At some point, almost every iPhone user will drop their phone and break the device’s screen. If the phone is under warranty, it’s a relatively inexpensive fix to have done through Apple. However, if it’s no longer covered by a warranty, Apple’s fees go way up; having a cracked iPhone fixed by a third-party service provider is often less expensive. The main cost factors for screen repair are the size and model of the device and whether both layers of the screen—the glass (called the digitizer in some models) and the LCD layer—are broken; the larger the model, the more expensive it is to repair.
Apple versus third-party repair company
Apple charges set fees for replacing a broken iPhone screen, which start at just $29 if it’s under warranty. Out of warranty, replacing the glass screen costs $129-$169. Additional repairs, such as to the LCD or digitizer layer, cost from $149 to $399.
Third-party vendors, such as Staymobile in Columbia, South Carolina, Shattered? Mobile iPhone & iPod Repair in Carlsbad, California, or Break & Fix in Sun City, Arizona, may charge less and usually have a faster turnaround time. Mobile iPhone repair services will also travel to you for the repair, which can save you time.
iPhone screen repair fees
The cost of screen repair or replacement depends on the model. Wires Computing in Burlington, Vermont, can repair both a cracked glass screen and a cracked LCD. They service iPhone models 5 through 7, with iPhone 8 and X services coming soon:
iPhone 5/5S/5C: $75, full screen replacment including the LCD and digitizer
iPhone SE: $124.99, full screen replacment including the LCD and digitizer
iPhone 6: $99.99, full screen replacment including the LCD and digitizer
iPhone 6 Plus/6S: $125, full screen replacment including the LCD and digitizer
- iPhone 7/7 Plus: $174.99, full screen replacment including the LCD and digitizer
In contrast, Shattered? Mobile iPhone & iPod Repair in Carlsbad services iPhone models 4 through 6S and charges:
iPhone 4/4S: $70, glass and LCD repair
iPhone 5/5S/5C: $80, glass and LCD repair
iPhone SE: $80, glass and LCD repair
iPhone 6: $90, glass and LCD repair
iPhone 6 Plus: $100, glass and LCD repair
iPhone 6S: $110, glass and LCD repair
- iPhone 6S Plus: $130, glass and LCD repair
Similarly, Break & Fix’s screen replacement fees range from $70 for iPhone 5 and SE models to $125 for the iPhone 7 Plus.