You drop your iPhone, and the screen smashes. Or maybe you leave it on a radiator, and the heat makes it whistle. Visiting some dodgy back-street repair center to get your gadget fixed sends shivers down your spine because you don’t know their qualifications and track record.

Apple has introduced a new way to fix your broken tech without booking appointments or waiting in crowded, noisy repair shops – the new iPhone repair services are here to help. Read to learn about Apple’s self-service repair program. 

What’s Apple’s Self-Service Repair Program?

It offers a way for customers to get their device repaired without visiting an Apple store, allowing them to pay for the repair themselves.

If your iPhone needs fixing, you can do it yourself using Apple’s Self-Service Program. Using Apple’s self-service repair program means you can buy everything you need—from the repair instructions and toolkit to the original manufacturer’s replacement parts—from Apple. You can repair your own Apple device once you have gathered the necessary tools and components.

Does Attempting To Fix An iPhone Yourself Violate The Warranty?

The firm specifies that the DIY repair program is just for fixes outside the warranty period. Instead of attempting a repair yourself while your iPhone is under warranty, visit an authorized Apple service center.

However, if you have an iPhone and are thinking about repairing it yourself, Apple claims that using parts from Self-Service Repair won’t invalidate your warranty. However, the repair estimate won’t include the cost of replacing broken parts.

Eligible Devices For Apple Self-Service Repair

The Self-Service Repair is only available for the following devices:

  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

What’s The Cost Of Apple’s Self-Service Repair?

The cost of Apple’s Self-Service Repair Program varies depending on the type of repair and the device. For example, if you have an iPhone XR that needs a battery replacement, it will cost $29 for one year of coverage. If your iPhone XR needs more than that, such as a screen replacement or other repairs, it will cost more than $29.

The cost of having Apple replace the battery in your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 is the same as what you’d pay at an Apple store, which is $69. Similarly, an iPhone 12 display replacement part costs $267.96 when purchased separately but would set you back $279 when serviced at an Apple-authorized service center. 

There is, however, a caveat to consider. According to Apple’s website, customers can get a refund or store credit if they return the repaired or replaced item. For instance, if you prepare your iPhone and then send back the old battery to Apple, you can receive a $24.15 credit, reducing the repair cost to $44.85. Your refund is conditional on Apple receiving your returned item.

How To Use The Maintenance And Repair Functions On Your Own

You can use the maintenance and repair functions on your own by:

Obtaining A Service Guide

All Apple-supported devices come with comprehensive repair documentation. Apple Repair Manuals site is where you can get hold of the PDF file with the instructions for fixing your specific model of Apple product. These official manuals list all the tools and parts you’ll need to fix your device.

Get The Necessary Equipment And Materials

In the Self-Service Store, get the necessary equipment and supplies. They will need an iPhone serial number during checkout.

Instead of buying equipment, you may rent it from Apple. The weekly rent, and security deposit, are $49. Once you’ve finished fixing your Apple product, you can send back the repair kit to Apple. 

Make The Necessary Adjustments To Your Device

The Self Repair Store has everything you need to fix your broken iPhone: tools, parts, and a repair manual. For instance, the Apple post-repair tool system configuration may be necessary for a few fixes. If you need this tool, ask the help desk for it.

Bring Back The Equipment And Materials

After fixing the device, send the unused components and equipment back to Apple. When returning the equipment, you will receive your deposit back. When you send back a replacement component to Apple, the company may issue a refund. However, remember that only specific parts will count toward your total.

No matter how careful or well-made your gadgets are, they will break. Sometimes, issues can be solved with a bit of DIY. Apple’s Self-Service Repair marks a leap forward in aftermarket service, and it’s more convenient than ever to fix your devices. Moreover, Apple has done an excellent job of labeling devices eligible for this service on its website, so it’s easy to know if your device qualifies. It might not be a perfect program, but it is well-positioned to address the needs of iPhone owners seeking repairs quickly.