The iPhone still enjoys enormous popularity with an estimated 82% of teens using the smartphone. Add in all of the adult iPhone owners and that also means a lot of broken iPhones floating around out there.

While a new iPhone might be your kneejerk reaction, you can repair several of the common problems with iPhones. How do you decide between replacement and repair? Keep reading and we’ll give you a quick guide to help you decide.


The screen on your iPhone is the most likely component to take damage. It’s certainly the most vulnerable component because it’s made of glass.

In the old days, any non-Apple screen repair meant an automatic void on your warranty. Apple did away with that policy, possibly under pressure from the FTC.

You can find lots of third-party screen repair services that will get your iPhone up and running. Plus, you avoid the hassle of service at an Apple store.

If you enjoy DIY challenges and you’re tech-savvy, it’s a repair you can even take on at home.


Probably the next most common problem among iPhones is the battery. As it turns out, you can only expect around 500 charges before the battery life starts to peter out.

This is another repair you can take on yourself, but it’s not for the inexperienced. You must disassemble the entire phone to replace the battery. That means you get a lot of chances to damage components.

Apple will replace the battery, assuming you opted into their battery replacement program.

Again, you can also find a local service technician for the repair. A third-party battery replacement also won’t void your warranty.

Replacing the battery will almost prove more cost-effective than a replacement.

Other Damage

Your iPhone will show some solid water-resistance, but it’s not waterproof. Drop it in some water and the ports on your phone make a convenient entry point. You can expect some erratic behavior from water-damaged internal components.

Severe electrical shocks can also damage the internal components. Extreme heat or cold can mess with the internal works, so don’t leave it sitting outside. Crush damage will probably render your phone inoperable as well.

In these cases, the best you can hope for is some recovered data and salvaging the SIM card. Beyond that, replacing the phone is your best (or only) option.

If you haven’t upgraded your iPhone in the last few years, brace for sticker shock. A new iPhone Xs can run you upwards of $1500.

Parting Thoughts On Repairing or Replacing a Broken iPhone

Repairing or replacing a broken iPhone often depends on the kind of problem your phones gives you.

A cracked screen or battery that doesn’t keep a charge as well as it used to don’t call for a new phone. You can replace the screen or battery yourself. You can also get those components replaced by Apple or a third-party technician.

Water damage, electrical damage, and heat/cold damage represent a different kind of problem. Those affect the internal components and typically do call for a full-on replacement.

Looking for more iPhone tips? Check out our post about what to do when your iPhone won’t charge.

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