iPhone XS Micro scratches on the iPhone screen.

BR4DOKYBrazil

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Last year I had an iPhone X. I've always used it with the original Apple case but never wore protective film on the device screen. I'm always very careful. I remember looking at the iPhone against the sun I could notice micro scratches on the screen of the device exactly where I use the finger to do the scrolling of the screen. And the same is happening on my iPhone Xs. There are already two micro scratches on the screen. I see those resistance tests where they try to scratch the screen of the device with knives, screws, keys and no scratches, but my finger scratch?
 

bruinsrme

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It's impossible that your finger scratched your screen from scrolling unless you had some sort of hard residue (sand, etc.) on it. The micro-scratches were probably caused by something in your pocket.
Keys, coins, rings on the finger as you reach into your pocket and so on.
I hate screen protectors more than micro scratches. I love iPhone upgrade program and running a naked phone.
There are numerous micro scratches on my phone but they don’t interfere with the active display
 

BR4DOKYBrazil

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Remembering that I only put my iPhone in my right pocket. I do not put it together with anything. Only it. It really comes off with a few dusty, even because of the original Apple case that is a magnet for this. Do not clean the screen on my t-shirt. Only with a moist microfiber cloth. I have all the necessary care. I hate screen protector. I hated case too, but the device is very expensive and in Brazil there is no exchange program. And the funny thing is that really the scratches are exactly where I step the finger to scroll the pages of social networks, web, etc.
 

JBGoode

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Keys, coins, rings on the finger as you reach into your pocket and so on.
I hate screen protectors more than micro scratches. I love iPhone upgrade program and running a naked phone.
There are numerous micro scratches on my phone but they don’t interfere with the active display
I hate them too. Screen protectors are very ugly looking on such nice devices. Micro-scratches are essentially invisible so it's worth the risk to me.
 

NJHitmen

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I experienced similar micro-scratching with my iPhone 7. Used that thing daily for 2 1/2 years, always kept it in its own pocket (no keys/coins/wallet/etcetera), never put it face down on anything. I babied the hell out of that screen. Yet despite my best efforts, it somehow accumulated a bunch of small, faint scratches anyway. Not a ton, but enough to be easily noticeable in the right light.

My theory is that I somehow unwittingly subjected the phone to small abrasive particles...maybe a few grains of sand in my pocket, a bit of dirt, or a single speck on my finger. And those particles rubbed against the screen. I can't even imagine how/when this might have happened, but I concede it's possible over 30 months of ownership & constant use.

So, when I bought my new Max, I figured I'd give a screen protector a try. Never used one before. I installed the protector, and continued to baby the new phone just as before. Yet after only two weeks, I already see a few more micro-scratches. This time, of course, it's the protector that's getting scratched.

I guess the moral of the story, at least for me and the manner in which I use my phone, is that these tiny marks are unavoidable. At least now I can simply swap screen protectors and immediately go back to a pristine display. For a little while.
 

Drowssap

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I was on a motorcycle ride yesterday, one bud's XR fell out of his pocket at 30MPH, you could clearly see the impact damage on the hard case he was using also the screen protector was cracked, the phone however suffered no damage and still looked and performed as new.
 
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perezr10

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I found that when I wear jeans I have to put my iPhone screen facing out because there is a metal rivet in my jeans pocket that will scratch my screen when I’m sliding it in or out if I’m not careful.

I need to find some blue jeans that don’t use metal rivets at the top of the pockets.
 
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BR4DOKYBrazil

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I found that when I wear jeans I have to put my iPhone screen facing out because there is a metal rivet in my jeans pocket that will scratch my screen when I’m sliding it in or out if I’m not careful.

I need to find some blue jeans that don’t use metal rivets at the top of the pockets.
Every time I go to buy or wear jeans, I pay attention to these metal rivet! With a sill can scratch the screen or the body of the device!
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The coating on the screen is much more soft compared to the screen. I think just you finger can leave micro scratches in the softer coating.
Oleophobic coating?
 

Relentless Power

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Oleophobic coating?
There is only one coating on the screen, that’s the Oleophobic coating. It’s basically a superficial layer that creates a minor barrier from scratch/scuffs on the display that wears off with usage over the course of time on the phone. I Believe that was what that member was trying to say.
 
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wproct

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I used to always buy a screen protector, automatic for a new phone. However, I just didn't like them and starting with my last Iphone, a 5s, I just started going without a protector. I use decent care with my phones and I haven't noticed any scratches on my 5s or my current 6s. I just don't examine my screen very closely in the sunlight.
 
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bryanc28

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The iPhone 8 at work has all those ugly micro scratches. When I bought my iPhone 8, within minutes I threw a screen protector on it. Also got a soft folio case. So far zero scratches. It’s weird as I never ever used a protector until now. My iPhone SE was in a cheap case and no screen protector. That phone went through torture, but it had ZERO scratches on the screen.
 
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BR4DOKYBrazil

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The iPhone 8 at work has all those ugly micro scratches. When I bought my iPhone 8, within minutes I threw a screen protector on it. Also got a soft folio case. So far zero scratches. It’s weird as I never ever used a protector until now. My iPhone SE was in a cheap case and no screen protector. That phone went through torture, but it had ZERO scratches on the screen.
I have the impression that the more we take care of the device, the more scratches it appears.
 
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Nhwhazup

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I like the screen protector to prevent scratches but also can just switch it out when the oleophobic coating wears away and you are left with all smudges and fingerprints that show in the sun and shade.

And I tried the Fusso brand oleophobic restorer - it did literally nothing. I put 3 applications on every night for 4 nights and let it sit for 10-12 hours. The screen feels super smooth in the morning but ends up a smudgey fingerprint mess within a couple of hours. So for the price of the Fusso, I could have purchased 7 Tethys edge to edge screen protectors.
 
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The new iPhone XS have stronger glass, apparently if you make it more shatter-resistant, then it can scratch more easily.

After noticing micro-scratching iPhone X, I decided to do a test on my iPhone XS and what is causing the scratches. After receiving the device in the winter, I bought a few pants to place my iPhone XS in (convenient timing). At this point, I can be pretty sure no dust or debris have gotten into my pants, especially since I had a jacket covering the pocket.

Now Spring has started, and I finally noticed 4 micro-scratches on my iPhone XS. Even after being careful it still managed to get scratched. The iPhone is almost always in my pocket, unless I’m at home, then it’s on the wireless charger all day. And I’m careful about it being inserted into my pocket.

What I can predict what happened is me getting my hands dirty from opening the car doors when snow was melting and mud was splashing onto my vehicles, then those supposedly clean fingers got debris and dirt into my pockets and that scratched there. I guess my pockets were compromised after that, but I check my hands if I felt grime on the door handles.

The thing about the scratching is that it happened only from the middle to bottom. Now I’m curious if my nails can scratch the display, since the scratches follows the reach of my thumb and the streaks are similar. Usually if I refresh content in an app by pulling down, my thumb makes contact with the display, as I go down it starts to get in contact with my nails, and that’s where I’m seeing the scratches.

I’m assuming nails can cause micro-scratching, like how stainless steel can get scratches by basically anything.
 
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Nhwhazup

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The new iPhone XS have stronger glass, apparently if you make it more shatter-resistant, then it can scratch more easily.

After noticing micro-scratching iPhone X, I decided to do a test on my iPhone XS and what is causing the scratches. After receiving the device in the winter, I bought a few pants to place my iPhone XS in (convenient timing). At this point, I can be pretty sure no dust or debris have gotten into my pants, especially since I had a jacket covering the pocket.

Now Spring has started, and I finally noticed 4 micro-scratches on my iPhone XS. Even after being careful it still managed to get scratched. The iPhone is almost always in my pocket, unless I’m at home, then it’s on the wireless charger all day. And I’m careful about it being inserted into my pocket.

What I can predict what happened is me getting my hands dirty from opening the car doors when snow was melting and mud was splashing onto my vehicles, then those supposedly clean fingers got debris and dirt into my pockets and that scratched there. I guess my pockets were compromised after that, but I check my hands if I felt grime on the door handles.

The thing about the scratching is that it happened only from the middle to bottom. Now I’m curious if my nails can scratch the display, since the scratches follows the reach of my thumb and the streaks are similar. Usually if I refresh content in an app by pulling down, my thumb makes contact with the display, as I go down it starts to get in contact with my nails, and that’s where I’m seeing the scratches.

I’m assuming nails can cause micro-scratching, like how stainless steel can get scratches by basically anything.
My oleophobic coating is definitely more worn off at the bottom in the middle where I do the constant swiping up to close apps. Never noticed that on my prior home button phone - with a press on plastic as opposed to a rub.
 
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