My iPad Screen Is Cracked! Here’s The Real Fix.

Your iPad has a cracked screen and you want to get it fixed. It can be difficult to know what your iPad repair options or which one is best for you. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPad screen is cracked so you can get it fixed today!

Assess The Damage To Your iPad

It’s important to assess how badly your iPad screen has been cracked before trying to decide where you should get it repaired. If the screen is completely shattered, you’ll probably want to get it repaired sooner rather than later.

If only a small portion of the display is cracked, you may just want to live with it. I had a tiny crack on my iPhone 7 that I never got fixed. After awhile, I almost forget it was there! Small, thin cracks typically don’t affect what you can and can’t do on your iPad, but they can definitely be an eyesore.

Furthermore, if you ever plan on trading in your iPad or selling it to someone else, you’ll probably have to get it repaired. You may not be able to trade in your iPad if it has a cracked screen, and you won’t get as high of a resale value if you try to sell it with a less-than-perfect display.

Under very rare circumstances, Apple may repair a your iPad’s display for free if it only has a small, single hairline crack. If your iPad falls into this category, and it’s covered by an AppleCare+ protection plan, it may be worth your while to try your luck at the Apple Store. Just don’t go in expecting a free repair, as this almost never happens.

In the paragraphs below, I’ll talk about preparing your iPad before getting it repaired and recommend some of the best companies that can fix its cracked screen as soon as possible!

Back Up Your iPad

It’s a good idea to save a backup of your iPad before getting its screen repaired. That way, if something goes wrong while it’s getting fixed, you won’t lose any of your data or personal information!

To back up your iPad, connect it to your computer and open iTunes. Click the iPad button in the upper left-hand corner of iTunes, then click Back Up Now.

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Check out our YouTube video if you’d rather back up your iPad to iCloud from the Settings app!

Cover Up The Screen

It’s a good idea to cover upgrade the cracked screen with packing tape or a large ziplock bag. That way, you won’t accidentally cut yourself on a sharp piece of glass!

Comparing Your Repair Options

You have a few good repair options when your iPad screen is cracked. If you have an AppleCare+ protection plan for your iPad, your first trip should probably be to the Apple Store. Your AppleCare+ plan covers you for two incidents, but you’ll be charged a $49 service fee.

You can set up an appointment at your Apple Store online just to make sure you don’t have to stand around at the store all day. Apple also has a mail-in repair program, which is a good option if you don’t mind the 1–2 week turnaround time.

Unfortunately, Apple iPad repairs can get very expensive if you don’t have AppleCare+. Repairs on newer iPads can cost as much as $599! If you’re looking for a less-expensive option, I highly recommend the services of Puls, an on-demand repair company. They’ll come to you and fix your cracked iPad screen on-the-spot.

Can I Replace The Screen On My Own?

You could attempt to replace a cracked iPad screen on your own, but I wouldn’t recommend trying it. Repairing an iPad is an incredibly difficult task that requires a special set of tools.

Furthermore, Apple won’t save the day if you make a mistake when trying to fix your own iPad. As soon as you open it up, your AppleCare+ warranty is voided. If you try to bring your iPad into an Apple Store and an Apple Tech sees that you’ve opened up your iPad, they’ll refuse to fix it for you.

Long story short, don’t try to fix your cracked iPad display on your own unless you have experience replacing screens and aren’t afraid to void your AppleCare+ plan.

Crack A Smile, Your iPad Will Be Fixed!

You now know what to do to get your cracked iPad screen fixed as soon as possible. I hope you’ll share this article on social to help teach your family and friends what to do when their iPad screen is cracked! Leave any other questions you have about your iPad down below in the comments section.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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8 months ago

My iPad is cracked 😭

3 years ago

Hi my name is Ellyn. One day i was in school at home and I didn’t notice anything on my school iPad at first but then I seen it and i touched it and it just shattered more! I got so scared! I told myself “My moms going to kill me!” I didn’t know what to do! I tried everything to get it fix. I don’t want to get it repaired though.What should i do?

Liam Shotwell
3 years ago
Reply to  Ellyn

Sometimes small fractures on an iPad that you might not otherwise notice can get worse over time. Glass is glass, and glass breaks. It’s probably not your fault. It’s better to talk to people and let them know what happened so you can get it fixed or replaced. Sorry about that!

3 years ago

hello, my name is max, my school iPad was just laying at my bed. Then when I called my friend Victoria, I noticed something. A whole crack was across the screen, and my school iPad was ruined. I did NOTHING to it. I took care of it like it was my baby. I’m in elementary, and my school I’m not sure how much it is. I’m scared to tell my dad.. I’m gonna tell him today because honesty is the key.

Liam Shotwell
3 years ago
Reply to  Max

You might be able to get the screen replaced depending on how old it is! I wish you the best of luck ?

4 years ago

where can you fix a cracked ipad screen

Liam Shotwell
4 years ago
Reply to  Dhriti

Here are some options that you can take advantage of to get your cracked iPad screen fixed.

Eva Salazar
4 years ago


Liam Shotwell
4 years ago
Reply to  Eva Salazar

It’s common to experience some screen issues after it has become cracked. If you can, back up your iPhone’s data and then go to get it repaired.

Keaton Hall
5 years ago

my ipad has a broken sceen