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The best Apple iPad Air 5 screen protectors to protect that massive display

The new iPad Air 5 is impressive indeed, with its top-of-the-range M1 chipset, upgraded front-facing camera with Center Stage, and 5G. While you've probably already ordered a new case to protect your investment, don't forget that that 10.9-inch display needs protecting against scratches, drops, and scuffs too. Nobody wants a shattered screen, after all — but finding the right screen protector can often feel like a bit of a challenge. That's where we come in. We've chosen some of the best iPad Air 5 screen protectors currently available, and they're all right here, whether you prefer a film protector or a tempered glass option.

If you haven't yet picked up a case for your new iPad, why not check out our roundup of the best iPad Air 5 cases?

ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass+ Vision Guard Plus Screen Protector for Apple iPad Air 5
InvisibleShield Glass+ Vision Guard Plus
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Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector
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ESR HD Clear Tempered-Glass Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
ESR HD Clear Tempered-Glass Screen Protector
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JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector
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Paperfeel Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
Paperfeel Screen Protector
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amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPad Air 5
amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector
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Supershieldz Film Screen Protector for iPad Air 5
Supershieldz Film Screen Protector
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SPARIN Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
Sparin Screen Protector
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KCT [2 PACK] Paperfeel Screen Protector
KCT Paperfeel Screen Protector
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OMOTON Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
Omoton Screen Protector
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Zagg Invisibleshield Glass+ Vision Guard Plus Screen Protector for the Apple iPad Air 5.

InvisibleShield Glass+ Vision Guard Plus

Pros
  • Filters 40% of harmful blue light, reducing eye strain
  • Stronger than traditional glass screen protectors
  • Surface treatment eliminates fingerprint smudges
Cons
  • More expensive than some other protectors

Blue light from tablets, phones, and computers can cause eye strain, but this screen protector from InvisibleShield can help. Its protective Eyesafe layer filters 40% of harmful blue light, great if you spend hours at a time using your tablet. It's also five times stronger than traditional glass screen protectors thanks to ion exchange technology. Revolutionary ClearPrint surface treatment disperses the oil from your fingerprints, eliminating smudges on the screen, and the EZ Apply Installation process makes installing this protector a breeze. It does cost a bit more than some other protectors on this list, but we feel it's worth the price.

ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass+ Vision Guard Plus Screen Protector for Apple iPad Air 5
InvisibleShield Glass+ Vision Guard Plus
Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPad Air 4.

Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Pros
  • 9H hardness tempered glass
  • Oleophobic coating repels fingerprints
  • Excellent responsiveness with Apple Pencil
Cons
  • Some reviews say installation is tricky

Spigen is a brand we all know and trust when it comes to durable protective cases for our phones, but it turns out its screen protectors also offer superior protection. This multilayered tempered glass protector has a 9H hardness rating that ensures protection against scratches from metal objects like keys or knives. You also get an oleophobic coating to repel fingerprints and sweat. Installation is a breeze thanks to application wings, and Spigen promises crystal clarity plus excellent responsiveness when using the Apple Pencil — so you shouldn’t even know this protector is there.

Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector
ESR HD Clear Tempered-Glass Screen Protector for the iPad Air 4 and 5.

ESR HD Clear Tempered-Glass Screen Protector

Pros
  • 9H hardness tempered glass
  • Super-thin (0.3mm)
  • Handy two-pack
Cons
  • Not the most durable protector around

We love this next tempered glass protector from ESR, which will keep your iPad Air 5 safe from shattering, cracking, scratches, and scuffs. Made from tempered glass with a 9H hardness rating, it fits the iPad Air 5 (and 4) precisely and is super-thin at just 0.3mm. You get two cleaning kits and a handy installation frame with full instructions to make installation simple. This screen protector comes in a pack of two, so you’ll have a spare handy, or you could share one with friends or family.

ESR HD Clear Tempered-Glass Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
ESR HD Clear Tempered-Glass Screen Protector
JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector for iPad Air 4 and 5.

JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector

Pros
  • 9H hardness tempered glass
  • Handy two-pack
  • Includes installation kit
Cons
  • Not the most responsive with Apple Pencil

This two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors offers excellent bang for your buck. Each protector is made of tempered glass with a 9H hardness rating and measures just 0.3mm thick. The tempered glass is tough enough to withstand scratches from keys or other metal objects, and you get an installation kit included too, with instructions, a dust-removal sticker, a cleaning cloth, and a guide stick. This is a great option for those who often have trouble installing screen protectors.

JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector
Paperfeel Screen Protector for iPad Air 4 and 5.

Paperfeel Screen Protector

Pros
  • Feels like paper
  • Matte finish eliminates glare
  • Great for sketching or writing
Cons
  • Not as protective as tempered glass

If tempered glass isn’t for you, this next screen protector might be just right. Paperfeel’s screen protector is made from Japanese PET film with a paper-like texture. This makes it more comfortable to use than some other protectors, and writing or sketching using the Apple Pencil 2 or another stylus feels more natural and responsive. The matte finish of this protector also eliminates glare, making it a great choice for working outside in direct sunlight or other bright environments. True, it’s not quite as protective as some tempered glass options (it’s rated at 3H hardness compared to the 9H hardness rating of most tempered glass protectors) but it’s still a great buy for $11.

Paperfeel Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
Paperfeel Screen Protector
amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector on the iPad Air 5 with the product packaging next to it.

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Pros
  • 9H hardness tempered glass
  • Top Notch Cutout for Face ID
  • Oleophobic coating repels fingerprints
  • Comes with installation kit
Cons
  • May affect touchscreen sensitivity

AmFilm’s tempered glass screen protector comes in a handy two-pack and is 9H hardness rated. This means it will protect your iPad Air 5 from whatever life throws at you, from scratches to scuffs and impact. Each crystal clear screen protector won’t affect touchscreen sensitivity and features a Top Notch Cutout so Face ID works as it should. There’s also an oleophobic coating to repel fingerprints and smudges. You get a full installation kit in the box, with instructions, dust removal stickers, wet and dry wipes, and even a squeegee to banish pesky bubbles.

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPad Air 5
amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector
The iPad Air 5 with Supershieldz Film Screen Protector applied, showing off the high-quality Japanese PET film, with the product packaging alongside.

Supershieldz Film Screen Protector

Pros
  • High-quality PET film
  • Reduces glare and fingerprints
  • Handy three-pack
Cons
  • Not as protective as tempered glass

Perfect for those who prefer film protectors to tempered glass, Supershieldz Screen Protector for iPad Air 5 is constructed from high-quality PET film. This means it feels more natural to touch than tempered glass protectors and is also thinner, so you won’t know it’s there. This protector is designed to protect against minor scratches as well as reduce glare and fingerprints, so although it will do a decent enough job, it isn’t as protective as some of the tempered glass options on our list. It comes in a three-pack, so you’ll always have a spare to hand.

Supershieldz Film Screen Protector for iPad Air 5
Supershieldz Film Screen Protector
Sparin Tempered Glass Screen Protector on the iPad Air 5, with the product packaging behind.

Sparin Screen Protector

Pros
  • Super-thin at just 0.26mm
  • 9H hardness tempered glass
  • Three-pack of protectors
  • Alignment frame for easy installation
Cons
  • Achieving bubble-free installation is tricky

Measuring just 0.26mm thick, this screen protector from Sparin is the thinnest on our list, which should mean it doesn’t interfere with the iPad 5’s touchscreen or any other functions. Constructed from 9H hardness-rated tempered glass, this protector comes in a handy three-pack for under $12. Installation is easy, too, thanks to the included alignment frame, great if you’re not too handy when it comes to installing screen protectors.

SPARIN Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
Sparin Screen Protector
KTC Paperfeel Matte Screen Protector showing the film being applied to the iPad Air 5, with the product packaging behind.

KCT Paperfeel Screen Protector

Pros
  • Feels like real paper
  • Great for sketching and writing
  • Matte texture repels fingerprints and reduces glare
Cons
  • Not as protective as tempered glass

If you spend a lot of time drawing, sketching, or taking notes on your iPad Air 5, this next screen protector might be the one for you. Made from paperfeel PET film, using your tablet with this protector feels a lot like writing or sketching on real paper. Everything is smooth and responsive, and the manufacturer claims the paperfeel texture reduces pen tip wear by 50%. This protector works well with the Apple Pencil 2, while the matte texture repels fingerprints and reduces glare and eyestrain in bright sunlight.

KCT [2 PACK] Paperfeel Screen Protector
KCT Paperfeel Screen Protector
OMOTON Screen Protector for iPad Air 4 and 5.

Omoton Screen Protector

Pros
  • 9H hardness tempered glass
  • Measures just 0.3mm thick
  • Hydrophobic and olephobic coatings
Cons
  • Doesn't work well with Apple Pencil

Omoton’s screen protector for the iPad Air 5 is a well-reviewed protector that comes in a handy two-pack. This tempered glass protector has a 9H hardness rating, which should keep your iPad screen safe from scratches in your bag. Measuring just 0.3mm thick, it’s super-thin, so it won’t affect the iPad Air 5’s responsiveness — in fact, you’ll hardly know it is there. It also features 2.5D rounded edges for comfort, plus hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to repel sweat, water, and fingerprints, keeping it crystal clear. Achieving a bubble-free installation is a snip, with full instructions and handy tools included.

OMOTON Screen Protector for iPad Air 4
Omoton Screen Protector

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