DIY Screen Protector

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DIY Screen Protector
You can make your own screen protector to protect your cell phone. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

All sorts of devices come with screens nowadays, from cell phones, tablets and portable gaming systems. If you want to protect one of these devices from scratches or damage, then you can install a screen protector. But instead of buying a kit specifically for your device, you can also buy a universal kit and do it yourself. This can be more affordable, and depending on the size of the kit you purchase, you may be able to use the kit on multiple screens.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Microfiber towel
  • Universal screen protector kit
  • Soft-tip marker
  • Cloth tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Squeegee

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  1. 1

    Clean the screen on the device thoroughly with the microfiber towel, and don't use any cleaners or chemicals in the process or you risk damaging your device.

  2. 2

    Place the screen protector on a flat surface with the adhesive side up. Lay the device facedown on the screen protector. Trace the outline of the device onto the screen protector with the soft-tip marker. Measure across the face of the device with the cloth tape measure and compare that measurement to the markings on the screen protector to ensure that you get a good fit.

  3. 3

    Cut out the screen protector along the marker line using the scissors. Peel back the adhesive backing on the screen protector with your hands and carefully align and then press the screen protector to the device.

  4. 4

    Run the squeegee firmly down the face of the screen protector to work out any bubbles in the film.

Tips and warnings

  • If you can't find a universal screen protector kit, then you can also use clear contact paper. The only difference is that it may become more difficult to remove the contact paper if you ever need to sell or replace the screen on the device.

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