There is a lot of discussion about whether or not you should install a screen protector on your iPhone. But regardless of all the commentary on this subject, one thing is certain: if you want to protect your iPhone screen from scratches, you need to put a screen protector on it. But how to install a screen protector on your iPhone without having those annoying air bubbles underneath it?
Well, it’s a five-step process, and it shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes of your time. Besides, if you don’t have 5 minutes to read this whole article, I’ve made a shorter list that you can follow to install a screen protector on your iPhone. And if you don’t like reading but following a video, then scroll down to the end of the page.
The 5 Steps to install a screen protector on your iPhone
- Get a custom-cut screen protector for your iPhone. You shouldn’t cut it yourself.
- Find a dust free place, wash your hands and start cleaning your screen with a cloth or the screen coating that comes allong with the screen protector. DON’T use alcohol to clean your screen.
- Lay your iPhone on a hard surface and Peel off the backing of the screen protector.
- Align the screen protector with the correct edges of your screen and start at top with placing it on your iPhone.
- Once you feel good about it let the screen protecor fall on top of your iPhone’s screen.
Step 1: Get a Custom-Cut Screen Protector
There are different screen protectors in the market, and it’s up to you to choose one that suits you best. But here are some guidelines you should look for if you don’t know where to start.
In general, you can distinguish screen protectors into four kinds:
- Tempered Glass screen protectors. Arguably the best screen protectors in the market.
- PET Plastic screen protector. Not my favorite one, but still widely used.
- Multi-Layered screen protector. This one withstands heavy shocks, such as when your iPhone falls off your hands.
- Privacy screen protectors. This one can be handy if you have to deal with curious eyes daily.
No matter what screen protector you choose, the one thing you should think about is to have a custom-cut screen protector. Also, be aware that a screen protector for the iPhone 12 Pro Max is different from the screen protector for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. So check the description to know if that screen protector is compatible with your iPhone.
Step 2: Get rid of all the dust
This sep is very important. Dust is your number one enemy when it comes to placing a screen protector on your iPhone. After all, the last thing you want is to have those air bubbles underneath your screen protector. So start with washing your hands, cleaning the surface, and above all, cleaning your iPhone.
But here is one thing you should never ever do when it comes to cleaning the screen of your iPhone. DO NOT use alcohol to clean the screen of your iPhone, as alcohol will remove a fingerprint-resistant coating on your screen called “oleophobic.”. Of course, this also goes for cleaning products with harsh ingredients.
Step 3: Lay your iPhone on a hard surface
This one is pretty straight forward but I need to mention it. How many times do we think we can do things very quickly without realizing that we might ruin it. So don’t put the screen protector while you’re walking, or at the back of a driving car, or on your bed. Find a table pick a chair a sit for it. you need to find a surface where you can put your stuff on.
Step 4: Align the screen protector with the correct edges of your screen
Now you can start with the most satisfying step: Peeling the screen protector’s backing before placing it on your iPhone.
Before you start installing it on your iPhone, you need to make sure you align it with the right edges. For example, some screen protectors are cut off at the top to leave room for the front and face ID camera. If you have one of these screen protectors, make sure not to install it upside down.
Once you align it to your screen’s right edges, please start at the top and let it fall in its place.
Step 5: Make sure there are no bubbles left underneath the screen protector
At this step, your screen protector should be installed. Most of the time, you shouldn’t see any air bubbles if you have done it correctly, but if you do see them, just grab something like a credit card and start wiping those air bubbles toward the edges of the screen. Again, you don’t have to use much force as those bubbles should quickly diffuse out.