iPhone XR repairs are surprisingly cheap

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Apple has confirmed its pricing for iPhone XR repairs and it’s surprisingly reasonable.

It will certainly leave a dent in your bank account if you break your screen without AppleCare+, but repairing an iPhone XR doesn’t cost much more than repairing an iPhone 8. It’s considerably cheaper than fixing an iPhone XS or XS Max.

As the price of the iPhone has risen substantially in recent years, so have the repair costs. It costs just $129 to get an iPhone 6 screen replaced, but shatter your iPhone XS Max and you’ll have to cough up a whopping $329.

For “other damage,” Apple will charge you $599 to repair an iPhone XS Max, and $549 to repair an iPhone XS or iPhone X. It’s a lot less if you break your iPhone XR.

iPhone XR repair costs

It’s $199 to repair an iPhone XR display if you don’t have AppleCare+ coverage. That’s just $30 more than replacing an iPhone 8 Plus display, which is nowhere near as fancy as the XR’s new edge-to-edge Liquid Retina screen.

The cost of repairing “other damage” in an iPhone XR is $399, which is the same price of repairing an iPhone 8 Plus, or $50 more than repairing an iPhone 8 with other damage.

These fees aren’t insignificant by any means, but when you consider the cost of repairing an iPhone X, XS, or XS Max, fixing an iPhone XR seems cheap. That doesn’t mean you should avoid AppleCare+, though.

It costs just $29 to fix an iPhone screen that’s protected by AppleCare+, and just $99 to repair an iPhone with other damage. Getting your battery services is free. These fees apply to all iPhone models, including the 2018 lineup.

Your iPhone XR should still be protected

AppleCare+ is still well worth its price tag, then — even if you avoid Apple’s fancier phones with OLED screens. It might seem like a hefty add-on at $149 for the iPhone XR, but if you break your phone just once, it has already paid for itself.