Still confused about the “digitizer” on a Smartphone?

Good morning,

One of the most popular blog posts on my blog for the last 4 years is titled “What is an iPhone Digitizer”. Here’s a few tidbits of new information that might help you out if you’re interested!

We here at Mission Repair are experts and very familiar with iPhone digitizers, glass, LCDs and screens. We repair them by the thousands every month. Let’s see if we can demonstrate what the digitizer is here under a glass panel of an older iPhone screen:

This is the digitizer on an iPhone!

This image is from the “inside” of the part, and the digitizer is attached UNDER the glass cover. It’s a transparent electronic component that senses the touch of a human finger through the glass, and is designed to allow the unit to be controlled by a fingertip. This is one of the “inputs” of the device and it’s very thin and almost impossible to see once installed.

One major point – and a question that we get asked all the time – is that you cannot replace the digitizer alone. Since it’s really part of the glass (because it’s fused from the inside) in the event of a touch failure it needs to be replaced with the glass and vice versa. So if you have a cracked iPhone glass, you’re going to get a new digitizer as well. If you have an iPhone that doesn’t respond to touch, you’ll also get a new glass. It’s just the way it’s designed.

Furthermore, in later years, manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have started fusing the outer glass with the digitizer, and then the LCD to the digitizer. There are several phone models (like the Samsung Galaxy S5 for example) that will have all three components replaced at the same time if any one of them fails. These manufacturers did this to ensure that no dust would EVER get between the glass/digitizer and the LCD…an issue that was prevalent BEFORE the assemblies were used. There are some variations to these assemblies, but once they are assembled in a clean room facility they are not intended to be disassembled (i.e. removing the glass/digitizer form the LCD for example) I know that this can get confusing at times, so you can call us if you have any questions.

You might see the earlier assemblies marketed as:

  • Phone glass
  • Phone digitizer
  • Phone touch screen
  • Phone glass screen
  • Phone screen
  • Phone touch panel

For all intents and purposes, these terms are all interchangeable and are all the same thing. Are you in need of one of these parts? Here’s a list of glass/digitizer repairs that we sell here at Mission Repair:

Remember, you might see these glass panels for sale cheap – be sure to inquire about the required digitizer that is fused to the glass from the factory – without it, the glass is useless. You cannot replace the glass or “remove” your good digitizer and reinstall it onto your iPhone. It just doesn’t work! Additionally there are lots of parts on the market that are “glass and digitizer” being sold without the LCD. Take our earlier example of the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can get a “glass only” part on eBay for about $5. Just FYI, there is NO WAY for you to replace that part at home…and if you attempt it, your phone will NEVER look the same again and it certainly may never work correctly again. Buyer beware! These assemblies are built together and must stay together. I hope this information helps!

Best Ryan

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,

Melanie

A Coupon Treat for the Weekend!

Happy Friday blog readers!

Mission Repair provides Nationwide iPad, iPhone and iPod repairs right to your door anywhere in the USA. With several shipping options to choose from, incredible shipping discounts, same day service and a massive operations department you can have your device repaired fast.

Local to Kansas City?  We are open 7 days a week to take your local walk-in repair.  No appointment necessary, just visit one of our locations which are staffed by customer service representatives, technicians, and shipping personnel every day.

Need a good reason to call (866-638-8402), place an order online, or stop by to have your device repaired?  How about 15% now through Tuesday 10/7/14.  Just use coupon code “expedite” and save 15% off your next repair order now!

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(Coupon cannot be combined with any other coupon, offer valid on NEW orders only, expires 10/7/14.)

Save 15% off your next repair order now! Coupon code inside.

Hello everyone,

We have such huge success with our coupon codes; it’s time to run another special. We are giving 15% off your next iPhone, iPad or MacBook repair. You can place your order online or stop by any one of our locations to use it. There’s only one way to get your coupon code however:

Call Mission Repair at 1-866-638-8402.

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When the automated attendant comes up, press “0”. When a live agent answers the call, (we always answer during normal business hours) ask for the “Summer Coupon Code”. This coupon is good now through Saturday 9/27/14. You can call anytime before it expires to obtain it.

Since this is our last official day of summer, I thought that it would be a good use of the good “summer” feeling. Once you ask for that coupon, the customer service representative will give it to you so you can input your order online and save 15%, or the service rep can take your order over the phone and apply that discount for you! Valid on new orders only.

Have fun! Get out and get some sun today!

Take care, Ryan

Tired of dust and fingerprints on your computer screen? We have the answer.

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Yesterday we got in a large batch of Blow Off electronic cleaning supplies and as I was pricing them and putting them on display in our lobby I knew I had to try them out! If you are like me, you don’t always remember to clean your laptop (or TV or tablet or smartphone) screen until it is covered in fingerprints. When it gets to this point – it needs a cleaning solution that is heavy duty on finger prints but delicate on your device and these cleaning supplies do just that! We offer several different Blow Off cleaning supplies and the ones I purchased were the Electronics Cleaner and the Microfiber Shammy.

I simply followed the instructions on the can by covering my keyboard with a towel and spraying the solution 6-8 inches towards the screen. Then, I allowed the foam to work it’s magic for about 30 seconds on the screen. Lastly, I wiped off the screen with the microfiber shammy and voila!

Before and After - Amazing!

Before and After – Awesome!

These cleaning products aren’t just for computer screens either. You can use it on TVs, tablets, smartphones, printers, stereos and just about any other electronic you have in your house and not be scared that they will damage it. Check out our full list of cleaning supplies or give us a call at 1-866-638-8402 for more information!

Have a great day,

Melanie