Worried About Your iPhone Cracked Screen? 5 Temporary Fixes, Repair Options and Costs

Whether your iPhone dropped on a rocky road, you accidentally slammed it to a kitchen counter, or you dropped a hammer on it, the quick cracking sound would still ring in your ears as you picked it up to assess the damage. And much to your chagrin, there it is: your iPhone’s screen chipped, cracked, or smashed.

Don’t worry too much, as there are options for fixing that damaged iPhone screen of yours no matter the budget.


But why do iPhone screens, as expensive as the phones are, crack so easily in the first place? The answer lies in the design compromise Apple and other phone manufacturers make between consumer desires and engineering reality, specifically something called elastic energy.

Slim edges, wide screens, and nearly-bezel-less designs are elegant and beautiful to look at but come at the cost of durability. And when your iPhone is dropped, elastic energy stored in the phone’s glass is converted into surface energy, and your screen’s glass cracks. The force of the impact creates small stresses that lead to the shattering of the screen.

Phone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are constantly experimenting with tougher kinds of glass and strong bases for the housing of the phone itself, but the physics of it all will still prevail.

iPhone Cracked Screen: 5 Temporary Fixes and Repair Options 


First, assess the damage. Get your phone on a solid surface and under a good light. Is the screen lightly scratched? Is it cracked into a spider-web-like pattern? Is it missing entire chunks of glass?

Then, with a little bit of stress testing and careful prodding, figure out if the screen is going to fall off or fail. In most cases, the phone screen would still connected to the phone’s body. And even though it’s cracked, it still works.

However, if it is seriously damaged, it is best to back up your data as quickly as possible. You don’t know how much time you have left before the phone gives up so go ahead and rescue as many of your photos, videos, and important files.

If your phone has stopped functioning altogether, a professional repair is your best option.

After your assessment, here are some solutions. We will start from the cheapest, most accessible fixes to the more professional repair.

5. Packing Tape

This one is easy enough, the important factor in all of this is to hold out until you are eligible for an iPhone upgrade.

If you can still use your phone’s screen despite the cracks, or you can wait until you can get an upgrade, it is best to keep everything in place. Carefully cover the screen with a layer of packing tape and trim it with an X-Acto knife for a clean finish.

4. Screen Protector

A step up from the packing tape is getting an actual screen protector to hold everything in place. It will also give you a smoother screen experience since the cracks will be covered.


It is possible to replace your iPhone screen on your own. But replacement phone screens and the tool kit to perform the replacements can cost money that could go to just having a professional do it for you. Replacing your phone screen yourself will also waive the warranty covered by your phone.

3. DIY Screen Replacement

It is possible to replace your iPhone screen on your own, and iFixit is a great resource to help you guide you through the ordeal.

But before you do decide to replace the screen by yourself, you have to consider the cost. Today’s new high-tech phone screens aren’t cheap. Also, check on your phone’s warranty, you could still be covered to get a professional repair done. Replacing your phone screen yourself will also waive the warranty covered by your phone.

Besides the cost of the replacement phone screen, you could also be spending extra on the tools needed to perform such repair.

2. Send it to a Third-Party Professional

Third-party experts like Best Buy and UBreakIFix can offer professional service at a competitive price compared to an Apple Authorized Service Provider. The disadvantage to this could be the waving of the warranty once the repair is made by the third-party service.

1. Send it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider

This is, of course, the most official way to have your screen repaired. Apple said you can schedule your repair by making an appointment or scheduling an onsite service.

You can also send in your iPhone for repair by mailing it to an Apple Repair Center. On-site appointments can have the repairs done on the same day as well.

The Cost of Repairing your iPhone Screen by an Apple Authorized Service Provider

If your iPhone is out of warranty, you will have to pay for the screen damage repair. Additional costs will be charged if there are other damages found. Some onsite services will include an additional site-visit fee but this can be waived if your iPhone is covered by AppleCare+.

The cost of out-of-warranty screen repairs are as follows:

iPhone 12

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: $329

  • iPhone 12 Pro: $279

  • iPhone 12: $279

  • iPhone 12 mini: $299

iPhone 11

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: $329

  • iPhone 11 Pro: $279

  • iPhone 11: $199

iPhone X

  • iPhone XS Max: $329

  • iPhone XS: $279

  • iPhone X: $279

  • iPhone XR: $199

iPhone 8 and iPhone 7

  • iPhone 8/7 Plus: $169

  • iPhone 8/7: $149

iPhone 6

  • iPhone 6s Plus: $169

  • iPhone 6s: $149

  • iPhone 6 Plus: $149

  • iPhone 6: $129

iPhone SE

  • iPhone SE (2nd generation): $129

  • iPhone SE: $129

iPhone 5

  • iPhone 5s: $129

  • iPhone 5c: $129

An AppleCare+ plan offers technical support and hardware coverage, including damage protection. If you have AppleCare+, depending on your plan, the service fee can be deductible or you will only pay $29 for the repair and this covers all eligible phone models. An additional on-site visit fee will also be waived.