Cost to Fix a Tablet Screen

Last Updated on August 22, 2022
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Probably the most common situation for which we end up in the repair shop with our tablet, is when, for various reasons, the display or touchscreen cracks. Fortunately, most of the time, there is a solution to this problem. More precisely, the replacement of the defective component.

The screen of a tablet is the component that renders all the images of the tablet.

How Much Does it Cost to Fix a Tablet Screen?

The main factor that will affect the cost of fixing a tablet screen is whether you choose a company to do this job for you or you take it as a Do-It-Yourself project. There are many brands of tablets on the market and the screen repairing costs will be also affected by the make and model. In the table below you can find the price estimates for different types of tablets.

Type of Tablet Average Repair
Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • 119 via third party
Samsung Galaxy Note
  • $229 via Samsung
Lenovo Ideatab
  • $76 to $150 via third party
Kindle Fire
  • $150 via third party
iPad, iPad 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation
  • $299 out of warranty with Apple
  • $150 via third party
iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • $699 out of warranty with Apple
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • $549 out of warranty with Apple
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • $479 out of warranty with Apple
iPad mini
  • $249 out of warranty with Apple
  • $175 via third party
iPad 3rd generation, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2
  • $399 out of warranty with Apple
  • $350 via third party
  • $80 to $115 via third party
HP Slate
  • $110 to $150 via third party
Google Nexus 7
  • $200 to $300 via third party
Dell Venue
  • $349 via Dell
  • $150 to $250 via third party
Asus Transformer Pad
  • $110 to $150 via third party

Note: The costs presented are estimates and these will depend on the exact model you need to fix and on the place where you are living. Use this table to get an idea of how much you should budget for this work.

If you choose to repair the tablet screen yourself, you will spend around $60, according to the TechNewsWorld website.

On the other hand, if you were to take your iPad to Apple, you will have to pay anywhere between $219 and $619 to fix its screen, without including AppleCare. But if you have AppleCare, the costs will be around $59 for a service fee, plus another $10 for shipping in case you choose the online repair option.

You might also like our articles about the cost of phone screen repair, laptop screen replacement, or water-damaged laptop repair.

Fixing a tablet screen details

The replacement of the defective screen takes about 10-20 minutes, depending on the case (if the screen is in stock). If the screen is not in stock, it may take between 1 and 5 days.

A defective display has one of the following symptoms: it has a dark image, it is not powered at all, it has stripes, etc. In these cases, the service will try to repair the display, or, depending on your preferences, they can proceed to its replacement directly.

What are the additional expenses?

You may need to support additional expenses if other repairs must be done to the tablet like the speakers, fixing or docking the power button, or the WiFi.

You should be prepared for delivery if you choose to send the tablet to the official manufacturer or use an online service. The shipping costs will be anywhere between $10 and $25, depending on the service you use.

Important things to consider

Tablet Cracked Screen ReplacementBefore attempting to repair the tablet screen yourself, you should check with the manufacturer that produced the tablet. You may be able to get a free screen repair or replacement, so make sure you check your warranty. For example, Apple offers Apple Care+ if you purchase an extended warranty within 60 days of purchasing the tablet.

HTC offers an Uh-Oh protection plan that covers screen replacement if you crack your HTC Nexus 9 screen within the first year. The replacement will mean getting a new device, completely free of charge.

Samsung also sells an extended warranty for its own tablets, as does Apple with its AppleCare+. And again, an additional warranty must be purchased before the screen tablet breaks.

If there isn’t an Apple Store nearby and you don’t want to send the tablet back to the manufacturer, you can consider a local repair shop. Even in small towns, there is usually a workshop that can repair a cracked tablet screen.

Find a local repair shop to fix your broken tablet screen.

Note that local workshops do not always use official parts and their work will void the manufacturer’s warranty in most cases. If your tablet is less than a year old, it’s worth checking out the official repair options.

How can I save money?

In general, it will be cheaper to repair the screen of your tablet through a third-party repair store instead of using an authorized manufacturer.

If your broken tablet is an older model, compare the repair cost with the price of a new tablet. It may be a better idea to purchase a new tablet instead of fixing the old one because the cost could be the same.

Most of the online repair shops will have the prices they charge for the services their offer, on their own website. Make sure you look for multiple price offers and choose the one that fits your budget and needs the best.

Even though the touch screen is broken, most of the tablets still work perfectly. So, take into consideration using a screen protector to avoid cuts in the future and the screen getting damaged even more.

Take into consideration repairing the screen tablet yourself. You can find many tutorials on the internet, that teach you how to do this job. The overall costs can be less than $90, depending on the tablet you have.

If you don’t have the time or know-how to fix a broken tablet screen yourself, there are other options besides buying a new tablet. Make sure you are aware of the repair cost under warranty before attempting to repair the tablet yourself.

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