Technology isn’t meant to last forever.
It eventually becomes outdated, slow, and replaced by newer devices.
Even knowing this, it can be disheartening when a device breaks before it becomes obsolete. Smart watches are especially delicate when it comes to longevity.
So, what exactly needs to be done when the face of an Apple Watch comes off?
What To Do If Your Apple Watch Face Comes Offa
Depending on what happened to the Apple Watch to make the face pop off, there are a number of steps to take for repair. DIY repair is usually an option, especially if the face is cracked or broken. However, one common issue is when the face becomes de-bonded from the case. This often requires professional repair.
Continue reading to learn about all the different ways to go about having your Apple Watch face reattached.
What to do if Apple Watch Face comes off
The first thing you need to do is diagnose the issue and determine if it can be fixed by yourself or if it needs a professional repair.
Replacing the screen on an Apple Watch is much more difficult than repairing the screen on a phone.
This means if you aren’t experienced in screen repair, it is probably best to have a professional handle the problem.
Diagnosing the Issue
Moisture, bending, and crimping can all result in the Apple Watch face dislodging from the rest of the device.
Drops can also result in cracking or completely breaking the device.
If you have dropped the device and the screen popped out, then you know exactly what the issue is.
The signs of moisture getting into your Apple Watch are usually quite apparent.
Have you noticed fogginess under the screen prior to the face coming off? If so, water damage is likely the issue.
This means internal components could likely be damaged from the water.
Other signs of water damage are visible corrosion, discoloration, and strange growth around the mag charger area.
The shell of the device could also be bent or crimped, causing the face to pop out of its enclosure.
You will notice physical wear-and-tear on the device if damage caused the screen to pop off.
One of the most common reasons for the face to pop out is due to battery damage.
A damaged battery can swell up, forcing the face to come out. This is going to require the battery to be replaced by a professional.
Someone experienced with replacing screens on smart devices might want to repair the device themselves.
The Apple Watch is one of the hardest smart devices to repair yourself and it requires specialized tools to get the job done.
Luckily, there are kits on the market to help you get the job done.
iFixIt is just one of the reputable companies that sell kits for Apple Watch face repair.
There are only a few situations where home repair is the right option.
Firstly, you must be confident in your ability to repair smart device screens yourself.
The requires either experience repairing screens or the patients to learn how.
Special care must be taken to not damage the device further by shorting out internal components.
The only way to do this is by removing the battery completely.
The repair job also requires heating up the watch to take it a part, precise tools to remove the screen, and a steady hand for accurate movements.
It requires just as much precision to install the new screen as it does to remove the old one.
It even involves using super glue to bond the screen back in place – something that you only get one shot at getting correct or else your screen will be permanently lop-sided.
There are numerous guides online that go into detail on how to take a part and put back together an Apple Watch.
There are third-party repair technicians that are effectively trained to handle a screen replacement.
Apple also has their own repair technicians that can repair the device as good as new.
There are multiple reasons to take this route, and sometimes your only option is to have it professionally repaired.
Many times, as is also the case with phones, the battery will malfunction, swell, and force the screen to come loose from the device. In this instance, because you will also need battery replacement, it is a good idea to look into having it professionally repaired.
Whether you use Apple or a third-party repair company, you will have peace of mind knowing that your device is in good hands.
Plus, if something goes wrong during repair you won’t be liable for the cost of the entire device.
It will be up to Apple or the third-party repair shop to replace a device that is further damaged during repair.
Some issues may be covered under warranty. Apple guarantees the quality of all their devices up to a point. Any screen that has been dislodged from its case due to battery failure is covered by Apple’s warranty as long as they determine that the battery damage wasn’t caused by the user.
In this instance, it is simple and free to get your device repaired. Just file a ticket with Apple, send the device in, and they will repair it at no cost. Always check with Apple to see if you are covered under warranty before repairing yourself or paying a third-party to fix it.
Consider a New Watch
If Apple determines that your watch isn’t covered by warranty, your best and cheapest option might be to get an entirely new watch. As previously mentioned, Apple Watch repair is extremely precision based. It takes great concentration and care to repair a missing face without damaging other components. This means professionals charge hefty amounts to do the job.
Sometimes your best option is to simply purchase a new Apple Watch, especially if you have an older model. It may be time to upgrade devices anyway.