Updated on 12/2/2022 with current repair pricing, pricing for iPhone 14 models, and information on Apple’s Self Service Repair.
Price, though, shouldn’t be your only consideration. A lower price may mean an Apple Authorized Service Provider isn’t providing the repair. If your phone is under warranty and you do not use an Authorized Apple Service Provider, you will void your warranty. However, if your phone is not under warranty, it may make financial sense to go with a third-party repair service. Keep in mind that while Apple provides a one-year warranty, if you purchased your iPhone with a credit card, many credit card issuers extend the warranty by up to a year.
The other reason you may find a lower price is that the service provider isn’t using Apple parts. Whenever possible, it is best to use Apple parts to ensure reliability. However, reputable repair services provide warranties on their repairs. So, if you have an older iPhone, it may make financial sense to use a less expensive repair provider that uses third-party parts.
I researched and analyzed the data from the major nationwide providers to clearly establish the costs, benefits, and drawbacks for each of the options. Use these charts to pick the best option for you based on whether your phone is under warranty, your iPhone, and your proximity to each of the service providers.
iPhone Screen Repair Providers
Apple and Best Buy have unified policies and pricing across the U.S. However, uBreakiFix and Batteries Plus Bulbs determine pricing and source parts depending on location. Note that there are currently part shortages. So check with your repair location regarding part availability and whether the part will be an Apple part or a third-party part before scheduling a repair.
|Price||From $129.00||From $49.00, depends on location||From $129.00||From $69.99, depends on location|
|Authorized Apple Service Provider||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Apple parts||Yes||Depends on location||Yes||No|
|In-home repairs||No||Yes, costs $30||No||No|
|Repair Warranty||90 days||90 days||90 days||6 months|
iPhone screen repair costs for each model
The pricing below is accurate as of December 2, 2022 (doesn’t include taxes). For uBreakiFix and Batteries Plus, pricing will vary by location and whether you choose to use Apple parts. The lowest price for each model is highlighted.
|iPhone SE (1st gen)||$129.00||$49.00||$129.00||$79.99|
|iPhone 6 Plus||$149.00||$79.00||$149.00||$69.99|
|iPhone 6s Plus||$169.00||$79.00||$169.00||$69.99|
|iPhone 7 Plus||$169.00||$79.00||$169.00||$99.99|
|iPhone 8 Plus||$169.00||$99.00||$169.00||$99.99|
|iPhone Xs Max||$329.00||$149.00||$329.00||$159.99|
|iPhone 11 Pro||$279.00||$169.00||$279.00||$199.99|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||$329.00||$199.00||$329.00||$249.99|
|iPhone SE (2nd gen)||$129.00||$99.00||$129.00||$89.99|
|iPhone 12 mini||$229.00||$149.00||$229.00||$199.99|
|iPhone 12 Pro||$279.00||$199.00||$279.00||$229.99|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||$329.00||$249.00||$329.00||$599.99|
|iPhone 13 mini||$229.00||$149.00||$229.00||$449.99|
|iPhone 13 Pro||$279.00||N/A||$279.00||$399.99|
|iPhone 13 Pro Max||$329.00||N/A||$329.00||$399.99|
|iPhone SE (3rd gen)||$129.00||$99.00||$129.00||$119.99|
|iPhone 14 Plus||$329.00||N/A||$329.00||N/A|
|iPhone 14 Pro||$329.00||N/A||$329.00||N/A|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max||$379.00||N/A||$379.00||N/A|
*UBreakiFix pricing is a national average based on 3rd party parts. Prices may be higher if Apple parts are used. Average national pricing for iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 14 models is not available.
**Batteries Plus isn’t currently offering iPhone 14 model screen repairs due to parts shortages.
Can you repair your iPhone screen for free?
Apple provides a one-year warranty for defects like bad pixels (not if you dropped your phone and cracked the screen), and many major credit cards will automatically double that warranty. So, if your screen is defective, it’s worth bringing your device into an Apple Store or an Authorized Apple Service Provider to see if it can be repaired for free.
Will your phone insurance provider give you the best deal on screen repair?
If you have AppleCare+, an insurance plan you may have purchased through your carrier, or coverage from a third-party insurance provider, you may have a small deductible or no cost to repair your iPhone screen. For instance, Apple charges $29 for screen repairs (up to two claims per year), which is less expensive than paying without insurance, but SquareTrade charges $149 per claim, which may be more than you’d pay out of pocket.
Can you repair your iPhone screen yourself?
You can repair your iPhone yourself, but you won’t save money and may spend more. Self Service Repair, which Apple started offering this year for all iPhone 12 models, all iPhone 13 models, and iPhone SE (3rd gen). The kit only saves you between $34.60 to $50.60 versus having it serviced by Apple, and that’s only if you return your damaged screen for a $33.60 credit. Plus, you must also rent a tool kit for $49 to complete the repair. So, you may end up paying more for the privilege of self-repair than having Apple fix it for you. And you’ll have to remember to return the kit, or you’ll be charged for all the components, which costs around $1,000 (when you rent the kit, a hold on your credit card that’s equivalent to the cost of the kit is placed on your credit card). That’s a lot of effort and risk for very little reward.
How to find an Authorized Apple Service Provider for iPhone screen repair
To find an Authorized Apple Service Provider, go to Apple Support and follow the prompts to create an appointment for iPhone screen repair. Next, you will see a list of nearby Authorized Apple Service Providers. In addition to Apple Stores, this includes Best Buy stores, many carrier stores, and select third-party repair services.
[Image credit: Broken screen on iPhone via BigStockPhoto]