How to Remove a Screen Protector – Screen protectors are vital for keeping your phone display free from scratches and chips. They’ve come a long way since the age of thin rubbery protectors, and these days are commonly made from tempered glass.
But if your screen protector is cracked, you’ll probably need to remove it. Alternatively, you might simply want to upgrade your existing screen protector with a more durable version.
Here’s how to safely remove a screen protector from your phone with minimum effort.
Step 1: Assemble Tools and Prepare
Like any other project, having the right equipment will make the whole process go a lot more smoothly. Fortunately, You can commonly find the recommended tools for this task in most households. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A toothpick
- A credit card or business card
- A hairdryer (optional)
- An alcohol wipe and microfiber cloth (optional)
Step 2: Lift the Corner
Start on the top right corner of your device and use your fingernail (carefully) or the toothpick to lift the screen protector glass away from the screen carefully. You only have to lift the protector away from the screen just enough to slide a card underneath. If you’re having trouble getting the toothpick under the glass, try using a hairdryer to heat the surface of your screen, which will help loosen the adhesive. (It doesn’t take much heat to help, so be careful not to overdo it.)
Step 3: Loosen the Edges
The easiest way to take off a screen protector is to use a credit card, guitar pick/plectrum, or toothpick.
- Slide your chosen tool under each corner in turn, taking care not to scratch the screen
- With a corner pulled up, slide the card around the entire perimeter of the device until you return to the initial position. Repeat this process one additional time for good measure.
You can try duct tape if you can’t find a “way in,” and the screen protector is firmly attached to the display at the corners.
- Tear off a piece of duct tape
- With the sticky side facing out, roll the tape around two fingers
- Press your taped fingers against the corner of the screen protector
- Pull the protector up far enough to get your finger or a plastic card underneath
Step 4: Slowly Remove the Screen Protector
With the card still inserted at the top of the iPhone, slide the card under the glass across the entire width of the phone. Next, slowly slide the card down towards the bottom of the phone while simultaneously lifting the screen protector away from the screen. The key is to do this as slowly as possible and not apply too much pressure to the glass (which may cause it to bend and crack, which could damage your phone).
Step 5: Clean Your Phone Display
Once the screen protector has been removed, cleaning the display is good.
When you use a screen protector, muck and gunge typically gather around the edge. This residue often consists of general dirt and sweat and should be cleaned off. So whether you’re selling the phone or replacing the screen protector with a more resilient replacement, cleaning your display makes sense.
You can use an alcohol wipe and microfiber cloth to clean and dry your screen.
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