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What to do if your MacBook screen is cracked or broken

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Is there anything more disappointing than when your MacBook screen gets cracked? While we do everything we can to protect our laptops from damage, unfortunately, cracked screens are bound to happen from time to time–especially for devices that we use as frequently as our laptops! So, what do you do when your MacBook screen is cracked or broken? In this article, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about MacBook screen repair, as well as how to protect your MacBook so that it doesn’t happen again.

And while you’re thinking about MacBook protection, be sure to start with product protection. MacBooks are expensive purchases, and there’s nothing worse than having to spend a lot of money on MacBook screen repair costs or replacements in the event of an accident. When you subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited, you can get coverage for all your Apple products and accessories under the same product protection plan. With unlimited claims and coverage, you'll never have to worry about being left on the hook for expensive repair or replacement costs.

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Look into AppleCare

First, if your MacBook is covered under AppleCare, be sure to look into your coverage details to see if you can make a claim. Your ability to make a claim depends on the version of AppleCare that you have. Although Apple offers one year of free AppleCare for MacBooks, accidental coverage (the coverage you would need to get a discount for a cracked screen) is not included in this free version.

 If you have AppleCare+ (the paid extended warranty version of AppleCare), however, you can repair your Macbook’s screen for a highly discounted rate ($99 per incident). While AppleCare+ does cover some types of accidental damage, there is a caveat: Apple reserves the right to exclude some incidents from coverage, so be sure to check your AppleCare plan to see what you qualify for.

Meanwhile, with Mulberry Unlimited, you can get unlimited coverage for under $10 a month, meaning your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air screen replacement will cost virtually nothing compared to even the discounted rate of AppleCare+.

Try repairing it independently

While Apple is the most trusted source for MacBook Air or MacBook Pro screen replacement, Apple isn’t exactly known for providing cheap repairs. If you don’t have AppleCare+ and are hoping for a cheaper option than a visit to the Apple store, try a screen repair kit. Screen repair kits are typically less expensive, with various options available for less than $200 on Amazon.

If you choose to try repairing your MacBook screen yourself, keep in mind that there is some risk involved. If you don’t have experience repairing screens, attempting to fix the screen yourself may result in even more damage to your laptop. This is why it’s important to weigh the risk against the cost of hiring a professional to take care of it for you.

Upgrade your MacBook case

Finally, one of the best things you can do to protect your Macbook’s screen is to upgrade your MacBook case. Many MacBook screens get cracked when the MacBook is dropped, heavily bumped, or jostled around, and this is an even bigger risk for MacBook users who are frequently on the go. Fortunately, a high-quality MacBook case can protect against this.

Although replacing your MacBook case won’t help with damage that has already been incurred, investing in a higher-quality, shock-absorbent MacBook case can help prevent further damages from happening in the future. There are tons of affordable options available all over the internet.

Final thoughts

Although it’s disappointing when your MacBook screen cracks or shatters, rest assured that there are plenty of ways not only to repair it, but also to prevent it from happening again in the future. Be sure to follow the tips we’ve covered here to repair your MacBook screen and protect it going forward.

And finally, don’t forget to think about product protection for your MacBook. Investing in a product protection plan is one of the best ways to ensure you get your money’s worth out of your laptop. By subscribing to Mulberry Unlimited, you can get extensive coverage for only a few dollars per month, and if an accident happens, you’ll enjoy a smooth, easy, and hassle-free claims process.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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