How to Remove Scratches From a Smartphone Screen

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How to Remove Scratches From a Smartphone Screen
Don't give up on a scratched smartphone. (Frustrated Punk Businessman on his Cell Phone image by Scott Griessel from

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.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    Remove the painter's tape.

Tips and warnings

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

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