Tscraper of applying a screen protector

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Brad9753, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Brad9753 macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2012
    Brisol, UK
    Am I the only person who finds this an absolute pain in the ass. I can end up using the whole multi pack at once usually until I get it right. I always end up with bubbles around the bottom or sides or around the home button. Due to it being a fraction to far over to one side.

    Does anyone have a good technique? Or is it pure luck. I have applied one perfectly once. Never have since.
  2. satchow macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    Practice with cheap protectors and watch some YouTube videos for some techniques.
  3. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    I feel ya bro.

    I have never been successful at applying these, I either get air bubbles or cat hair under the protector.
  4. Brad9753 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2012
    Brisol, UK
    *technique of applying..*
    Sorry don't know what happened there
  5. Dr. Jay macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2012
    Some of them come with an application card. Other then that, a lot of pressure on the air bubbles will cause them to shift, and you might be able to squeeze them out the sides, lol.
  6. CallOfDuty macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2012
    Lighter Fluid or even rubbing alcohol does the trick for me. They clean the most smallest and speck of dust off the screen and even keeps them away as you go about doing your application.
    You will always see shops using lighter fluid when they apply the films for you.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    This is why I'd rather pay the extra few dollars and have the ghost armor people install it for me - they smartly in a kiosk outside my local apple store.
  8. KandyKane macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Buy better quality screens?

    I work at a phone store and do these all day, I've seen 2 techniques.

    1) Use scotch tape (the sticky tape that's not super sticky or gummy) over the entire screen to remove dust.

    2) a. Then align the screen protector at the top or bottom (depending on which side you peel the bottom layer from). Remove a little of the bottom layer and make sure it's even on the bottom and sides, once you get to half way, you should be able to pull the whole bottom layer off and it will just fall into place.


    2) b. Remove the whole bottom layer, align the home button and speaker and the centre line and drop the screen protector and it should fall on.

    3) remove top layer carefully.

    If you got dust under the screen protector, just scotch tape to lift the corner/side, and use another piece of scotch tape facing the screen protector to remove it.
    Bubbles should push out, or lift the screen to push out.

    The worst is doing the iPads, you almost need 3 hands!
  9. Brad9753 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2012
    Brisol, UK
    What's ghost armour? Can't say I've Harare of it.
  10. Cynikal.Mindset macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    Guelph ON, Canada
    I put on all screen protectors "wet" with a little dish soap and water mix...perfect every time!
  11. Brad9753 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2012
    Brisol, UK
    What's a good brand to avoid the cheap ones? How do you tell cheap from decent (apart from price). They all look the same to me. Thanks for that worth a go. I wonder if apple stores can do it for you.
  12. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2011
    The tape trick does it for me. zero bubbles every time. With the tape method you can even remove and reuse the screen protector.

    Brands I personally have used and recommend in order of preference:

    1. Green Onion Supplies
    2. Power Support
    3. Spigen SGP
    4. Switcheasy
  13. KandyKane macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Personally, I like PowerSupport and SPG.
    The ones we use at work are from an Australian supplier called Force or Extreme, and they're quite decent. I'm just a screen protector snob. :)
  14. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    Steamy shower and scotch tape.

    Here's what I do:
    -- turn shower on hot.
    -- Exit bathroom for a couple of minutes
    -- While I'm out of the bathroom, I gather a microfiber cloth, a credit card, some scotch tape, and my screen protector.
    -- Enter bathroom, it should be steamy by now.
    -- Turn off shower
    -- Clean screen really well with cloth.
    -- peel "side 1" off of the protector.
    -- Line up with home button
    -- apply
    -- press out extra bubbles with credit card.
    -- Now, if you're lucky, you won't have much lint under the film. The steam of the shower is supposed to help remove lint and dust particles from the air.
    -- for any specks you do have, take a piece of tape and use it to gently lift the protector up. Use another piece of tape to wedge between the film and screen. This will lift the dust speck off. Repeat for each little speck of dust.

    I've also found that if you put some pressure on the screen (I actually only do this on the back so as not to damage the screen) and rub in the direction you want the protector to go in, it will move. The one I have under my otterbox commuter on the back sometimes "drifts" up or down. I just use some pressure and push in the direction I want it to go in and it moves ever-so-slightly. This actually takes care of the little "bubbles" along the edges as it will better align the protector. Be cautious of doing this on the screen though.
  15. kalexn macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    I go with ghost armor as well.


    They have kiosks in the malls and they apply the screen protector for you. They also have protectors for the back & sides if you want to go that route as well. If you have bubbles/don't like it they will reapply it until you do. Definitely a better route because you know it will be right. I think the iphone screen is $20 and maybe $35 if you want the whole phone.

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