No matter if you’ve bought your iPhone outright, or got it out on contract, it’s an expensive piece of kit. The problems with many smartphone outlets is that insuring your new device can be a costly proposition. Apple’s own AppleCare+ works out at £79 alone, while certain unscrupulous vendors will charge nearly twice that . However, without the necessary protection, you can find you’re left in a massive predicament if your device is ever damaged.
Repairs are certainly not cheap, and don’t be surprised to be charged a three-figure sum if you encounter a major fault without the backup of insurance. However, there’s no need to panic as some of the most common problems that users face can be fixed at home. Of course, you’re at a loss when it comes to repairing certain issues, but we’ll outline that in our guide below.
Saving a waterlogged iPhone
Arguably the most common issue that gets mentioned to us is with users dropping their device in water. Whether it’s down the toilet, or in a bath, water damage can lead to bigger problems if not sorted quickly. Here’s a short guide to hopefully get your iPhone up and running again.
- Completely dry the entire exterior of the iPhone and turn the device off
- Remove your SIM card and gently dry it off
- Check all ports and use a very thin cloth to wipe any residue
- Put the iPhone in a bowl of rice and leave for a day or two (depending on how long the device was submerged for)
- Put your SIM back in and power on your phone.
Fix constant overheating issues
It’s important to remember that your iPhone has plenty of electrical components contained within, so overheating is something most users can expect to encounter at one time or another. Whether it’s constant streaming, or perhaps browsing the web, fixing slight overheating issue can usually be fixed by a quick restart. However, continuous overheating problems can lead to your phone being too hot to handle, a massive battery drain and even a serious impact on your device’s performance. There’s no 100% fix for the issue, but here are a few tips to help you out.
- Disable apps that are no longer in use, especially any media-heavy apps
- Keep your phone updated with minor security and software updates
- Be careful when updating to a completely new OS update. Upgrading from iOS 7 to iOS 8 caused some significant overheating issues
- Performing a full backup of your iPhone’s contents and then performing a factory reset has worked for some users suffering overheating problems
- Turn it off! Seriously, if the device is baking hot, simply turn it off and wait for it to cool down
Repair a broken screen
We’ll be honest here, unless you’re handy at DIY and can follow instructions to the point, then getting your iPhone screen repaired will require some third-party assistance. Again, this goes back to our point of insurance, which if you don’t have any, repairing a screen won’t be free. Apple are currently quoting just under £90/$120 for an iPhone 6 screen repair, as long as there’s no subsequent damage to the device. A screen repair for the iPhone 6 Plus and older models costs just under £107/$140. High street vendors will be able to do the repair for cheaper, and we’ve seen some places charge as little as £30/$50, but it’s important to make sure they’re reputable and most importantly, know what they are doing!
To save yourself the hassle of repairing a phone screen, investing in a sturdy screen protector is highly recommended. They’re ridiculously cheap to buy from online sites, simple to attach to your iPhone screen and effective at protecting your device from potential damage.
Let us know if you’ve got any top tips for saving a damaged iPhone in the comments below.