iStock_000017385567_SmallEveryone has had a phone that has been damaged by being dropped, being exposed to water, becoming unresponsive and even worse. Cellular phones have the capacity to carry out many tasks and they can be used to do anything, if not everything, that a desktop or laptop computer can do. Needless to say, when your personal bank, schedule, task manager, gaming center and grocery list cease to function properly it can cause devastating effects.

Some problems can be as simple as restarting your phone, being careful how long you keep it on it’s charger or being careful how many different apps or games you have running at once. These are more DIY (Do It Yourself) solutions that require little to no knowledge of the inner workings of a cellular phone. However, some problems require a certified technician to analyze and repair the phone in order that the device will be cared for in an environment best suited for phone repair.

What about the incidents that CAN be fixed by DIY but are better suited for a specialist? As a company that specializes in phone and other mobile device repair, we would hate to see a worst-case scenario and recommend that we properly analyze, isolate and provide a solution for the issue. However, if you feel the need to take on the task of repairing the issue yourself, there are repair kits or other solutions that can be utilized for DIY repairs.

There are some issues that may seem like one thing, but could be from something completely different. It’s always best to troubleshoot and verify what the issue is or where it is coming from before attempting to do it yourself. Not all hardware issues with your phone can be repaired easily, but there are various issues that can be.

Broken iphoneBroken/Cracked Screen

Depending on the model of your phone and how it’s built is the difference between a fairly simple repair and a very expensive one. Either way, it’s required to disassemble your phone and use the proper toolkit to get the issue resolved. If the screen materials (link to screen materials) used to compose your display and digitizer (layer translating touch from your finger, hand, or stylus into input) is fused together, the replacement will be rather expensive.

If the display and digitizer are not fused together, it is possible to replace the display or digitizer individually by verifying what type of display, display size and/or digitizer your model phone uses. Otherwise, if the display and digitizer are fused together, a data cable will need to be connected (varying per model).

Headphone Port

Introducing removable accessories or parts to a mobile device can increase the chances of failure. Though the headphone port on a cell phone are not motorized, stress from too much pressure can be placed on contact points and other parts that make up the headphone port while the user is working out or doing other heavy activity. Note that headphone ports are self-contained and are attached directly into the cell phone’s motherboard (sometimes are alternatively attached to the speaker assembly).

When a phone is opened, repairing a headphone port is not a very difficult or expensive process. However, the difficulty lies in actually getting to the actual headphone port itself. Any cellphones that have a uni-body design are difficult to enter regardless of what issue you are trying to fix.

Loose/Stuck Buttons

Similarly to headphone ports, buttons on a cellphone can be somewhat easy to replace depending on how easily the phone can open. Replacement buttons are not difficult to find and are relatively inexpensive. However, should the task of replacing buttons be daunting, It is also possible to solve these issues with software fixes (such as the app “Button Savior” for volume control, or certain gestures with “Assistive Touch”).

The buttons on your phone are connected to your motherboard by cables. It is crucial to take the utmost caution when replacing or re-attaching new hardware because of how delicate these cables are.

Replacing A Camera

Though camera lenses don’t commonly break aside from the lens itself, it is not impossible or unheard of. Internal camera sensors can be easy to replace, depending on the ease of opening your device, and are attached by a single cable. Otherwise, a cracked lens can sometimes be replaced without actually removing the camera from the motherboard.