Last Updated: January 23, 2020
Originally Published: May 6, 2016
We’ve all been there — a moment of clumsiness or carelessness has led to that telltale spider web starting on your phone’s screen. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to stop a cracked screen from getting worse. Best of all, it uses materials you likely already have at home, if not in your purse.
How to Stop Your Phone Screen Cracking
The magic ingredient for how to stop a small screen crack from spreading is something called cyanoacrylate. Cyanoacrylate is a fast-acting adhesive that forms strong, clear bonds with glass and plastics. It can be found in super glue, nail glue and clear nail polish. Once you’ve gotten your hands on that, stopping a screen crack on a phone is easy:
- Wipe the surface of your phone clear of any dust or debris, being careful not to press too hard and make the crack worse
- Place a small amount of super glue or other adhesive on a toothpick or nail polish brush. With a light touch, gently apply it to the crack
- Tilt your phone back and forth to encourage the adhesive to seep deeper into the crack. Then, wipe the excess using a paper towel or tissue
- Allow the adhesive to dry fully before using your phone again
Screen Crack After Effects
Fixing a cracked phone screen using cyanoacrylate isn’t a perfect solution. The method is less effective for more substantial damage, and a repair will likely still be noticeable, even on a small crack. There’s also a very real possibility that attempting any sort of home repair will void your warranty. However, if you’re looking for a quick fix, this is a great way to slow down the damage and extend the life of your phone.
Alternately, you can consider having your screen professionally replaced. Visit your local Apple store or Android retailer for a quote.
When to Throw in the Towel
Sometimes, it’s best to just admit defeat and move on. For many, a cracked screen on an older phone is a clear sign it’s time for something new. There is some good news, however. The Whiz Cells will buy your old phone even if it has a cracked screen. Check out our website to learn more.Sell Your Phone