The best Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus screen protectors

Guard your Galaxy with the best Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus screen protectors

Best Galaxy S9 cases
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With the Samsung Galaxy S11 on the horizon, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 range already here, you might think the Samsung Galaxy S9 range is now dreadfully outdated. But you’d be wrong, because both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are still formidable smartphones. The design may be three years old, but the slim bezels and soft curves are still stunning. The high-end specs are as powerful as the phone is beautiful, and the display is just to die for. Samsung has fixed the few elements that went wrong with the Galaxy S8 — including the awkward position of the fingerprint scanner — but it’s also improved the basics too, upgrading the internal hardware, and tossing in a more powerful camera with a variable aperture.

But there’s little doubt the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will come off badly if they take a tumble onto the sidewalk . That’s why we’ve found you the tools to make sure your new Galaxy smartphone can survive its time as your best pocket friend, and reduce the stomach flutters you feel turning over a fallen phone. We’ve gathered some of the best S9 cases and S9 Plus cases to keep your phone safe, but what about your display? The display is the most important part of a phone, and if it breaks, your phone needs sudden repairs. We’ve found the best Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus screen protectors to make sure that your huge AMOLED screen stays free of cracks and scratches.

InvisibleShield Ultra Privacy Screen Protector

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Smartphones often contain much of our lives, and while so much of what we do is public, we have a lot we like to keep private. Banking data, secret messages, or just a really embarrassing book choice — there’s always stuff we’d much rather someone else wasn’t reading over our shoulder. While transparent from the front, this screen protector’s privacy layer fades out to black when viewed from an angle, stopping snoopers in their tracks. While it’s not glass, it’s still protective against scratches, chips, and minor drops, and the advanced glass-like texture mimics your phone’s screen. It’ll make it harder to share videos, but if you want to keep your data safe, then there’s no better alternative. However, you’re paying a premium for this level of data protection.

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ArmorSuit Matte Case-Friendly Film Protector

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If you’re not like us and enjoy spending your time in nature, you may have noticed that the sun can sometimes make reading your screen hard. Thankfully, ArmorSuit’s matte screen protector can cut that glare right out, making it much easier to see your screen while enjoying the great outdoors. It’s made from a flexible film, which won’t be as strong as tempered glass — but it’ll still hold up well against scratches and minor dings. Self-healing technology means minor scratches should heal up over time, stopping your protector from looking old — and best of all, it’s not too expensive.

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Ringke Dual Easy Film Protector

Attaching a screen protector isn’t hard, but it can be extremely fiddly. That’s where Ringke comes in. Ringke’s Dual Easy film screen protector comes with a multilayer installation that removes dust and debris as part of the application process, so you can be sure your screen protector won’t have any distracting motes of dust stuck between the screen and protector. Outside of that, it’s a fairly regular film screen protector. It’ll prove resistant to scratches, dirt, and fingerprints, and will work well with protective cases. On the minus side, it won’t prove hugely resistant to major bumps — but it’s super slim, won’t affect your screen sensitivity, and comes in a twin pack.

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Rhinoshield Impact Flex Film Protector

Another film protector with a lot to offer, Rhinoshield’s Impact Flex protector is flexible and thin, but extremely tough. It’s made from a flexible film that uses a specially designed impact-absorbing layer to reduce the effect of shocks and bumps — so much so that Rhinoshield claims it can absorb up to four times as much impact energy as Gorilla Glass 3. Even with that protection though, it’s only as thin as a sheet of printer paper and has an oleophobic coating to resist fingerprints, dirt, and smears. However, that comes with some downsides, and it’s definitely on the more expensive side for a film protector.

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Skinomi MatteSkin Anti-Glare Film Protector

Strong lights can play havoc with your ability to see your phone’s screen, reflecting glare back into your eyes. This screen protector can fix that. Skinomi’s MatteSkin comes with a special matte coating that helps to cut that glare right out, making it much easier to use your phone while you’re out-and-about or under strong lighting. As it’s made from a thin film, it won’t be as protective as tempered glass, but it’ll protect against scratches, dirt, and fingerprints. Best of all, it comes in a twin pack, making it a great value.

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Spigen Neo Flex Film Screen Protector

Spigen’s film screen protector applies wet to the screen, reducing the chance of a rainbow effect or trapped bubbles, and it bends around the curved screen on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus to ensure thorough coverage. It’s fully case-compatible, so if you’re combining this with one of Spigen’s cases then you don’t need to worry about the edges being lifted off, and the self-healing properties will allow it to heal from any minor impacts. It’s not glass, so it’s not the hardest of protection, but it will resist scratches, and make sure dirt stays away from your screen. Even better — it’s a twin pack, so you can easily replace the first if it gets mucky.

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Otterbox Alpha Glass Protector

If you’ve seen one of Otterbox’s many protective cases, then you know it takes smartphone safety very seriously indeed. This Alpha Glass screen protector brings Otterbox’s celebrated pedigree of protection and applies it to your device’s display. It’s anti-shatter, so won’t come apart into tiny shards if broken, making it safer for you. Otterbox also promises that it will not interfere with touchscreen responsiveness or impair your phone’s image quality. It’s definitely heavier duty than a film protector, but it will also protect against more direct and harder threats, and will usually take a blow that would otherwise break your screen.

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Whitestone Dome UV Cured Glass Screen Protector

It’s one of the pricier options on this list, but you get a lot for your money. The Whitestone Dome screen protector is made from tempered glass and attaches to your screen by a rather unique method. Place your device into the provided rig, and follow the instructions to apply a thin layer of liquid glass. The protector is then lowered onto the screen and any bubbles removed. The whole thing is cured with Whitestone’s UV lamp, ensuring a close and tight fit to your device, reducing the risk of sensitivity loss or a drop in image quality. Somewhat uniquely for a screen protector, Whitestone claims the liquid glass and curing process will also fill in any existing cracks on your screen, bolstering them against further damage, and making this one of the few protectors to worth recommending on an already broken display. The protector itself is made from tough glass, and covers the whole screen — but it may have issues with some cases, so check before you buy.

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