It’s a nightmare. Your iPhone is broken and you need to send it to a repair shop. In addition to living without it for days or weeks, you need—in many instances–to package it up and mail it in to a repair shop. The following steps will ensure your phone arrives at the repair shop safely and in a reasonable amount of time.
Good quality packaging is key when sending your iPhone in the mail or via another carrier like FedEx or UPS. If you have the original box the phone came in, that’s your best place to start. If not, find a small sturdy box close to the size of your phone. Make sure it leaves enough room to pad the phone with bubble wrap.
Wrap the entire iPhone in bubble wrap and secure the wrap with packaging tape. Seal the box with packaging tape on all ends.
Make certain the address label includes your return address and is written clearly. Securely tape the address label onto the package with packaging tape, making sure none of the label is left uncovered. This ensures that even if the package gets wet from rain or snow, that the writing on the label is protected.
How to Ship?
Priority shipping is worth the worry that will ensue as you wonder where you iPhone is, and when you’ll see it again. The USPS Priority Mail is affordable and reaches most destinations within the contiguous United States in 2-3 days. Other carriers offer their own types of priority shipping, too.
To Insure or Not Insure?
This is where so many people make big mistakes. It’s imperative you insure your package when sending in your iPhone for repairs. Yes, most packages make it to where they’re going, but face it—some don’t. You don’t want yours to be included in that latter group. You know how much your iPad is worth. If you don’t, do a quick online search and you’ll get a pretty good idea. Buy insurance on the value of your iPhone. It’s inexpensive and alleviates a lot of worry. If the worst-case scenario happens, you’ll get back enough money to buy a phone of equal value.
A reputable iPhone repair business will notify you when they receive your package. They’ll let you know when the repair begins and if they have a delay in receiving the necessary parts to fix it. Most importantly, they’ll contact you to let your know your iPhone, in good working order, is on its way back to you.