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str0ppy

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Hi. Is it necessary to clean the screen of a brand new iPhone straight out of the box before applying a glass screen protector. My thinking is that this is probably the screen at its most pristine. Cellophane off and apply straight away.
 

Appurushido

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Sep 28, 2012
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11 Pro Max straight out of the box. As soon as I took off the OEM plastic I had my screen protector waiting to be applied just seconds later. The only thing that could go wrong in the few seconds after you take off the OEM plastic and apply the screen protector is having a speck of dust ruin it for you. I had a perfect fit, no dust no cleaning.

It's not necessary, but to each their own. Good luck!
 

DevinNj

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Apr 27, 2016
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Yup, as soon as I open the box, the screen protector goes on. I use the shower trick. Close the bathroom door and turn on the shower to draw hot water to get the room steamy to eliminate dust in the air. Maybe that's a little extreme, but I can't stand when dust gets under a screen protector. Other times I've used a can of air duster to ensure there's no dust. But yeah, right out of the box.
 

Shadowbech

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Oct 18, 2011
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Hi. Is it necessary to clean the screen of a brand new iPhone straight out of the box before applying a glass screen protector. My thinking is that this is probably the screen at its most pristine. Cellophane off and apply straight away.
No it's not necessary to clean the screen straight out of the box. I've even seen Apple staff do this when customers buy those screen protector that they use the machine to install and they remove those cellophane and immediately put it on the machine without cleaning and it's a perfect install without any smudges or dust inside.
 

HDFan

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I've even seen Apple staff do this when customers buy those screen protector that they use the machine to install

I have had the opposite experience. After they remove the film from the new phone I have always seen them wipe the screen with the cloth before putting it in the machine.
 

JemTheWire

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Jun 10, 2012
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Done this for the last countless iPhones, and iPads for that matter. I can honestly say that no human digit has ever touched any of my iDevice screens. After I inboxed from new of course!
 

alpi123

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Yup, as soon as I open the box, the screen protector goes on. I use the shower trick. Close the bathroom door and turn on the shower to draw hot water to get the room steamy to eliminate dust in the air. Maybe that's a little extreme, but I can't stand when dust gets under a screen protector. Other times I've used a can of air duster to ensure there's no dust. But yeah, right out of the box.
This did not work for me. The phone screen would get foggy and I didn't feel like putting the screen protector on a foggy display. What works for me is using stickers to remove dust from the screen.
 
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DevinNj

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This did not work for me. The phone screen would get foggy and I didn't feel like putting the screen protector on a foggy display. What works for me is using stickers to remove dust from the screen.
Yeah, been there! You definitely don't want to make it a steam room, just enough to take the dust out of the air. Stickers work fine, but if the room is naturally dusty, it's still a pain in the rear. The cans of air duster work well too in those situations
 
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