Lifehacker - Dropping your phone and cracking the screen can completely ruin your day. While most handsets aren't built to be repaired, with the right tools and a little know-how, you can fix many problems with your handset for cheaper than an insurance claim.
While it should go without saying, we'll say it anyway: opening up your phone will almost certainly void your warranty and, if you have insurance on your device, you will likely be unable to successfully make a claim if you choose to self-repair. If you're comfortable enough with a tiny screwdriver and electronic components, have at it. However, if you're unsure or don't want to risk it, talk to your carrier or manufacturer before you try to break open that phone.
Tools of the Trade
No matter what phone you're trying to take apart, there are a few tools you'll almost always need. Some devices are easier to take apart than others (and we'll get to that in a bit), but before you open up your hardware, you'll want to make sure you have a few things on hand:
- A screwdriver kit: It goes without saying that you'll need a set of screwdrivers, but the type you'll need may not be sitting in your garage. Your phone is filled with a myriad of tiny screws. iFixit sells a toolkit with many of the screw heads you'll need, but many PC repair toolkits will do.
- Specialty screw heads: In addition to regular screwdrivers, certain smartphone models—especially modern iPhones—use special screws that standards sets can't handle. While this is usually done to prevent unauthorized repairs, you can buy tools that can open up the hardware. Read More