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Is It Dangerous to Use a Cell Phone with a Cracked Screen?

Tech - by Joe Weber - updated on 6/10/2024

picking up a phone with a cracked screen off the ground

According to research  , one in every three Americans has a cracked phone screen, and the average American has 6 “heart attack” moments a week! That's where you drop your phone and catch it at the last second. Usually in slow motion and with superhuman speed. If you're one of these unlucky people, like me, you may wonder, is it safe to use a cell phone with a cracked screen?

The answer is a mildly infuriating maybe. Depending on the severity of the crack and the location, your experience will vary. Using a badly cracked screen can be bad, both for you and for the phone itself.

Here's some good news. It's easy to get your phone repaired at your local Batteries Plus. Our technicians are fast and certified according to WISE repair standards, so you know you are going to receive quality service. Here are a few reasons why you should get your phone repaired as soon as possible.

Why You Shouldn't Keep Using a Phone with a Cracked Screen

  1. The Glass from Your Cracked Phone Can Cut Your Fingers - It may sound obvious, but running your finger along broken glass is a good way to get a cut, even a small one.
  2. Oil & Dirt Can Get Inside Your Phone - A cracked screen exposes your phone's internal components to dirt, dust and moisture, which can cause additional damage.
  3. The Touchscreen Will Be Less Responsive - Even if your screen continues to function after it's been damaged, it's likely to become less responsive to touch. Eventually, the touchscreen may stop responding altogether.
  4. Reading Off of a Cracked Screen Can Cause Eyestrain - Browsing with a shattered screen is not a great reading experience and can be very tough on your eyes.

Why You Shouldn't Try to Repair Your Phone Yourself

The internet is full of DIY repair ideas, such as using nail polish or toothpaste to seal up a broken screen. This is a bad idea for many reasons. Not only can this throw off your touchscreen's sensitivity, but the substance can also leak into your phone's interior and damage the screen assembly causing you to get it professionally repaired anyway.

Do Cell Phone Screen Glass Repair Kits Work?

You can learn how to do anything on the internet, but should you? Many retailers sell DIY glass repair kits, complete with the parts and tools you need to fix a phone screen yourself at home without having to step foot in a phone repair store.

There are several concerns with these kits, and I strongly urge you to do your research before purchasing any of these do-it-yourself phone repair kits. If you're purchasing a kit with aftermarket parts, you have no way of knowing whether the components inside are trustworthy or not.

Even if the repair kit comes from a reputable manufacturer, you still need to learn how to perform the repair properly. If you're incredibly tech-savvy, a YouTube walkthrough may be all you need to repair your phone skillfully. If you have never done anything like this before, it's very easy to damage your phone even more. For most people, it's better to trust the experts instead of trying to save a few bucks by fixing the phone yourself.

And let's not forget about the stress. Have you ever tried to work on your smartphone or something with such tiny components? It is so nerve wracking when you don't entirely know what you're doing that you'll feel like you are having a mini heart attack during the whole thing. It's not fun; I don't recommend it. Leave it to the pros.

How Do You Fix a Cracked Phone Screen?

At Batteries Plus, we have the professional tools, equipment and training so we can repair your phone screen quickly and correctly. Here's what you can expect:

  • When you arrive at the store our friendly associates will get you checked and take your broken phone.
  • Our technicians begin by carefully removing the screen.
  • Next, depending on the phone model, components are transferred from the original phone screen to the new screen assembly.
  • The device is then reassembled with the new screen and then closed back up.
  • Before we hand it back to you, the phone goes through an inspection to ensure that everything is working as it should.

Does Batteries Plus Repair Other Phone Issues?

The experts at your local Batteries Plus offer a variety of additional cell phone repair services, including battery replacement, camera repair, back glass replacement, plus additional fixes for broken speakers, buttons, headphone jacks and charging ports.

Why wait? Using a broken phone is never fun and is always frustrating. Schedule your appointment online today, or stop into your nearest Batteries Plus location.

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