What's the Difference Between a Cracked Screen and a Broken LCD Screen


by Damon Burton October 23, 2018

When you drop your phone, and the screen is cracked or shattered, your worst fear for your phone has been realized. Phone screens can be expensive to replace, but that depends mostly on which screen you’ve damaged.

On most smartphones, there’s a front screen that protects and enhances the LCD screen below. The LCD screen is the more important of the two and provides all the display features along with the touch interface that is vital for a smartphone to function. It would be better for the front screen to be damaged, than for the damage to extend into the LCD screen. However, you should fix your front screen as soon as you can. If your front screen is damaged, you still run the risk of compromising the LCD screen, because the front screen offers less protection if it is cracked or shattered.

If you drop your phone and the screen is cracked or shattered, but the display is still lit up, you have probably only damaged the front screen. However, if you see lines, black spots or discolored areas, or the screen won’t light up, your LCD screen is most likely damaged and will need to be repaired.

Be aware that replacing your LCD screen will be more expensive than just replacing your front screen. To avoid any cracking in the first place, it’s smart to install a tempered glass screen protector on your phone to make your device more resistant to shattering or cracking. Additionally, if you have purchased a good quality phone to begin with, it will fare better against the inevitable bumps and fumbles.

While many people experience cracked smartphone screens, if you take the necessary steps to protect your phone, you can escape that frustrating fate.




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