Over the weekend, I broke my phone. And by broke my phone I mean I shattered it into almost non-existence to the point where I was cutting my fingers with little glass shards.
It was devastating. I would have asked Siri what to do, but she seemed a little mad that I crushed her exterior. So I called my dad and asked if I had Apple Care on my phone, to which he said “No I don’t think so, but good luck!”
I stared at my cracked reflection in my cracked screen and mulled over what to do. I’ve cracked screens before, but not like this. I couldn’t really use it because it was so dangerous!
But fortunately, after nearly pulling my hair out over this, I got in touch with Apple and was informed that I do have Apple Care! Hooray! So that means they’ll cover two accidental incidents and will replace my phone for like fifty bucks, which was much cheaper than the $225 screen replacement price tag without coverage.
But since I didn’t know that I had Apple Care, I went through all the emotions and phases of breaking your phone. I also figured out other solutions. Let’s go through them, shall we?
Let it out, girl. Seriously. Cry your eyes out. It's okay.
Write down your important contacts
Why? Because your phone might have more wrong with it than a broken screen. It could have sustained real damage and might stop working. And then you'll have to borrow a phone and you only remember your house's land line number from 1997. It's a good idea in general to just have a list of contacts written down!
Ask if anyone they have a spare
Did your friend upgrade their phone recently and have their old one to let you borrow? What about your parents or siblings? Ask around!
Get a screen protector
You might think it can't help now, but it can! I had glass falling out of my screen, which wasn't safe for anyone. If I had to wait any longer before getting it replaced, I would have gotten a screen protector to hold everything in.
Check your insurance
I was looking for bootleg places to fix my screen and decided to check with Apple even though my dad said I wasn't insured. Well, thank goodness I did! Check with your phone provider to see if you have insurance or if they have options for you before going to outside resources.
Use an old phone temporarily
I had my old iPhone lying around, which I would have used right away if they didn't change the size of the SIM cards. But you can take your old phone in and see if they'll transfer your service back to that phone in the meantime.
Get a better case
Shockingly, I had a case on my phone. It clearly did not work so I ordered a new and much more sturdy case to protect my phone in the future.
Even if you don't have a smartphone, be careful! Phones are breakable unless you have an original Nokia that can survive a nuclear explosion. Take care of your phone and make sure not to drop it on tiled floor...
Have you ever broken your phone? What did you do? Tell me in the comments!