A broken iPhone is something that no one wants to have to deal with…or pay to have fixed. They’re expensive enough to buy in the first place! Unfortunately iPhones can and do break sometimes.  Apple notoriously makes their products difficult for consumers to manipulate which can make you think that the only solution you have is to take the phone to Apple.

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This in itself is a myth. However, the reality is that there are many mistakes people make when it comes to repairing their iPhone. And you may end up costing yourself a lot of money should you try to fix it DIY. 

If you own an iPhone, you should do your research when the phone breaks. That way you know your options and you can be sure that you are making smart choices regarding the repairs of your phone.

Some of the common myths that people tend to believe about Apple iPhones that can end up costing you big are as follows:

  • Water means the end of an iPhone. It is true that water is not good for a smart phone and Apple phones are notoriously bad when it comes to getting wet. Apple has installed many water sensors throughout the phones to ensure that the company does not end up paying to fix an iPhone that has gone bad because it got wet. However, just because your phone has some exposure to water does not mean that it should be written off or that you should need to get a new phone.  About.com has some tips for how you can fix a wet iPhone or a wet iPod.  You can also take your phone to professionals who may be able to help you to fix the phone in case it gets wet. While there is no guarantee that taking steps to save your wet phone will be successful, it is worth a try rather than having to spend a ton of money to buy a totally brand new iPhone. 
  • A dead battery means you need a new phone. As an article on Mother Jones pointed out, Apple has largely trained people to believe that they should just get a new device if the battery on their old one stops working.  While Apple does make it needlessly difficult to change the battery on the company’s devices, there is a way for people to do this process without help from Apple.Adventurous tech-savvy people could try this on their own although there are pitfalls. Professionals who handle cell phone repairs and who work on Apple products could also make it possible for you to change the battery on your iPhone once the old one stops working rather than having to go out and buy a brand new and costly device.
  • You must have repairs done by Apple.  With its closed ecosystem and insular environment, Apple has created an environment where users tend to believe that the company is the only one qualified to do repairs to an iPhone. The reality is that you do not need to have repairs of your devices done by Apple. There are other experienced, qualified and professional cell phone and tech repair companies out there that offer services to fix broken Apple products. In many cases, these other companies can provide faster and better quality service than Apple would offer.
  • iPhone repair has to be expensive, so you should just try it yourself to save money.  Because most Apple products tend to be costly to buy, it is natural to assume that there will also be a significant expense associated with the repair of a broken iPhone.  The reality is that while some repairs are more expensive than others, it is possible to get your device repaired without breaking the bank.This is especially true if you take your Apple iPhone to be repaired by tech professionals other than Apple.   Repairing the phone can cost significantly less than getting a brand new phone and you should end up being able to use your phone for a long time to come after a successful repair.

    Should you try and fix the phone yourself, in many cases you may end up causing more damage. This damage will end up costing you more in the long run than it will to get it repaired. 

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These are some of the common myths associated with Apple iPhone repair.  You should be sure that you fully understand the options for repairs that are available to you before you make the choice to either buy a new smartphone or send your phone off to Apple to be fixed.

Jamee Weber

I'm the owner of Houston iPhone Screen Repair in The Woodlands TX.

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