Poll:How many times do you replace screen protectors?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by viewfly, May 6, 2015.


How often do you replace your SP per year?

  1. I never replaced my SP in one year or phone cycle.

    7 vote(s)
  2. 1-2 times per year due to scratches.

    7 vote(s)
  3. More than 3x per year due to scratches.

    5 vote(s)
  4. Only replace due to wear, bubbles, or lifting over time.

    13 vote(s)
  1. viewfly, May 6, 2015
    Last edited: May 6, 2015

    viewfly macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2009
    How many times do you change/replace your Screen Protector?

    Let's do it per year ( or phone cycle). I'm curious to see some stats on screen protector replacements do to the screen protector being scratched or broken in use.

    DO NOT include replacement because you wanted to try another SP brand or due to misalignment during install. If you tried 3 brands of SP and never scratch any in one year, then vote for option 1

    My wife has a SP on, but never has scratches. I've seen others walk around with scratched SP or severely bubbled SP and wonder why they don't change them... They look awful.

    I go back and forth about SP. I do see the point that even if the SP is softer than the glass, it's thickness alone could prevent a scratch from a hard sand particle. When that happens, I'd be compelled to replace the SP since I like the pristine look. In general though, I've been very lucky.

    So I'm curious to learn others experience.

    Any type of SP. glass, film, edge to edge or less.

    I gave some other options to check as well. You can vote for multiuser options. For example choice 1 and 4.

    1. Never change my SP, because it hasn't scratched or broken
    2. Change it 1-2 times per year due to scratches or breakage.
    3. Change it more than 3x per year due to scratches or breakage.
    4. Change the SP only do to lifting, bubbles that develop or wear and smudges.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Only when I have too. My last ghost armor lasted about 2 years, so it I didn't need to replace it given that the phone was going to be replaced.
  3. viewfly thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2009
    Thanks. So you voted for option 4, I would think.
  4. kargurin macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2015
    I've never had to do it. But these glass things are new. And I had trouble putting mine on, lifting it twice and creating a loss of adhesive in the bottom left corner. So that might be a weak point going forward.
  5. wproct macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2014
    I'm like kargurin, I've only replaced one, and that was a tempered glass protector that was repeatedly lifted because of a case that was bumping it. Many people would have just left it alone, but I just couldn't stand the looks of one corner not sticking down.:eek:
  6. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    I received my Plus on launch day and technically I'm on my 3rd screen protector. The first one I had to scrap immediately because it had some fuzz under it when I applied it. The second I had for a few months, bumped it on the bathroom faucet and it cracked a bit. The third has been on for a few months and I haven't had any issues. I'll only replace it if it cracks.

    Prior to this I've always used Otterbox Defender or Armor cases w/ built in plastic screen protector. While I liked the protection of the case the plastic screens were kind of meh. The glass screen protectors work like a dream. Much better.
  7. viewfly thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2009

    Yeah, if the screen protector has fuzz under it or partially lifts off, that would be very annoying. After all we think of using SP to avoid even having minute scratches or imperfections on the iPhone screen.

    Any more votes? There must be a lot of users out there.
  8. viewfly thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2009
    Thanks for the replies so far.

    So few screen protector users with experience?
  9. rc0310 macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
    I change them whenever the oleophobic coating wears off on the screen protector.

    Tend to change it about every 2 months to keep the fingerprints away and the phone looking new all the time. #
  10. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020


    Sep 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Normally I'll keep my screen protector on for a full year or more. However my last screen protector chipped due to being hit with a metal seat belt. Actually was a good thing, as I went from a case friendly screen protector to an edge to edge Benks Pro, which I really, really like.
  11. a.guillermo macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2015
    I usually put in on, and leave it there. If the edges started to peel (an issue i've yet to come across) I would consider getting a new one.
  12. jr866gooner macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    Option two for me, once a year maybe, I only changed twice within this year because my screen was replaced last year and this year it was my entire phone... Otherwise the same protector would no doubt have stayed because they're a bugger to put on lol
  13. natsinicky macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2014
    I get a new one when it starts to look scratchy. Ain' nobody got time for that.
  14. viewfly thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2009
    It does seem we are 50-50 split between those that never scratchy SP and those that do. However SP are predominantly changed from either scratches or lifting/ bubble of the SP itself.

  15. Ringside, May 13, 2015
    Last edited: May 13, 2015

    Ringside macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    In the past I'd always use plastic protectors. They obviously scratch up much easier than todays tempered glass. I would change every 5-6 months. Would do more often but it's a pain in the butt. Hate the look of a crappy protector but I do get lazy about replacing it. I've most definitely have removed ones because of bad installs. Got to be perfect, super OCD about it. Have gone through more than usual with the 6 mainly because of the new curved display and experimenting with different ones. Currently have found a tempered glass I like and hoping it hold up for awhile. Don't want to fuss anymore with putting them on if I don't have to.

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