Applying a screen protector (with pictures)

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Applying a screen protector (with pictures)
Applying a screen protector (with pictures)

Smartphones, iPods, PSPs, cameras and other electronic devices cost a lot of money. The screen is one of the most important parts that unfortunately gets damaged quickly. It is therefore understandable that you want to protect your screen. This article provides simple instructions for choosing and applying a screen protector and gives you some helpful tips.


Method 1 of 2: Applying the screen protector without using an applicator

Apply a Screen Protector Step 1

Step 1. Buy a screen protector

You can usually buy these custom made. (If you can't find a good screen protector, go to the Tips to see how to cut one to size.) You can choose from screen protectors made of different materials:

  • Fairly hard and smooth plastic like PET. This material is somewhat similar to the plastic that transparent soda bottles are made of. These screen protectors are the most used and generally work the best. (You can also buy special variants that are partly reflective or have a matte finish. These are nice, but less practical.)
  • Very hard and transparent tempered glass that is a stronger version of a cover glass for a microscope. This glass should have a plastic layer so that the pieces of glass stay together if damaged. Glass is very resistant to scratches, but brittle. If there are pieces from the glass, the screen protector will continue to break.
  • Very sturdy and thick plastic like polycarbonate. This material can withstand knocks and shocks, but is not very scratch resistant and will not keep its appearance. With such a screen protector, your touchscreen may not work as well.
  • Soft vinyl. Such a screen protector is not recommended, because it is generally less pleasant to use. The material does protect the screen from scratches.
Apply a Screen Protector Step 2

Step 2. Understand the limitations of a screen protector

A screen protector mainly protects your screen against light abrasions and scratches, but not against cracks. Especially expensive smartphones with a glass front and a plastic edge that offers little protection against impact can be damaged in this way. A so-called 'bumper case' that you apply to the front of your phone can protect your phone quite well and in a stylish way against bumps and shocks. Do not put your phone in your back pocket or other places that could crack the screen.

Ideally, you protect your phone with a screen protector and a good case. When your phone falls, the screen protector and case protect your phone and they will break instead of your phone

Step 3. Find a place with little dust

An indoor space with little ventilation is very suitable. You can reduce the amount of dust with steam. It helps to turn on a hot shower, which fills the room with steam. When the steam is gone, there will be less dust in the air than normally is the case. Now is the best time to apply your screen protector.

Apply a Screen Protector Step 4

Step 4. Wash your hands

Dry them with a clean towel and shake off any fluff.

Step 5. Clean the screen

Wipe the screen with a mild solvent such as a lens cleaner or rubbing alcohol, or a cloth dampened with soap and water. As a result, any poor-quality protective layer will not be damaged. Wipe the screen dry with a soft cloth. Remove as much lint from the screen as possible with a hair dryer or by rubbing lightly with a lint-free cloth. It is best to use the microfibre cloth that came with the screen protector.

Apply a Screen Protector Step 6

Step 6. See how to place the screen protector

Carefully remove it from the box or packaging. Before removing the back cover, place the screen protector on the screen to see how much space you need to leave on both sides to ensure that functions such as your camera (which will not work as well due to the less even surface of the screen protector) and keep your microphone working properly.

Step 7. Remove dust particles with a light adhesive

The most important thing is to remove all dust particles from under the screen protector. Bubbles will eventually flatten through the plastic and tiny fingerprints will mix with the adhesive, but dust particles will always be visible. Lightly dab a post-it or similar item all over the screen. By tilting the screen so that it reflects bright light, you will be able to see if there is dust on the screen. Apply the screen protector quickly before dust can collect on the screen.

Some extended sets contain a special sticker to remove dust

Step 8. Stick the screen protector and carefully place one edge exactly on one edge of the screen

Carefully peel off the layer at the back on one side (by not immediately pulling the entire layer off, you have more control because you can hold the other side). Place the edge of the screen protector on the correct edge of the screen, leaving enough space and watching how the screen protector lands on the sides that are perpendicular to the first side. Then peel off the entire layer from the back and smooth out the screen protector.

Apply a Screen Protector Step 9

Step 9. Troubleshoot

You can just ignore small mistakes like tiny dust particles, because trying to remove them will do more harm than good. The screen protector will soon become more damaged and eventually you will replace it with a new one. If you want to slide the screen protector off because it doesn't sit properly on the screen, gently lift one edge with a thin, blunt object, such as a piece of paper, a fingernail, or the edge of a plastic spoon. If you want to remove a large particle of dust, try doing it with a post-it or a piece of clear tape. Be careful not to touch the adhesive layer on the screen protector.

Step 10. Remove air bubbles

Sweep any air bubbles toward the edges with a smooth tool such as a debit card. Don't do this too vigorously, unless the front screen protector also has a protective layer that you need to remove after application. The air will eventually disperse and applying too much force can scratch your brand new screen protector.

Apply a Screen Protector Step 11

Step 11. Done

Use your device without fear of damage.

Method 2 of 2: Using an applicator

Step 1. Open the box containing the screen protector

The applicator is built into the package.

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Step 2. Lift up the screen protector with the appropriate tab without peeling off the backing

Step 3. Plug the phone into the applicator

Make sure it fits or buy a screen protector in a different size.

Step 4. Clean the phone with the microfiber cloth from the box

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Step 5. Peel off the backing of the screen protector

Step 6. Pull down the applicator to make the screen protector stick

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Step 7. Run a tool over the screen protector to remove any air bubbles

Use a debit card or your fingernail.

Step 8. Push the applicator back and take your phone out of the applicator using the opening on the back


  • Make sure to tilt the screen when checking for dust on the screen.
  • Apply the screen protector as slowly and gently as possible. There is nothing worse than a shaking hand when applying a screen protector.
  • Do not touch the sticky part of the screen protector. Handle it like you would a CD. That means you don't touch the bottom.
  • It is best to do this after removing the packaging.
  • Keep the sticky side of screen protector down when you peel off the backing. Dust will then settle on it less quickly when you apply the screen protector.
  • You can also apply a piece of tape to the top of the screen protector (the non-sticky side) to make it easier to apply in the right place.
  • Prepare a mixture of 60 ml of water and a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and/or a drop of dishwashing liquid to break the surface tension. Drop a large drop of this onto the screen before applying the screen protector so that you can remove air bubbles faster. Be careful not to get the screen too wet, because water can get into the device. Let the screen protector dry for a few hours so that it is firmly attached when you start using it.
  • A screen protector is a simple accessory that is often sold in stores for too high a price. It is hoped that you only look at the price of the phone itself.
  • You can easily cut or cut a thin plastic screen protector to size, preferably with a paper cutter. Make the screen protector slightly smaller than the screen so that it does not rise at the edges and take rounded corners into account. Hold the screen protector firmly and cut off enough immediately. If you later try to cut off small pieces, the edges will become irregular and curled.


  • Dust is everywhere. If you wait too long, dust will settle on your screen.
  • Don't get frustrated. Remember that a screen protector is a consumable item that must be applied neatly to protect the screen from serious damage. Eventually you will have to buy a new screen protector.

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