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7 Crucial Things To Remember When Fixing Your Gadget

With the cost of repairs and labor constantly going up, it’s not unthinkable to consider a DIY repair on your gadget. However, before you jump in with both feet, there are certain consequences you may have to face which you should give serious consideration to. For example, an iPad screen repair is not 100% advisable as a Do-It-Yourself project. You could end up doing more damage to your unit than simple removing the scratch or the iPad screen. Fortunately, in the case Apple products, the company has set up a number of independent service centers, trained with Apple but not run by Apple. They also accept mail-in repairs under very reasonable prices.

For other devices, it is possible to try a DIY especially if the unit is more than a few years old. The cost of labor may not be justified and you might as well buy a new unit. However, before you do, try to fix it on your own. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain!

1.   Remember to Check Warranty

Whether you are planning to send in your unit or fix it on your own, check the warranty. It may be still valid and you may not have to pay to get it repaired. Whatever your gadget is, if warranty seals are broken by anyone then an authorized person, it voids the warranty automatically. This is not something you want to happen because it will mean additional costs plus loss of faith in you by the provider.

2.   Remember to Use Credible Sources or Repair Centers

Regardless of how you plan to handle your iPad screen repair or other gadget repair, it is crucial that you rely on credible sources only. Keep in mind that there are hundreds if not thousands of mean-intentioned jokers on the Internet just waiting to have fun by preying on naive users. Check and double check the authenticity of the information. One way is by doing research. There is some truth in majority which means if most IT experts are giving the same advice, then it’s probably the best route to take. As for sending in your unit, make sure they have excellent feedback and BBB ratings.

3.   Remember to be Organized

A DIY project needs good organization especially if you are working with small parts. So set aside a specific workspace, have the proper tools, and get only authentic replacement parts. Avoid the clones because it could end up giving one headache after another.  If need be, have small dishes to put parts in so you don’t misplace them and a handy clean rag close by.

4.   Remember to Rely on the Experts

Never assume that because you read the instructions more than once, that “You’ve got it.” Being cocky about something you are unfamiliar with is going to land in a lot of trouble. It would be far better to go step by step, checking and understanding the instructions implicitly before moving ahead.

5.   Remember to be Patient

Patience is an excellent virtue which will be tested because your gadget is damaged and you are on tender hooks. In fact, as you search for information, more is better and as you wait for your unit to come back to you, use the time productively. There are libraries, land lines, socials, and other things you can do to pass the time.

6.   Remember to Ask For A Written and Formal Quote

The last memory you would want to have of this incident is a bill that is unexpected and very high. To prevent this from happening, be sure to get a formal invoice or quotation on the cost. Also, make sure that once the figure increases above the agreed amount, you should be informed and be allowed to agree to the increase or not. Otherwise, you will not be 100% happy to get your gadget back. It is possible that you could have bought a brand new gadget for the amount you paid for.

7.   Remember to Ask Yourself If You Wouldn’t Want An Upgrade Instead

With technology improving almost daily, the gadget you have may be “old school.” There may be a newer, better version available or you can ask the technician how to add new upgrades to your gadget. For instance, you might want to add more memory to a mobile phone or tablet. This means you shouldn’t rush into a repair since you have many other options available than just a simple “fix it” scheme.

Finally, keep in mind that your gadget will not perform better just because it went through some repairs. Many people expect the gadget to come back looking brand new. This will only happen if you sent it in looking like that or requested the every exterior part be modified. If not, then what you sent out like the iPad will come back with the requested changes and a quick clean.

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This Guest Post was written and contributed by Sushant Das at - an online technology training provider that teaches a popular iPhone course online and also provides other mobile training online like android tutorial and windows phone courses. EDUmobile also operates a popular free iPhone and Android tutorial blog read regularly by over 40,000 developers.



  1. Maja

    December 27, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Never remove the warrenty seal if your gadget is in warrenty limits.By doing so your gadget will be out of warrenty limits.

  2. Julia Spencer

    December 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Warranty is the most important thing that we should remember to check. Because everything can happen further, you should know who will be responsible for it

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  3. Thomas

    December 28, 2012 at 6:44 am

    You can surely fix the basic problems with your gadget but not repair the major ones. It is true that it will make the condition even worse. One should be patient while repairing an expensive gadget because you can cause more harm to it if you are irresponsible. Take some time and understand the root cause first.

  4. Fran

    February 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    If your warranty is still good always have them fix it. I fix some of my computers but only by doing factory restore with cd if needed. Most other things i just replace them with new one. Sometimes you do not get any savings fixing old gadget sometimes it cost more than new one.

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