The Digitizer in an iPhone is the most important part of the screen. But what is it?

Let’s be honest. It is all a little confusing when talking about replacing the iPhone’s screen. At Mission Repair we replace thousands of iPhone screens every month which include replacing the glass, digitizer and LCD. Most people understand the functions of the glass and LCD, but what is a digitizer?

The digitizer is the electronic component that senses all touch functions. It is fused UNDER the glass and senses a human finger though the glass so that the unit can be controlled by your fingertip. The digitizer is very thin and transparent.


Our Screen Repairs replace the glass, digitizer and LCD because these parts all come fused together as one assembly. You cannot replace the digitizer alone because it is part of the glass. So, if you have a shattered iPhone screen, you’re going to get a new digitizer along with the glass in order for your device to function correctly again.

When looking for an iPhone Screens you may see them marketed as: “iPhone glass, iPhone digitizer, iPhone touch screen, iPhone glass screen, iPhone screen, iPhone touch panel”, etc. These terms are all interchangeable and are all the same thing.

In need of an iPhone screen repair? Be sure to give us a call at 1-866-638-8402, visit our website or send us an email!

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 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 or call 1-866-638-8402.

Have a great day,


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

Nationwide Next-Day iPad Screen Repairs

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Recently I sat Ryan down for our website meeting and he went through and lowered a TON of prices on our website. The ones I was most surprised by were the iPad Screen Repairs. Some are at  their LOWEST prices ever. If you have cracked glass on your iPad Mini or are in need of an iPad 2 screen repair, iPad Air Screen Repair, etc. – Mission Repair is the place to go. Not only for our certified technicians and FAST turnaround times but because of our competitive pricing.

Check out our popular iPad screen repair services below:

iPad Air Glass Repair (Black) | iPad Air Glass Repair (White)

iPad Mini with Retina Display (Black) | iPad Mini with Retina Display (White)

iPad Mini Screen Repair (Black) | iPad Mini Screen Repair (White)

iPad 4 Glass Repair (Black) | iPad 4 Glass Repair (White)

iPad 3 Glass Repair (Black) | iPad 3 Glass Repair (White)

iPad 2 Glass Repair (Black) | iPad 2 Glass Repair (White)

In the Kansas City Area? Be sure to visit us at one of our walk-in locations. If you bring your iPad in for a screen repair today, we can have it repaired and back to you before the weekend starts! Not located in Kansas City? No problem, we specialize in NATIONWIDE mail-in repair services and our website offers several shipping options to fit your needs.