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How to put on a screen protector

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Screen protectors protect smartphones from micro scratches and minor drops. In combination with a good smartphone case, glass and film screen protectors can extend the life of your device. Let’s move on to how to apply a screen protector on your smartphone.

Read more: The best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra screen protectors

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To apply a screen protector, Wash your hands> turn off your phone> take it to a well-lit place without dust> clean the screen> apply a screen protector. Once the screen protector is on, use a credit card to get rid of all air bubbles.


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Before getting started, we must differentiate between the different types of screen protectors that are on the market.

Movie Screen protectors Lightweight and usually made of TPU or PET plastic. They’re great for protecting against minor scratches, but because of their thinness and malleability, they offer very little drop protection.

glass Screen protectors They are heavier and made of either tempered or sapphire glass. Unlike glass screen protectors, glass screen protectors do not bend. They are popular and effective because, after application, they do not feel plastic. They replicate the look and feel of the screen’s original glass — and touch accuracy is usually very good.

How to apply a film screen protector

Screen protectors are made of plastic. As its name suggests, it is a thin film over your phone’s screen that protects it from scratches. Here’s how to apply one:

  1. Wash your hands to remove as much of the oil as possible – or wear thin rubber gloves.
  2. Turn off your phone and take it to a low dusty location with lots of bright light.
  3. Under direct light, prepare your screen for the application.
    1. Clean the screen with an alcohol swab (or a microfiber cloth with eyeglass cleaner). Make sure all smudges are removed.
    2. After wiping the screen, once it is dry, remove any remaining dust particles. You can do this with masking tape (or a “dust absorber” sticker if your screen protector came with it).
  4. Align the screen protector with the bracket still on.
  5. Once properly positioned, remove the backing and apply the screen protector.
    1. Tip #1: Peel only one edge first. Stick this exposed part to your phone screen, then gradually peel off the rest as you apply it.
    2. Tip #2: Try not to touch the back of the screen protector too much. If there is too much dust or oil on the sticky side, it will make for a very visually frustrating experience whenever you use your phone.
  6. Finally, remove any remaining air bubbles. Take a plastic card (such as a credit card) and gently smooth the screen protector. You want to work from the center outwards, pushing air bubbles out toward the edges.

How to apply a tempered glass screen protector

3D OnePlus 7T Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Glass screen protectors are tougher, more rigid, and slightly heavier than film screen protectors. However, they feel more premium to the touch, replicating the original glass of your phone. Here’s how to apply one:

  1. Wash your hands to remove as much of the oil as possible – or wear thin rubber gloves.
  2. Turn off your phone and take it to a low dusty location with lots of bright light.
  3. Under direct light, prepare your screen for the application.
    1. Clean the screen with an alcohol swab (or a microfiber cloth with eyeglass cleaner). Make sure all smudges are removed.
    2. After wiping the screen, once it is dry, remove any remaining dust particles. This can be done with masking tape (or, if your screen protector came with it, a “dust absorber” sticker).
  4. Align the screen protector with the bracket still on.
  5. Once properly positioned, remove the backing and apply the screen protector.
    1. Tip #1: Come closer! You want to keep a close eye on the screen to make sure that there are no dust particles floating around while you’re applying the screen protector. Remove the entire backing at once, line it up, and stick it all at once.
    2. Tip #2: Try not to touch the back of the glass screen protector too much. You don’t want any dust or oil on the sticky side of the screen protector.
  6. Finally, remove any remaining air bubbles. Take a plastic card (such as a credit card) and gently smooth the screen protector. You want to work from the center outwards, pushing air bubbles out toward the edges.

Film vs Tempered Glass: Which is the Best Screen Protector?

As you may have noticed, the application of both screen protectors is almost identical. They both serve the same purpose: protecting your phone’s screen from damage.

Buy a tempered glass screen protector if…

  1. You don’t want a plastic look and feel on the front of your phone and prefer the smoothness of glass.
  2. You can carry around a little extra weight for your device.
  3. You can stand having to tap the in-display fingerprint reader multiple times (as screen protectors can often get in the way of direct readings).
  4. You need something more durable than plastic.
Buy a plastic film glass screen protector if …

  1. You don’t mind the plastic feel and just want something thin to cover your screen. TPU feels a bit more stretchy than PET.
  2. You can stand having to tap the in-display fingerprint reader multiple times (as screen protectors can often get in the way of direct readings).
  3. TPU’s “self-healing” capabilities are a deal breaker for you.

At the end of the day, you should decide if getting a screen protector is worth it at all. What kind of glass does your phone use on the front? For example, the Gorilla Glass Victus should not need a screen protector because the scratch resistance is already excellent.

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