iPhone X How to remove small scratches

The Tos

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Hello,
Anyone have any at home remedies for a small scratch on my iphone x screen? I tried the toothpaste method but to no avail. Any ideas?
 

Givmeabrek

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All you can do is cover it up. Maybe one of those liquid coatings or a screen protector. Any polishing will just damage the coatings.
 

The Tos

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I have a screen protector coming in today. Hopefully that will do the trick. Its nothing major, just a small scratch the always catches my eye.
 

Tgrey

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scratch on glass is not fixable, put a screen protector on to hide it
 

Relentless Power

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I have a screen protector coming in today. Hopefully that will do the trick. Its nothing major, just a small scratch the always catches my eye.
As others have said, micro-scratches are generally not repairable. A screen protector will conceal the scratches relatively easily And of course prevent future ones. I would never try anything that could be more abrasive that could scratch the display further like toothpaste, as that could also interfere with the oleophobic coating.
 

bhodinut

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I use 3 micron diamond paste to polish my Apple Watch and iPhones. Always works and leaves the glass perfect. It won't remove deep scratches but light ones disappear. Just take care not to use too much or get it in the ear speaker opening.
 
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dawesie1

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Just noticed a small scratch on my 2 week old XR - devastating! What is the likelihood of this turning into a full blown crack as time goes by?

Re the 'toothpaste method' - this is the first result that came up and I immediately discarded as absurd. I mean, I have no scientific basis on which to make that decision but I'm very sceptical about smearing toothpaste all over my smartphone!
 

ilawlin

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I thought everybody gets a screen protector as soon as they purchase a phone. A couple of years back, I dropped my one-week-old 5s onto the sidewalk. I was about to slip the phone into my pocket when it just slid out of my hand and fell screen first. There was a long crack in the center and few other peripheral cracks. As it turned out, the cracks were only on the protector. I got it replaced immediately. My phones have never been without a screen protector, really. A very helpful addition, I'd say.
 
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dawesie1

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I thought everybody gets a screen protector as soon as they purchase a phone. A couple of years back, I dropped my one-week-old 5s onto the sidewalk. I was about to slip the phone into my pocket when it just slid out of my hand and fell screen first. There was a long crack in the center and few other peripheral cracks. As it turned out, the cracks were only on the protector. I got it replaced immediately. My phones have never been without a screen protector, really. A very helpful addition, I'd say.
Fair question but personally I’ve never had one and haven’t suffered, until now. I’ve tried two already on my xr and they both bubbles and the touch response wasn’t as good. Not really sure where to go from here other than trying more and more protectors.
 
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Relentless Power

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Just noticed a small scratch on my 2 week old XR - devastating! What is the likelihood of this turning into a full blown crack as time goes by?

Re the 'toothpaste method' - this is the first result that came up and I immediately discarded as absurd. I mean, I have no scientific basis on which to make that decision but I'm very sceptical about smearing toothpaste all over my smartphone!
Don’t use toothpaste, as it’s partially abrasive and will remove the Oleophobic coating, with the potential to make things worse. If the screen is scratched, it’s permanent, there is nothing you can do to remove the scratches.
 

dawesie1

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Don’t use toothpaste, as it’s partially abrasive and will remove the Oleophobic coating, with the potential to make things worse. If the screen is scratched, it’s permanent, there is nothing you can do to remove the scratches.
I won't be using toothpaste, don't worry. It seems to be an utterly ridiculous suggestion which I will most certainly be ignoring.

I assumed that the scratch is permanent but just wanted to check with others.
 
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baller1308

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Fair question but personally I’ve never had one and haven’t suffered, until now. I’ve tried two already on my xr and they both bubbles and the touch response wasn’t as good. Not really sure where to go from here other than trying more and more protectors.
I installed a glass protector (InvisibleShield) on my mom's phone and it was easy to install and didn't bubble. I tend to not use any screen protectors myself.
I won't be using toothpaste, don't worry. It seems to be an utterly ridiculous suggestion which I will most certainly be ignoring.

I assumed that the scratch is permanent but just wanted to check with others.
Yeah, I can see more things going wrong if you were to use toothpaste. I don't know what any current scratches will look like if you were to place a screen protector on the screen, but it will prevent future scratches.
 

DomW25

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Fair question but personally I’ve never had one and haven’t suffered, until now. I’ve tried two already on my xr and they both bubbles and the touch response wasn’t as good. Not really sure where to go from here other than trying more and more protectors.
Try a tempered glass protector?

I’m awful at applying screen protectors but have managed to apply one with no bubbles at all. I think they’re less temperamental/fiddly than the plastic ones.

I’ve had 2 on mine, the Otterbox Alpha Glass and my current one which I can’t remember who was made by, but it’s holding up quite well.

Touch responsiveness hasn’t been an issue, and unless you look at the edges you forget you have one on!
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Fair question but personally I’ve never had one and haven’t suffered, until now. I’ve tried two already on my xr and they both bubbles and the touch response wasn’t as good. Not really sure where to go from here other than trying more and more protectors.
 

Nhwhazup

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Screen protector will cover up that scratch. I like the cheap Tethys edge to edge ones that you get on Amazon. Cheap price and you get 3 to a pack. I find these easy to install and bubble free. I’m a stickler for specs of dust so I do the steamy bathroom trick and have lint rollers and sticky tape at the ready.