We often tout the advantages of using iPhone screen protectors, and for good reason. With millions of screens getting cracked every year, screen protectors shield your smartphone from cracks and scratches, and don’t cost nearly as much as purchasing an insurance plan – or a new screen.
However, owning a screen protector isn’t enough – you need to know how to use it. If you apply your screen protector the wrong way, for example, it can get dirt between it and the screen, or fall off prematurely or develop bubbles or creases that make the screen less sensitive to touch.
Applying the screen isn’t difficult to do on your own, but you need to be precise and use a few basic materials. Here are 4 steps to making sure you install your screen protector properly:
1) Set up your workstation. If you have a clean mat, lay it down on your surface to keep your phone from moving around. You want to make sure you phone is completely stable before applying the protector. Also, wash your hands with soap and water to remove any dirt and oil that can get on the adhesive.
2) Use an LCD or lens cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth to wipe off your screen. Make sure the screen is completely clean by removing every single speck of dust. Avoid touching the screen from that point on.
3) Carefully remove the backing from the screen protector and hold it along the edges to maintain the stickiness. You can start from either the top or bottom of the device, but a good rule of thumb (and fingers, for that matter) is to start with the end that will require you to be more precise. In other words, the side that seems more difficult to apply the protector. On the iPhone, for example, this would be where the home button is. After you’ve aligned the protector exactly, stick it to the screen, and use a credit card to push out bubbles, moving from the center outward.
4) If there are bubbles that remain after you apply the protector, that means your screen is already scratched, or there might be a particle of dust that is stuck to the protector. If that doesn’t seem to be the case, use a piece of clear tape to lift the screen protector, then remove the dust from the adhesive side. Afterward, reapply the protector as detailed in step 3.
Once the screen protector is applied, remember that while it protects your screen, it will also collect dirt and smudges. Periodically wipe off the screen protector to maintain a clear screen, and remember that you should still take basic steps to minimize the risk of breaking your phone.
At ClearPlex, we offer high quality screen protectors that are easy to install and very affordable. Order one today to keep your phone protected from damage.Image credit: freedigitlphotos.net