Fixing a Smashed Phone Screen - on a budget! (GLASS ONLY REPAIR ATTEMPT)

פורסם בתאריך 11 מאי 2017
In this video I attempt to repair a smashed up phone by replacing only the front glass digitizer to keep the costs to a minimum. Will I succeed? Let's find out!
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  • i like that you show the mistakes that you made instead of just editing them out. part of DIY is actually trying different methods yourself to see what works best. as Adam Savage always says, failure is always an option.

    • @Stop mesterbaiting or eat a laser beam 30 dollars are very much downsized price. People in comments tried to do it, and actually it costs more like 100+ like 130, or something.

    • Me it's ridiculous how much they charge to fix might as well just buy as new phone

    • @LE GRAND GOUGOU LILUMINÉ Thing is, most of his projects are all on a very low budget. I just watched his video on a diy mic with quality that competes with a 800$ professional setup. And guess how much it costs.. 30$

    • Adam Savage is rich, he can afford failure.

  • Who else is stubid and didn't have a screen protector so now their phones screwed

    • Me *Wheeze*

    • Me :(

    • lol. No screen protector works when you drop the phone and it gets stepped on. Yikes!

    • But my phone still works so far

    • Me, didn't have screen protector

  • Remember that this process is extremely difficult and doesn't work on most devices. It's generally better to replace the entire screen despite it costing a bit more. Also, on iPhones, you need to take off the screen first and not the back. The back is basically impossible to remove.

    • It's possible with oca machine

  • He is much more intelligent than many if the ILaward so called reviewers. I don't want to call out their names, but he is far more capable of explaining things than those self proclaimed pro reviewers.

  • I can't see which is more broken, my screen or his screen. LoL

  • I just cracked my phone and I hate myself so much right now

    • Same I was at the park swinging and then I decided to do some durability test by making my OWN phone fall off high parts of the park, not only is there cracks all over it and I'm in panic but trying to figure out why I was being so stupid to do a durability test.

    • Me too 😢

    • who there changed the screen because my screen was broken

    • Sameee😩😭😭

  • An honest experiment , which I like. Good lesson to learn , thanks.

  • How is it that when I drop my phone on pavement it’s fine but when I drop it on my carpet floor it shatters like tf

  • Having done this quite a few times, it’s much easier to replace the entire assembly. But, if that’s not feasible like if it costs more than the phone, then a glass only is doable. But, be ready to get super frustrated. Also, the panel is like an egg shell. So, too much force and you’re replacing the entire assembly anyway. I’d practice on an old broken phone first before attempting the glass only repair on a something like a flagship model.

  • I cracked my screen with a bat on accident not knowing that this was hidden beneath the blanket since I was testing something very stupid. It has A LOT of cracks, I mean a lot.

  • Who else just cracked their screen and searched this😂

  • When you just cracked your phone And it's lockdown due to corona 😭😭😭

    • dude i smash my phone cuz of rage quit and i truelly regret it

    • XD

    • yeah it happened to me -_-

    • what would you do if it wasn't lockdown?

  • For my experiences, since two or three years ago it's a waste of time trying to change only the digitizer. Changing the panel and digitizer glued is easier. BUT if you want to keep using your phone as a new one, buy the screen, digitizer AND front frame glued from factory, and in some models with fingerprint sensor glued too. Trust me, you spare a lot of money in the future...

  • Pro tip Don't use a matal tool to disconnect the battery please use plastic I shorted my battery and I had to buy a new battery

    • @Elon Mask omg this work

    • Pro tip: Don't do anything to your phone. Just go to a pro tech guy and he will replace the screen

    • I use xiaomi phone's battery for small electronic projects and testing circuits on breadboard, I charge it using solar panal and many times have by mistake shorted it or put a really heavy motor. Seems like it has some sort of cut off/short circuit protection mechanism. It is still alive.

    • Shorting out a lithium phone battery, especially one that is fully charged is a really bad idea. There is a scary amount of potential energy bottled up in one of those that can easily give you a nasty shock, burst into flames or even explode. Remember the battery in the Galaxy Note 9? All lithium batteries have the potential to do that if mishandled.

    • life hack, shorten your battery so you have a reason to replace it while replacing the screen, all at once!

  • Coming from someone that's had to replace a fair few phone screens... save yourself the trouble. Don't get just the glass. Get the full digitizer/assembly for the LCD. Yeah it's like $30-80 more but, you will realize how much easier it is to replace.

  • The best part of this video is when you returned it to the owner (presumably your dad?) That's just sweet... Awww!

    • gdlywom hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahq

    • gptsx jr yes 😍

    • Amber Mitchell who's saying why you try

    • MonoType 😂😂no it's not fake

  • So, I'm curious, Matt. Can the LED backlight on a dead phone be used to make light panels similar to those you made with the laptop backlights?

    • I see no reason why not.

  • Yes, I'm watching this on a cracked screen. First screen I've ever cracked, only because I wasn't in the right mindset at the time and was freaking out over something so minimal. I'm usually so careful. 😑 Luckily, it's not the entire screen; only the top right got smashed (somewhat covering the camera) and the bottom right corner has a small crack. The phone is pretty usable still, so it's not too bothersome to wait until I can buy a replacement. 😅 7 years of having... about 4 phones. The others were just used a lot and the batteries just ended up bloated. -shrug-

    • AsykalPlayz My brother cracked the glass by pressing it in to the iPad because he was angry at a game

    • i have anger problems so i hit my phone a little and it fell on the ground and *crack*

  • the disconnect of the battery is a good idea to use the non metalic spudger :) epoxy.. also softens when heat is applied. so by heating it up it loses strength as well. a thermal epoxy might have worked though. but nice attempt i always wondered how this kind of repair can be done.. and well a fail is not actually a fail. it was screwed anyways so just learned something, and we all did as well :)

  • What a lovely, fantastic video. 10/10 I couldn't recommend it enough to anyone tech interested.

  • I've worked at a phone repair store and be very careful to apply to much heat to the back of the phone, heating up the phone too much can cause in some cases the battery to explode. Keep your finger under the heat and if it feels to hot stop the heat and leave it for about 30 seconds. Be careful in general with this.

    • @deas sfgh sir you alright?

    • Yeah I nearly just caught my home on fire. The battery exploded when I was doing this. Your 100 percent right. Next time Id rather do this outside with no trees around.

    • Are you a tree?

    • @Muhammad Zahiruddin Liquid crystals can boil I guess?

    • Or use thermal camera!

  • Do you think that one of the reasons the glue didn't adhere might be the fact that you heated it up to attempt to loosen up the adhesive under the glass that's under the adhesive that's under the aluminum you're heating up?

  • Here’s a tip guys never use a metallic tool to disconnect connectors from the motherboard, this can quite possible short out that part of the board if not the whole board. Glass only repair is very tedious and quite frankly not worth it unless it’s something you have the tools for already, it’s very easy to damage the lcd panel. I always get the screen assembly and swap it out saves time and may cost a bit more but definitely worth having a solid screen that’s been quality tested.

    • @ScienceDiscoverer it usually takes 24 hours for capacitors to drain I learnt the hard way

    • @HOUDINI No, he is not correct. Capacitors won't store charge forever, if you leave phone alone without battery for few hours there will be 0 chances of shorts.

    • @Jorge Nunez your 100% correct even if it’s powered off capacitors still hold charge

    • @William Mcvicar not sure if you mean off as in turning the device off or disconnecting the power source. In the first case, that’s false, hitting the power button doesn’t change the fact that current is still plugged into the board. If you mean disconnecting the battery then possible yes, but there’s still a chance that a capacitor still has pent up energy and therefore a chance of shorting (pretty slim if you do the repair careful, but the risk is there). In any official repair training, a spudger is always the tool recommended to use when disconnecting directly from the motherboard. Obviously because it doesn’t conduce electricity.

    • @William Mcvicar elaborate

  • Was a very heroic attempt at replacing the digitizer... to be honest that was the best and also the worst era for Xperia devices... It was the best designs at the time, with great features, but also the worst when it came to durability. I had the Xperia Acro S before and it is still on working conditions in the hands of my 9 y/o kid... then I had the Xperia Z1c and Z3c and both had shattered displays with the digitizer broken... Now I currently have the XZ which is built like a tank and has, so far, survived to several drops without protection. Great old video

  • You could turn off your phone with emergency shout down. You just need to hold down power/lock button for longer time, approximately 10 second's. Dont use OTG cable next time 😄

    • I swear Way too technical for the average man

  • My phone still works, I just want the cracks out

    • Same

    • Same! I shattered mine on accident, yesterday afternoon(9-19-2021)

    • Yeah same mine is really cracked but still works and i dropped it

    • Mine too but it took 5 yrs to crack

    • same

  • Who else never broke their phone but was just curious about how he does it

  • "Fixing the phone on the cheap" proceeds to crack the LCD, and does exactly what every other person would do, replacing the screen.

  • The way you have fixed it looks easy but actually it’s beyond my capability 😬🙁 My daughter cracked her phone screen exactly like that now I have no idea what to do , I feel like crying it’s brand new phone I didn’t get time to get a protector 😩

  • Anyone else remember when fixing a screen, yes, even a smart phoneX was as simple as undoing a couple screws and sliding down? Now they have all these different glues insidr, and attachments and features that make what should be just a $10 fix into a $50

  • I'm glad you were honest. It's refreshing to see someone as talented as you finding difficulties in phone repair. I'm also happy you found a solution to your problem. cheers

  • That glue in the corner is absolutely there to stop people from repairing the phone. Many phone companies are and have been brought to court for this exact reason

  • Never use a metal spudger, use always plastic. You can create a short with the metal one.

  • You can just keep pressing the power button until the phone closes at 0:48

  • I have the same model phone. Good to know it is possible to just transfer the motherboard instead of having to copy stuff.

  • At least, Matt, you showed us what do NOT try to do ;). Thanks for that, I have a cracked phone screen, I think I'll stick with that for some time, and then on, when not possible to use it anymore, will order another one :)).

  • I have had my phone for almost 3 years now. It's the first time I've broken a phone 😭 It fell out of my pocket when I jumped to grab something. I wasn't really worried until I saw the crack. I was really sad.😰It's soo annoying when I look at my phone. But I'm glad it's still usable. The phone lifespan is probably shorter now :( cry Mom is angry now

  • 0:59 All you have to do was press and hold the power button a little longer than usual (just like when the phone is hanged).

  • there is a reason that this could cost more: if you break the screen removing the glass you would have to buy the glass and another screen

  • As much as the first half of the video was essentially "lol dont do this", I appreciate you sharing your errors in the process and letting us learn from your mistakes! Keep up the great content, dude!

  • Luckily I've never cracked a phone screen even once lol, I always buy a case and tempered glass after buying a new phone.

  • It would have worked as a local repair guy did the same thing with my screen and it was successful. but he used a more thinner wire to separate and the aluminium sheet thing is not a great idea. instead pull out the screen away from the mid frame and then keep the screen temperature pretty high.

  • Okay, so I already bought the glass and new battery. I've opened it up, but I can't get the screws out. I thought that I had picked up the right little driver, but I seem to have stripped them all. I also don't understand how to glue the glass back on after I've removed the cracked one with thread. Please help ♥

  • The screen + digitizer it's more expensive than the touch screen only on amoled phones like Samsung... So it's worth it IF you've got a preheating station. The heat must be constant and uniform when you unglue the touch screen glass. It's not working with a hot air gun, becouse you cut off the heat and the glue will stick again... You've got to do it while the glue is still warm and the heat is distributed uniform on the glass surface at 120 - 150 degree Celsius.

  • I was recording my bowling action with my camera set in my bed.I threw the cricket ball at full pace and it hit my phone.The glass shattered.The worst thing is my phone didn't even age a month after purchasing.Press F to pay respects.

  • While it didn't work if you have to replace the screen anyway I suppose this would always be worth a try, just in case. Maybe I'll consider this when replacing the screens on my old phones

  • I'm dying inside as I see my once-perfect iphone 7plus in this cracked form. I hate myself. RIP.

  • I've done something very similar haha, but the aluminum might just have been genius still :)

  • Good thing we are trying to save the planet by fixing these phones that are designed to be as difficult to fix as possible

  • I´m here because I just dropped my phone while doing my morning run... I thought my pockets were completely zipped... when I felt it going against the concrete. It still works, and there is no black tint, but the huge crack annoys the hell out of me. Second phone broken in 2020...

  • Very few people post hacks that do not work. Kudos to Matt for trying it on camera and for when it failed not editing that out or publishing the video at all.

  • How droll! Replacing just the glass for me also evokes a "Nice try, you've just thrown away bad money before good!"

  • Anybody else paused the video and went to the comment section to see if it actually worked?

  • Nice, but I think it's a bit involved for me. Might try a screen protector since my touchscreen is fully working!

  • This is so much work and i'll mess my phone up badly If I can I'll get it fixed or a good screen protector that won't break

  • If I try to mess up more than I did with my phone. Then I will watch this 🤣

  • Who else got a cracked screen from either having their phones on lap when standing up or back pocket when sitting down?😅

    • @lellowranger whew, good thing I don't upload videos that won't get validations right? Jk Lmao

    • sorry, you're the only one. no validation for you my friend

  • His love for aluminium is beyond definition

  • This has really put me off trying to fix mine myself :D

  • People familiar with this channel: this will be insane and impractical. People with cracked screens: But that’s just a new screen!

  • Me watching this with my smashed phone who falled once, damage, but touch still working, that was yesterday. 2nd fall, screen more cracked. Touch still working. Thats my bad life...

  • Hey Matt! great vid, but i have a cool tip for you - if you want to precisely control the temperature of your phone while reparing it use the heated bed on a 3D printer :) i fixed 3 phones and two e-ink kindles without using a heat gun or a hair dryer. Just set the bed to 70 degrees, enough to soften the adhesive, but won't damage your battery (too much :P i usually replace the battery aswell). Take care buddy, really enjoying your work :)

  • OTG Cable is all I need for recovering data from two Sony Xperia which broken digitisers. Well I hope it's as simple as it looks because these things rarely are

  • I cracked my screen, wait 35 days for a replacement from China, replaced it and cracked again after 28 days. I really really really wanted to freaking smack it all till ashes but instead I just glued a glass screen protector above the broken glass 🤣

  • I broke my screen and I was scared to hell. I told my dad and he said this is why I bought you a cheap phone because I knew this was gonna happen at one point.

  • If you do this next time, I would find a plastic ribbon cable remover/small pry bar, there less of a chance that you’ll bridge something and short something on the motherboard, or bridge to your fingers and zap yourself as well.

  • I remember when I used to be able to see little things like that without specs... ;-) Nice video, glad you got grandpa's phone repaired for him :-) I've never had any luck at all removing those broken screens either, well done :-)

  • I lived and worked in Shenzhen, China. There are small 2 square meters shops literally on the street where guys cut phone screens and repair glass. They use proper tools and vacuum chamber. You literally come and wait in cue and watch how your phone is fixed. They are so experienced and skilled, need around 15 min to fix a phone like new for 20-30usd including touchscreen glass. Cheers! S

  • I've dropped my phone so many times before, even on concrete and it's never cracked. Today while I was sitting down, it slipped out of my pocket and SHATTERED. I can barely see the screen as i type this 😣

  • Me: just savagely tear off screens since I don't do Glass Only repairs 😂

  • I'd guess the glue on the corners is for placement while the main glue sets.

  • Great video! However, if your touch screen didn't work from the start, doing a glass only repair wouldn't have solved that. You would've been stuck getting a new lcd assembly anyways because the digitizer is part of that lcd. Also, normally it's much more worth it to just purchase an LCD assembly and install it instead of saving a few bucks and attempting a glass only. The results from a DIY glass only will look nothing like a stock LCD assembly would, and replacing an LCD assembly is SO much quicker than doing a glass only repair.

    • I agree, however LCD with Digitizer for Samsung 7Edge still cost close to $300.

    • The digitizer is in the front glass on Sony phones. On most Samsung and Apple phones, the digitizer is bonded to the LCD/AMOLED.

    • This ends up varying from phone to phone as my Samsung's digitizer is in the glass, but my HTC's is in the LCD itself

  • You can turn most phones off simply pressing and holding the power switch for a few seconds.

  • I CRACKED MY PHONE NOW IM CRYING

    • I dropped mine and it cracked I'm shittin tears man. The best part is my parents won't even let me pay for someone to replace the damn screen 🥲 And what's even better is that I keep paying a whole lot of attention to the cracks so it's annoying the hell out of me

    • Ipad😭

    • Me to😩😩

  • Dont you love it when 1 sec your enjoying your phone without cracks and then when you drop it you thought it was fine but really... really its cracked🥺

  • I would rather get it fixed by an engineer than working so hard

  • I never cracked a screen before in my 17 years of life. I hate myself rn, I was walking fast, then the phone fell out of my grip and I tried to catch it but the force of my hand pushed it to the ground. Next time I get a phone (if I even get another) I'm gonna put 2 screen protectors and a heavy duty protective rugged case.

  • just started watching your channel and i did a front glass only replacement on a samsung galaxy S III around 2013 with a prebuilt "kit" that was similar to yours, just glass and adhesive and the glass removal tool which was plastic in my case not alimuafter you "glue" the glass off... that doesnt work and you ususally have to carefully remove the glass with tweezers... anyway i thought i did it perfectly but it had a huge bubble in the middle even though i used the provided squeegee to press the screen to the glue (it was much more viscous than in this video). needless to say I have only used replacement screens that come with the digitizer/lcd and reinstall the entire component since then, rather than trying to put lipstick on a pig Q _ Q

  • I've owned 4 Sony Xperia Phones. 2x Z1s. 1x Z2 and a XA2 Ultra. All of them cracked. Only one way my fault (when I dropped it dropped out of my pocket). All phones were rendered useless despite 3 of them being only having minor cracks. Fixing them was more expensive than buying another one. So my last phone was a Samsung S8. I had it for about a year and had an accident on my bike and cracked the screen. 12 months later, the phone is still working despite being even more cracked than it was. Moral - never buying Sony pieces of shit phones ever again.

  • I’m a huge perfectionist and the fact that my screen is cracked my anxiety is uuu