DIY Screen Replacement in Kenya: How to Replace Your Smartphone Screen at Home


Dealing with a cracked or broken smartphone screen is a challenge for many users, and sometimes it can seem like the world is over for your beloved smartphone. While the idea of replacing a smartphone screen may appear intimidating it doesn’t have to be. By having the right tools and access to aftermarket replacement screens in Nairobi, it might just be as simple as it could get. Of course utilizing tutorials from platforms like iFixit and YouTube will come in handy and I’ve seen numerous individuals successfully replace their smartphone screens at home. This blog post aims to walk you through the process and showcase real life examples of people who have accomplished screen replacements on their own.

Brief Overview

  • DIY Screen Replacement: It’s achievable to replace a smartphone screen at home with the tools and know how.
  • Essential Tools and Supplies; Key items include a hair dryer, different sizes of Philips screwdrivers and aftermarket replacement screens.
  • Online Guides: Utilizing tutorials on platforms such as iFixit and YouTube can resourceful in navigating the replacement process.

Preparation for Screen Replacement

Assembling Tools and Supplies

To perform a DIY smartphone screen replacement at home you’ll require several fundamental tools and supplies.

  • Hair dryer; Used for warming up adhesives on the device.
  • Philips screwdrivers: Assorted sizes are essential for disassembling the phone and removing screws.
  • Plastic opening tools: Necessary for prying open the phone safely without causing damage.
  • Aftermarket replacement screen: Affordable options are readily available, in Nairobi’s stores.

Before you get started it’s always a good idea to check out some tutorials that are tailored to your specific phone model. Websites, like iFixit and YouTube provide guides and visual demonstrations on how to replace screens step by step. Getting familiar with the process beforehand will help make the actual replacement go smoothly and increase your chances of success.

Here’s a guide for replacing your screen;

  1. Power Off Your Phone; Make sure to turn off your phone before you begin to prevent any mishaps.
  2. Warm Up the Adhesive; Depending on your device, use a hair dryer to warm up the edges of the screen. This will soften the adhesive making it easier to remove the screen.
  3. Unscrew; Grab a Philips screwdriver that fits and remove all screws holding the cover in place.
  4. Open Carefully; Use plastic opening tools carefully to open the phone without causing any damage to its components. Take your time with this step.
  5. Disconnect Old Screen; Locate and disconnect the connectors for the screen from the phone’s motherboard with care.
  6. Remove Old Screen; Once disconnected delicately take out the screen from its place, on the phone.
  7. Install New Screen; Insert and secure the screen into position ensuring that you reconnect all connectors properly.
  8. Test Out Your New Screen.
  9. Before putting in the phone make sure to turn it on and check if the new screen is functioning properly.
  10. Putting the Phone Back Together; Attach the cover. Fasten it using the screws that were removed earlier.

Real Life Examples

  1. Angelas Experience; Angela accidentally dropped her iPhone and cracked its screen. She bought a replacement screen online. Followed a YouTube guide to replace it herself. Angela found the process doable. Was happy with the outcome.
  2. Davids Story: During a hiking trip David’s Android phone screen got damaged. He bought a replacement screen from a store in Nairobi and used an iFixit tutorial for assistance in replacing it. Successfully swapping his screen David saved money compared to seeking repair services.

Potential Impact

Opting to change your smartphones screen at home can save you both time and money along with giving you a sense of achievement. However, it’s crucial to follow guides and be cautious to prevent any harm. DIY screen replacement is a choice for individuals enabling them to swiftly restore their devices without relying on professionals. By investing effort in learning this process you can enhance your self-reliance in managing smartphone repairs.


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