Installing glass screen protectors

eclipse01

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I have installed many normal ones and have gotten pretty good at it. How much harder/different is it installing glass?
 

rperalta

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It's pretty difficult to get it centered on first time. If you can afford it, I would buy the brand Simpe Snap. Mine was installed in seconds and dead center. Go to simplesnap.com to check it out.
 

dictoresno

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From my experience, installing glass is way easier than plastic protectors. The glass cleanly lays down onto the screen and seals itself smoothly.
 

NeuralControl

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It's easier in the sense that bubbles are generally a non-issue. The adhesive on the glass screen protector does a good job of sticking the protector to your iPhone without bubbles remaining. However, it is a bit difficult to get it aligned perfectly. Regardless, it's a better process than the plastic screen protectors.
 

ok3wire

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I just installed a Zagg glass protector on my 5 after a many years of using their film protectors and I thought the glass protector was easier to install. Zagg includes two tabs that protrude off either end of the glass which remain in place until the SP is attached to the phone. These tabs, which are part of the top film, allow you to hover directly above the phone and get good alignment looking straight through the SP itself before you lay it down on the phone's screen. Once the SP is in place, the tabs get removed when the top protective film is peeled off.
 

DashSatan

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As long as you turn the phone off and use the hinge method you'll be golden.
I actually don't like the hinge method. For some reason, I find it more difficult. But like with the Zagg Glass, it has the tabs on top and bottom which make laying it on the phone straight so much easier now.
 

RichardC300

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Much easier. Run the hot shower for a few minutes to get your bathroom all steamy to get the dust out of the air. Tape your phone to the toilet seat so it doesn't move while you are applying it. Hold the glass screen protector at all four corners after removing the plastic over the adhesive. Drop it centered on the phone.

No pulling screen protectors up because it is misaligned. It's easier to misalign with plastic ones, because you only align one edge before you stick the rest on, whereas glass ones, you have to align the whole thing from the start.
 

eclipse01

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Much easier. Run the hot shower for a few minutes to get your bathroom all steamy to get the dust out of the air. Tape your phone to the toilet seat so it doesn't move while you are applying it. Hold the glass screen protector at all four corners after removing the plastic over the adhesive. Drop it centered on the phone.

No pulling screen protectors up because it is misaligned. It's easier to misalign with plastic ones, because you only align one edge before you stick the rest on, whereas glass ones, you have to align the whole thing from the start.
I do use the shower method typically when doing all other screen protectors.
 

Shadowbech

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Oct 18, 2011
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I actually don't like the hinge method. For some reason, I find it more difficult. But like with the Zagg Glass, it has the tabs on top and bottom which make laying it on the phone straight so much easier now.
I actually like the hinge method and used the method to install Zagg Glass onto mine and I can get it perfectly aligned in the middle without those tabs. I've tried using the tabs and it's gone wrong on me and misaligned. So I don't like them.