Installing tempered glass screen protector

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by trevorplease, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. trevorplease macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2009
    This will be my first time using a glass protector. The part about having one shot to put it on correctly scares me as I don't have the money to try again and again.

    I noticed a lot of the instructions say to press down in the middle of the screen after aligning it. Does this mean if you place the glass down lightly, it will not start adhering and you can nudge the sides with your finger till it's perfect? and then press down to start the adhering process?
  2. tokiidokii macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2008
    the first time i installed a glass protector... it was def nerve wrecking (i'm so ocd when it comes to air bubbles from dust and dirt). also, the price of these types of protectors is another incentive to not mess up!

    i got the original glas.t when it first came out. i used the 'hinge method' (you can find videos on youtube on how to do this). basically you align the protector and tape the sides to the phone, creating a hinge, so you can 'drop' the protector after you take off the protective plastic and you'll get perfect alignment.

    i added another part to my installation process. this involved me using those air duster canisters. after i got everything aligned and cleaned the screen with an alcohol prep pad (it came with the protector), i rigged the trigger of the canister so it'll constantly fire a stream of air (i just used a rubber band) and i just aimed it at the phone's screen so no dust settle on top.

    then i took of the protective backing of the screen protector (i kept the duster continually firing at the screen), and when i'm happy that i didn't see any dust, i just let the protector drop on my phone. i didn't press down right away since i inspected it first to make sure no dust crept under at the last minute.

    when i saw that everything was in order, i just pressed the middle of the protector and allowed it to do its thing. then you just use basically coerce w/e air bubble is still present, to the edges to get the finished look.

    of course my ocd kicked in so i held my phone at all angles at a light source and no dust! it was a perfect installation!

    tl:dr - use the hinge method (youtube has vids) to get perfect alignment, and REALLY make sure screen is dust free, for a perfect installation.
  3. Holmes093 macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2010
    Go Into the bathroom, whack up the heat so it gets nice and steamy. Wipe your phone down and just when you think you have wiped it enough, do it again.

    I peel off the whole plastic sheet on the glass protectors and lay it straight down.
  4. hidefguy macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2009
    Hinge Method

    or a suction cup (comes with Bodyguardz Pure btw) to align.
  5. trevorplease thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2009
    thanks for this. did you just use any old scotch tape? what if the hinge is crooked lol.

    Also as for alignment, that's where my question is does it start adhering on its own as soon as its placed down?
  6. tokiidokii macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2008
    i actually used masking tape but i'm sure you can use scotch tape (i used masking tape coz it's wider so more stability i guess). the hinge won't be crooked coz you'll be aligning the protector first, and then you'll put like 2 pieces of tape on the side (like a door hinge).

    and alignment wise, you align first without peeling off the protector of the adhesive side. it might be a little annoying aligning the protector coz it'll slide around lol. my advice is just be patient with it and you'll be fine. and really the biggest thing is not letting any dust in.

    so like what another has said, you can do it in the bathroom with the hot water and stuff... i didn't do it since my bathroom is fairly big and i would had have to waste a lot of water to get it all steamy.
  7. trevorplease thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2009
    I ended up just placing down the Pure lightly and it did not adhere, so I was able to nudge the sides with my finger tips gently until it was perfect, and pressed down and it was a breeze after that.

    Ended up with two dust spots that I'm not proud of, but at this point not willing to pay for another shot at it.

    In other news, the Ultratough skin from BodyGuardz is utter crap. It's camera cut out's is crooked and the side strips are not cut rather sloppily and not precisely. I talked to a rep and she shut me down saying that's how it's supposed to be. So I'm probably not getting anything from them again.

    So if you're still following me here, I'm looking for a good back screen protector that's one piece.
  8. Ruckus12, Sep 26, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013

    Ruckus12 macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2008
    Crap, i just bought an ultratough back protector lol i'll check it out to see whats up

    Do you have any pictures of what you're talkin bout? lol i might just not open it and return it or resell it if that's the case, was looking at bestskinsever matte back skin too..
  9. trevorplease thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2009
    I actually do

    I made an imgur album

    the camera cut out is definitely crooked, but the rep said it could be straightened out while on the phone. which i tried, still crooked.
    don't mind the crookedness of the protector itself, i gave up trying to make it straight as it was very sticky to move.

    i dont have pictures of the side strips, but the cut outs for volume button and ports were literally crooked.
  10. Ruckus12 macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2008
    Thanks for the picture! that does look awful... is there enough room to just center it so that there's even gap all around the camera? or does that create excess skin on the bottom/top?
  11. trevorplease thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2009
    i'm gonna say that there is room since all i needed to do was move it down a little, but it was just so sticky to move i gave up.
  12. crashnburn macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2009
  13. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    The glass ones go on easy. Just clean the surface well to the edges. You can pry up edges carefully if you get dust trapped. I lightly blow on the screen as I apply. Worked we'll for me.
  14. jessica0123 macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2016
    I've tried many times and they work perfect!In my opinion,halos and bubbles are most causal common,if you clean the surface carefully and press the protector at right time,everything will be ok,of coures,despite the fact that your protector is of poor quality.Which brand is your prefer?
  15. Russtopher macrumors regular


    Apr 17, 2016
    Pacific Northwest
    I just applied my first tempered glass screen protector. It took a couple of minutes and was very simple. Glad I did it. WAY better than those crappy, thin plastic ones that are a PITA to apply. Go for it! :)
    --- Post Merged, Dec 1, 2016 ---
    I just applied my fist tempered glass screen protector. It was very easy. No problems with bubbles, dust, etc. I purchased a few of them from the Dollar store, after reading and hearing positive reviews on them. Yes, the Dollar Tree store! I figured that at $1.00 each, it wasn't much of a gamble. It went on quite easily. It looks and feels great. And at that price, I picked up a few extras. I've heard that they are as good as some of the MUCH higher priced versions. :)


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