Best iPhone XS Max screen protectors

Best iPhone XS Max screen protectors
Apple raised the prices for replacing a broken screen on your iPhone, and the new XS and XS Max will set you back $279 and $329, respectively. That's way more than what Apple used to charge for the screen swaps on its previous iPhones, even the X, so if you know you can't be bothered caring for your phone, better put a case on it... and a screen protector.

Granted, Apple says it is using its most durable glass ever both for the screen cover layer, and for the chassis, but until drop tests definitely prove the iPhone XS and XS Max as hard nuts to crack, we'd put at least a film protector on their displays, and would advise going with tempered glass for extra safety and clarity.

That's why we are rounding up a few of the better screen protectors you can find out there for your XS Max, so it can be protected from day one, as the iPhone XS can use the iPhone X protectors, too. As you can see, those little investments can save you at least $279 in the longer run, unless you splurge for AppleCare insurance... which is also more expensive now.

Best film and glass screen protectors for the iPhone XS and XS Max



Belkin Anti-Glare ($19.99)



Engineered for extra 3H hardness, this budget option of a film protector provides clear viewing and scuff-resistance and has earned its mettle enough to be featured by Apple itself as a third-party screen protector for your iPhone XS Max over at the Apple Store.

Best iPhone XS Max screen protectors


Belkin ScreenForce InvisiGlass ($39.99)


Belkin's ScreenForce is thinner - 0.33 vs 0.29mm - and stronger than your usual tempered glass screen protectors. The so-called InvisiGlass Ultra model here is strengthened with an ion-exchange process, and tested against key, coin, and other everyday onjects' scratching. 

The highest-level 9H hardness is complemented by superior touch sensitivity and clearer visibility due to the thinner glass stack. Last but not least, if you can't have it applied in an Apple Store, you can simply order from the Amazon link here, and the EasyAlign sticker will help you install it at home with a relative ease.

Best iPhone XS Max screen protectors



Moshi IonGlass ($44.95)



Another in the "atomically-strengthened" IonGlass series, Moshi's offering is not only tough and durable, but it also comes with extra cover space that extends to the whole front of your iPhone XS or XS Max, including the notch and TrueDepth camera area. 

Thus, the possibility that your iPhone's front will be the one that shatters instead of the protector is diminished significantly, but Moshi's layer costs a bit more than Belkin's ion-exchanged glass.

Best iPhone XS Max screen protectors



TechMatte amFilm ($7.99)


If you are the rare cheapskate breed who buys a $1099 iPhone XS Max, the TechMatte amFilm series is not with one of the highest ratings on Amazon for no reason. It glues to  the whole of the active iPhone screen canvas and is as good in scratch-resistance and oleophobic coating as anything else out there. 

It is currently just eight bucks for a pack of two tempered glass protectors and comes with cleaning and application tools for easier installation. Needless to say, at this price, it is thicker than our previous offerings and is "mere" tempered glass, no ion-exchanged shenanigans here.

Best iPhone XS Max screen protectors


Whitestone Dome Glass iPhone XS Max Full Cover Screen Protector ($49.49)



Have you heard of "ultraviolet baking" when applying screen protectors? Well, that's Whitestone's Dome Glass we were referring to, with 9H hardness for utmost protection, 0.3mm thickness, and 100% touch sensitivity retention, and that is a big deal for the curved glass phones of late. 

The Dome Glass' liquid adhesive spills underneath the layer all the way to the rimless, colorless edges, as you can see in the video below, thus avoiding both touch issues on the sides and the nasty reflections that most other tempered glass protectors exhibit. Granted, the Whitestone Dome does have to be baked with a lamp afterward, but, hey, you will be doing something with your own hands in this day and age of digital complacency! 

The sad part is that it will be available later on in the XS Max life cycle, and is pretty expensive, but if you are willing to wait on your bake sesh for a protector that "cuts blue light by 25% to protect your eyes," the Dome Glass is a pretty stellar alternative.


InvisibleShield Glass+ Visionguard ($44.99)

If you aren't a fan of ultraviolet baking (or wait times), you can't do much better than InvisibleShield's Glass+ Visionguard series, as these combine extreme clarity with a blue light filter to protect your eyes.

When we add the Glass+ part, which means ion-exchanged material for strengthening on the molecular level, to the Visionguard option, it's no wonder that InvisibleShield's relatively affordable screen protector offering for your XS Max is currently sold out on its website, but fret not, you can still order from the link below.



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iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh

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7 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

$50... waaaaah?? I'll take the $7.99 Dual-pack Special Tempered Glass 9H screen-protector, thank you very much,

2. thxultra

Posts: 430; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I went with the TechMatte amFilm for $8. Lots of fancy words around some of these and sure they don't work any better. Really wanted the Skinomi tech glass but it will not be out till November. Have the Tech Glass on My iphone X and it looks as good as the day I got the phone.

3. chipguy23

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 23, 2017

Zaggs are hot garbage imo. Whitestone dome is by far the best glass protector on the market. Crystal clear, no loss of touch sensitivity, won't pop off like zaggs sometimes do on a hard it. But you get what you pay for

4. thxultra

Posts: 430; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Totally agree about Zaggs. They only put the adhesive on the edges and they come right off. If you use one on a curved screen phone the touch sensitivity is awful. WOuldn't ever buy another Zagg.

5. Jrod99

Posts: 694; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Amazon has good options for cheap.

6. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

I've never thought any have lived up to the durability or protection hype so clarity and whether it works with the pressure-sensitive functions matters most. Lots of reasonably-priced options fit the bill. They can be replaced every 6 months for that new screen feeling.

7. Aakash_Aaku

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2018

Tried tempered glasses like Zagg and Beklin. Zagg's protector doesn’t have enough adhesive, Beklin TG got cracked just a few days after use. Got fed up with the tempered glasses and now currently using a GadgetShieldz wet application with the Spigen case. It covers the edges precisely without interfering with the case and its scratch resistant ability is doing fine.

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