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How to Make Any iPhone Repair

Have a broken iPhone? Repairing your iPhone adds years to its life and could earn you more money if you want to sell it or trade it in for a new model. Here, we’ve averaged collective repair costs for iPhone models 6 through the XS Max to illustrate how much you can make by repairing your iPhone before selling it. We’ve also included links to repair guides for the most common problems so you can get the highest payouts by fixing your own iPhone.

Cracked screen (LCD plus digitizer)

Perhaps the most-dreaded iPhone problem, the repair actually isn’t as bad as you might think – though it does take some skill.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $158 ($22 to $430)
  • Average professional repair cost: $225 ($139 to $329)

Battery

Most iPhones do not feature an easy-to-remove battery, but you can replace your own iPhone battery with a heat gun (or hair dryer) and some guitar picks.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $45 ($20 to $90)
  • Average professional repair cost: $73 ($49 to $99)

Front camera

Replacing your iPhone camera can be tricky, but if you have the right tools, steady hands, and a bit of patience you can do it yourself.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $55 ($15 to $95)
  • Average professional repair cost: $253 ($79 to $599)

Rear camera

Like other internal components, replacing your iPhone rear camera can be completed with a bit of patience and the right guide.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $84 ($30 to $130)
  • Average professional repair cost: $262 ($79 to $599)

Headphone jack

Fix your iPhone headphone jack to get back into the music business. This only applies to iPhone models with headphone jacks.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $14 ($7 to $25)
  • Average professional repair cost: $191 ($69 to $349)

Charging port

Give your iPhone the juice it needs with this charging port repair guide.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $34 ($15 to $45)
  • Average professional repair cost: $268 ($79 to $599)

Home button

The home button isn’t an easy repair, but if you can do it yourself you’ll save big (it’s easier to replace the entire screen, though more expensive). This only applies to iPhone models with home buttons.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $12 ($8 to $35)
  • Average professional repair cost: $225 $69 to $349)

Volume buttons

Replacing your iPhone volume buttons can be a tedious process, but it can be done.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $16 ($10 to $35)
  • Average professional repair cost: $269 ($79 to $599)

Power button

The power button repair is similar to the volume button repair, just on the other side.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $20 ($15 to $30)
  • Average professional repair cost: $259 ($79 to $599)

Loud speaker

Digging deep into your iPhone can be tedious and risks causing further damage, but if you can repair your speaker you will save a lot of money.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $20 ($15 to $30)
  • Average professional repair cost: $246 ($79 to $599)

Ear speaker

This is the speaker you use when you talk on your iPhone. Replace it yourself and save.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $14 ($8 to $40)
  • Average professional repair cost: $245 ($79 to $599)

Microphone

You can repair your own iPhone microphone with the right tools and experience. Note that the microphone is part of the charging port assembly and it’s generally easier to replace the entire component.

  • Average DIY repair cost: $34 ($15 to $45)
  • Average professional repair cost: $268 ($79 to $599)

As you can see, there’s an enormous gap between how much it costs to have your iPhone professionally repaired versus do-it-yourself repair – even if you don’t already have your own tools, since iPhone repair kits can be purchased for as little as $5. In fact, on average professional repair costs $192 more than DIY repair.

Another consideration: resale value after repair. This chart illustrates the average net value of an iPhone before and after DIY and professional repair.

REPAIRDIY Repair Cost (AVG)PRO Repair Cost (AVG)Value BrokenTotal Value After RepairNet Value After DIY RepairNet Value After Professional Repair
Cracked screen (LCD + Digitizer)$158$225$103$331$173$106
Battery$45$73$103$331$286$258
Front Camera$55$253$103$331$276$78
Rear Camera$84$262$103$331$247$69
Headphone Jack$14$191$103$331$317$140
Charging Port$34$268$103$331$297$63
Home Button$12$225$103$331$319$106
Volume Button$16$269$103$331$315$62
Power Button$20$259$103$331$311$72
Loud Speaker$20$246$103$331$311$85
Ear Speaker$14$245$103$331$317$86
Microphone (as part of charging port assembly)$34$268$103$331$297$63
Average combined values of iPhone 6 through iPhone XS Max. Retrieved 2/19/2019.

Of course, professional repair comes with the security that the repairs will be performed correctly and without causing further damage to your iPhone. If you’re not comfortable making your own iPhone repairs, you should leave it to the pros. However, if you feel at home digging deep into electronics, you can fix your own iPhone and save hundreds of dollars.

Note that the above prices represent average fees and combined values for all repairs and iPhones from the iPhone 6 through the iPhone XS Max. You should compare DIY and professional repair costs for your specific model, then check your phone value (broken and like new) before you decide which option is best. See how much your iPhone is worth in any condition.

Related Help

> Need a phone repaired? Online phone repair: how it works and what it costs

> Broken iPhone screen: Sell or fix?

> Where and how to learn phone repair

> iCracked repair service

> What’s the best place to sell your iPhone?

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