Is It Worth Replacing an iPad Screen? (Repair Costs)


An iPad is a family device that everyone uses, including your kids. Unfortunately, this means you will often end up having a broken iPad screen with no idea what to do about it.

If your iPad screen is broken, you have two options; you can either replace your iPad’s screen or trade in your iPad for Apple store credit to get a refurbished iPad. This article will discuss your best option.

It is worth replacing an iPad screen if you have AppleCare+. But if your iPad is not covered under AppleCare+, then as a general rule, if the repair cost is 1/2 to 2/3rds the price of replacing the iPad, it’s better to buy a new one.

No matter what iPad you have replaced, your iPad screens will be far more expensive than replacing a cracked iPhone’s screen due to the size.

The only situation where replacing your iPad screen is always worth it is if you have AppleCare+. which covers all accidental damage repairs, including a cracked screen. So you will have to pay a mere service fee of $49 instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a screen repair.

Read on to find out whether you should replace your iPad screen and how much it costs to replace an iPad screen. 

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Should I Replace My iPad Screen?

If you have a broken iPad screen, you should only get it replaced if covered under AppleCare+ with $49. If your iPad is not covered under AppleCare+, then as a general rule, if the repair cost is 1/2 to 2/3rds the price of replacing the iPad, it’s better to buy a new one.

A little crack in your iPad would not prevent it from functioning. Believe it or not, it can still work, and you can still use the touchscreen. However, if your iPad’s screen is shattered and it’s not responding or displaying anything, getting it replaced is one of your options.

However, an iPad screen replacement is not cheap. iPad screen repairs can cost you hundreds of dollars, considering how big they are. For example, iPad Mini’s most affordable screen repair can cost you $199 and can go up to $699. Depending on your iPad model, this price is very high, as you can purchase a brand new 11-inch iPad for $699Opens in a new tab..

You may find a cheaper repair or replacement at a third-party repair company. However, these are not always reliable. For example, a screen replacement by Apple comes with a one-year warranty on that screen. So if you have trouble with anything related to the newly replaced screen or the sensors within that one year, Apple would fix it for you for free.

It’s not an option for you if you opt for third-party repair technicians, especially those stores with random Apple logos on street corners. You KNOW the ones! But what if you don’t want to get your screen replaced? What if you’re going to opt for other options?

Well, if your iPad’s screen is broken, you have the following options to choose from:

  • Get it replaced from AppleOpens in a new tab. with or without AppleCare+Opens in a new tab..
  • Get it replaced by a third-party repair technician.
  • Trade it in at the Apple Store for a refurbished model.
  • Sell your damaged iPad and buy an older model with the cash or add more money to buy a newer model. 

The decision depends on you. However, if you have AppleCare+, you should get your iPad’s screen replaced by Apple. Read on to find out why that is the best option (hint: it’s very cheap).

How Much Does It Cost to Replace the Screen on an iPad?

If you have AppleCare+, it would only cost you a service fee of $49 to get your iPad screen replaced. However, if your iPad is not covered under AppleCare+, iPad screen replacement costs start from $199 and go all the way up to $749. 

Apple’s extended warranty, also known as AppleCare+, is a lifesaver in making savings on repairs. You only have to pay a small service fee, and all the accidental damages (including screen repairs) are covered under it.

Not sure what each type of Apple warranty means? For a complete sensible guide, you can read my article to understandOpens in a new tab..

iPad replacement screens come with a one-year warranty, which means that Apple would fix any issues with the screen within that one year for free.

However, if you don’t have AppleCare+, an iPad screen replacement can cost you hundreds of dollars. Below, you will find the repair cost of each iPad model with or without AppleCare+.

Apple may soon be releasing its self-service repair program. Read on to find out what this means for iOS users.Opens in a new tab.

iPad Pro Service Costs – U.S.

iPad ProAppleCare+ service feeOut-of-warranty service fee
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) Wi-Fi$ 49$ 699
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular$ 49$ 749
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)$ 49$ 649
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)$ 49$ 649
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)$ 49$ 599
iPad Pro 12.9-inch$ 49$ 599
iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) Wi-Fi$ 49$ 499
iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular$ 49$ 549
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)$ 49$ 499
iPad Pro 11-inch$ 49$ 499
iPad Pro (10.5-inch)$ 49$ 449
iPad Pro 9.7-inch$ 49$ 379

iPad Mini Service Costs – U.S.

iPad miniAppleCare+ service feeOut-of-warranty service fee
iPad mini (6th generation) Wi-Fi$ 49$ 349
iPad mini (6th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular$ 49$ 399
iPad mini (5th generation)$ 49$ 299
iPad mini 4$ 49$ 299
iPad mini 3$ 49$ 299
iPad mini 2$ 49$ 199
iPad mini$ 49$ 199

iPad Air Service Costs – U.S.

iPad AirAppleCare+ service feeOut-of-warranty service fee
iPad Air 4$ 49$ 419
iPad Air 3$ 49$ 379
iPad Air 2$ 49$ 299

iPad Service Costs – U.S.

iPadAppleCare+ service feeOut-of-warranty service fee
iPad 9th generation$ 49$ 249
iPad 8th generation$ 49$ 249  
iPad 7th generation$ 49$ 249
iPad 6th generation$ 49$ 249
iPad 5th generation$ 49$ 249
iPad 2$ 49$ 249

You can also schedule an appointment at the Apple Genius BarOpens in a new tab. to have them take a look at your iPad’s cracked screen. 

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