How to fix an iPhone
Oh, no. Your iPhone is broken. Whether you doused it in water, dropped it from a great height, or it just plain stopped working, fixing and restoring it to its original glory is likely at the top of your to-do list. Although a trip to your local Apple retailer or service provider might be in your near future, there are a few home remedies to try.
If your phone suffers the fate of water damage, get it away from the liquid as fast as possible. Turn off the power and stick it into a bag of rice—uncooked, please. The grain will help draw out the moisture and might be enough to save Siri after 48-to-72 hours. If not, Apple will replace your device for $50 to $200, depending on your model and protection plan. If water is your foe, it’s best to be honest—sensors on the device will tell the truth.
Unfortunately, rice can’t fix a cracked screen. If you’re feeling dexterous you can order a fix-it kit online to try to replace the screen yourself, or ship it out to a replacement service for around $80. Apple condones neither option though, so to not void your warranty stick to the Genius Bar or head to your cell phone carrier’s store for salvation.
Issues such as dropping connections, broken Wi-Fi or continual freezes could be a software issue. Your first step here should be to check for updates and restore from a backup. Should your problem continue, you’ll need to do a full factory restore. And note that if you head to the Genius Bar without doing this step, you will likely be sent home to give it a try before replacing your device under warranty.
Luckily, access to Apple’s Genius Bar is gratis, so all you lose is time when troubleshooting a problem. If there’s no Apple store near you, your carrier should be your first stop.