There is a moment in between when we drop a smartphone and it hits the ground that we are relieved to have bought a screen protector. The screen protectors are made of plastic or glass and help protect the screen of our device from scratches or breakage. However, there may come a time when you want to remove your screen protector whether it is damaged or in perfect working order. Here’s how to easily remove a screen protector.
Are you looking for a new screen protector? Check out our guide on installing screen protectors for a little help.
What is a screen protector?
A screen protector is a thin layer of plastic or glass that is placed on top of a device’s screen to protect it from damage. While plastic screen protectors are less likely to shatter, they are usually not as clear as a glass protector. While it is still possible to damage the screen of your device with a screen protector installed, the chances are significantly less.
If you need help choosing a new screen protector after removing your current one, be sure to check out our guides on the best screen protectors for the Apple iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S21.
How to remove a screen protector
In many cases, removing a screen protector does not require any additional tools other than a single fingernail; Some tools that can help you during the removal process include a toothpick, credit card, security guard, or business card. We also recommend using an alcohol wipe and a microfiber cloth to clean the screen after the protector is removed, but this is not a requirement.
Step 1: Start by trying to gently lift one corner of the screen protector. Use a fingernail, toothpick, credit card or guitar pick to gently pry the protector from the screen of the smartphone or tablet.
Step 2: After the corner is lifted, we recommend using a credit card or business card, slide it under the screen protector and gently move it until the screen protector releases.
Step 3: Once the screen protector is detached from the screen, carefully lift it off the surface and throw it away.
Step 4: Complete the process by cleaning your screen with an alcohol wipe and a microfiber cloth; a soft damp cloth can also be used. Do not try to clean your screen with chemicals.
Note: Take extra care when removing a glass screen protector, as the glass may crack. You may choose to wear a pair of gloves when removing a glass screen protector for extra protection. Dispose of the protector the same way you would any piece of glass.
Dealing with strong adhesives
In some situations, it can be difficult to get your fingernail or a tool under the corner of a screen protector to lift it. In this case, we have two recommendations. You can try using a piece of strong duct tape to lift the screen protector; do this by placing the duct tape on the corner of the screen protector and then slowly pulling it upwards.
Another option is to use a little heat from a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive on the screen protector; In this case, keep the hair dryer on the low setting only and focus on your appliance for about 15 seconds. When using a hairdryer, don’t concentrate on one place; move the focus of heat around the whole screen protector.