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How to remove air bubbles from a screen protector

Updated February 21, 2017

Screen protectors are transparent, sticky film coverings that are placed over the screens of computers, games, phones and other electronic devices. Screen protectors prevent scratching; however, it is not uncommon for bubbles to develop underneath them. Bubbles in your screen protector are unsightly and visually distracting. Follow these basic steps for removing air bubbles from your screen protector.

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  1. Power off your device.

  2. Use the edge of a credit card to press the bubbles out. Do not press too hard if you have a soft LCD screen. Heat the film just slightly with a blow dryer to soften it, but do not overheat the film or the device. Hold the credit card at an angle and work from the centre toward the edges.

  3. Remove the film and dunk it in a solution of rubbing alcohol, water and soap if the credit card did not sufficiently remove the bubbles. Fill a bowl or a tray with equal parts of alcohol and water and add one drop of soap. Peel the film off of the screen and submerge it in the solution. Hold the film up and shake of the excess liquid. Re-apply the film to the screen.

  4. Smooth down the newly applied film with a credit card and let it dry. Within thirty minutes the solution will evaporate and your protector should be newly adhered and laying flat.

  5. Tip

    Rubbing alcohol is a solvent and can cause skin and respiratory irritation. Wear rubber gloves and work in a ventilated area when working with rubbing alcohol.

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Things You'll Need

  • Credit card
  • Blow dryer
  • 70-percent rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap
  • Bowl or tray

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.

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