How to Remove Scratches From a Smartphone Screen

Updated February 21, 2017

Cell phones take a lot of abuse, from rubbing against car keys in a pocket to getting dropped on the pavement. It's a miracle they last as long as they do. For many cell phone users, it's difficult to keep a cell phone long without scratching its screen. Many smartphones have very large screens, and scratches reduce visibility on them. If your smartphone's screen is scratched, consider a quick home remedy before buying a new one.

Turn off your phone and cover all its parts with painter's tape, leaving the screen uncovered.

Wipe the phone's screen with a clean, damp microfiber cloth. Allow it to air dry completely.

Place a small amount of car polish on a clean microfiber cloth.

Rub the polish in a small circular pattern on your phone's screen and allow it to dry. This usually takes about 5 minutes.

Use a clean microfiber cloth to gently buff off the dried polish. Use small circular motions, shaking out the cloth frequently to get rid of excess wax.

Remove the painter's tape.


Only use delicate car polish. Some car polishes are meant for significant restorations and are quite powerful.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Microfiber cloths (3)
  • Car polish
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About the Author

Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.