Should I repair my broken Galaxy S4?

Estella Lai

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Hi,

I have a damaged Galaxy S4 (Sprint if it matters). The glass is cracked, but all the touch capabilities are still functional, which leads me to believe that this is only a superficial damage. I found a video online on replacing the glass screen, but I also noticed the rim (?) is broken and chipped on the corners. I think it's called the rim; it is the silver coated thin plasticky frame that's before the silver band housing the power button and volume buttons (bezel?).

Should I just try to fix it myself? If so, what kind of parts should I get? If not, who should I go to to get it fixed? If fixing the rim makes the repair cost much costlier, I am considering not repairing that and just replacing the glass screen myself. I don't have insurance on this phone.

Thanks!
 

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Hi,

I have a damaged Galaxy S4 (Sprint if it matters). The glass is cracked, but all the touch capabilities are still functional, which leads me to believe that this is only a superficial damage. I found a video online on replacing the glass screen, but I also noticed the rim (?) is broken and chipped on the corners. I think it's called the rim; it is the silver coated thin plasticky frame that's before the silver band housing the power button and volume buttons (bezel?).

Should I just try to fix it myself? If so, what kind of parts should I get? If not, who should I go to to get it fixed? If fixing the rim makes the repair cost much costlier, I am considering not repairing that and just replacing the glass screen myself. I don't have insurance on this phone.

Thanks!

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How complicated is the video? Sometimes, when it comes to replacing things like that the biggest worry is damaging other parts while trying to fix the main issue.
 

Estella Lai

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Hi,

Thanks for the quick reply and welcome!
This is the video:

As you can see, it's quite detailed but involved. I have never really taken anything apart to this level, so I'm concerned that I will damage more by doing so, as you mentioned above.
 

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I work at a place that repairs computers, phones, tablets, etc. The GS4 is a hard device to replace the glass. I know it can be done, but the chances of you ruining the LCD is very high. Look at this video. It doesns't look like a beginner is doing it, yet it's almost 40 minutes long. Imagine a beginner who doesn't have the right tools. It could take hours. You could ruin the LCD, ruin the LCD ribbon, ruin the logic board and you'd have a brick for a phone. It's not worth it. Take it to a nearest phone repair dealer and cough up the money. Our technician have tried to replace the glass only. He's 0-2. Each time the LCD was damaged. It'll take practice and a lot of patience. Good luck.
 

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Yes you can do it, as I had the same problem(Broken glass and damaged rim but the touch sensitive was there). Complete change of broen glass, rim, and a new battery costed me INR10,000 bucks.
 

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