Owning a smartphone comes with a whole suite of new experiences, and one of those is the how much it stings when it’s broken. Whether you knocked your phone off the countertop, left it on the roof of your car, or went swimming with it in your pocket- unless it’s made out of one of those crazy indestructible metals from the comic books- it’s going to need a repair. Even if you’re lucky enough to still have a phone in tip-top condition, it’s always helpful to know what to expect. Here are the most common smartphone repair issues you might stumble across:
Ah, screen repairs- the bread and butter of the smartphone repair industry, if you will. Screen repairs are the most common fix, and it’s not hard to see why. After all if you take away all the cool tech or even just remove the battery, a smartphone is really just a tiny bad mirror we constantly pick up, put down, and swipe at. A cracked screen is practically inevitable, not to mention an eyesore and potential finger-sore (if you happen to cut yourself on the shattered glass). Luckily screen repairs are one of the most simple and inexpensive, often involving a simple screen replacement. Once fixed, future damage to the screen can be avoided by protecting your phone with a suitable case and screen protector (preferably tempered glass).
Home button repairs
Another common issue you might run into during your time as a humble smartphone owner is a broken home button. This problem is just as unsurprising. In the words of Technology Traders technician John Benham, “The parts a user touches are always the most likely to fail!” A sticky or completely unresponsive home button can often render multiple functions useless, making opening or closing apps and simple navigation nightmarish at best. Fortunately, the fix for a problematic home button is often simple and usually involves a button clean or replacement. It’s also worth keeping in mind that replacing a faulty home button might affect fingerprint-scanning for smartphones with that feature like iPhone’s Touch iD.
Charging port repairs