Remove scratches from a phone screen

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Remove scratches from a phone screen
Remove scratches from a phone screen

Now that touchscreens and smartphones have become the norm, scratched phones have never been such a common problem. This can be superficial damage or a broken screen, depending on how deep and how big the scratch is and where it is located. In case of severe scratches you will usually have to have the screen replaced, but light and moderate scratches can be removed at home. To remove scratches from a phone screen, try brushing them off with toothpaste (if the screen is plastic) or glass polish (if the screen is glass). After the problem is solved, take precautions to prevent new scratches.


Method 1 of 3: Using toothpaste (for plastic screens)

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Step 1. Have toothpaste ready

You should have had toothpaste in the bathroom to brush your teeth in the morning. Toothpaste is abrasive and can remove scratches in plastic the same way it cleans your teeth. Everyone already has toothpaste at home, so you don't have to go to the store to buy a product. That is why toothpaste is the recommended means of removing scratches from plastic. It is important to buy toothpaste that is actually in the form of a paste, and not a gel toothpaste. To remove the scratch, the toothpaste must have an abrasive effect. Check the packaging of the toothpaste if you are not sure what type of toothpaste you are using.

A mixture of baking soda and water is just as abrasive as toothpaste. If you prefer baking soda, you can add a little water to it to make a paste and use the paste in the same way as toothpaste

Step 2. Dab the toothpaste on the screen with a tool

Because toothpaste is a home remedy, there are no hard and fast rules for the tool you should use. You can use a soft cloth, a paper towel, a cotton swab or a toothbrush in this case. Just dab a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the screen. If you use more, a lot of junk can form on your screen that is difficult to clean.

Step 3. Apply the toothpaste on the scratch

Once you've applied a dollop of toothpaste to the scratch, rub it over the scratch in gentle, circular motions. Keep doing this until the scratch is almost invisible. Toothpaste has an abrasive effect and therefore you will not have to apply too much pressure. Keep rubbing until you see the scratch disappear. Even if the scratch is too large or too deep to completely remove, the abrasive action of the toothpaste should make it less visible.

If the scratch is big or deep enough, you won't be able to remove it using just toothpaste. However, the toothpaste should make most scratches a lot less visible

Step 4. Clean your phone

When the scratch is less visible and you are satisfied, you can easily wipe the toothpaste from your phone. Start by wiping off the excess toothpaste with a soft, slightly damp cloth. Then grab a polishing cloth and wipe away any oil and dirt particles that have accumulated on your screen. Your phone will look like new again this way, and hopefully look even better than before the scratch appeared on the screen.

Method 2 of 3: Using a glass polish (for glass screens)

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Step 1. Buy a glass polish with cerium oxide

If your phone has a glass screen instead of a plastic one, you'll need to use something stronger than toothpaste or baking soda to remove scratches. In this case, it is recommended to use a glass polish with cerium oxide. This type of polish can be purchased in the form of a soluble powder and as a ready-to-use product. It is of course more convenient to buy a ready-made product, but it is a lot cheaper to buy cerium oxide in powder form.

100 grams of powdered cerium oxide should be more than enough for polishing your phone screen. It might be a good idea to buy more in case your screen gets more scratches later on

Step 2. Mix the powder with water to make a thin paste

If you bought powdered cerium oxide, you'll need to prepare the polish yourself first. Fortunately, this is very easy and well worth the money you are now saving. Pour a little powder (about 50 to 100 grams) into a small bowl or container. Slowly add water until the mixture is as thick as cream. Stir the mixture regularly when you add the water so that you use the right amount.

  • You don't need to use exact amounts to prepare this polish, just make sure you use enough water to allow the polish to soak into a cloth.
  • You don't have to do this step if you bought a ready-made polish.

Step 3. Cover all vulnerable areas with tape

A cerium oxide polish will destroy your phone if it gets into the holes in your phone, including the speaker, the headphone jack, and the charger jack. It can also destroy the camera lens. With that in mind, first screen off the spot you want to polish. Cover the parts of your phone that could break if they come into contact with the polish.

It may seem a bit too much to tape off your phone before cleaning it, but it's highly recommended that you do this step before proceeding. If you make a mistake, your phone can break very quickly

Step 4. Apply the polish to the scratch

Dip a smooth polishing cloth in the cerium oxide and water mixture and rub vigorously over the scratched area. Make sure to make circular movements. While treating the spot, regularly check the appearance of the scratch. It's a good idea to wipe the mixture off with the other side of the cloth every 30 seconds, apply a little new polish to your cloth and repeat the process to remove as much of the scratch as possible.

When using a polish with an abrasive effect, it is important to rub the screen harder than when cleaning it alone. However, do not rub too hard. There is nothing worse than creating new scratches in the screen while trying to remove old scratches

Step 5. Finally, clean your phone

After you've applied, used and removed the polish, it's a good idea to give your phone a good wipe with a polishing cloth. This allows you to wipe away all the dirt that got on the screen when brushing. Remove the tape you applied before brushing and wipe your phone. It won't take more than a minute or two to thoroughly clean your phone, but you'll be amazed at how much nicer your phone looks once you've wiped all the dirt off it.

Wipe your phone screen regularly. Twice a day may seem like a lot, but it will take you little time and your screen will continue to look good

Method 3 of 3: Preventing Scratches

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Step 1. Buy a screen protector

Mobile phones have never been more fragile and prone to scratches than they are now. Many people have screen protectors on their screens, and it's a good idea to buy one if you're even slightly concerned about your phone getting damaged. A screen protector is usually not too expensive and is certainly cheaper than replacing your screen or buying a new phone if the damage is bad enough. High-quality protectors are almost impossible to break, while cheaper brands at least absorb the damage so that your phone remains intact.

It is better to buy a screen protector made of tempered glass than one made of plastic. A tempered glass screen protector is more durable, makes your screen easier to read and feels better

Step 2. Wipe your screen regularly

Small scratches may appear on the screen if you don't wipe the dirt off your screen. Wiping your screen several times a day with a microfiber cloth or silk cloth will keep it looking its best. It's especially a good idea to wipe your screen if your phone has a touchscreen, because the accumulated oils and fingerprints can smear the screen and make it blurry.

You can also wipe your screen with the sleeve of your shirt or even a dishcloth. Ideally, use a smooth silk cloth or microfiber cloth to maintain your screen

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Step #3. Store your phone in a safe place

You'll usually be out and about when your phone gets scratched or damaged. It is important to think about which objects can scratch your phone and how scratches can occur. Put your phone in a different pocket than your keys or coins. If possible, put it in a bag with a zipper so it won't accidentally fall out.

Don't put your phone in your back pocket. Your phone may burst when you sit on it, but you may also experience nerve problems due to the pressure placed on your butt


  • A lot of people have problems with scratches on their phone screen and there are a lot of professionals who make their money fixing those problems. If the scratch is big or deep enough, or you don't have the time to fix it yourself, you can search the Internet for a cell phone repair shop near you. Be warned that some of these things can be quite expensive. So it is always best to try and fix the problem yourself.
  • You should be able to tell if your screen is plastic or glass by the way the screen feels, but it's a good idea to look up information about the phone model you have (on the web or in the owner's manual) so you know which drug to use.
  • There are now phones for sale whose screen is 'self-healing'. The plastic in these phones repairs moderate scratches all by itself. If you're prone to getting scratches on your phone and want to keep your phone looking as good as possible, it's a good idea to look into a self-healing phone when you buy a new one.

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