Last Updated: May 19,2014
I cracked my screen on my S4 How would I go about replacing it? I dont have any insurance
The cheapest way is to bring it in to a repair shop and have it replaced.
The way that would seem cheapest (but is more expensive than a new phone, usually) is to buy a screen on eBay and replace it yourself. Unless you've done about a dozen of them (techs train on defunct phones) you're going to break something. When you go to fix that you'll break something else. When you finally give up and bring it in for repair (if you can find a shop that will even attempt to repair a phone that you've been working inside), they'll tell you that you pay them for the diagnosis of what's wrong whether you decide to get it fixed or not, and you pay for the diagnosis by the hour, so the longer it takes them to find all the damage you did, the more it costs. The diagnosis can cost as much as replacing the phone. Then you pay for the repair. And if they missed anything (they won't guarantee anything but the repairs they actually do), you'll need the phone repaired again in a few months.
Which is why very few shops will try to repair a phone you've already worked on.
I'm with Rukbat.
It may seem cheaper to buy a replacement on eBay and have a go yourself but these phones are not easy to work on and you stand a good chance of buggering up your phone completely and that will cost you much more in the long run.
Find a repair shop (either local or on the net) with a good reputation and pay them to do it.
Out of interest, do you have household contents insurance? This often covers breakages and may be worth investigating.
You cracked the outer glass or the LCD? Does the screen still work or not? If it's still working, then you just broke the out glass. the kit to repair will run you about $20. However, you *really* have to be careful not to break the LCD. If you're not patient, not mechanically inclined, not familiar with DIY projects, it's best if you take it to a repair shop.
Ok The screen has a hairline crack and completely dead, the phone can receive calls because it vibrates when someone calls so I am thinking its just the screen damaged?
If you can't see anything, or see "sparkling" lines, then your LCD is dead. I believe it'll run about $200 or so to replace it.
Just google for it.
The screen is the expensive bit to replace, not the digitiser so unfortunately you are out of luck.
Even if it had just been the digitiser, the screen and the digitiser are bonded together (unlike some phones/tablets) and replacing just the digitiser without making a horrible dog's breakfast is very hard.
Oh great that's gonna cost me as much as phone cost me
ok i just did a screen cap and it took a pic and uploaded to dropbox so the phone works just no screen?
DIY repair costs about $200.
You can compare to the cost for send it to repair.
If you decide repair by yourself, there are somethings you need to know.
1. The screen, digitizer and frame are combined tightly by glues. So it is very hard to only replace one of them. You need a screen with digitizer and frame replacement part.
2. To replace a new screen with digitizer and frame is not a hard task. You can follow a repair video and do it.
3. The replacement parts are different as per different versions. So you should get the one as per your version of Galaxy S4.
You can go to Witrigs.com, which offers all versions of S4 replacement part, tools and repair video.
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