Smartphones are heavily used devices. They send and receive calls and texts, keep schedules straight, organise contacts, send, receive and organise e-mails, and even make it possible to play games on the go. Once someone has a smartphone, it quickly becomes invaluable to them. But, since these small, high tech devices are carried everywhere and used everywhere, they inevitably get dropped, bumped, and scrambled. Sometimes older, well used smartphones need new parts and new batteries, as well. What’s the best course of action, given a smartphone with a broken screen, loose charging port, faulty speakers, a broken or stuck button, or a bad battery? What about a phone that is simply, mysteriously dead? A broken smartphone can be sent back to the manufacturer if it is still under warranty. If it is not under warranty, a manufacturer repair can be extremely expensive. A broken smartphone could go to a repair shop, but that can be costly as well. Many people simply throw broken phones into the bin, but a smartphone is very expensive to replace, and it can be a lot of work to rebuild the data, the apps, and the preferences on the new phone. Why not fix the broken phone at home with a complete repair box and a little bit of help from the Internet? Fixing a smartphone at home will usually cost a fraction of the professional repair rate.
The Right Tools for the Job
A good smartphone repair box will include a variety of tools, including a grounding cuff to keep static electricity from the tools and the repairer’s hands from zapping the device being repaired and damaging its sensitive electronic components. The most important accessories that are included in these kits are small, specialised screwdrivers, and driver bits, including standard slot-type bits, Phillips-head bits, Torx bits, hex bits, square bits, triangular bits, and more specialised bits as well if they are needed for the specific phone. For example, the newer Apple gear uses Pentalobe bits; JIS, Tri-wing, and Torx Security bits can come in handy, as well. Look for metal and plastic tools for prying open cases, a set of tweezers, and a suction cup to help remove components that are held in place by friction. A magnetic mat can also come in handy, as can a collection of replacement screws, nuts, and washers. Keep in mind that the parts that will need to be disassembled and reassembled are tiny and in some cases highly sensitive. Be prepared to use the tools and document the process so that it can be reversed once the repair is made.
The Most Common Problems: A Broken Screen
Fixing a broken smartphone screen is not as difficult as many people assume. Having a suction cup to pull the broken screen off is helpful. Look for a new glass display with a digitiser and adhesive strips included if it is an iPhone. Otherwise, research the repair instructions for the specific phone. A small Phillips-head screwdriver, a pair of tweezers, and a pry-tool will be needed to disassemble the phone. The phone will need to be partially disassembled in order to replace the screen. For the best possible results, search for an instructional video and detailed directions online.
The Most Common Problems: A Bad Button
Bad buttons can sometimes be repaired by cleaning them with alcohol. If that doesn’t work, then use the repair kit’s screwdriver bits to disassemble the phone while wearing the grounding cuff. Check to see if the button is an individual component or part of a system that cannot easily be disassembled. Then, look for a replacement button or replacement keyboard as needed. Make sure that the parts are compatible with the phone and that they include everything that will need to be replaced.
The Most Common Problems: A Bad Battery
In many smartphones, the battery is buried deep in the phone. Order the appropriate replacement battery for the smartphone brand and model. When it arrives, disassemble the phone with the screwdriver and appropriate bit or bits with the grounding cuff on. Then, replace the battery and reassemble the phone. Replacing the battery is usually fairly straightforward once it’s exposed. However, it is a good idea to keep any screws that are removed well organised and to document the disassembly process if it is complex. That way, it will be easier to reassemble the phone afterwards.
The Most Common Problems: Faulty Speakers or a Broken Camera
Both the speakers and the camera in a smartphone are discreet parts that can be replaced. Before attempting this type of repair, research how it is done on the model and brand of smartphone needing the repair. Then, look for the right replacement part. The difficulty of the repair will depend on the type of phone. Before starting, make sure that the repair kit has all of the tools needed. Of course the phone will need to be disassembled, but some of these repairs may require soldering, too. If the repair is going to be high risk, then consider hiring an expert. If it is going to be done at home regardless, then make sure that the phone is fully backed up before starting. As always, use the grounding cuff, and document the disassembly process if necessary.
The Most Common Problems: Resurrecting a Dead Smartphone
Sometimes a smartphone just seems to stop working. If the smartphone has been exposed to moisture, then try submerging it in a bowl of dried rice for a few days. If it is showing no signs of life, then there is a good chance that it is a battery problem. If it is possible to borrow a battery from a similar phone or from a different device, use that to test it. Take the phone apart using the tools from the repair box, insert the new battery, and see if the phone works. If the phone still has power but is not booting up properly or is having other problems, then it may need a firmware update, a reset, or a restore. These are software solutions, and there will be instructions on the web that are specific to each smartphone operating system; for example, to Android or iOS.
How to Buy a Complete Smartphone Repair Box on eBay
To find the smartphone repair boxes and kits on eBay, begin by selecting the Electronics & Technology category on the left side of the eBay homepage. Then, click on Mobile & Home Phones. Next, select Mobile Phone Accessories. Finally, click on Other Mobile Phone Accessories, and finally, check as Type Replacement Parts. To narrow the replacement parts to boxed repair kits, type ”phone repair kit” into the search field on the top part of the screen. Alternatively, type ”phone repair kit” into the search field on the eBay homepage. From there, click on Replacement Part & Tools, and finally, check Tool Box. The usual set of options is available down near the bottom of the left-hand column. For example, it is possible to limit the search to the U.K., set a price range, or choose to look at only new or used items. At the bottom is a list of eBay shops that may have a variety of phone repair kits to choose from. Before choosing a repair box, make sure that the tools included are compatible with the type of smartphone that requires repair. Many smartphones use the same types of screws and mechanisms, but some may require unusual bits or specialised knowledge. Make sure to check for the availability of any replacement parts that may be needed before buying, as well.
Whatever the smartphone problem that needs to be fixed, a complete repair box can provide the tools needed to make the repairs at home. There’s something especially satisfying about taking apart a piece of modern technology and hacking the hardware. It saves money, impresses friends and family, and keeps the data and personal information stored in the smartphone secure and in good hands. Many of the same tools are used to disassemble and work on many types of computer and media technology, so once the repair kit is purchased, it will likely be used again and again.