How to fix a broken iPad screen

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Both purchasing an Apple iPad and having the screen repaired are pricey. Unless your iPad’s screen has a hairline crack owing to defective glass (and there are no clear signs of drop impact), get ready to whip out your credit card because Apple’s one-year warranty doesn’t cover accidental damage.

Here is all the information you require regarding Apple iPad screen repairs.

Have Apple fix it

If you have AppleCare, getting your screen changed by Apple is rather affordable.

For $99, you get AppleCare for two years, which covers accidental damage twice. The one-time service fee is $49. If you’d like to buy it, you have 60 days from the time of your transaction to do so.

If you don’t have AppleCare, fixing your iPad’s screen will cost you about as much as buying a new (refurbished) iPad. A broken iPad screen repair from Apple can set you back between $199 and $599 (plus tax), depending on the model. That’s a lot, especially when compared to the range of $129–$149 for repairing a non-warranty iPhone 7 screen.

If you are unable to visit an Apple retail store, you can send your device to the company for a flat shipping rate of $6.95.

Have a third party fix it

There are alternative locations where you can get your iPad screen fixed, but doing so will void your warranty. And, yes, Apple is able to detect when a non-Apple employee opens your iPad. However, if you’re out of warranty already, there are a number of independent Apple repair shops that can mend the cracked screen on your iPad.

In your search for a reliable repair company, you should ask yourself the following queries before you entrust your equipment to anyone:

  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What type of warranty do you offer?
  • Where do they get their replacement parts from?

You want to ensure the third-party company will stand behind their labour and parts because doing so would void your Apple warranty. The last thing you want is a screen without cracks but with a flaw.

Local mom-and-pop computer repair shops are frequently a good place to start looking for a third-party repair (yes, they still exist). Simply look up reviews and request an upfront, reliable price. A few independent computer stores in New York that frequently focus on Apple repairs were recently featured on our website.

Don’t do-it-yourself

You can purchase kits to repair the iPad screen’s glass and in-depth DIY instructions online, but trust us when we say you don’t want to do this yourself.

To replace the glass, you must first remove the touchscreen from the glass, and then glue the new glass onto the old touchscreen. Professionals, not amateurs, should handle that for you.

If you’re determined to give it a try, be aware that a touchscreen replacement kit, which includes the LCD screen and digitizer, can cost anywhere from $30 to $400, depending on the model and the components you want.

In addition, if you decide to handle things on your own, you will void the warranty and bear all responsibility for any issues that develop. Repairing the screen will set you back the same amount as taking your iPhone to an Apple store would.

Deal with it

You can also try to maximise your resources if you lack money or are only coping with a minor crack.

You don’t have to replace your screen when it breaks, however it won’t look good. A glass screen protector, such as Zagg’s glass screen protector ($30–$50), will prevent your fingertips from being sliced as you swipe if the screen cracks are only along the borders and don’t prevent you from using the phone normally.

(If your screen is completely broken, a glass screen protector will shield you from cuts, but your iPad can still be rendered useless.)         

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