If you’re worried about scratching your iPhone’s display, then getting a screen protector is a great way to prevent that. Here’s how to apply a screen protector to your iPhone.
Screen protectors come in all different styles, but most of them are usually made out of a thin and flexible plastic sheet that stick onto your device’s screen using some kind of adhesive or just static electricity.
More expensive screen protectors are made out of tempered glass, which are essentially just really thin sheets of glass that you stick on top of your iPhone’s display. This makes it so that you’ll still get that natural glass feel to the device, but it does add a bit of thickness, since glass screen protectors are a bit thicker than plastic ones.
There are also more rugged screen protectors from companies like Zagg who specialize in Military-grade screen protection. These screen protectors are made out of an incredible material that’s insanely scratch proof. They’re overkill most of the time and are really expensive, but they can be good for users who work in construction that would have an iPhone exposed to extreme conditions.
Otherwise, plastic screen protectors are sufficient enough for most users, and they’re incredibly cheap. You can sometimes find a pack of them for $1 on eBay, but you can regularly find them on Amazon for a couple dollars a piece.
I’m going to describe a few different ways you can apply a plastic screen protector to your iPhone and then demonstrate what I think is the best way to apply one.
Before You Begin
Before you apply a screen protector to your iPhone, it’s crucial that you do a couple of things first to prepare.
The first thing you’ll want to do is wash your hands to get rid of any excess oils and dirt on your fingers. You don’t want fingerprints all over your device while you’re trying to apply a screen protector so washing your hands can eliminate most annoying fingerprint situations.
Secondly, you want to apply your screen protector in a room where there isn’t a lot of dust. A good place to do this is in a bathroom right after a shower, since the steam and humidity chokes down any dust and provides a decent environment to put a screen protector on your iPhone.
Besides your own two hands, you’ll want a credit card and a microfiber cloth on hand. The microfiber cloth is to wipe the screen clean before you apply the screen protector. You absolutely do not want any dust or fingerprints on the screen while you’re applying the screen protector.
As far as the credit card, use it to squeegee out any bubbles that form when you apply the screen protector. You can get all of them out most of the time, but sometimes there will some bubbles that will be stubborn. If this happens, just carefully lift the screen protector and try applying it again.
Now, let’s discuss some different methods for applying screen protectors.
The Hinge Method
The Hinge Method has been gaining popularity over the last couple of years, and it’s easy to see why.
This method involves first lining up the screen protector with your iPhone’s screen without taking any of the protective wrapping off. Then, you simply stick two pieces of masking tape to one side of the phone, which will keep the screen protector in place while you apply it. This creates a hinge of sorts, just like a door.
From there, lift the screen protector up like a hinge, and remove the protective wrapping. Finally, slowly apply the screen protector to your iPhone’s screen and it’ll be perfectly lined up once it’s all said and done.
The Peel-Back Method
This method is a bit more tricky and can take some practice, but it’s pretty much the best way to ensure that you don’t get any kind of dust particles underneath the screen protector when you go to apply it.
The Peel-Back Method involves peeling back the protective wrapping just slightly so that you can attach one end of the screen protector to your iPhone, and then as you slowly apply the screen protector, slowly peel back the protective wrapping at the same time until you eventually peel all of it back and fully apply the screen protector.
It can be tricky at first, but the video above does a good job of explaining and demonstrating the process.
The Arch Method
While everyone has their own best way of doing something, I believe that the Arch Method is the best way to apply a screen protector.
This method simply involves arching the screen protector long ways and then lining up the home button and the earpiece. From there, slowly lay down the screen protector and work out any bubbles that form.
This method ensures that the screen protector is lined up perfectly before you place it down on the screen. There’s no need for masking tape or anything for this method, making it a great option if you don’t happen to have tape around. It’s also quicker to do, as you don’t have to carefully tape the screen protector down in the first place.