Dear Lifehacker, I know that it's a good idea to keep a screen protector on my phone, especially if I want to sell it later to offset the price of my upgrade. The problem is, there are a lot of protectors to choose from, and even after I've got one, how do I apply it without messing it up? Signed, Needs Protection
A lot of people use screen protectors on their mobile device these days. One of the most common questions people have is '‘what is the best way to apply them?' This question is also followed quickly by, "How do you keep thing from getting stuck to the bottom when you are putting them on?" The video demonstration above answers both question. But first, let's start with the basics.
What are screen protectors and what are they good for?
Screen protectors come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. It seems that no matter what type of device, be it tablet, iPhone, Android device or feature phone there is a screen protector you can pick up to help keep the screen looking new.
Screen protectors in the general sense are mainly used to protect the screen from scratching, however they have evolved into other uses as well, including screen privacy, and anti-sticky stuff (fingerprints, makeup, etc). But how do you choose the right ones for you?
What types of screen protectors are there?
Regular Screen Protectors:
- Usually the lowest cost and come in the largest number per pack.
- These are basic screen protectors, mostly used for scratch protection.
- Don't really repel anything since they are just as glossy as the device's screen is.
- Don't last a really long time unless they are well taken care of, since this is the case, they usually have 3 or more in a pack.
Privacy Screen Protectors:
- Privacy screen protectors are usually thicker then most other screen protectors and are either reflective like a mirror or have a texture to them that blocks view from any angle unless looking at it directly.
- These are often a bit harder to apply because they are not as pliable, but it completely depends on the brand and thickness.
- Offer scratch protection as well privacy for your browsing security.
- Textured types can also be anti stick, but mirrored are the worst for repelling fingerprints and other things due to the ultra smooth and reflective style.
- Fairly expensive for the amount you get, usually come in a pack of one or two.
- The thickness can often lead to peeling from the edges when they get stuck on things like your pocket, purse, etc making them less desirable for longevity.
Anti-Glare Screen Protectors:
- Depending on the brand and quality, cost can be higher, and usually come in packs of two.
Not too thick which makes them easier to apply.
- Great for repelling fingerprints and other sticky substances.
Now that we understand what screen protectors are and they different types, we can learn what you all want to know... application. Check out the video at top if you haven't already for a step-by-step guide.
Hope that helps!