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Now you can replace your iPhone's OLED screen with an LCD one for half the price

Oled Iphone Comparison With Lcd
Oled Iphone Comparison With Lcd (Image credit: iFixit)

What you need to know

  • Replacing an OLED iPhone's screen is expensive.
  • Now, iFixit is offering LCD screens instead.
  • They cost around half the price, too.

Replacing the screen on a broken iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max is no fun. It can cost a small fortune thanks to Apple's use of expensive OLED screens. And while iFixit's OLED screens are already cheaper than going to Apple, they can still be prohibitively costly. Enter, LCD.

Normally replacing an OLED screen at an Apple Store runs around $280, and getting a screen from iFixit costs around $180. That's a saving worth making, but it is still a lot of money. Now, iFixit is offering an LCD alternative for those who don't want to spend quite so much money. And it costs around $85 depending on the model you need.

Right now iFixit is offering LCD screens for iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max and sure, they aren't as fancy as the OLED screens. They're not as bright and the resolution is slightly lower. But remember, these screens are effectively what's used in iPhone XR. And that looks great!

...we're now offering an LCD screen option for the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max. These LCDs (and their Fix Kits) are less than half the price of the OLED models we sell. They're a little darker (about 50 nits worth), the resolution is a little lower, and the colors and contrast ratio won't be quite the same. But you might remember that, until a couple years ago, most phones had LCD displays, including phones you probably loved. Apple notably stuck with LCD displays while Samsung was experimenting with early OLED, and Apple still uses LCDs in its iPhone 8 and XR models.

Each of the screens is hand-tested in the United States, and Fixit covers them with a lifetime warranty to top it all off. If you're looking to save a chunk of change and still get your iPhone back up and running, this is a route worth considering.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

3 Comments
  • All I know is that there are some pretty shady people (And people who aren’t tech savvy) today gonna try to sell you a repaired iPhone with a replacement screen without disclosing that it isn’t an Oled screen. I’d be pretty upset if that happened to me.
  • I don't see why you'd want to do this, if you're that worried about price, why not put a case on your phone or buy a cheaper phone? This is the equivalent of replacing your damaged battery with one that will last half as long
  • I'm actually very surprised that this works.