Smartphone repair is an industry worth more than $3 billion. Whether it’s a cracked screen, a dead battery, or who knows what else, people need their phones repaired pretty much constantly. In America, those phones are usually iPhones.
So what are some of the most common iPhone problems that make iPhone repairs such a massive industry? Is repairing an iPhone yourself ever a good idea? And why do these problems happen in the first place?
Join us as we scale the fences of Apple’s walled garden and lay bare the secrets of all the iPhone issues you can think of.
The Old Cracked Screen
If this isn’t the most common problem iPhone repair shops come across, we don’t know what is. We’ve all been there: you lose your grip on your device for a nanosecond and all of a sudden it’s hitting the floor with the loudest and most expensive crack you’ve ever heard.
iPhone screens are pretty tough, especially the 12 and 13 series, which have super-special ceramic glass designed to resist shattering, but this is still a common occurrence. If you’ve had it happen to you, you might have been tempted to press on with your cracked screen, provided the touchscreen still worked.
That’s not a great idea.
Here’s the thing: those cracks don’t stop where they are. You’re constantly applying stress and pressure to your phone screen as you use it, which means those cracks are going to spread, posing a risk to internal components and your ever-so-cuttable fingers as they glide around the screen.
It can even affect water resistance. We don’t recommend using a shattered iPhone screen on a rainy day unless you’re keen on giving the internal components a bath.
But should you try repairing it yourself? There are guides online to help, and if you have something to apply heat and weaken the glue holding the damaged screen on, it can seem tempting. But as with all DIY repairs, you risk damaging your device further and even hurting yourself if you’re not careful.
You also run the risk of that replacement screen you got online being a total fake, which isn’t good for anyone! So maybe take it to a professional?
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iPhone Problems Caused by Extreme Temperatures
Here’s another issue that happens way more than anyone would like. Ever forget your phone in the car on a hot day? We hope not, because the high temperatures caused by the car’s greenhouse effect can seriously damage your iPhone’s internals, not least the battery.
Super low temperatures can cause havoc too, although unless you’re holidaying in Antarctica this year, that might be less of a problem for you.
Either way, the crux of the issue is that iPhones should be kept outside of extreme temperature environments. Really high heat in particular can put a battery out of commission permanently if it gets too bad.
How to avoid it? Well, don’t leave your phone somewhere it’s going to get excessively hot or cold, for one. But a tip you might not know already is this: if your iPhone is too hot or too cold, don’t try to compensate by rapidly heating it or cooling it (sticking it in a freezer, for example).
Electrical components dislike rapid temperature changes even more than they dislike extreme temperatures, so don’t!
The great thing about iPhones is that they’re sealed tight. That’s what gives them their famously robust dust and water resistance. There aren’t gaps in the design big enough for foreign particles to slip through and mess up your inside components.
So how on earth are ‘dusty internals’ one of the most common iPhone problems out there? Simple. The same reason broken screens are: people drop their phones and create cracks and gaps for foreign matter to enter through.
Once your iPhone has gotten dust or water inside it, there’s a good chance it’s not far off from becoming an expensive brick. Even worse, it’s often not worth the cost to fix or replace the parts it can mess up, leaving you having to fork over money for a brand new replacement phone.
So how do you avoid it?
Well, first of all, by taking your phone in to be fixed as soon as you crack the screen. No excuses! As we’ve seen, a cracked screen can cause a domino effect of other, even worse problems, so get it taken care of ASAP!
Second, slap a case on your iPhone if you haven’t already. It’ll help keep foreign objects out and soften the blow any time you accidentally drop your phone. The best way of repairing an iPhone is not to have iPhone problems in the first place!
This isn’t so much a case of a ‘broken iPhone’, it’s something that anyone who keeps a device around long enough will have to deal with. The lithium-ion batteries in iPhones, like the lithium-ion batteries in pretty much any piece of consumer electronics you can name, get older.
As they get older, they lose their capacity to store energy. Relatable!
That means if you have a problem with a slow iPhone, or an iPhone battery draining too quickly, there’s a good chance you’ve got a wizened old battery in there that needs retiring.
In that case, your best bet is to Google ‘Fix my iPhone near me‘ and take your iPhone in to get its battery changed. It’s a common procedure, so it’s not too expensive.
iRepaired My iPhone
And there you have it, an overview of some of the most common iPhone problems around and a guide on how to fix and avoid them. iPhones are some of the sleekest, smartest devices around, but even they have issues sometimes. When that happens, it’s a matter of letting the experts sort it out, and taking steps to prevent it from happening again.
So be careful, but hey, don’t worry about it too much!
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