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How to fix a cracked phone screen

The following are some of the measures you can take to temporarily fix a cracked screen.

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Without a protective cover, your smartphone is prone to scratches or cracks from dropping and contact with other sharp things. And when that happens, the extent to which the phone is damaged determines how you fix them.

If the fracture does not extend beyond the screen protector and the touch screen still functions properly, there is no need for you to replace the screen. All you need to do is replace the tempered glass or screen protector.

However, if the screen has severe damage, it would be best to replace it with a new one. The following are some of the measures you can take to temporarily fix a cracked screen before you can plan for replacement:

Baking Soda

To mend a cracked phone screen using this method, mix two parts baking soda and one part water, which should create a thick paste. Scoop an ample amount of the solution with a piece of cloth and gently rub it on the screen.

If done correctly and carefully, this should solve the problem for a time until you have enough money to replace the screen if need be.

Packaging Tape

Cut a piece of packing tape that can fit the entire cracked region and stick it on the cracks. If the damage is on the phone’s side, trim the packing tape using a razor blade or knife.

Cover the cracked phone’s screen with packing tape if you want to keep using it but don’t want to risk losing glass or slashing your fingers.  

If you carefully align everything and trim it with a knife, it should resemble a screen protector.

If there is too much damage, you can do this method before taking it to phone repair companies like at to prevent wounding your hand.

Vegetable Oil 

Oil does not repair the damaged screen, but it does make it less visible. However, this method may only work with minor cracks, not catastrophic screen damage with shards of glass dropping all over the place.  

Using a clean cloth and your index finger, apply vegetable oil and wipe it on the screen. It can fill in the cracks and make it less noticeable, but you may have to do it repeatedly until you change the screen.

Clear Nail Polish

In this method, apply the clear nail polish to the entire cracked screen and let it sink into the cracks. Wipe away any excess polish and allow the polish to dry for a few minutes.

This technique can keep the screen cracks in place and enable you to use the phone. Recognize that this is merely a temporary solution.


If you have a few smudges or scratches around the borders of your screen, toothpaste can help make them less evident. It is one of the cheapest ways to repair a broken screen, but I would prefer to refer to it as a temporary fix.

You can do this by wiping the screen with a moist cotton swab dipped in toothpaste. Take care not to get it inside your device’s headphone jacks, buttons, or other ports or apertures, as it may result in a system malfunction.

Super Glue

You can seal small fractures with cyanoacrylate adhesive, often known as super glue. Use as little glue as possible, then gently wipe away any excess with a cotton swab or cloth.

If you only have a tiny fracture, this solution may be effective enough that you don’t need to replace the entire screen.

However, if you have major cracks or the entire screen is damaged, this is only a temporary solution, and you will need to replace the screen. It’s vital to find the right mobile phone repair shop to avoid more damage to your phone when repairing it.

So, if you have saved enough money to have your phone screen replaced, do your research first on the best repair shops to get your money’s worth.


It is not recommendable to repair a broken phone screen yourself since you may harm other parts of your phone if you are not cautious.

Furthermore, any attempt to fix it on your own may void the phone’s warranty, which could have covered your phone repair at no cost if you didn’t tamper with it.

Additional charges can come when it’s ultimately repaired and a warranty period has expired. But you may get repair services from your mobile provider at a discount if you’re a loyal customer.

Meanwhile, the methods suggested above are simple home remedies that can make the cracks less visible hence serving the intended purpose for some time.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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