You should be able to do at least two things by the time you finish reading this post. 1. Learn about mobile phone hardware issues and solutions. 2. Spend only a small amount of money on repairs. I’m a naturally laid-back person until I’m pushed to the limit. To be honest, I’ve experienced a number of losses as a result of rogue techs causing damage to my phones. I’ve had to educate them on everything they need to know about my phone on several occasions before they could fix it.
Are you aware that the majority of the most common phone hardware issues can be resolved without replacing any of the phone’s components? If you’re reading this, you’re probably using a smartphone, a computer, or both. There are millions of people in the globe who own a phone but do not have access to a computer.
What is Mobile Phone Hardware?
The physical pieces or components of a phone are known as phone hardware components. The LCD (Screen), housing, memory card, battery, Printed Circuit Board (PCB), On/Off Switch, CPU, Ram, RF / Network IC, Flas IC, Power IC, Charging IC, Logic IC, Audio IC, and so on are all tangible physical items. Phone hardware (as well as computer hardware) refers to the components of a phone that you can touch, feel, and smell.
Requirements For Repairing Hardware Issues On Phones
Finally, we’re talking about getting down to business. However, moving forward, I want to reassure you that you are capable of completing the task. You are the only person who can get in your way and stop you from doing this. Technology has made it much easier, as there are videos on the internet that show you exactly how to disassemble a phone. The disassembling/taking-apart stage is the most challenging element of addressing phone hardware problems. If you can disassemble a phone, you’ve solved 80% of the problem.
Before You Begin, Take The Following Steps.
Use a specific flashing device for that particular handset product to be able to read logs, which are a reading of the mobile phone’s firmware programmed and loaded. If you find something incorrect with the firmware of your mobile phone, you can flash it and reformat it. If all software solutions have been tried and nothing has worked, go on to hardware troubleshooting.
Under no circumstances should you use brute force to remove any component of your phone. However, if you’ve seen a video of someone removing a model with pure force, then go ahead. Surprisingly, I have yet to encounter one. I’m only aware of one case in which you neglected to remove a hidden screw(s) that was obstructing your progress. Please double-check everything. Examine the stickers, security seals, and other such items.
If you are not a professional, you should not attempt to dismantle any phone without first watching a video on how to do it. Alternatively, you might hire a repairman to assist you in undoing the screws while you work on the problem.
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Basic Tools For Troubleshooting and Repairing Phone Hardware
Only the names of the tools that you can use at home will be given. Professional mobile phone repairers have a more advanced range of tools at their disposal. Any of these tools can be purchased from almost any electrical store in your area, as well as through online retailers. When it comes to well-known online retailers, eBay, Amazon, and AliExpress spring to mind.
A screwdriver is the most important instrument for disassembling a phone. You have the option of purchasing a set of precision screwdrivers for all phone types or purchasing one that is specifically for the major phones. A 45-in-1 Precision Screwdriver opening tool.
On the other side, you can purchase the basic package. Three screwdrivers are included in this typical kit (1 Pentalobe, 1. straight, and one Phillips head).
Pry tool made of plastic
To pick up sticky objects in your phone, use a plastic pick like the one pictured above. The battery, for example, and a flex clip are examples of such items (be careful when dealing with phones flexes).
Suction Cup Vacuum Opener: Suction cups are a feature of various animals, such as octopuses and squids, that have been artificially replicated for a variety of purposes. The difference in pressure between the atmosphere on the outside of the cup and the low-pressure cavity on the inside maintains the cup firmly attached to the surface. What we require is adherence. Before repairing your phone, you can securely pull out the LCD with a suction vacuum opener. This will also come in handy while fixing a shattered screen because it will protect your hands from being injured by the broken glass.
Then you’ll need a methylated spirit or something like that. This can be used to clean the dirt off your phone’s board.
Hairdryer: This is also quite beneficial, especially if the phone has been wet. After disassembling the phone, you may need to immediately heat up the PCB to prevent the water from causing significant damage. Please use caution when interacting with other people. Don’t let it get too hot.
Finally, you’ll need a toothbrush with a gentle bristle. As expected, you’ll dip this into the spirit to clean the [PCB] of your phone as needed.
Preventing and Resolving Hardware Issues with Mobile Phones
To be really honest, I would encourage you to prevent rather than treat. You’ll save money by avoiding damage to your phones rather than having to fix them. This segment will be broken down into three sections.
- Problems with the hardware of mobile phones can be caused by a variety of factors.
- Symptoms and behavior of hardware issues with phones.
- Finally, how to troubleshoot and repair a phone with a hardware issue.
WHEN THE POWER SWITCH ON YOUR PHONE FAILS
It’s possible that the power button has been damaged.
There is a band-aid option for anyone with an open phone that isn’t an iPhone while they wait for their repair appointment. Remove your phone’s battery and connect it to your computer. Replace the battery while your phone is linked to the computer, and it should switch on. If you plug in your iPhone charger, your phone will turn on without the need to press the power button.
You’ll have to have this one fixed as well.
Repair a Shattered or Cracked Screen
The eyes are said to be the body’s window. The LCD screen’s usefulness for a phone is the same. If the screen is damaged, even the most expensive phone is useless.
Problems with a Phone’s Screen Can Be Caused By a Variety of Factors.
- Inherited factory flaw (It happened to my HCT one m8 back in the day. the digitizer stopped working, I had to replace it)
- Failure to utilize a screen protector or a protective case.
- LCD screen with shoddy construction
- Accidental damage, such as a fall with a high impact.
- Another source of phone hardware issues is the phone’s design defects.
- Lack of correct handling, for example, if you have a tablet, you should know that it must be kept in a protective case at all times.
- Negligence; submersion (swimming with your phone); misuse…
Symptoms of a Broken Screen on a Phone
- The screen is completely blank or black, giving the impression that the gadget is turned off when it is not. This occurs when the screen is not properly connected to the PCB or when the display ic is defective. It’s possible that the problem is caused by a damaged screen.
- You have an ink-like substance on your screen: a broken screen that cannot be repaired.
- The screen is shattered: non-repairable but useable despite the lack of ink.
- Touch screen not responding: This could be caused by damage to the entire screen or simply the digitizer/calibrator.
SOLUTIONS / FIXES FOR SCREEN PROBLEMS
Yes, you can fix it yourself under one condition: you must be certain that the problem is limited to the screen. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with the phone’s circuit board.
Second, if you’re replacing the screen yourself, make sure you get the genuine article from eBay, Amazon, or the manufacturer directly.
- Please take it to a qualified Gsm/ Computer engineer for repair if you’re not sure it’s just the screen that’s broken.
How to Keep The Screen of Your Phone From Cracking.
- The best way to avoid this is to be cautious in general and to get a phone that is still under warranty.
- Even the most water-resistant phone will crash if submerged for an extended period of time. Avoid spilling liquids on the area of your screen that connects to the board, since this can corrode it.
- Use a protective wallet or pouch for iPads and tablets.
- Use a bag cover or an original tempered glass screen protector for other phones. Using false tempered glass will eventually do more harm than good.
- Do not place your phone in your breast pocket if you are a man.
- In a similar vein, women should avoid carrying their phones in bags or purses that contain sharp things.
- Keep your phone out of your back pocket.
- Also, do not leave your phone on a chair. Don’t leave your phone on an untidy bed, especially if you’re not sleeping.
- Avoid passing your phone over to your hyperactive child without supervision. You’re aware of how children can be.
- Stay away from any elevated platform that is sloppy, slippery, or unstable.
- While your phone is on you, do not play rough or fight (in fact, why should you fight at all?)
- In honor of the house’s athletes. Please purchase a phone armband to wear throughout your exercises.
- Finally, do not use your phone in a mob or any other crowded area.
Broken, Blurred, or Hazy Camera Lens
This occurs when your phone’s camera captures images with noise or distortion.
- a camera lens that is broken
- a soiled camera lens
If your camera lens is blurry or scratched, the first thing you should do is clean it thoroughly. It’s amazing how much of a difference it can make. And don’t just wipe it down with a damp cloth. Bring out the methylated spirits or spray and wipe to make sure it’s completely clean.
If none of the following methods work, the lens must be replaced. Please ensure that it is properly fixed by a mobile phone expert or by the manufacturer. When it comes to camera lenses, quality counts a lot.