5 Smartphone Repairs You Should Never Pay Someone For

Got a wet cell phone? A shattered screen? These smartphone repair techniques should do the trick.

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Unclog a Charging Port

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Over time, your charger may not fit as well into the port. Try this simple fix: Use a sharp toothpick to remove lint and dirt from the port.

Clean Up Fuzzy Noise

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Turned off by inferior sound when you plug speakers into your headphone jack? To improve audio quality, stick a cotton swab into the jack and use it to clear out any gunk.

Replace a Shattered Screen

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Replacing your phone’s screen is actually pretty easy. All you need is some tools and a little courage. Get instructions and a repair kit online at a site like icracked.com.

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Resurrect a Soaked Phone

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If your phone takes an unexpected swim, remove the battery (if possible), and place the device in a bag of rice for a day or two to absorb the moisture. With any luck, your phone will be as good as new once removed.

Improve a Mediocre Lens

Photograph by Adam Voorhees; Prop Stylist: Robin Finlay

Salvage a DVD player’s lens—the little piece that guides the disc-reading laser—and use it on your phone’s camera. Put the lens on top of a small piece of painter’s tape, cut a hole for it to peek through, and mount it over your phone’s lens with extra strips of tape for better pictures.


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