It’s common knowledge that learning how to fix and repair your possessions is a prudent exercise. So why when it comes to our mobile phones, do we choose to either throw the device in the bin or send it off to be repaired and replaced by a random company?
From getting involved in amateur mechanics to mending old clothes, repairing our possessions is an important skill. However,it seems like most of us have forgotten this once common skill. Repairing a mobile phone may have become more difficult during the past couple of years but it’s definitely still doable. Aside from a few parts, the only things that you need are perseverance and a little patience.
How it should be
Ideally, a smartphone should be relatively easy to repair. You shouldn’t have to follow outrageously long tutorials and learn how to use complex tools. It used to be the case that you could simply repair something yourself, but smartphone manufacturers have started to drop the ball a bit. People have recently been claiming that Apple monopolises the repair market by making it harder and harder for consumers to repair their electronics.
The other side of the coin is that as technology advances and the phones are loaded with extra features it should naturally become more difficult for an amateur to mend. However, there’s an argument that as it’s your property you should be able to decide how it’s looked after.
What do I need to do?
We break our phones in a myriad of different ways. Whether we are dropping it on the pavement, leaving it in a drink or accidentally smashing it against a wall, there are always going to be occasions where we need to give our handsets a little TLC. Follow this guide to find out more about how you can go about finding a solution to your problem.
Tutorials, tutorials, tutorials
Sites such as iFixit are amazing for helping you fix whatever you did to your phone. The site is really well laid out and there’s a depth of tutorials for fixing any kind of device. You should be able to find the type of tutorial for your model. Each guide is easy to understand and takes you on a step-by-step journey to your end goal.
However, if you cannot find what you want it might be worth asking around in the numerous phone and technology forums that you can find around the web. A few good ones are GSM Forum and Reddit Mobile Repair. There are a lot of people on there who have either gone through the same situation or who are experienced enough to offer usable advice that can help you with your problem.
Getting the gear
While each type of phone will require a different solution, there are a few tools that you will need for every repair. The essential tools are a suction sponge, the trusty phillips screwdriver, anti-static tray and a guitar pick (trust us). After that, the most common ones are heating bags and a bit of glue.
You also need to ensure that you are putting together the right parts. The reason why getting your phone fixed online is seemingly so cost-effective is that the parts they repair it with are usually cheap and of a really slow quality. Repairing your phone with the parts that come as standard is a good way of making that this repair will be the last. Cheap parts don’t last long and will have to be replaced eventually and fortunately these are often available on either eBay or Amazon.
It shouldn’t be a hassle
While repairing your phone can seem fairly daunting, it is actually a fairly smooth process. You just need to follow the instructions carefully. Essentially, there is no difference between replacing a phone screen and assembling Ikea furniture.
Repairing your things yourself is a sure-fire way to save money and boost your self-worth. Let us know how you get on.