Many people drop their phone, resulting in the dreaded cracked screen.
Luckily for you, a few of those people end up replacing the screen themselves, and sometimes they even leave behind detailed instructions on how to do it.
If you're the lucky owner of a Samsung Galaxy S III with a cracked screen, this very thorough video shows the step-by-step to replacing the shattered front display by removing it completely from the metal frame. He then inserts the new LCD display.
Here's a description of what YouTube user LE55ONS covers in his video:
- 0:45 Screen test
- 2:16 Remove all parts (or watch this video, which shows the phone being fully disassembled and assembled)
- 5:04 Heat up your screen (not too hot or it will melt the plastic bezel)
- 7:20 Glass lifting
- 19:36 Cleaning up
- 22:40 Home Key/Switch removal
- 26:39 Home Key/Switch replacement
- 27:51 New screen placement
- 29:35 Heat transfer gasket
The whole LCD display unit isn't cheap though, but you can find them for as low as $120 on eBay, if you're lucky.
But what if you don't need to replace the whole LCD screen? What if you just need to replace the glass screen on top of the LCD? It's even easier...
If you only need to replace the glass top, you can buy it on eBay for less than $15 with the tools included. The process still requires heat to remove the glass, but it's way easier than replacing the whole LCD.
Warning: Be aware that taking apart the Galaxy S III can possibly void your warranty.