There are few things as dramatic as a cracked iPhone screen. The shattered spider-web of jagged glass is so iconic now that it practically symbolizes the destruction of an iPhone. It's very hard to use a phone with a cracked screen, and there is always concern you will nick your finger along a piece of glass while using the device. Some people have even reported that their fingers have begun to bleed after continued use of their phone after the screen had shattered. To protect yourself from these troubles, it is vital to replace your screen as soon as possible.
There are a couple different options for those who are adventurous enough to replace their own screens. Due to the nature of the iPhone's casing, there are two different types of replacement screens you can use to fix your phone. One is just the screen with no frills. The other has a replacement Home button and other features built in. This is important because screens that come with other replacement options built into them will drastically cut down on the time it takes to perform the repair, as well as the difficulty involved. While this can cost more than the parts of a smaller iPhone, it is still nothing compared to the reported $249 asking price Apple will charge for repairing a phone that is damaged under similar conditions.
Once the parts have been purchased, it's time to start repairing your phone. This type of at-home fix is so common that even Forbes has an article that guides you, step-by-step, through the process. This will still require a good amount of concentration and manual dexterity, so consider other options if you feel as though you aren't able to perform the repair alone. If you have to choose between Apple and fixing this yourself, give it a shot. This can save you a lot of money in the long-run, and you will be able to take on more complex tasks later.
If you have assessed all of the alternatives and you are still not sure you will be able to complete this task, you can contact a repair store that will be easier on your wallet than Apple. Over here at iResQ, we are experts at repairing iPhones and shipping them back to their recipients safe and sound. Contact us if you're interested in getting help from us, or otherwise have questions regarding a variety of iPhone repair processes.