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Broken iPhone Screen: Sell Or Fix?

Should you sell or fix an iPhone that has a cracked screen? Flipsy.com helps you decide!

Did your iPhone take a tumble from your hand, shatter in your back pocket, or startle you with an underfoot crunch? No matter how you broke your iPhone screen, you’re now faced with a choice: should you fix it or sell it?

The answers to three critical questions should dictate your decision:

    • How long will you keep using your iPhone if it is repaired?
    • What is your iPhone worth broken?
    • What is your iPhone worth repaired?
Here, Flipsy.com helps you answer each question so you can decide whether to repair your damaged screen or sell your broken iPhone.

How long will you continue to use your iPhone?

First things first: if you fix your iPhone’s cracked screen, how long will you continue to use the device?

If your iPhone is new or you plan on using it for a while – say, a year or longer – then you’re probably better off fixing it. This is especially true if you plan on buying a new iPhone when you sell your current phone. Quite simply, it’s cheaper to fix your iPhone than to buy a brand-new iPhone.

However, if you’ve had your iPhone for some time or you’re otherwise ready to buy a new model anyway, you should focus on maximizing resale value. To do that, you need to know how much your iPhone is worth broken versus repaired.

What is your iPhone worth with a broken screen?

Even with a damaged display, your iPhone has value. Many trade-in companies buy broken iPhones to refurbish and resell.

Use Flipsy.com to find out much your broken iPhone is worth. Simply browse or search for your iPhone model, select “broken” as the condition, and Flipsy will show you the highest-paying trade-in offers for your device. Take note of the best offer.

Here are some example trade-in values for broken iPhone models, as of 12/8/2016:

    • iPhone 6s Plus (16GB space gray Verizon): $164
Keep in mind these are just a few examples; you can find values for any iPhone model, color, carrier, capacity, and condition combination on Flipsy’s iPhone cash and trade-in price finder page.

What is your iPhone worth repaired?

Now that you know how much your iPhone is worth with a broken screen, you need to find out how much it would be worth repaired. Then, you’ll determine its net value.

iPhone broken screen repair options

You have two options for fixing your cracked iPhone screen: do-it-yourself repair or paid repair services.

DIY iPhone repair is the cheapest option, since you’ll only pay for parts and perhaps a $5 to $10 toolkit; but if you’re inexperienced, the repair can prove difficult and you can risk causing more damage to your device.

Paid iPhone repair services are more expensive, but it’s the easiest option and repair companies typically offer guarantees and warranties.

Here are some example do-it-yourself and paid repair service costs associated with replacing a broken iPhone screen (LCD and digitizer):

Model

DIY repair cost (parts)

Repair service cost

iPhone 7 Plus

• Repairs Universe: $450
• Direct Fix: $290

• Apple $349

iPhone 7

• Repairs Universe: $450
• Direct Fix: $290

• Apple $349

iPhone 6s Plus

• Repairs Universe: $149
• ETrade Supply: $284
• Direct Fix: $129

• Apple: $329
• uBreakiFix: $250
• iResQ: $399

iPhone 6s

• Repairs Universe: $115
• ETrade Supply: $173
• Direct Fix: $100

• Apple: $299
• uBreakiFix: $200
• iResQ: $299

iPhone 6 Plus

• Repairs Universe: $110
• ETrade Supply: $139
• Direct Fix: $48

• Apple: $329
• uBreakiFix: $150
• iResQ: $199

iPhone 6

• Repairs Universe: $80
• ETrade Supply: $79
• Direct Fix: $35

• Apple: $299
• uBreakiFix: $130
• iResQ: $179

iPhone 5s

• Repairs Universe: $32
• ETrade Supply: $55
• Direct Fix: $27

• Apple: $269
• uBreakiFix: $110
• iResQ: $250

iPhone 5c

• Repairs Universe: $40
• ETrade Supply: $34
• Direct Fix: $27

• Apple: $269
• uBreakiFix: $110
• iResQ: $198

iPhone 5

• Repairs Universe: $49
• ETrade Supply: $52
• Direct Fix: $27

• Apple: $269
• uBreakiFix: $110
• iResQ: $199


NOTE: If your iPhone is still covered by AppleCare+, under warranty, or if you have third-party insurance coverage, the cost to have your iPhone repaired can be significantly cheaper. Check with your provider to see how much you’ll pay to file a repair or replacement claim.

Decide whether to replace your own iPhone screen or hire a repair service, then take note of the price. If you decide to go the DIY route, check out these free iPhone cracked screen repair guides.

Calculate the net value of iPhone repair

You know how much it will cost to fix your iPhone; now, you need to calculate the net value of your iPhone after repair. 

New value of iPhone – Cost of repair = NET VALUE

To calculate the net value, use Flipsy.com to find out how much your iPhone will be worth in “good” condition. Here are some examples, as of 12/8/2016:

Now, perform your net value calculation based on the repair method you’ve selected. Examples include:

DEVICE

REPAIR METHOD

VALUE IN GOOD CONDITION

– COST OF REPAIR

NET VALUE

iPhone 7 Plus

DIY

$525

$290

$235

iPhone 7 Plus

Repair Service

$525

$349

$176

iPhone 7

DIY

$410

$290

$120

iPhone 7

Repair Service

$410

$349

$61

iPhone 6s Plus

DIY

$300

$129

$171

iPhone 6s Plus

Repair Service

$300

$250

$50

iPhone 6s

DIY

$271

$199

$171

iPhone 6s

Repair Service

$271

$200

$71

iPhone 6 Plus

DIY

$250

$48

$202

iPhone 6 Plus

Repair Service

$250

$150

$100

iPhone 6

DIY

$215

$35

$180

iPhone 6

Repair Service

$215

$130

$85


Compare iPhone values: broken versus repaired

Finally, you need to compare the value of your broken iPhone versus the net value of your iPhone if it were repaired. This makes it easy to see which option maximizes your resale value. Here are some examples: 

DEVICE

REPAIR METHOD

NET VALUE AFTER REPAIR

VALUE AS-IS (BROKEN)

SELL BROKEN OR REPAIR?

iPhone 7 Plus

DIY

$235

$100

Repair

iPhone 7 Plus

Repair Service

$176

$100

Repair

iPhone 7

DIY

$120

$75

Repair

iPhone 7

Repair Service

$61

$75

Sell

iPhone 6s Plus

DIY

$171

$164

Repair

iPhone 6s Plus

Repair Service

$50

$164

Sell

iPhone 6s

DIY

$171

$96

Repair

iPhone 6s

Repair Service

$71

$96

Sell

iPhone 6 Plus

DIY

$202

$94

Repair

iPhone 6 Plus

Repair Service

$100

$94

Repair

iPhone 6

DIY

$180

$103

Repair

iPhone 6

Repair Service

$85

$103

Sell


As you can see, in many cases the only way to earn more resale value via repair is by doing it yourself. If you don’t have the expertise to perform complicated iPhone repairs, it’s probably worth selling your iPhone with a broken screen.

In other cases, repairing your iPhone will actually cost you money; or, the additional value added by repairing your iPhone is so minimal you might want to skip the hassle and simply sell it as-is.

If you decide to sell your iPhone, use Flipsy.com to find the highest-paying buyers for your iPhone in any condition – broken or otherwise.
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