It’s no exaggeration to say that our laptops and smartphones are our most used — and most depended on — devices. Very few of us can still function and interact with the outside world without the help of a device, which is why proper care and maintenance of them is so important.

However, they aren’t immune to things like damage or other external factors. One of the most common problems people encounter with their devices is a cracked or damaged display. It’s something that people experience from Chicago to American Fork. “Fix phones‘ screen” is a recurring problem in many troubleshooting articles, and many technicians have had hours of working (or telling the customer that they can’t work) on a damaged display screen.

If this problem happens to you, it can be tempting to simply toss aside your old device and get a new one. However, there are things you can try before doing that.

Have it replaced yourself

man repairing phoneThis is more applicable to laptops and monitors than phones since the way these devices are built allows for modular components. With a little patience and some effort, it’s actually possible for you to disassemble, detach, and replace your display screen with little trouble.

However, you should be very careful when doing this. Be aware that messing with the device without bringing it to an official repair store voids the warranty, so it’s generally not recommended to do this for newer devices.

You should also be thorough when it comes to working with the parts. Carefully document every step that you do while you disassemble your display screen so you don’t get confused about the steps to assemble it back later. The model and maker of your display should be in a small sticker usually found on the back of the screen.

Check the glass, not the screen

For mobile devices, there could be a possibility that the damage had been limited to the protective screen and not the actual display unit. Older models of phones often have a second glass screen that provides additional stability to the phone, which also doubles as a shock absorber when it’s dropped.

It can be easy to forget that your unit has a tempered glass screen given how seamless the integration of glass is to the actual screen, but this can be easily checked via self-inspection or taking it to a repair center.

Replacing mobile display screens can be a little more complicated since they are often constructed as part of the phone’s chassis. This is especially true in newer models, where the touchscreen feedback is built into the actual phone screen itself. This makes replacing the model the most likely option, though some brands can replace it for a fee.

Either way, you shouldn’t be particularly eager to replace your device if the display is damaged. Depending on the make and model of your phone or laptop, there are some viable replacements or repair methods that you can try to get it back to its working condition. Just be aware that tampering with it yourself is a breach of warranty, so if you’re unsure about the process, take it to the nearest repair shop instead.