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.

By Whitson Gordon from Lifehacker.com
Also in Reader's Digest Magazine February 2014
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    Photo by Yutaka Tsutano via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

    Unclog a Charging Port

    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.

    Photo by Yutaka Tsutano via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

    Clean Up Fuzzy Noise

    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.

    Photo by axbom via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Replace a Shattered Screen

    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.

    Photo by rharrison via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Resurrect a Soaked Phone

    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.

    Photograph by Adam Voorhees; Prop Stylist: Robin Finlay

    Improve a Mediocre Lens

    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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    • Nightshade53

      Actually I saved my CELL phone NOT Smartphone 3 times with rice (2 of which was VERY sweet STICKY coffee than I actually RINSED with water to get sugar out!!) it worked just fine for 4 1/2 years. For Mineral deposits you CAN open it up clean with alcohol soaked Q-tip. :).

    • DB

      #4 if your phone gets wet, try putting it in a bag of dry rice, at night, the rice will attract Asians who will fix your phone for you!

      P.S. bag of rice don’t work. Try silica gel instead!

    • Jim DeBiasio

      Rice is stupid it will not remove the mineral deposits that cause shorts it is like an old wives tale repeated many times so they think it must be true. Use rubbing alcohol put it in a bowl take out battery if possible submerge phone a couple minutes move the phone around in the bowl a few times and take out dry off and shake any alcohol out if you can, let dry overnight. The Alcohol displaces any water and the minerals that causes shorts. It works as long as the water already shorted out your phone,

    • XXX

      Ridiculous