A year ago, I broke my phone when it slipped from my hand and landed on the floor with a cracked screen. I had bought the phone only a few months ago. I was quite upset. I took it to a mobile repair store that my friend Rajat owned. He quickly analyzed the condition of my phone and told me that the repairs would cost me at least ₹10,000. I agreed since I couldn’t think of anything else. I was so upset that I almost yelled at Rajat, who was the store owner – why is mobile repair so expensive?
Rajat had known me for quite a while by then and he could feel the pain I was witnessing. He explained to me that repairing phones was a specialized task that required experts. Plus, he was an authorized service centre owner and hence his team would only use genuine spare parts. All of this contributed to the majority of phone repair costs.
Then, he gave me a surprise. He asked me to sit down and as I did, he gave me a few DIY tips for mobile repair. Initially, I was shocked. Why would he do that when he himself owned a mobile repair store? He said that I was a dear friend and even though the DIY hacks were effective, there are certain things that I will have to pay him for.
He got started with giving me the tips and I made a mental note of each tip. In last one year, my phone has witnessed some tough situations – but I didn’t have to take it to Rajat’s repair store. All thanks to the DIY tips he gave me. Here is everything you should know about these mobile repairing tips that have helped me save a fortune:
I know it sounds bizarre. But it works. Sometimes, the charging spot near the phone’s charging port gets covered in dust. No matter what amount of rubbing and probing you do, you will not be able to clean it. Using a vacuum cleaner will help you get rid of all the dust particles and you will be able to charge your phone with ease.
I did not even buy it when Rajat told me this DIY hack! I thought he must be kidding. Or even worse, he was duping me into damaging my phone so I may bring it back to him. To prove his point, Rajat shot a video of him performing the hack on his own phone. I have been using this hack for a year now and I can assure – it works.
I have personally read it online that the bag of rice and blow dryer trick only does wonders in a few cases. Some even believe that it can cause more harm than good. Yet, if you have lost all hope and are not willing to spend a penny on your damaged phone – you can try it out.
My sister once dropped her phone in the washroom. As soon as she got out, she started panicking. I, with my then acquired knowledge of DIY Phone Repair Hacks came to her rescue. I quickly dismantled whatever I could from the phone – the memory card, the battery and the SIM card. I quickly picked up a cloth and was about to clean the water out of the phone. That is when she stopped me – any piece of fabric may leave threads or smaller remains in the phone, especially if it is wet. That was when the blow dryer looked more high-tech than anything else in the room.
We quickly used it to dry the water out from all the components we could blow it into. Now, it somewhat started working. It got to the point where she could switch it on and copy all her data on her laptop. So the hack is simple – get everything out of the phone and then use the hair dryer instead of cloth.
One morning, as my phone rang for the alarm, it vibrated and fell off the bedside table. When I took a closer look, I saw that the phone was working fine but a volume control button from the side had broken off. I used some self-hardening clay to fill the space and had my own button in place!
These are DIY hacks for a reason – they are hacks. They cannot entirely replace the services of an authorized mobile repair store. There are some problems for which you should take the services of an authorized repair store. There are some companies that would come and collect your device from your place and then return it to you once it’s repaired. So, now you can’t say that you didn’t have time to visit the repairing store.
I would suggest that if you are facing minor problems with your phone, these DIY issues will come in pretty handy.2