How often do you replace screen protectors?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Retired Cat, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    I had a Belkin anti-glare film on my iPhone 5 but it was beat to all heck after 4 months. I finally replaced it today with a spare Incipio film that I had lying around.

    It is a PITA to put these things on, and small specks of dust kept landing on my screen as I was trying to install the replacement film.

    I used the hinge method with scotch tape to align the protector, so at least it's not crooked. The scotch tape also came in handy for picking specs of dust off the glass or the back of the screen protector.
     
  2. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

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    I've become quite a pro at applying screen protectors, I always do my friends phones. Putting a screen protector on my white 4S is more challenging. White phones make it super hard to line up.

    I replace mine probably every 10 months or so. Maybe every year. I replace when they get too scratched up. My phone is babied so my protectors stay pretty nice for a while.
     
  3. RichardC300 macrumors 65816

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    I use a glass one, so whenever it cracks or if I need a warranty replacement.

    But before, when I used plastic ones, probably every 3 to 4 months.
     
  4. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    1-2 times a month or when it gets scratched. I use my lifetime replacement warranty.
     
  5. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

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    1-2 times a month? So possibly 24 times a year? Holy hell.
     
  6. Oui macrumors 6502

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    Wow, I need to get in to the screen shield making business. I guess a sucker really is born every minute.
     
  7. ItBeMe22 macrumors 6502

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    Ok what is the hinge method. That is my problem aligning it. :)
     
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    I've been using the same one for 8 months. A couple of scratches, but nothing too bothersome.
     
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  11. Retired Cat thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm hoping not to have to replace this screen protector anytime soon, but I already miss my anti-glare film.

    The Incipio provided screen cover has superior clarity, but the reflections can be really bad when I'm watching a video.
     
  12. rjbeh macrumors regular

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    Been always using glass protectors ever since spigen introduced their glas.t series. Normally i would change my screen protectors if i start to see small hairline scratches on the screen.
     
  13. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Every time 1-2 months, or when the protector gets scratched up. I have ocd and that bothers me.
     
  14. takuma089 macrumors newbie

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    I think I changed about 5-6 times but its because with every case that I buy there is a free protector I change my screen protector so that I can use the ones that come with my cases
     
  15. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Wow seriously? I'd just get bored of doing it that often.

    I only replace them when they have a few deep scratches that annoy me when reading, watching videos and the like. That's usually every 6 months or so.
     
  16. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I have a lifetime replacement on mine so I can do it when I want to.
     
  17. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I get that it wouldn't cost you anything, but I'd just get bored of having to do it so often :p
     
  18. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I like my screen/ screen protector in prefect condition
     
  19. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

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    Just replaced the original screen protector on my old iPhone 3GS (bought on launch day, protector installed within the week following) a week or so ago. I forget the name of the brand but it's the flat green packaged ones they sell in Apple retail stores. I used it daily until I bought my iPhone 4 (on launch day), at which time it got passed down to my wife, who used it for 9 months or so until she also got an iPhone 4, at which time it went to my mother who used it until 3-4 months ago when she picked up an iPhone 4.

    About a month ago I activated it and threw some kid apps on it and let my 17 month old play with it a bit every few days. She finally dropped it on our creekstone fireplace which put a little gash in the screen protector.

    If you treat them with any sort of care they last.
     
  20. Rayfire macrumors 68020

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    I haven't replaced mine since I've placed it on last launch date. Still works fine, it's a crystal clear film I believe from Spigen. No hairline cracks whatsoever, I'm impressed. Hoping to use a glass screen protector for the next iPhone.
     
  21. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    I've not used screen protectors on my 2 yr old 4s, and the screen is still in great shape.
     
  22. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Rarely. It's unusual that I need to replace SGP's screen protectors. Haven't replaced the ones on my 4s or my wife's 5 at all.
     
  23. weimon macrumors newbie

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    I bought myself one of the roll on screen protectors and it is working great. That plus a can of dust remover spray has changed my life. No dust under the screen at all.
     
  24. Ta0jin macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I'm the same way, I can't stand having scratches on my screen protector.
     
  25. webslinger85 macrumors 6502a

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    When i used plastic ones, i'd change it every 2-3 months, but since switching to a glass screen shield i haven't changed it in 3 months, and i have no intention of changing i anytime soon.
     

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