It’s always the worst when something you paid so much money for breaks. It’s even worse when it’s something that you use every single day. For many people, tablets have become an everyday item. So what are your options when you break your favorite mid-sized companion? You may have more options for tablet repair than you know.
Check if you have insurance
When you’re purchasing your tablet, odds are that they tried to sell you an insurance plan with it. You could even be paying for insurance and not even remember agreeing to it. Usually it’s just an extra $6 on your phone bill. If you’re not sure whether or not you have insurance, you can check your phone bill or call your phone carrier to find out. There will most likely be a deductible of $50 or so.
Check if you have accidental damage protection
Another little add-on the salesperson tried to sell you on when you bought your tablet, accidental damage protection can actually have some uses. This is another purchase that you may have decided to get, but forgot about a month or two later. If you’re not sure about this protection, call the retailer or the manufacturer to confirm whether you have this type of coverage.
Fix it yourself
This is the most risky solution, but could possibly be the least expensive. Knowledge requirements to repair a tablet could be anywhere between tech-savvy and engineering genius. If you do fix your tablet yourself, chances are that you’ll void your warranty. What I’m trying to say is, be careful! If you do take on the daunting task, iFixit has a great resource that tells you how to repair many issues in the most popular tablet brands.
Take it somewhere
This is much safer than fixing it yourself, but it’s going to cost you some money. Depending on the fix, it could cost you at least double the price of fixing it yourself. The downside is that there’s also some risk involved in this method. Just because you take it somewhere to get fixed doesn’t mean that it won’t still void your warranty. If you don’t want any chance of voiding your warranty, take it to an authorized service center. To find out the authorized service providers in your area, you can call your manufacturer. Apple and Samsung provide a tool to help you locate a service provider authorized to work on their products.