Do I need a screen protector on 4S?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 4, 2006
I just upgraded from a 3G to a 4S. On my 3G I was using a Screen Protector and felt it was necessary but how necessary is it to get a screen protector for the 4S?


macrumors 6502a
Sep 7, 2005
I just upgraded from a 3G to a 4S. On my 3G I was using a Screen Protector and felt it was necessary but how necessary is it to get a screen protector for the 4S?
The iPhone 4S screen can get scratched just like the 4, 3GS and prior models.

Some people don't mind scratches and blemishes, and some people do, so this is purely your decision.

If you felt it was necessary to use one on your 3G, then I would guess the same would apply to your shiny new 4S as well ;)




macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
I have tried almost very brand on the market. I CAN NOT apply them without bubbles.

I gave up. Only screen protection on my 4S is the Otterbox defender when out and about if it's wet.

Same goes for my 4.....No scratches, so mine is naked.


macrumors 601
Aug 18, 2009
Upstate NY
I prefer not to use a screen protector as well.

I too am unable to install a screen protector without bubbles. If I were going to get one, I would either have a Zagg installed by Best Buy or the Zagg cart at the mall or I would let the tech at AT&T do it.

I have had the 3GS, the 4, and now the 4S and yes, the screens CAN scratch. You may be lucky and have it not happen to you, but that's the gamble you take.

Otterbox is also a good option. Their warranty support is great.


macrumors newbie
Dec 11, 2011
No matter how good the screen protector is is, there's always some loss of touch sensitivity I think. So it's not worth it for me, a phone is meant to be used.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 18, 2011
Of course, the luxury of having a screen protector is priceless. I can clean screen with moist towel or even water droplets every week to keep it smooth and clear. Without one you risk the chance of water interfering.

Virtually no drawbacks for a screen protector, its not even expensive, and gives you that peace of mind, I don't know how I could go on a day without it.

Air bubbles can easily be avoided with a credit card and a smooth cloth*


macrumors member
Feb 23, 2009
For those that have problems with applying the screen protector, run your shower on hot for 5-10 min to get the bathroom steamy. Then take your phone and screen pro in the bathroom and apply it. The moisture will help keep the dust down.


macrumors 601
Dec 5, 2007
Yay Area, CA
I have invisible shield on front and back. I like them. Some people complain about the orange peel like but I noticed that only happens on their "Wet" ones and not the "Dry" ones. Furthermore, I was able to easily scratch the back of my Black iPhone 4S with no protector on.


macrumors 65816
Mar 21, 2009
Lviv, Ukraine
Use powersupport, I have been using the antiglare/matte versions since Iphone 3G... so years... never had issues..

1. Apply the screen protector as soon as you remove the factory film.

2. Follow instructions use the pre-film and apply as u would the real thing it helps with the dust etc

3. Even before you apply pre-film you should CLEAN your iphone IF you have been using it w/o a film. This mean VERY denatured alcohol or something like Iklear.

For me I avoid problems by installing when the phone is minty new and when I remove the factory protector. And because powesupprt is rigid you can solve dust issues with some good scotch tape. I specify scotch tape because some tapes out there r soft, have weird glue that leaves residue.


macrumors member
Sep 19, 2011
columbia, sc
I have the SGP ultra optics screen protector and it's awesome! I got it on amazon it was about 22 for 2 of them but it's definitely worth it. I was able to install it and remove the air bubbles with a squeegee card that comes with it.. I'm still debating on whether or not I need a back screen protector, since I use a case and so far I just need to clean it every couple of days.


macrumors member
Oct 14, 2011
I used one by powersupport (the glossy one) for 2 weeks before i got pissed off at the reduced touch sensitivity and how hard it was to clean the screen protector so i tossed it in the trash. just be careful with the phone and even if it does get a little scratch on the screen they are made to be used not displayed in an airtight cabinet!:)


macrumors 6502
Mar 25, 2008
I just upgraded from a 3G to a 4S. On my 3G I was using a Screen Protector and felt it was necessary but how necessary is it to get a screen protector for the 4S?
All models after the 3G have the new "oleophobic" glass, which makes it super-easy to wipe off fingerprints. It's magical. Seriously.

Covering that with a $2 piece of plastic? Ugggg. I'll take the occasional scratch, thanks.

The 4 and 4S up the ante by using Gorilla Glass, which is very hard to scratch. In the last year of very hard use without a protector and putting in my jeans pocket with my keys, my 4 picked up exactly one scratch. It is very small, invisible with the screen on, and only *just* visible with it off if you turn it so it reflects sunlight.

So no, you don't *need* a protector, and don't *want* one either.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 25, 2009
You don't need one. My iPhone 4s is only a few weeks old, but my 1st gen iPod Touch has never had a screen protector, never been scratched, and I've beat the heck out of it.

On the other hand, my iPhone 4s is currently inside an Otterbox Defender case, so take that as you will. ;)