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Need help for cracked iPad screen please. Any ideas?

Asked by Buttonstc (23968 points ) December 16th, 2013 from iPhone

This is not for me personally since my tablet is securely encased. This is for a friend of mine on a gaming forum and I’m copying her post directly here hoping you tech savvy Fluther folk might know the best (and most frugal) course of action whether mail order or otherwise.
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HELP! Cracked iPad Screen!!

My iPad slipped off my lap landing face down and badly cracking the screen. It still works but clearly I need to get it repaired. I’ve looked online and am debating the options. Hoped to get some input from the knowledgeable and helpful folks here.

Apple store may replace my ipad with a refurbished one but what a pain to try and move all the stuff on this one, especial Nemo’s reef with all the holiday stuff going on. Or they could replace the screen for an exorbitant amount of money.

There are third party options to replace the screen for much less.

I could buy a screen and replace it myself. This is the option I’m leaning towards, having done a reasonable amount of computer hardware fixes etc, but not something this delicate.

Anyone with experience or ideas would be most welcome, Thanks!

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3 Answers

Smitha's avatar

You can choose third-party repair companies that offer to repair broken iPad screens for various sums.Some of them offer 12 month guarantees too. You can try the DIY iPad screen replacement option (—seems like a headache and could void the Apple Warranty—). Here’s the video or you can opt for iPad Repair & Screen Replacement Services.

wildpotato's avatar

I got a third party to replace the glass on the front of my iPhone when it cracked most recently, and I do not recommend it. The end product works but is obviously of inferior quality – the glass won’t sit flush with the edge, and there is a stripe of what I can only call “light leakage” across the top.

However, Apple did replace my iPhone with a new one the first time I cracked it. The guy said everyone gets one freebe. I asked why this wasn’t common knowledge and he said it kinda depends on which associate you talk to.

hearkat's avatar

When our iPad fell and the screen cracked, Apple replaced it free of charge – to our surprise. It was within its first year of AppleCare warranty, and this happened about 3 years ago.

As long as the iPad is backed up, it’s not that difficult to transfer the data, just time-consuming if there’s a large amount of data. If she’d rather wait until after the holidays, she can get a screen film to hold the pieces together, but it’ll look even worse.

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