The larger version of Samsung's flagship phone, the Galaxy S8+. Released in April 2017.

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Cracked the front glass, any suggestions for repair?

The front glass of my S8+ is currently cracked on the bottom of the screen and I want to try and find an easy/simple fix since all functions of the phone are fine. I got an estimate to repair it for $329 dollars, but I don't want to pay that much obviously if I can do it cheaper myself. I see a guide for the regular S8, is that same? Also if I put electrical tape over the crack will that suffice for a while since that part of the screen is non-touch sensitive anyway? Thanks for any suggestions. Also where could one buy replacement glass?

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Reconsider the repair, you can easily damage the display, many workshop reject to use the heat and instead of it they are using freezing machine, which is costly. If you choose to repair it let me know how it went.

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This days workshop use freezing method to replace such a glass. Heating method isn't safe enough and can end up badly, here is examply how it should be done with liquid nitrogen:

How to separate front glass in Samsung Galaxy S5 using freezing machine

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Hey!

The replacement of the glass only is a very very hard work and is nearly impossible without the right tools, machines and experience. The glass sticks together with the touchscreen. Removing it without any pretreatment will break the screen directly.

The worksteps are:

1. Heating up the LCD glass with a high temperature (not to high and not to less) so the glue begins to be fluent again

2. Removing the glass millimeter per millimeter while using a wire which you have to pull between the glass and touchscreen

3. Do steps 1. and 2. as long the glass is removed completely

4. Remove the last left broken glass-parts from the screen

5. Clean the screen from the glue-rests

6. Apply new glue on the touchscreen

7. Assemble the new glass

8. Dry the glue between glass and touchscreen with blacklight (UV-A)

9. Assemble the screen again

You see, there are a lot of steps to do, most of them are very difficult and you have a very high chance to break your screen on nearly every steps. Companies who make that professional have own machines for every single step to make a clean and preferably lossless work.

In other words: I would highly recommend to replace the whole LCD assembly (which is very expensive, yeah) or pay that high amount of money for the replacement if you really want to replace it. Maybe you can live with that little crack or sell the phone as it is for the best possible price as long it works that way.

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Ok, so I read your response and I thank you so much it was very helpful. I did more research into the DIY replacement for the LCD and it seems very approachable as long as you follow instructions very precisely. So my second question is: Is the replacement as difficult as some of these guides are making it sound or are they just there to warn you of the many possible mistakes done by people in the past? Mind you the only tech repair I've done up to this point is computer related, so I'm not sure how to approach this if I decide to dive into the DIY (not to mention saving a few dollars and gaining some knowledge about the insides of my phone). Thanks again!

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Overall I think you can do the replacement even if you are not skilled so much but need to be very careful. Take as much time as possible.

The main issue is the glue between some plastic parts, especially at the back over and finally the LCD and plastic housing in front of it. Nearly every android phone is sticked together like this and you have to be very careful not damaging or bent something. Using a tool to heat the plastic is highly recommended. I would also recommend to buy a lcd assembly which is still delivered with the plastic chasis in front of it. Would you can skip a very bad work step. At least you need to remember to glue all parts to get her again which had one before.

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Ah, and one thing: If you don't feel good if you think on doing such work I wouldn't do it on my own in any case. :)

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Michael, I have seen other videos online that replace the glass that require taking the back panel off, taking out almost all components of the phone, and then taking out the glass panel. Is this all necessary, or are you sure that your steps will work. I have also seen things involving dry ice, will a hair dryer suffice?

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Hey! I highly recommend to remove the complete components from the phone. If you want to replace the whole assembly it is neccessary anyway, but also if you want to replace the LCD glass only. After you have to heat the glass up it would damage the cables or motherboard if you leave it in the phone.

Well, unfortunately I never used dry ice so far and can't give any feedback regarding a repair using it.

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It is expensive to replace a new Screen assembly but no second choose for most people. Here is the S8+ screen assembly replacement and how to replace it https://youtu.be/x8ipQ-4n0fc.

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It's easier to fix then they make it seem. I've done it myself before. My only suggestion is Do Not Rush. Take ur time. It's easy ...keep steady and don't force it too much . You can buy the glass replacement with the tools already including the wire. Don't press on the digitizer also. Be very careful with it.

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Hello! Did you have to take the back cover off and get through the LCD from there, or did you just heat up the front and then take off the glass like Michael said in his steps? Thanks.

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Bro, to remove glass how temperature u use and for how long time u keep heating before start remove?

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I don't know if you've already tried the procedure, but as a trained cell phone repair Tech I can tell you that it is best if you take the phone apart, and then take the LCD and glass apart. Also practice this on a lot of other screens before you try it on your S8. My sister-in-law cracked her S8 plus screen and I I am looking for an LCD replacement because even though I could probably do the glass replacement I am aware of how labor-intensive it is and all the things that could go wrong. Good luck I look forward to finding out how it went.

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If only the screen front glass, you can only change the glass. Alibaba has a lot of cheap good quality front touch glass outer lens for samsung s8. You can search the keywords “Replacement parts 3D front touch glass outer lens for samsung s8” in Alibaba

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Hi There

is there any place in south Africa, cape town where i can just buy the glass, i am struggling to get a agent or a company just to provide me with the glass because my LCD is perfect still. please can someone help. Kind regards Tash

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Hi Tash, also from SA here..

No, you won't find just the glass in SA. It will probably only be available as a special order item to dealer repair centres anyways. Unless you have done this before, I would highly recommend against attempting the repair. If you must though, you can order the part online from here:

https://www.parts4repair.com/front-glass...

I've used them a few times before, and have always been happy with the quality they provide. My wife also cracked her S8 screen, and while I have repaired many of my previous phones (front glass only on one), just looking at the curve of the display and knowing how tough the glue is they use to keep it all together puts me off.

My advice? If the phone is still perfectly usable, then just get a glass screen protector and cover the crack.

Definitely getting her next phone insured against damage..

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Tsk im hated it .we had all the same issues..i got also my samsung s8 front glass broken..but perfectly still i can use this right now. My only problem is it possible to buy a new front glass only and repair the damaged..could it be..

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Actually i still used my samsung s8 eventhough its risky beacuse the front glass is badly damaged but i had no choice no one will repair here in our country replacing only the front glass. Instead a set of front glass and digitizer and that is the issue for me because it will cost me too much its just like your buying a new smartphone ..

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