You have broken your cell phone screen. It slipped out of your hand while you were making a call or you left it on top of your car when you drove, the glass is broken.

Luckily, the display still works, and maybe even touchscreen controls. so what will you do now? Here are a few things to do right after your phone’s screen is cracked.

1. Does phone insurance cover cracked phone screen?

First you need to check if your phone insurance covers cracked phone screen and under what circumstances.

If so, arranging the fix should be straightforward. In most cases, if your phone screen is broken, then the main problem will be to be without it for a few days. This is as bad as it gets (though you may have to pay extra fees).

The problem of smartphone screen damage starts when it transpires and you cannot get a replacement screen on insurance. When this happens, you have to take matters into your own hands.

2. Stop using cracked screen phones, use old phones instead

You have a broken phone screen but still need a phone. So what can you do? Well, a good option is to just use an old phone instead.

Whether you can’t make calls because of a broken phone screen, or have it shipped in for repair, you’ll need a replacement. The best place to find someone is usually hidden behind a drawer.

Even if you don’t have an old phone you can switch temporarily, a friend or relative might. Ask, and you’ll have an easy replacement until you decide what to do with your phone and its broken screen.

3. Apply a Screen Protector to a Cracked Screen

Wondering if you can apply a screen protector to a cracked screen? You can, but you should only do so under certain circumstances.

For displays where chips and pieces of glass are loose or missing, adding a screen protector is pointless. It will not be able to adhere properly because the glass is in motion. Result: You wasted money on screen protectors.

But where cracks are minimal, applying a screen protector to a cracked screen can help prevent further cracking of the glass. This can prevent further spidering.

4. How to fix cracked phone screen

By now, you may have realized (or decided) that you don’t really need a new phone. But how do you replace the screen if you break the display of your mobile phone?

Thanks to the Internet, chances are you’ll find a DIY fix for everything online. iFixIt is a great place to start, as it provides both instructions on how to fix a broken screen, as well as links to parts. Our own guide to fixing cracked smartphone screens is also worth a read.

YouTube is another great resource for repair tutorials. Replacement screens can be purchased online through sites such as eBay and AliExpress. The benefits of a DIY fix include a sense of accomplishment along with keeping repair costs down.

It’s worth bearing in mind that without the right preparation and skills, you can end up making a mess of it.

5. Pay to repair a broken cell phone screen

Uncertainty over DIY (“Can I really put a screen protector on a cracked screen?”) may lead you to an alternative solution: paying someone else to do it.

But how much is it to replace the phone screen?

While you can ship your phone to an official manufacturer, you’re going to pay nose-to-nose for that option. Look at Apple’s repair fee – it’s not cheap to get a repair if the cracked screen is out of warranty.

There’s probably a local phone repair shop you can try, and a Google search will show you where to find it, as well as customer reviews. Although you’ll probably be paying by the hour, a skilled technician can replace a screen very quickly.

Check the prices and compare the repair shop’s competitors before buying them. Our guide to where to fix a broken iPhone screen can help here.

6. Sell your phone to fund the replacement

Can You Sell Your Broken Items on Ebay? You probably won’t get a lot of money for it, but whatever you do you can put in a new phone.

Many sites also give you credit for buying used phones when you trade yours. You’ll probably get a better deal if you take credit instead of cash, so keep that in mind.

As with raising cash, check the web’s most popular online stores like eBay and Amazon for replacements. You can also get the same phone in use, but otherwise in good condition. Just pay attention to the item description. You don’t want to end up buying a damaged phone!

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