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How to fix a cracked tablet screen

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A cracked tablet screen is a serious bummer—whether your kid used your device as a trampoline or it just tumbled out of your hands and onto the floor.

Don't worry though. Asurion Experts come across issues like this every day, from an iPad® that won't turn on to a Samsung® tablet that won't charge. When tech breaks, we fix it. So, if you're wondering, “Can a cracked tablet screen be replaced?" you've come to the right place. Here's a breakdown of what to do and what to consider so you can make the right decision.

Can you repair a tablet screen?

Yes, you can, but you'll want to assess the damage first.

If your screen has a tiny scrape in one of the corners, you can sometimes get away with using your tablet if the touchscreen functions properly. That said, a crack never fixes itself, and your screen's reliability will lessen over time. If your screen has severe cracks, broken shards, or chips, a broken tablet isn't your only problem—this kind of damage can also lead to injury.

Either way, it's always a good idea to bring your device to a tablet repair expert to help you figure out your next steps.

Check for a warranty

If your tablet is new, it may still be under warranty, which means it could be eligible for a free or low-cost repair or replacement. Most manufacturers have warranty information on their websites.

If you don't have a warranty, don't worry—you can still get fast, affordable help from reliable tech repair pros.

Types of tablet screen cracks

Different kinds of cracks lead to different levels of damage and require different fixes.

A tiny crack in the corner of your screen probably won't injure you or affect the way your tablet works. But keep an eye on it—and get a screen protector to prevent the existing crack from growing.

Side-to-side cracks, which extend from one edge of the screen to the other, may not prevent you from using your tablet for another week or two, but eventually the damage will spread and cause your screen to fail, potentially changing its color and appearance. The result? Your tablet may not work properly, plus you run the risk of cutting yourself. In both scenarios, bring your device to a local tech repair shop, where an expert can help you determine whether you need a replacement screen or a new device.

Likewise, a spider web of cracks can lead your screen to think your finger is in another location—or prevent it from recognizing your touch at all. Plus the shards or broken glass can cut you. The best thing to do in this instance is let a tablet repair expert take a look.

DIY tablet screen repair

If you want to learn how to fix a cracked tablet screen at home, you can find all sorts of step-by-step videos on YouTube™. You'll need specific tools and some tech repair know-how. Keep in mind, going the DIY route will void your warranty (if you have one).

If you decide to try a DIY fix for your tablet, make sure to check out our guide to backing up your photos, contacts, files, and other data before you start.

When to bring your tablet to a repair shop

If a DIY fix isn't right for you or if your tablet isn't under warranty, bring it to your nearest uBreakiFix® by Asurion or Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions™ store for fast, affordable cracked screen repair. We're here to help.

Ways to protect your tablet screen

Whether you decide on a DIY fix for your cracked tablet screen or to bring it to a repair pro, be sure to take steps to prevent mishaps in the future. Here are some great ways to prevent a cracked tablet screen from messing up your day.

  • Get a protective tablet cover. A cover that protects every edge of a device and has a lip over the screen is the best tool in protecting your tablet from damage.
  • Use a screen protector. A protective accessory for your tablet that might not be so obvious is a screen protector. The best and most resilient are made of tempered glass, but other more affordable materials will also provide protection against scratches and cracks.
  • Cover your device with a protection plan. Tech mishaps happen to all of us. With Asurion Home+, you can protect your tablet and all your other eligible home tech from future breakdowns, defects and normal wear and tear with one simple plan. Learn more about Asurion Home+ today.

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