Since mobile phone displays are much tougher than before, they seem to be indestructible. Unfortunately, it is not. If you drop your phone, it may damage the display. Your phone can no longer be considered useful.

Want to replace your damaged smartphone display? This is a relatively cheap and simple process. Here’s how to do it.

Costs to replace your phone screen

Replace cracked phone display

Has your mobile phone display been hacked? Dumped on the street or crushed while playing football? Sat on it even? You already know that you have a headache. Can the phone be repaired, and if so, what are the costs?

Many services available online and locally will repair your cell phone for a price. But if you have access to spare parts, and they are inexpensive, why not do the procedure yourself?

Non-monetary costs should also be considered: time spent without a phone, data that needs to be archived from a device. Hopefully your mobile platform’s cloud service will help you, or maybe a desktop utility can check the contents of the phone.

Installing a new display that costs the same as replacing a phone doesn’t make sense. However, if a cell phone screen replacement is closer to $15, it makes sense to try it yourself.

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Where to find a phone replacement screen

Replacement of the smartphone display and tools

The most obvious place to get a replacement display is eBay. Simply searching for a mobile phone model and displaying the word will lead to the details you need. Just remember to shop safely when using eBay.

In my case, «Nexus 5 display» gave a lot of accurate (and unfortunately a bit inaccurate) results. Take the time to make sure the component you choose is really the right fit for your device. Often components can appear in the results due to a poorly written list.

Amazon is also a resource for screen replacements, but you should also consider a general Google search as this will bring up specialized vendors who may be able to offer a lower price.

Note that you may find listings that only offer a display, compared to listings with half a phone body. What you buy depends on how complex you want it to be. For example, just a display means melting the glue with a heat gun or hair dryer.

Alternatively, a replacement display kit that includes half of the phone’s body will require replacement parts from the old body to the replacement.

Tools to replace your phone’s screen

Often, replacement displays come with tools included. Typically you will receive:

  • Mini screwdrivers
  • Mini Torx Drivers
  • plastic tweezers
  • Plastic wedges
  • Guitar pick / plectrum

You must also have:

  • curved tweezers
  • Precision knife or craft scalpel
  • Hair dryer or heat gun

These tools are included for removing the case and unscrewing any components that prevent the display from being replaced. For example, a mobile phone will have Torx screws under the battery cover that will need to be removed before the case can be carefully unfolded.

Please note that spending money on these tools is optional. Sanding the ends of a pair of plastic bicycle wheel arms will yield alternatives that can be used, otherwise obtainable relatively cheaply.

Phone screen replacement basics

There are so many different models of mobile phones (new or used) on the market that it is almost impossible to provide a standardized guide. In addition, some models cannot be repaired without being sent back to the manufacturer.

Check out YouTube to see how you can replace your phone’s display. You will find many detailed instructions for specific devices.

Most smartphones are basically made up of several layers of components. Each layer must be carefully separated to replace the glass display.

These instructions usually follow this procedure for replacing your smartphone’s display:

  1. open phone
  2. Remove the display
  3. Replace glue
  4. Fit new display
  5. Make sure the cable is connected correctly

Read on to find out how to install a smartphone display replacement.

Step 1: Open your phone

To begin, remove (where possible) the back cover, battery, and determine where the Torx (or standard) screws might be hidden. Look under the labels and next to the USB ports. You can find screws in the battery compartment if you have a device with a removable cell.

Move the phone apart using the levers and plectrum; additional screws will also need to be removed.

Use the provided tools to unlock your phone

Watch out for ribbon cables that require careful disconnection from their connectors. To do this, use a flat plastic blade or plectrum.

Use the provided tools to unlock your phone

They often go through different levels of hardware in the phone. Ribbon cables are thin; break easily, be careful, as damage to them can significantly change the dynamics of the repair.

Step 2: Remove the screen

You should now have a blank front of your phone with the glass display ready to be removed. Soften the adhesive with a heat gun.

Alternatively, you can leave the phone in a warm place (for example, on a radiator) for a while.

Convincing your phone’s display to part with the body is usually not difficult. To begin, push the opening of the camera into the glass, slowly move the glass display away from the body.

As noted, some of the replacements are basically half the phone.

In this case, you won’t need to remove the display, but you will need to remove the components (and even the motherboard) from the damaged device into a new case.

Step 3: replace the glue

Narrow rolls of replacement adhesive can be purchased online. Do you have double sided tape? Cut this into narrow 1mm thick strips, then apply glue to the frame of the phone, not the glass.

Step 4: Install the new screen

Once the adhesive is in place, remove the protective strips on the adhesive and push the glass into place.

Apply light pressure where the display meets the adhesive. Be careful not to put pressure on the middle of the glass display. Excessive force can break even the strongest gorilla glass.

Step 5: Make sure the cable connections are correct

It’s time to put the phone back.

Connect the appropriate cables, fix them if necessary. Carefully place the components back into the chassis, making sure that no cables or screws are left on them. Check your phone to make sure it works.

Connect cables to phone during assembly

You should be able to turn on the phone without tightening the last screws to check if it works.

Are you planning to use the video guide? Review it before starting the steps.

Does the screen of the new phone work?

Refurbished smartphone display

Moment of truth: does the new screen work? Remember that the touch display has two purposes: touch interaction and display of the phone’s operating system.

A well-placed replacement will give your phone a brand new «almost new» look, and if the touchscreen works, you’ll be fine.

However, it’s not always easy sailing. I installed a replacement display which caused the phone to overheat. Therefore, it is important to buy components from reputable sellers and make sure you buy the right parts for your phone.

Do-it-yourself smartphone repair, success!

Confident? Mobile phone screen replacement is not easy, but it is something you should definitely consider if the price is right.

While there are no hard and fast rules—devices vary from manufacturer to manufacturer—the steps given should illustrate what that entails.

Most importantly, do not proceed with such repairs without first examining the specific device. Video guides are especially helpful; when you’re ready, grab the right tools and surprise yourself!

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