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How to Get Rid of Scratches on Phone Screens

Updated March 23, 2017

We've all done it: tossed our cell phones into our clothes pocket, purse or even backpack without a cover, then became furious when we noticed a scratch on the screen. If you are a victim of a scratched cell phone screen, your first thought may be to replace the device altogether. Although, you'll have a new phone, taking this measure can be costly and it will not prevent the problem from happening again if you do not protect your phone screen. Fortunately, there are products available that remove light scratches from cell phone screens without much effort.

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  1. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on piece of tissue paper and rub it into the areas on your phone screen where the scratches are most visible.

  2. Allow the toothpaste to sit for a couple of minutes, then dab a fresh piece of tissue paper in some water and wipe the toothpaste residue off the screen.

  3. Examine the phone screen carefully to see if the toothpaste removed the scratches. If there are scratches still visible, try again.

  4. Purchase a cell phone scratch remover such as Displex, Novus or Scratch out.

  5. Wipe down your cell phone screen to remove any dirt and fingerprints with a damp cloth. Allow the screen to dry.

  6. Place a small amount of the cell phone scratch remover on a microfiber cloth or small buffer pad.

  7. Rub the solution onto your phone screen in a small circular motion for about 5 minutes. However, if the scratches on your screen are deep, you may need to rub the solution into the screen for 10 minutes or more.

  8. Wipe away the residue with a dry cloth. If you notice that your phone still has a few scratches present rub more of the solution onto the screen.

  9. Tip

    Apply a thin plastic screen protector to your phone screen to prevent the device from becoming scratched again.

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Things You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • Tissue
  • Damp towel
  • Cell phone scratch remover (If applicable)
  • Microfiber cloth or small buffer pad
  • Dry towel

About the Author

Based in Chicago, Kenyonda Bradley has been writing for online publications since 2008. With more than 10 years of experience as a hairstylist, she is also studying to become an elementary school teacher.

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