Apple Support and follow the prompts to create an appointment for iPhone screen repair. Next, you will see a list of nearby Authorized Apple Service Providers. In addition to Apple Stores, this includes Best Buy stores, many carrier stores, and select third-party repair services.
[Image credit: Broken screen on iPhone via BigStockPhoto]
For the past 20+ years, Suzanne Kantra has been exploring and writing about the world’s most exciting and important science and technology issues. Ten years ago, she founded Techlicious, which serves the role of that tech-savvy friend you can count on to share tips and tricks to get the most out of technology; whether that’s saving time in our hectic schedules, discovering new ways to enjoy our personal interests, or keeping up with the latest technology trends and styles. Before that, Suzanne was the Technology Editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she hosted the radio show “Living with Technology." Previously, she served as Technology Editor for Popular Science Magazine. She has been featured on CNN, CBS, and NBC.
From Tony semo on September 04, 2022 :: 2:27 pm
Recently I purchased an iPhone 11 Pro Max for my girlfriend so she could keep in touch with me while she is away. However, now she said her cousin broke the screen and she has rendered it useless for communication. Now she wants another $600 to fix the $1200 phone I just bought her. Does this number sound right? It seems a bit high to me. I was thinking $200 or do, not $600 likd she is asking. I ask this because i am having my doubts as to her faithfulness to me. I feel she is taking advantage of my wealth. I dislike being used and made a fool of. Any feedback would help this broken heart. Should I or shouldn’t I? Thank you for taking time to give a little feedback.
From Stranger on September 09, 2022 :: 10:59 am
You should dump this girl. She sounds like she is using you. Find a girl that is kind and thoughtful and won’t make you put out money. If she doesn’t go out of her way to communicate with you that means she doesn’t really want you. Love yourself enough to find something better.
From Dana White on September 14, 2022 :: 12:02 am
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