The moment your iPod Touch slips out of your hand, time ticks in slow motion. As the costly device shuttles toward the unforgiving Earth, you’re already making plans to call the Apple technician or backtracking in your head where you placed the warranty papers. The Touch inevitably falls face down and when you flip it over your heart skips a beat as your fears are confirmed – the glass on your device is spider webbed like a Pterodactyl hitting the windshield of a Dodge Dart. Of course, there are hundreds of protective covers on the market to prevent this cracking from happening but that doesn’t do much after the fact. Instead of tossing your iPod Touch in the nearest dumpster, heed a few of these steps to try and repair your cracked screen first.
There are three basic avenues you can take for fixing a cracked iPod Touch screen, each with a varying degree of frustration and price point. If your iPod Touch is old or outdated, you might find that the best option is purchasing a new device. If you still want to make an investment to squeeze a few more years out of your current iPod, you do have options.
Take the Cracked iPod Touch to an Apple Store
One step that people take to fix their cracked iPod Touch screen that is met with mixed results is taking the device to an Apple Store. The best reason for taking your iTouch directly to the manufacturer is for the possibility of a free replacement. Whether you can coerce the salesman into covering your iPod Touch under warranty or if you can talk your way into a new refurbished device, the Apple store directly has the most flexibility in offering you a free fix. On the other hand, depending on your stingy customer service agent you might be denied replacement even if your iPod Touch is under warranty. Sometimes Apple will only offer replacements if the damage is accidental or if they find a technical issue wrong with the device as well. Your best bet is to take the cracked iPod Touch into the Apple Store and barter with them to see what your options are…you can always say no.
Find An Independent Repair Shop
Refurbishing old computers and fixing faulty electronic devices like the iPod Touch has become big business and many independent repair technicians can be found all over the world. If the Apple store is dragging you through the mud about replacing your cracked iPod Touch or if they want to charge you a couple hundred dollars for the repair, you should search online for a well reputed independent iPod repair person. This could be an actual business or a tech savvy hobbyist that will fix your cracked iPod screen charging only parts and small labor but it’s usually a less expensive option. Some people have reported saving about half the money through an individual repair compared to what Apple quoted them.
A Good Old Fashioned Do It Yourself
The third option is not for the faint of heart, the shaky handed, or the legally blind but it’s not necessarily orbiting a rocket into space. With minimal tools, many people have reported successfully replacing their cracked iPod Touch screen from the comfort of their own home. Some things you’ll need to repair the cracked iPod Touch screen yourself:
- A cracked iPod in need of replacements
- A [easyazon-link asin=”B004WIR3PQ” locale=”us”]replacement LCD and digitizer component[/easyazon-link] (available online for $30-$50)
- A Phillips screwdriver for removing internal screws
- A heat gun to remove the old screen
- A flat metal spatula for scraping away adhesive
- Double sided adhesive for attaching the new screen
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The DIY process involves heating up the old cracked iPod Touch screen, removing delicate internal components and replacing them with a fully functional new unit. Of course, the actual steps are much more detailed and there are dozens of step-by-step instructional videos available online. It’s at least worth a shot to view some of these videos to see if this repair process is something you might want to tackle. You never know, you might become an expert at cracked iPod Touch screen repair and open up your own mom and pop shop to help your fellow iPod fumblers.