Several Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 users have reported seeing cracks appearing down the middle of their foldable displays, despite no physical trauma to the handsets in question. To make matters worse, the damage – in most cases – seems to be occurring after the Z Fold 3’s warranty has expired, leaving customers with little choice but to invest in an entirely new device.
The worrying news was first reported by Phone Arena, which received an email from a reader whose Z Fold 3 suffered a cracked screen for no apparent reason. Multiple Reddit users claim to have experienced the same issue, too, with many providing damning images as proof of the Z Fold 3's screen-based shortcomings.
Suffice to say, this isn’t a good look for Samsung. We consider the Z Fold 3 to be among the best foldable phones money can buy in 2023 – but if the phone’s 7.6-inch AMOLED display risks calling it quits after only one year of use (as seems to be the case for many), the Z Fold 3 becomes a different proposition entirely.
Cracked Z Fold 3? Here's what to do next
If you’re someone who wakes up to find an inexplicable crack in your own Z Fold 3, there are a few steps you can take to try and resolve the issue.
Obviously, if you purchased the device less than a year ago, you’ll be able to claim a replacement through Samsung’s one-year warranty (though, as mentioned, these cracks seem to be appearing shortly after that warranty period has elapsed).
If, like most affected users, your crack appears more than a year after purchase, you’ll need to take things to the top. For US residents, that means heading to Samsung’s dedicated Contact Us page and making a formal complaint – we’d suggest addressing your concerns to a senior Samsung executive, and uploading images with the form.
For those elsewhere, the very bottom of the Samsung website features a section called ‘Email CEO.’ Clicking this will take you through to the same complaints form that those in the US can use to contact Samsung’s senior management.
If that official route doesn’t yield a response, shouting about the problem on social media platforms like Twitter – tagging Samsung’s support accounts as you do so – may encourage the company to reach out to you personally to help resolve the issue. We'd advise giving it a few weeks before opting for this tactic, though.
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Axel is a London-based Senior Staff Writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest movies as part of the site's daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.
Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.