3 reasons not to repair your iPhone in unauthorized stores — 2022

There are many establishmentswhere to repair an iPhone for less money than at Apple, this being also a key differentiating factor when choosing between the official technical service or one of third parties. But, to what extent is it recommended? In this post we tell you what three key factors could determine that perhaps going to them is not such a good idea.

And beware, because by unauthorized services we mean those for which Apple does not provide original parts or official certificates in their repairs. Those known as SAT, an acronym for Authorized Technical Service, are considered separate because they offer the same guarantees as in an Apple Store, even if they are not owned by the Californian company. However, to avoid having to find yourself in this situation, what we recommend is that you usecases and covers for your iPhone 13or the iPhone you have.

You will lose the warranty of the device

This is a point that may not affect you so much if you have an iPhone that is a few years old, but if it is recent, it is something to take into account. In Spain today, a 2 years warranty covered during the first by Apple and the second by the seller. If you bought it from Apple, both years will go to them.


The company certifies in its conditions that if the iPhone is handled by another person or establishment, for whatever reason, the warranty will automatically be lost. And we attest that the company has methods with which to always know whether or not the equipment has been manipulated by third parties. With this, you lose the right to claim possible damages that are covered by the guarantee, having to pay for the repairs in full.

The parts are not original

Only Apple and SAT have original iPhone parts. And yes, you may find places that claim to have them too, but that's not true. And this is often the reason that repairs are also cheaper and that the user experience can ultimately change completely in specific cases such as batteries or screens.

And it is especially the latter where a lot of difference is usually found, having third-party panels that are very distant in resolutions, quality, brightness, and sharpness from the originals. This does not mean that there cannot be sites where you are offered very good quality pieces, although they will not be original as such.

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The iPhone could stop working

Beyond the fact that Apple establishes in some cases the impossibility of using the phones with certain unauthorized parts, there is also the risk that the part does not work well or stops working after a few weeks or months. If, in addition, the technicians who carry out the change are not qualified, the device may even be unusable.

Therefore, and by way of conclusion of this and the rest of the points, We always advise you to consult all the conditions to the establishment. Both to know in detail the origin and quality of the part to be repaired, as well as the additional guarantee they offer for the repair, since Apple cannot be held responsible and they must be the ones who cover a possible future inconvenience that responds to a bad repair. or defective part.