Word of warning re: screen protectors and iPhone X!

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by quamsi, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. quamsi macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2013
    9CD500BF-87AE-423C-A8DE-B95E89E68A9A.jpeg I was always taught to install screen protectors with the phone turned off. As you can see from my photo below, it was a big failure. If your screen protector is anything like mine it is cut to the exact layout of the screen, making the notch especially difficult. Because my screen was powered off, I didn’t mind the notch up with the glass correctly. It looks terrible because it’s not precisely right! Don’t be a dummy like me. Install with your screen powered on!
  2. Oridus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2012
    See I’ve always done the opposite. I install with screen turned on in order to see the screen edges.
  3. quamsi thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2013
    Yes, makes total sense. I feel silly now
  4. dmx macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Many screen protector are coming with tools / molds this year to ensure perfect alignment. I think that will be the norm soon as it seems pretty tough to get right unassisted
  5. MMW888 macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2017
  6. Renho macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2014
    SR, CA
    Well I have a huge bubble in the middle of mine that won’t go away. So one down. Going to put on my other one
  7. quamsi thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2013
    Mine did! It came with a plastic snap-on guide that went around the whole phone and promised perfect alignment. Nope
  8. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    Same, though only slightly out.
    Mine come with a template which I foolishly thought would be foolproof.
    Was a twin pack though but not sure i'm that bothered to try and get the next on perfect.
  9. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Ordered one of those on Amazon for $8 with three screen protectors. Will see how well the screen protectors fit and how well the tool works once I receive it tomorrow.
  10. quamsi thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2013
    Thankfully I was able to pull off and reposition the above glass protector without issue.
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    First time I will have a protector since the 5 series. I figured I know I am keeping the phone for two years, at least, so may as well spend the $8 on amazon for the set of three. Anyway, it came with a little plastic guide. We will see how it actually goes on. Seems like a good idea, hope it's as good in practice.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 3, 2017 ---
    Is it the maxboost? That's what I got. Protectors are here but no phone yet haha
  12. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Haha, yes it is! I've been using a cheap glass screen protector on my iPhone 6 Plus for years and it's given me no problems, so I figured there's no sense in getting anything more than $20 as long as it fits.
  13. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    I have never understood that for the glass screen protectors. They are super easy to install, and are forgiving about being re-applied.

    If you mess up, simply pull it off (I do from the top with package tape so I don't poke in the adhesive), use some scotch tape to pull any dust off the screen or protector, then align carefully and re-install.

    I actually moved my 1YO glass screen protector from my iPhone 6s, to my iPhone 7 when I purchased that.
  14. fanchee macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    I learned this the hard way, too. Mine came with the alignment tray and was still just slightly off centered. I pulled it off and tried again, second time was perfect.
  15. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    I got the full screen one with the exact cutouts, got lucky on the first go. screen off for that alignment.
  16. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2011
    Theres something really repulsive to me about seeing a screen protector on an iPhone. Theres no logic or reason to it, I just hate them!!
  17. dmx macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    For those that have installed with an alignment tray - what brand protectors did you use, and how did the install turn out?
  18. quamsi thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2013
    I used Sahara case tempered glass with a plastic alignment tray. Results in pic above.
  19. MedRed macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2007
    I'm glad I got a pack of 3. Even with the guide on, I installed the first protector slightly askew in relation to the notch. I installed the 2nd one with the screen on and it came out perfectly.
  20. paulie6978 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    I thought that too until my iphone 7's screen scratched
  21. Boardiesboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2013
    Sydney Australia
    Some screen protectors do not match the notch perfectly.

    I got one called nuglas from eBay and it’s 1mm too low and 2mm too wide on both ears.
  22. scjr macrumors 68020


    Jan 28, 2013
    Agreed. I thought the same thing, until my wife’s 6 Plus flew across the parking lot and the screen protecter cracked, but the screen didn’t. In a perfect world, no glass protector. Unfortunately, we are all prone to mistakes.
  23. Leica Dad Suspended

    Leica Dad

    Sep 28, 2017
    What’s wrong? It looks good :)
    Thanks for the tip, will definitely be careful later.
  24. StaceyMJ86 macrumors 68000


    Sep 22, 2015
    Washington, DC
    I have a screen protector that fully covers the front so I don’t have that issue. When installing one I always turn the screen off anyway.
  25. norskejan macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2017
    I'm not sure if I should buy a screen protector for my X. I didn't use one on my 6s Plus, and all I ever got was micro-scratches on it. Here reading because I'm wondering what others are doing...

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