DIY Guide for Fixing Scratches and Cracks on a Phone Screen

Most people carry their cell phones everywhere they go. Whether theyíre kept in a case or not, the screen can easily become damaged. Cracks and scratches are the most common sort of damage that occurs, and in some cases, you can repair the screen yourself. You should know that some attempts at DIY repair could void your cell phone warranty or prevent you from entering an insurance claim for the damage. However, itís relatively easy to repair scratches and cracks on a phone screen.

Small, Superficial Scratches

For small, superficial scratches, you may not need to replace the entire screen in order to fix them. There are several products designed to fix scratches like these and most are available at your local electronics store. One of the most popular kinds of repair product is a display polisher. This product is used to polish scratches in LCD and touch screens, and the process is easy: you simply apply the cream and polish it with a very soft cloth. There are other products available as well that claim to fix small scratches in cell phone screens.

Home Remedies for Fixing Small Scratches

In addition to the products you can purchase, many people recommend use various items you already have at home to repair cell phone screens. One of the most commonly recommended is toothpaste. You use this in the same way that you use the display polishing products. Simply apply a small amount to the screen (make sure this is a non-abrasive type of toothpaste), rub it around the screen and then use a soft cloth to buff the screen. Other remedies that are recommended include a paste made with baby powder and water or baking soda and water. Always be careful when using water around your cell phone, as it could damage the phone even more.

Replacing the Screen

In some instances, scratches or cracks are too serious to be repaired by a surface product. In this case, the cell phone screen may need to be replaced completely. Replacement screens are available through a variety of retailers. The process for changing out the screens can be different with every type of phone. However, most commonly you will need to unscrew the screws that keep the screen in place, pop the old one out, place the new one in the phone and then replace the screws. If youíre unsure of how to complete the process, look for instructions for your specific phone.


Itís always best to research the process online before attempting to replace your cell phone screen. Many individuals post detailed videos or instructions on the internet for replacing different types of cell phone screens. Depending upon the brand and model of phone you have, you may be able to find an instruction video or guide that will help you as you replace the screen.

You may also choose to take your phone to a repair shop to have the screen replaced. If you feel you cannot properly fix the phone on your own, this may be the best next step. In any case, a cracked or broken cell phone screen doesnít mean the phone is no longer functional. Itís actually a common problem and a relatively easy fix.