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.

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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.

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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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