Wondering Whether to Repair Or Replace Your iPhone? Here's How to Know. Apple replaced a whopping 11 million iPhone batteries in 2019.
If you're an iPhone user, you're probably familiar with how quickly your phone's battery capacity depletes with age. (It always seems to start when a new model comes out, doesn't it?)
Whether your battery is degenerating, your phone got wet, or you simply cracked the screen, there are several things to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your iPhone.
If your touchscreen is acting up but you haven't cracked it, try adjusting your phone's touch sensitivity or restarting the device. If these don't work, try finding a local service choice that can diagnose the problem and repair your phone.
Overheating When Not in Use
Most iPhones will heat up during extended periods of use, especially if outside or connected to a charger. However, if you notice your phone doing this when you're not using it, it could be a problem with the battery.
If you've recently had your battery replaced, this could be a sign of a more complicated electrical problem with your phone. To avoid injury from overheating, it may be safer to replace your phone.
Random Shut-Downs and Reboots
It can be frustrating when your iPhone shuts itself down while you're in the middle of using it. If you notice your phone doing this, it may be a problem with the phone's internal system or battery.
An iPhone repair shop may be able to fix a phone with this problem, but it could require a factory reset. If the problem is too costly and too time-consuming to fix, you might consider replacing it.
Damaged Beyond Repair
Most iPhones continue to function if the screen is cracked.
However, if you have a history of dropping your phone or exposing it to moisture, this could eventually impact the phone's performance. You might begin to notice it slowing down, malfunctioning, or becoming less responsive over time.
When considering whether to fix or replace a severely damaged iPhone, it's important to ask yourself several questions:
- How much will it cost to repair the phone?
- Will it be cheaper to replace it altogether?
- Does your carrier offer phone insurance, warranties, or upgrades?
- How long would it take to repair the phone versus buying a new one?
- If you buy a phone, will you lose any personal data that isn't backed up?
- Is a "new" phone necessarily a "better" phone?
Sometimes, buying a new phone doesn't always mean upgrading models. Your current iPhone model may still be available if it was released relatively recently.
But if you are considering upgrading to a newer model, the cost-benefit analysis is key.
You want to be sure you're comfortable with the features of newer iPhones, which include no home buttons, bigger screens, and sometimes, no separate port for headphones and chargers. The iPhone 12 also requires a specialized adapter for its charging cables now.
Will You Repair or Replace Your iPhone?
Deciding whether to repair or replace your iPhone is no easy task, especially if you've been using the same phone for years. After all, iPhones don't come cheap, and you want to make sure you're getting your money's worth.
Ultimately, the decision will come down to the history of your phone and what kind of repairs are needed to keep it in good condition. If it would be too costly — or even dangerous — to continue using the same phone, it might be time to replace it.
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