Published on : 20 January 20215 min reading time
Replace the screen, the case or the battery of the smartphone or restore itafter a fall in the water, the tricks to work alone directly at home.
The smartphone is a device as technological as it is fragile and for this reason it must be used with special care. To keep your cell phone in good health, it is advisable to regularly clean the memory and download dedicated applications, but what to do if the devicebreaks? You don’t have to saygoodbye: in many cases, you can repair it yourself, by following some simple tips or by replacing small components such as the home button pad for an iphone or the charging connector for a Samsung smartphone… Here is how to act in some common situations.
The screen no longer works after a fall
What should I do if the touch screen stops working after a fall? The screen is the most fragile and exposed part of the smartphone and for this reason, it can easily break or be damaged in case of accidental fall or impact. In these cases, the manufacturer’s warranty is not valid and replacing the screen at a service center can cost hundreds of euros, depending on the make and model of the device. Do-it-yourselfers can also repair their smartphone at home by ordering the spare part on the web and consulting specific guides, such as those on the iFixit portal, which explain step-by-step how to dismantle the phone and replace each component. An original replacement screen can be purchased online on portals such as eBay, Amazon, Aliexpress allows us to save up to 60% on the total repair. The replacement operation requires a lot of patience and the right tools, such as micro screw drivers, star, flat or Torx type, suction cups and plastic levers, useful to separate the screen from the body without damaging the device. As such, for a few euros, there are real repair tool kits available on the Internet adapted to any type of smartphone.
Lack of battery
The battery is exhausted and no longer holds the charge. Smartphone batteries are not eternal and after a certain period of use they deteriorate and no longer hold the same charge as in the first days. In cases where the smartphone battery is removable, it will be sufficient to buy it online on the above mentioned channels, for a few dozen euros, also in Bulk version – that is without the box – and replace it with the damaged one. The same applies to smartphones with a non-removable battery, for which the rear body of the phone must be removed to remove the old charger and insert the one just purchased. Built-in batteries are often attached to the rear body of the device with double-sided adhesive tape, which will be removed and replaced if damaged.
Telephone fallen in the water
The smartphone slipped into the water. Everyone can put their smartphone in the water, in the pool or in the sea, in the bath tub or simply in the sink. If the phone is not underwater, certified at least IPX7 or IPX8, there are certain rules to limit the damage and try to restore the device without having to put it into service. The first rule is not to turn on the device that has just been removed from the liquid and, if it has been left on, turn it off immediately. Next, it would be useful to put it in an upright position, drying the excess water with a dry cloth and cottons wab, removing the covers, data sims and memory cards. If the battery is removable, it should be removed immediately and stored in a dry place. If water has gotten into the smartphone, that’s a lot, better use a mini vacuum cleaner to remove as much liquid as possible. Do not reuse the device in a short period of time : it is better to put it in a sealed plastic bag, for 3 or 4 days, with the silica gel inside (available on eBay or Amazon in comfortable bags) or simply rice, elements rich in dehydrating properties. After a few days, you can put the different parts of the smartphone back together by trying to turnit on again. Afterthat, there is a very good chance that your device will come back as before. After a few days, you can put the different parts of the smartphone back together by trying to turn it on again. After that, there is a very good chance that your device will come back as before. After a few days, you can put the different parts of the smartphone back together by trying to turnit on again. Afterthat, there is a very good chance that your device will come back as before.
The phone is damaged
The body is worn or damaged. Some smartphone models, especially plastic ones, are subject to an annoying aesthetic consumption of the body or screen frame. Replacing the back shell of the phone or simply the frame surrounding the screen is not that simple, but with a minimum of attention, it can also be done at home. The back shell is almost always available online (looking for terms such as shell, frame or frame), for a few dozen euros, but often to replace it, you have to disassemble many parts of the smartphone from the old shell, such as the mother board, cameras and battery, and then reassemble them on the new one. Basically, this is a kind of module transfer from the old to the new structure. In this case too, it is advisable to use the tutorials present on Youtube like the one to replace the glass body of the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the different guided procedures reported by iFixit.
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