Top Five iPhone Repairs

These past years, smart phones have become a base necessity and Iphones can be considered, by far, among the most widely-sought alter kinds of smart phones on the market. However highly-technological and sophisticated, Iphones are material gadgets which can eventually break and/or stop working. There are several kinds of Iphone repairs that can be fixed. Others, especially those involving operative systems and the phone’s software, may not. If your Iphone is under insurance liability, chances are that most of these repairs will be covered by Apple care. If not, getting your Iphone fixed may be fairly cheap or way expensive, depending on the model and type of repair. Let’s take a look at the most common reasons users need Iphone repairs.

 

Broken Screen or Digitizer

According to cell phone technicians, this is the first reason for repair consultation. Usually caused by drops or heavy weight, a broken screen can be repaired in a few simple steps, provided the technician has enough experience and dexterity. Many may be bold enough to attempt and do the repair themselves. Nonetheless, if you know nothing about fixing electronics or don’t have the right tools, you might be better off without experimenting. If something goes wrong, you will end up spending much more money than if you had taken your phone to a certified technician in the first place. One thing you can do to prevent further damage is tape the cracked screen. This will help protect other areas from getting pieces of broken glass stuck into any of the key components.

 

Broken Digitizer

Broken Digitizer

 

Loose or Stuck Buttons

There are two types of buttons that may cause any trouble, particularly for Iphone 5 models; the Power and Lock Button and the Home Button. Replacing any of these parts is usually affordable and should not be difficult at all. These spare parts run from $5 to $7 each and can be purchased in most Apple stores or online. There are however, other alternatives around replacing faulty or missing buttons. When you are on Iphone, you have the extra advantage of being able to replace all button features by means of certain software. iOS 5 and above has a great option called Assistive Touch. Just by heading to Settings – General – Accessibility, and scrolling down to Assistive Touch, you will be able to turn on the Assistive Touch function. The moment you activate this feature, you will see a small gray button on your screen. This button can be moved around at will, but the best news is that just by tapping it, the button will unleash a lot of further options. This way, the home button simulates an actual home button press, while pressing Device will enable you to lock the screen, change the volume, bring up the multitasking menu, plus many more available options. This is to say that just by activating Assistive Touch, you can eventually replace almost every single function performed by the actual physical button. This software troubleshooting alternative is obviously not the same as replacing the buttons but do, in a sense, provide temporary relief until you can get the replacement done.

Loose or Stuck Buttons

Loose or Stuck Buttons

 

Headphone Jacks

Headphone contacts are one of the most sensitive features. Not that they do any sophisticated kind of work, but the fact that they are up to a lot of daily manipulation, make these pieces very vulnerable. This, plus the stress put on the contacts if you do any kind of physical activity while listening to music, is an open door to failure. If you are the happy owner of an Iphone 5, there is something you should know; headphone jacks come together with the lighting connector and the antenna. This means that everything must be either removed or replaced together every time.

Headphone Jacks

Headphone Jacks

 

Chronic Low Battery

Many Iphone owners complain that their phones either run out of battery very quickly or don’t hold the charge for long. When this happens it means that the battery has lost its charging capacity or that it has been degraded. In this case, a quick battery change could solve the issue right away. There is another option, still; that the docking connector has been damaged and is no longer doing its job. If this is the case, this piece will need replacement.

 

Chronic Low Battery

Chronic Low Battery

 

No Sound

This is a very frequent problem which may be due to several different causes. The most common reason why your I-phone should go soundless is because the speakers have broken down. Finding the right speaker replacement part and repairing it are fairly simple tasks. You should know however, that if you own an Iphone 4/4S you will have to purchase this one single part that includes the speaker, the ringer and the buzzer for these models. Iphone 5s on the other hand, will need a single loudspeaker which runs at about $20 each.

 

No Sound

No Sound

 

Even when these five Iphone repairs are common and might eventually happen to your phone, it is good to know that they can all be easily solved in a short time.

 

iPhone Repairs: A matter of Trust

You have finally been able to purchase the phone of your dreams: everybody who owns an Iphone knows that they are much more than just any ordinary smart phone. The newer the model, the more interesting and sophisticated it gets. Now, as with most things in life, you will eventually need to fix your precious phone, its battery will run out or some kind of accident happens. On such occasions, you will find yourself wondering where to turn for assistance. There are several roads to follow, the choice of which will depend largely on each special situation. Let’s take a look at the best alternatives depending on each case.

 

Apple Store and Authorised Repair Centers: If your phone is still under warranty, no doubt this is the best choice by far. Nowhere else will you get the attention and benefits that your Iphone needs. In addition, experts will be better able to guide you through the necessary repairs at exceptional timing. In fact, Apple stores have a reputation for being really fast and efficient. So much so, that most repairs are solved within minutes while you are waiting comfortably at the store. This in and out working schedule is really attractive considering how much time and effort can be spent driving to and from and the inconvenience of not having your Iphone with you all this time. Sometimes even when your equipment is not under warranty anymore, you may consider going to an apple store or making contact with any of the authorized repair centers around the globe. Why is this so? The answer is because many people turn to third-party stores in the belief that the service will cost much less. The truth is that they really don’t, at least not always. Many times smart phone repair services offer Iphone repairs for roughly less than Apple Stores might, but the risk is much higher, too. In conclusion, if your I-phone still enjoys the benefits of limited warranty coverage, get official. After all, should anything go wrong, you are entitled to a full replacement within this warranty period.

 

Apple Store and Authorised Repair Centers

Apple Store and Authorised Repair Centers

 

 

Third-party iPhone Repair Stores: Resorting to a local repair shop may be a matter of personal preference, and even luck. If you are familiar with one particular store and feel comfortable with it, you should stick to it. If you are looking for a place to take your broken Iphone, try to ask for references first. Look for reviews online or ask acquaintances for referral before experimenting. There are both advantages and disadvantages to taking your phone to a smaller local store.

Advantages

  • May be cheaper than some Apple Stores or authorized services, especially in countries where Apple Stores are not present or easily available.
  • If your phone’s warranty coverage has expired, honest folks at a local store may limit the repairs to what is needed only and not attempt to add “extra” replacement parts that will cost time and money.

 

Disadvantages

  • You, or your Iphone, may be running a greater than needed risk. There are hundreds of reviews with nightmarish tales on how everything went wrong or with disappointed customers.
  • Local stores usually make-do with the resources they have which are not always the best.

 

 

iPhone Repairs: Warranty

If you are the proud user of an Iphone, you may have realized by now that, despite the hype and all the benefits, your phone may eventually face some difficulties at one point. You may even wonder whether you will have to spend so many dollars on repairing a phone that was not economical in the first place. How much a repair costs can vary considerably depending on the type of repair, service availability and last, but not least, whether your phone was under warranty or not.

 

Apple Care: What is it?

Apple Care is the name given to a warranty service offered to all Apple product users upon purchase. Whenever you buy an Iphone, you get a year of hardware repair coverage through the company’s limited warranty. In addition, you are given the chance to extend this coverage for two extra years from the original purchase date. This extended coverage is not exclusive of Iphones, but available to all Apple products as well. Having been on the market since its initial launch in 2007, Apple Care is well-known for its efficiency and optimal customer service.

 

Apple Care

Apple Care

 

What kind of Service do you get?

According to many reviews, one of the advantages of this warranty is that you can limit the number of Iphone repairs considerably. This is mainly so because, by getting assistance from the company experts directly, you get top-class advice on troubleshooting. On the other hand, when you visit a repair technician, they are likely to end up making you spend more money in spare parts or unnecessary repairs. The Apple integrated system can offer its clients a one-stop service and support. In other words, many issues that may seem complex to the standard issue may be solved with just a simple phone call. Also, even when you need to take your phone to an authorized repair center, repairs there are generally done on-site which means that you can save a lot of your precious time.

 

I-Phone Repairs with Apple Care

Here is a list of the most outstanding features of this insurance coverage:

  • Straight access to Apple Experts
  • Mail in repair service: you send your Iphone to the repair shop by using a prepaid Apple box.
  • Carry-in repair service: get the best available service from any of the Apple Retail stores or authorized service providers for your in-warranty Iphone.
  • Express Replacement Service.

 

 

IPhone Repairs included in the Service

There are two major categories: hardware and software. I-phone owners get support, repair or replacement in certain issues involving these two broad terms.

Hardware Coverage: Provides repair and replacement of parts, hand labor of authorized technicians, or full replacement of: I-phone, battery, earphones and accessories. Accidental damage or loss due to theft is generally not included. But, there is a coverage that can be purchased with an additional cost and includes it.

 

Software Support Coverage: With Apple Care + for Iphones, users have access to all kinds of issues involving the operative system or apps.

 

 

International Warranty

Many people wonder whether they will get the same kind of warranty should they travel to other countries with their I-phones. In general terms the answer is yes. Nonetheless, in some areas around the world, the service may be different. In some countries in Latin America, for instance, there are no Apple offices. Consequently, the company offers what is known as “Apple Care Extended Service” which provides the same hardware warranty, but without the phone or internet support. In the EU, on the other hand, companies are asked to provide two years of hardware warranty by law. This means that no additional benefits would be derived from purchasing Apple Care, as far as hardware is concerned. In many countries you can find third- party warranty providers that cover Apple products.

 

iPhone Repairs: The DIY Way

Whenever a piece of electronics equipment stops working, the first thing that comes to your mind is the inconvenience of finding the right technical support or a trustworthy repair service. This, plus the stress produced by making a dozen calls, negotiating repair price or the unavailability of getting certain spare parts, makes many people want to attempt to carry out the repairs by themselves.

 

Why DIY?

diy repair

diy repair

There are several advantages in doing I-phone repairs yourself. Here are some of the first top reasons people share:

 

  • You can save a lot of money by skipping the repair shop altogether. Nowadays many spare parts are really affordable and can be purchased online. Also, if you have the appropriate tools and have a way with them, you may be successful enough. A battery replacement in an Apple store will run about $79, in a third-party store about the same or a little less, doing it yourself will cost you like $15: a huge difference.
  • No more warranty. Your phone coverage period is over and now you are on your own, not knowing what to do. When your initial warranty expires, the best route to take is DIY fixing.
  • If you possess technical abilities and are really careful with tools and electronics, then you may feel nobody will do the job as well as you do. In addition, many picky clients don’t feel confident with the type of service provided in some stores or repair shops. This is especially true in countries where there are no Apple Stores or authorized repair services available.
  • Time: Doing the I-phone repairs yourself can be much faster than taking it to a repair shop or worse, shipping it to an authorized center. This pro itself is well worth the try.

 

Necessary Tools

These days anybody can purchase any of the several tool kits available online. If you are skillful enough and have some basic technical knowledge, you will find these tools really easy to handle. These are some of the basic must-haves for any amateur phone repairman-to-be:

  • 000 screw driver: To be used on #000 screws.
  • Small suctioning cup: To be used when opening the cell phone apart.
  • P2 pentalobe screwdriver: Optimal for fitting the tiny 5-point pentalobe screws visible on the bottom part of your Iphone.
  • Anti-static project tray: Even when this is not a tool in itself, it is really handy in order to put away all the tiny screws, tools and parts that you will need while engaged in any electronic do-it-yourself project.
  • iSclack: This specific tool is extremely valuable to ensure proper opening of the device. It boosts safety and maximizes precision when handling the phone.
  • Plastic opening tool: This simple, yet essential tool is used as a king of pick which helps to pry the case open, especially when it is the first time the phone is being opened.

In conclusion, not much equipment is needed to start and carry out I-phone repairs on your own. All you need is a little skill and the right internet tutorial.