The cheapest way to repair an iPhone or other type of smartphone is to buy a kit and replace the broken component without hiring a professional. Those who don't want to perform the work themselves may want to hire a local electronics repair expert.
Although Apple doesn't design its phones to be easy to disassemble for repair, there are repair kits available online that contain replacement parts and, in some cases, the tools needed to perform the repair. If the repair instruction are available online, buyers might want to look up the instructions to make sure they have the tools needed. Screen replacements, for example, require heating the phone; while a hair dryer is often enough, specialized tools are more efficient.
Local experts typically charge significantly less than Apple for repairs, although their work likely isn't guaranteed. Experts typically have a few advantages that can make the cost of replacement close to that of do-it-yourself work. They often have better tools and more experience, which allows them to cut back on the time required and labor costs. In addition, they might buy replacement kits in large quantities at a discount, which means they can spend far less on replacement components. Some might even order components from other countries, which often takes weeks for delivery but can result in lower prices.