How to put on a screen protector without applying bubbles or dust
posted by Daniel P. / Feb 10, 2014, 8:24 AM
To ease the procedure's pains somewhat, alternative methods for putting on your protector exist, that simply involve some masking tape, and a lot less patience than usual, while the end result is much more bubble- and dust-free.
Granted, not everyone cares about screen protection in the days of Gorilla Glass 3, Asahi Dragontrail, or sapphire coatings, but even those are inevitably going to develop scratches - from the miniature to the more significant - which would diminish the resale value of a tablet or a phone. These devices are basically all-screen nowadays, and that's where you look at most of the time spent interacting with your mobile gear, so taking a bit of time to protect your expensive toy's display is utterly warranted.
The instructions below apply for self-adhesive protectors, where the best brands like Vikuiti by 3M, or Spigen's Steinheil, cost quite a bit more than the pack of five you got on eBay for a dollar each. However, it's the more expensive ones that fit perfectly, and keep themselves smudge- and scratch-free, too, not only the handset's screen below. Thus, if applied right, they can stay on the job for the duration of your ownership, so check out Billy The Cat's excellent updated guide in the slideshow below, if you are interested.
source: BillTheCat (XDA-Devs)
Always have a hard time with that.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 8:32 AM 9
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i don't, because i don't use anymore. it's useless in high end smartphone, because they got Gorilla Glass.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 8:46 AM 2
I need to use it beacuse I have an Xperia Z. Only removing the cheap-ass sony screen protector won't help, because the screen is barely usable without it as it lacks an oleophobic coating. And thanks PA for this turtorial, as I failed to put one on the last time.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 10:44 AM 2
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Considering something as simple as a grain of sand can scratch the glass and weaken it overall I use a screen protector on my phone (not my tablet because it rarely leaves the house). I use a case as well just to be safe but I would leave that before I leave the screen protector.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:51 AM 2
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Its not that difficult. I always go in my bathroom after a hot shower because it brings down all the dust and particles in air and then apply my screen protector. Works every time.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 8:37 AM 4
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Desire HD c:
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 8:37 AM 2
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Desire HD: Surprise motherfuka.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 8:42 AM 3
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I don't use screen protectors on any of my Nokia phones since the Nokia N8. That Gorilla Glass version 1 still looks pristine after 4 calendar years. The last screen protector I used on a Nokia device was on my Nokia N900. No screen protector on my Nokia Windows Phones. No screen protector on my Nexus 5 yet I did keep the plastic on my iPhone 5s that Apple put on there. I was lazy....I cut off the bottom part that covers the home button and kept the rest on. It's an ugly hack job but oh well, I don't use the phone as a main phone anyway so it is sufficient. I did however install a screen protector on my friend's Lumia 925 as Tmobile sold one to her at the time of purchase. I told her she didn't actually NEED it, gave her the tech specs, did a key scratch demo on my 1020 but she still wanted it on her phone. It proved to be a challenge with the curved screen of the 925 and is definitely not the best screen protector application that I have done. She was happy with it though and I guess that is all that matters.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 8:54 AM 1
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Hehe... The legendary N8. Mine had no screen protector and it survived a 3 story drop and finally landed on metal grills. Screen didn't had a single crack. It finally broke when I threw the phone at a wall in rage. :(
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 8:58 AM 0
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Ha!!! The N8 rage quite on you due to your rage! My N8 is still around, tucked snugly in a travel bag. It only comes out to be shown to friends who think Nokia just now started making great camera phones with the 1020. My 808 PureView is in the same bag and comes out for the same reason plus the occasional audio recording via Nokia Rich Recording. I wish I still had my Nokia N82 though.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 9:56 AM 1
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Why don't manufacturers include a pre-installed screen protector that you can actually use? For example: Apple includes one on the iPhone but you have to tear it off because it doesn't have a cut out for the speaker or the home button. Apple is putting one on there anyway, so why not have one on there already that people can actually use?
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 9:33 AM 0
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Thanks for the tip, never thought of it this way before. I hate screen protectors, but unfortunately still find them necessary. I had a GS4 and managed to scratch the screen. I didn't drop it or scratch it with my keys. You know what did it? Sand. Sand at the beach. I was using my phone on the beach, put the phone in my pocket, took it back out and BAM! Several tiny scratches on the screen. The scratches must have been caused by sand rubbing in between my leg and the screen. So before you head to the beach, get a screen protector. Good luck keeping all of your clothes and phone 100% sand free.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:26 AM 0
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i do these at work all the time takes me about 20 seconds for any phone, any screen protector, using a spray duster a 60/40 alcohol and water mix in a little spray bottle, a credit card, and a micro fiber cloth
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 12:58 PM 0
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the zagg ones are significantly easier to put on and last a lot longer. mine is on its fifth year and is only just starting to peel up in one of the corners. on the other hand i do not know anyone who had a cheap protector that lasted longer than a month. either go naked or go with zagg. there really aren't any other options that don't turn into a maddening disaster. at least in my experience.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 4:24 PM 0
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Let Gorilla Glass and protection around the screen do their job and YOU DO YOURS by keeping it away from keys, kittens and the kitchen floor. Oh but why the effort, you'll ruin your comfort and experience with a blocky case and grease-collecting protector anyway, only realizing the pointlessness when it still shutters upon dropping. Protectors are pointless cause they are not good enough when needed, and if you are caring enough, you don't need them at all. FREE YOUR DEVICE FROM UNNECESSARY CLOTHING, YOU BOUGHT IT TO USE IT COMFORTABLY, SO USE IT COMFORTABLY DAMNIT!
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 7:45 AM 0
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