For most devices there are two options for screen replacement:
full LCD screen assembly with everything: glass, touch and display
outer glass screen only (includes the front glass and sometimes the touch digitizer)
An LCD screen is the display under the glass screen that is the source of the image displayed on your phone. For most devices, you can purchase an LCD screen assembly which includes everything: the outer glass, touch digitizer and LCD.
- Screen does not come on
- Black spots on the screen
- Colors are distorted or washed out
- Image flickers or wavers
- Front glass is shattered
We recommend to purchase the LCD assembly if you are not sure which screen is broken - that way, you have replaced both screens at one time, and you know they are both working correctly. Another reason to purchase the LCD screen replacement is to make sure you don't damage your other screen (either LCD or glass touch) during repair.
How difficult is a screen repair?
The easiest repair to complete is the LCD assembly replacement. This repair takes less than an hour and requires the least amount of technical ability. For some devices the LCD assembly can be replaced simply by removing a few screws and cables. Also, as the assembly includes the glass, touch screen and the LCD, you can be confident it will fix all common screen issues.
The screen digitizer and glass only replacements require a greater amount of time and skill to complete. While a significantly cheaper repair, the process requires patience and a steady hand.
For the screen digitizer and glass repair, the screens must be heated to loosen the adhesive between the screen and LCD. The screen is then gently and very slowly pried apart from LCD. DIYers need to use care to insure the LCD is not damaged in the process.
We recommend to view a repair video on YouTube prior to attempting any repair.