Top 10 DIY Smartphone Repairs And Upgrades

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Top 10 DIY Smartphone Repairs And Upgrades


Phones inevitably get dropped, scratched and damaged. Even a year of wear and tear can take its toll on any phone. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a new device every time yours breaks, here are 10 repairs and upgrades you can perform yourself at home.

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10. Fix A Loose Charging Port With A Toothpick

thin, sharpened toothpick

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9. Get Buggy Speakers Working Again


stick a cotton bud down the headphone jack

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8. Turn A DVD Lens Into A Cameraphone Lens


open your phone up and do some surgeryplace it on top of your current lens

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7. Cool Down An Overheating Phone


your mobile phone is burning a hole in your pocketTake off that non-breathable case

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6. Repair Stuck And Unresponsive Buttons


make up for the broken button with software solutions

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5. Replace A Dying Or Dead Battery


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4. Revive A Seemingly Bricked Phone


jailbreakrootseemfixing stubborn iPhonesAndroid phonesjumpstart it with some paper clips and pencil graphite

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3. Smooth Out Stubborn Scratches


it’s the sand and dirtbrush the bezelsandpaper the backscreen protectors will keep it from getting scratchedmake your own for about a nickel

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2. Resurrect A Soaked Phone With Rice


really does workmassage stuck pixels away

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1. Replace A Scratched Or Shattered Screen


replacing your phone’s screen is actually pretty easy10-year-old fixing his iPhone for $22Image: Lars Loughmann

Comments

  • Replacing the screen depends entirely on the model of phone. Replacing a screen on an iphone 3G/3GS is easy, but doing the same thing on an iphone 4/4S is damn fiddly. You have to remove every single component in the phone before you reach the screen.
    The iPhone 5 is meant to make it easy again, but I’ll have to wait for somebody to break a screen before I find out.

    Other phone models also vary widely in how easy the screen is to replace. (If somebody ever suggests you replace a blackberry torch screen, dont. it’s not worth the heartache)

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