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Apple's fourth-generation smartwatch, with optional cellular connectivity, released September 21, 2018.

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How difficult and expensive to repair the cracked glass screen

I have newly purchased an aluminum AW4, but when I took it off from my wrist it accidentally fell on the hard ground surface facing down, so the glass cover cracked (I didn’t expect it to be so fragile). Apple Store asks me $349 to replace it with a new one, which I think is to expensive (65% of the retail price!). Therefore, I’m begging help on the ifixit.com, hoping to get a guide and quote or just a general idea on how difficult and expensive it is to repair by myself. I am an engineer, and have experience replacing the home button of iPhone 4, so I’m pretty confident about handling small things. But I don’t have any experience in handling the water resistive seal or to use heater to melt the adhesive. It’s not hurry because I can wear it as is since the capacitive touching and Force Touch functionality are both working right now. And also maybe it will take a while until the 44mm replacement screen be available. Any suggestion would help, thanks!

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please contact me . i have same problem , iwatc 4series 44mm

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I believed it would be quite difficult due to the size and compact design but I am unsure as 3 better to fix in comparison to 1st hare is a Gide for the 3 generation hope it helps. Install Series 2 Display on a Series 3 with Apple Pay

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Hi, the screen replacement its so easy if you are good doing this things, if you have time to do it, personally i would do the replacement by myself and not in apple.

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Hi,

I also cracked the screen but the watch still works. What parts do I need ? Digitizer or just the simple glass ? Thanks in advance. Luis

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I also had a series 4 watch with a cracked screen. I went on ebay and put a bid on a watch being sold for parts. I got it for $60 ish dollars and then simply replaced the broken screen with the new/used good screen. The hardest part is removing the screens. You need a very thin device or razorblade to remove the screen. IFixit has several videos which show how to remove/install screens as part of a tear down and rebuild. I found that part to be difficult, but very doable.

When buying a used watch being sold for parts, be sure to verify that the screen isn't cracked or badly scratched. I have learned that if you buy a watch that is IC locked, then the seller can show that the screen works.

There are also sights that sale refurbished or new screens. I don't recall what they charge but probably around $100, which is still a lot better than paying the $350 you were quoted.

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