How To Remove A Screen Protector

Tech Tips

When it’s time to trade in your phone or remove an old screen protector, it’s important to know how to remove it properly. Using the wrong tools or the wrong techniques could leave you with a broken protector or worse case scenario, a broken screen. 

Steps to Remove a Screen Protector

  1. Begin by trying to lift the screen protector from a corner. Try each one until one gives. Be gentle— there’s no need to use too much force. If you cannot pry one loose with a fingernail, try using a toothpick. Point the sharp end upwards toward the protector, rather than down towards the phone’s screen.
  2.  When you find a corner that will budge, don’t give in to the urge to yank the rest of the screen protector up. Move along the perimeter of the screen protector, loosening the edges, and peeling it up as you go. It’s especially important to be careful as you do this if your screen is shattered. You don’t want little glass pieces falling everywhere. Keep pulling slowly until the protector is completely detached.

An optional step that some may find helpful when removing a tempered glass screen protector is to slightly heat up and loosen the adhesive. You can do this by pointing a hair dryer on low at your screen for about fifteen seconds.

Other Options to Remove a Screen Protector

Another option is to slide a credit card into the gap once a corner of the screen protector is loose. Slowly push the credit card along so that it lifts the protector until it’s completely removed.

One other method to remove a screen protector is to use duct tape. Take a piece of duct tape and roll it around two of your fingers. Make sure the sticky side is facing out. Press the duct tape onto a corner of the protector and begin slowly rolling away. The duct tape should adhere to the screen protector and then easily come off. This method is especially helpful if you have a thin, flexible screen protector rather than a tempered glass protector.

Now that you’ve removed your screen protector, clean your phone screen with an alcohol wipe and microfiber cloth, and you’re good to go.

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