Apple has spent years advocating that you shouldn’t try to fix your own iPhone without the proper tools and genuine Apple parts. Its new Self Service Repair program isn’t exactly designed to change that.
Apple’s repair prices aren’t cheap, but they’re not unreasonable either. For example, fixing a broken volume button or battery takes only thirty minutes.
1. Broken Screen
iPhones have a lot going for them, but they’re also incredibly fragile. Even the latest models like the Apple 14 Pro Max are not immune from a cracked screen. Even small cracks can develop over time and interfere with the touch capabilities of your iPhone. They can also allow moisture to enter the phone and damage other components.
Luckily, a broken screen is easily repairable and is significantly cheaper than purchasing a new phone. The iTechnician network has expert iPhone repairers who can help you with your problem. They offer a walk-in service, meaning they’ll work on your phone at their repair centre, and can often fix it within thirty minutes. They can also call-out to your location, or you can mail your iPhone in for an expert repair.
2. Broken Buttons
It’s a bit of a bugbear when the buttons on your iPhone stop working, especially when you’re using the device. If you’re lucky, the problem may be a software hiccup that can easily be solved by restarting your device.
Otherwise, it’s likely that one of the physical buttons has become damaged or dirty. You can try a simple solution by using isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and a cotton swab or eye dropper. Use a few drops of the alcohol directly on the home button, being careful to avoid the screen.
Replacing the logic board is the only real way to fix this problem, but it’s not an option for most people without access to the proper tools and know-how. This repair will also break Touch ID pairing in the case of the iPhone 7 and newer, so it’s not recommended for anyone but a professional.
3. Charging Issues
Sometimes, you plug your iPhone in to charge and it refuses to work. This is a very frustrating problem as it can put you in a pinch, especially if you are running late to a meeting or need to make an important phone call.
To resolve this issue, you can try a few different things. First, make sure that the cable and power adapter are working properly and not damaged. You can also try using a different charger to see if that fixes the problem. It is also a good idea to update your iOS software, as this can fix bugs that may affect charging.
If these troubleshooting steps do not help, it is likely that you have a hardware problem and will need to visit an Apple Store or a certified repair shop. In this case, the technician can inspect your iPhone and repair it if necessary.
4. Speaker Issues
If the iPhone speaker isn’t working properly, it could be a sign of a serious hardware problem that requires professional repair. Alternatively, it may simply be a software glitch that can be fixed by restarting the device.
To do this, hold down the home and side button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears, then release both buttons. It’s also worth removing any screen protectors, films or cases from the phone and checking that the speaker opening isn’t blocked by debris or dirt.
Lastly, it’s worth checking the volume settings to make sure that the sound isn’t disabled or set too low to hear. This issue can sometimes be caused by apps that are interfering with the audio, a temporary system glitch or even due to a faulty earpiece.
5. Water Damage
Water damage is an incredibly common issue that can leave you with a non-functioning device. The more time your phone spends in contact with water, the more saturated its internal components become and the more likely they are to experience irreparable damage.
Try not to power on your iPhone until it is completely dry. Forced hot air – such as from fans, space heaters, or furnace sidewall exhausts – is likelier to spread moisture throughout your device, worsening the existing damage.
Wipe down the device with a soft, lint-free cloth and remove any extra attachments such as the SIM card tray. You should also allow any ports to dry completely, ideally with isopropyl alcohol. This will help reduce the chances that you’ll accidentally short circuit the system board.