How to attach a screen protector to your phone without air bubbles

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How to attach a screen protector to your phone without air bubbles
Screen protectors are easier to clean if your phone gets flecks of moisture on it. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Screen protectors keep your phone screen from getting scratched and can help prevent cracks if you drop the phone. Air bubbles under the protective plastic can make it difficult to see the screen. Most screen protectors can be removed and reapplied, so even if you have air bubbles you can remove them. For best results, only pull up an in-use screen protector as far as the bubbles, to retain as much stickiness as possible.

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Things you need

  • Flat plastic object (like a comb)

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  1. 1

    Make sure the screen protector is the right size for your screen. If it was made specifically for your phone, it will be. Otherwise, cut it to the correct size.

  2. 2

    Clean your phone screen gently of any oil or dust.

  3. 3

    Peel up one side of the screen protector from its backing and apply that sticky side to one side of your phone screen.

  4. 4

    Apply the rest of the protector slowly as follows: press down the protector slowly with a flat plastic object -- such as the back of a comb, not something that could scratch the phone --while pulling away the backing from the other side. Go slowly so it applies evenly. This slow movement while pressing down will prevent air bubbles.

  5. 5

    Slide your flat finger across the surface of the protector a couple of times to press out any tiny amounts of remaining air.

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