We all know that your smartphone is the apple of your eye. One of the most important electronic devices you own. It is therefore completely normal to panic a little bit when you break it. Of course, what you should do depends on the extent of the damage. A cracked screen can be very frustrating, but most phones continue to function normally even with an almost shattered screen. However, a broken charging port or a dead microphone can prevent you from using your phone.

If your smartphone is broken, do not panic. Read the following advice in order to avoid making a huge mistake that could end up costing you a lot.

Check if your cell phone is still under warranty

All devices come with a basic warranty offered by the manufacturer. This warranty is normally valid for the year following your purchase and protects you in case of device malfunction. Please note that this kind of warranty does not cover damages caused by water or liquids.

Some companies such as Apple offer extensive replacement or repair plans for which you can pay  upon purchasing your phone. If you paid for the Apple Care plan – or any other plan depending on where you bought your phone – make the most of it! Go ahead and have your phone repaired or replaced for free or at a small cost.

If your smartphone is no longer under warranty, read the following recommendations.

Do not try to repair tour cell phone by yourself

You might be tempted to repair your phone by yourself, since parts are incredibly cheap and doing so yourself could help you save on labour. Stop right there! Do not touch your phone. You might end up worsening your problem even breaking other important parts.

Certain tiny parts can be very fragile and others are welded onto the circuit boards of your device. Trying to repair your own phone could end up costing you a lot if you damage the motherboard.

Instead, you should head to a reliable repair shop and let the pros do the work. Don’t you worry – the job will be done efficiently and properly.

What should I do in case of a major failure?

That’s it; your phone is literally shattered. You know there is nothing you can do to repair or to save any part of it, and that you will have to get yourself a new phone as soon as possible. You can already hear your bank account screaming at the thought of a purchase, since new devices come at a high price and administration fees for breaching a contract are not any lower.

In this case, you might want to look for a used cell phone, and spend a lot less money to replace your now-dead smartphone. Recycell offers a great selection of used cell phones that will be compatible with your service provider. Our iPhone 4 and our used iPhone 5 devices are in excellent working condition and can be delivered to your doorstep in no time. See? No need to panic. Follow our recommendations and apply these tangible solutions to solve your problem.