Make A DIY Screen Protector For Your Gadgets

Howcast's video guide details how to make a screen protector for free by using materials from around your house. You've got no excuse for scratched up screens on your gadgets.

All you need is a ruler, permanent marker, clear packing tape, scissors, a bowl of water, dish soap and a credit card. First measure your screen, then measure the packing tape to fit and add an inch. Cut the tape straight, and hold the tape up by the extra inch to prevents fingerprints. Then drop the piece of tape for a couple of seconds in a bowl of water with a little soap in. (Don't make it too sudsy!) Put a drop of water on the screen, and apply the tape. Smudge out any air bubbles with the credit card, and finish off by cutting off the excess tape at the bottom.

While the video shows a mobile phone as an example, the method could be applied to any of your gadgets. Keep in mind the width of the packing tape is a possible limitation. Ever tried this before? Let us know how it worked for you in the comments.

Make a Screen Protector for your Cell Phone [Digital Inspiration via Howcast]


    Awesome idea... if you like crappy residue left on your screen if you ever have to remove it. Also the packing tape isn't hard enough to last very long. I'd wager that a couple of months of riding in a pocket with a sizeable keyring, and that thing would need replaced. Compared to no-adhesive-needed protectors, this is a waste of time. I'd rather replace a screen protector once every year and spend the $40 for 2x screen protectors than stuff around with this multiple times a year whenever it's torn off. If you've got a phone (or any other gadget) worth protecting - don't try to cheap out.

    I could imagine the residue when needed to be removed. No thanks

      Some of the better, more expensive tape wont leave residue. Like 3M brand.
      BEsides, the residue is very easy to remove.

      The adhesive on clear packing tape isnt very aggressive, so residue isnt an issue.

    Agree with posts above - and would add that there are many high quality, precut screen protectors available on well-known Hong Kong-based sites for <$2 with free worldwide shipping.

      totally agree,
      if not just a screen protector for <$2, a whole kit of stuff (styluses screen protectors, cases etc) for <$5, sometimes + s&h, sometimes not....

      starts with 'eb' and ends with 'ay'?

    I dont use any screen protector on my iPhone
    I dont see much point. It feels and looks much nicer without one. Whats the worst that could happen?

    Here's another no cost alternative: Don't remove the film from the screen that your phone gets shipped with in the first place.

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