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How to Keep Your Phone Safe From Scratches

Scratches on your phone can make it hard to read your screen. It’s a good idea to use screen shield covers, cell phone cases, or both, to protect your phone from damage.


Select the Best Screen Cover
Screen shields need to cover the surfaces without impairing operation. Look for protectors that have the following benefits:


  • Scratch-Resistant Surface - protectors without this feature will protect your screen, but they often get scratches themselves.


  • Anti-Glare Film - this feature will allow you to use your phone in sunlight without obscuring the display.


  • Adhesive-Free Cover - a screen cover with adhesive can ruin the screen and make it difficult to apply a new cover if you remove it. So be sure to get a cover that does not use adhesives.


Find the Right Case
Cell phone cases vary by design, so what works best depends on the functions you desire. Some people prefer cases that clip onto belts, while others prefer hard cases that offer more durability.

Most cases are either fitted or universal. Manufacturers usually produce cases that fit their phones perfectly. The silicone protector slips onto the cell phone to protect its edges and backing. Fitted cases come in a variety of colors and may have added features, such as belt clips. One downside is the exposed screen, but a screen shield can increase the overall protection.

Universal cases can protect a variety of cell phone models; however, some do not conform to the phone as well as fitted cases. The case needs to fit snugly, but be careful not to scratch your phone when you insert or remove it from the case. Universal cases come in a variety of styles and may have features like magnetic buttons or belt clips. You can buy hardcover cases or find cases with softer materials, like silicone.


Apply the Screen Shield Correctly
The following steps can help you maximize your screen shield's protection:


1. Clean the screen with a microfiber cloth to remove any oil residue left by your fingers.


2. Use office tape to remove any cloth residue or dust left on the screen. Take a strip of tape and press part of it onto your phone. Allow the tape to adhere and then pull the tape off. Get a new piece of tape and move to a different area of the screen. Repeat the process until you have cleared the entire surface. Work quickly to minimize the amount of dust that will reattach to the surface before you apply the screen cover.

3. Remove a small amount of the backing for the screen protector, starting near the top. Line up the film and press it to a corner of the phone screen. Work your way down the phone, pulling off small sections of backing as you go and rubbing the cover onto the screen to remove air pockets.

4. Make sure the shield doesn't hang over any buttons or edges. If it does, try to realign the shield for a better fit or trim the excess with scissors. Removing the screen cover can reduce the film's adhesiveness or create additional air bubbles, so avoid doing so where possible.

5. Work out remaining air bubbles using a flat-edged card or a miniature squeegee. Set the flat-edge at a slight angle and press it across the protector's surface, working from the screen's center to its edges.

6. Put the phone in its case after you have the screen shield secured correctly to the phone.


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