What Is A Digitizer On An iPhone?

The word “digitizer” is used a lot when it comes to iPhones and iPhone repairs but what exactly is it? It wasn’t until I started working at Mission:Repair that I finally asked this question. Our technicians are all too familiar with iPhone screens, glass and digitizers. They repair thousands of them every month, so who better to provide the answer?247641_10152389828687913_2821550898266323372_n

The digitizer is the electronic component that senses the touch of your finger through the glass. It is designed to allow the device to be controlled by a finger tip and is fused under the glass.

The digitizer is part of the glass, therefore you cannot replace it alone. If your screen is not responding to touch, the glass AND digitizer need to be replaced. So, if you get a news glass put on your device, you will also be getting a new digitizer. It’s just the way it’s designed.

Need the glass/digitizer repaired on your iPhone? Take a look at the repairs we offer at Mission:Repair:

You cannot replace the glass or remove your good digitizer and reinstall it onto your iPhone. It doesn’t work like that. These assemblies must stay together, they are built together. So, if you are in need of a Glass Repair be sure to click on our services above or give us a call at 1-866-638-8402.

Have a great day,


Did You Notice Our Logo Changed A Little?

halloween_MRNo, we didn’t redesign our logo, it just got a temporary makeover! Halloween is approaching and we thought it would be fun to spruce up our website. If you have been to MissionRepair.com before, you may have noticed our logo changes around Holidays. This includes 4th of July, Thanksgiving, New Years, Memorial Day and more. It’s one of the ways we have fun around here and a little reminder that we are constantly updating our site.

New Repair Services are added daily as more parts become available to us. If you visit our website and don’t see the repair you need – be sure to give us a call. Chances are, we can source the part and repair your unit! So, whether you need an iPod Charging Port Repair, iPhone Battery Replacement, Galaxy S 4 Screen Repair, etc. be sure to visit us at www.missionrepair.com or call 1-866-638-8402.

Have a great day,


Next-Day iPhone 5 Screen Repairs!

Did you happen to drop your iPhone 5 and crack the screen over the couple of days? Yeah, we know how you feel and we are here for you! photo2-1

Our iPhone 5 screen repairs are completed with care by our certified technicians, using brand new parts and working with one goal in mind: Returning a repaired iPhone 5 back to you! We know it is tough to be without your phone – so we offer FAST turnaround options including SAME-DAY services.

Want to learn more about our services? Contact us – here are a few ways to reach us:

– Call us: 866-638-8420

– Visit us at one of our walk-in locations

– Email us: sales@missionrepair.com

– Live Chat us on our website (available during our normal business hours)

Any one of these choices will all lead to the same destination… a repaired iPhone 5! So whichever option you choose, just know that you are in good hands.

Have a great evening,


How to tell if LCD is broken on an iPhone.

Hello folks-

We get this question on a daily basis:

“How can I tell if the LCD is cracked on my iPhone?”

This is a great question, and let’s discuss the basics of the iPhone’s design. This actually pertains to many different phones and manufacturers, but since we’re talking about the iPhone, let’s stick with that.

Starting with the iPhone 4, Apple moved to an assembly that consists of the iPhone LCD, the iPhone digitizer and the outer glass that is assembled at the factory. This was an improvement over the previous models of iPhone 3 and 3GS that had trouble with dust getting under the glass because they were not “fused” together in a clean room environment to prevent dust particles from being trapped between the layers.


Just for reference:

LCD: The LCD is a Liquid Crystal Display that is backlit and is the flat, thin technology that actually “displays” the images on your device. This is what you “see” when you’re looking at the phone.

DIGITIZER: The digitizer is a very thin transparent layer sandwiched between the LCD and the Glass. It’s the component the senses your “touch” and responds to clicking, zooming and selecting on the phone.

GLASS: This is the glass, the outer piece that protects the digitizer from the elements. It’s just that…a form fitted custom piece of glass that is made just for your device.

So the question is “how to tell” if your LCD is broken. Let’s discuss.

Since the LCD is what actually displays the images, pictures, home page, etc…if you’ve dropped your phone and can no longer see anything on the screen, that’s probably because it has a bad LCD. It can be verified if the screen has lines within it, or if it has a “spilled ink” look. Many customers with broken LCD’s report that there’s ink inside the screen…this is 100% a broken LCD. Remember that the LCD is under the digitizer and the glass…so most likely both of these items will be damaged as well if the LCD is also damaged.

We’ve also seen bad LCD’s when you can still see all of the images, but the screen is VERY DIM. This would indicate a broken backlight (which is part of the assembly) and therefore will require a replacement.

There can be a lot of confusion when it comes to LCD, Digitizer and Glass assemblies vs. Glass Assemblies as well. There are devices that still use a separate glass piece rather than a “fused” assembly like the iPhones as stated above. The Android lines are a mix-and-match where some of them are full assemblies and some have separate glass panels that can be replaced individually.

In the end, the issue may be moot. If you send in an iPhone 5 for and LCD replacement, you’re going to get a new LCD, digitizer and glass panel – simply because they are full assemblies. Likewise, you’ll get all 3 parts replaced if you only have a cracked glass. Again, because they come pre-assembled as assemblies.

Even more confused that you were before you read this? Remember that you can always send in your device to us for a FREE diagnosis and we’ll tell you what’s going on and let you decide on what’s right. iPhone repairs start here on our website, or you can always call us toll-free at 866-638-8402.

Take care, Ryan

iPhone 5C Screen Repairs – ONLY $109

Happy Tuesday!

Today I wanted to tell you about our iPhone 5C Screen Repairs. This is becoming a popular repair at the moment for iPhone 5C owners. Perhaps you have a cracked glass on yours and have opted not to purchase the new iPhone 6 as well. If so, now is the time to call Mission Repair because these screen repairs are only $109!


If you are walking into one of our locations, be sure to ask us about our same-day service options. We can repair your iPhone 5C in an hour to an hour and half. We will take your green, pink, blue, yellow, white or whatever color iPhone 5C that you own, remove the cracked mess that is a screen and replace it with a brand new one. It is that simple.

To place your order online, click here or give us a call at 1-866-638-8402!