SugruUsually, when something goes wrong with your iPhone or Mac, the first move is to an Apple Store to get it looked at by a professional.
But the Apple store can be expensive for repairs, and minor problems can often be solved at home with stuff you already have lying around.
Over the past eight years, Apple users have found all sorts of clever hacks to fix your iPhone without going out and buying pricey parts or accessories.
Some hacks can even make your iPhone better than it was out of the box.
So the next time you’re having iPhone issues, try a DIY solution first. Not only will it save you a trip, but it could also save you some cash.
If your phone’s earpiece sounds like it’s too quiet, there’s a good chance lint is simply in the way. You can rub a pencil eraser over your speaker’s grill to clear out debris.
Apple suggests you use a “brush to gently clear any debris from the speaker,” which is certainly more sanitary, but less fun. One person on the iFixit forums helpfully suggests you can put your mouth over it and suck a little for a tool-free fix. It’s gross, but it works.
If you ever find yourself in need of a stylus, it’s pretty easy to make one out of anything that points and a candy-bar wrapper.
All you need is an old pen, a sponge, and some chewed gum. It’s not pretty, but it works. Instructions for a deluxe version are available on WonderHowTo.