The iPhone X was the first iPhone to receive an attractive bezel-less redesign, and despite no longer being the freshest iPhone on the block, it still has a speedy A11 Bionic processor, dual rear cameras, and a state-of-the-art facial recognition system — Face ID — that’s more secure than Touch ID. It’s still incredibly advanced, and you probably spent a lot of money on it.
iPhones are always an investment, and there’s no better reason to pick up a durable screen protector for your iPhone X. Apple’s phone is IP67 rated for water and dust-resistance, but the company makes no claims the glass back and front will survive drops on concrete, tile, or less forgiving surfaces. Luckily, accessory makers are more than happy to fill the requirements. Check out our list of the best iPhone X screen protectors and where to buy them. When you’re finished, don’t forget to check out our guide to the best iPhone X cases.
UAG Glass Privacy Tint
You don’t have to be an international super spy to not want people looking over your shoulder on the train. This screen protector from UAG tints your screen, making it harder to see from an angle, while keeping it clear when looking at it straight-on. It’s not a one-trick pony either, as it sports high-strength tempered glass with a 9H hardness, adding scratch and drop-resistance to your phone. It’s incredibly thin, being just 0.2 mm thick, and an oleophobic layer keeps greasy fingerprints away. However, it’s certainly on the expensive side, and it will reduce screen brightness and your viewing angles. But if privacy is worth those sacrifices, this is the protector for you.
ArmorSuit Matte Case-Friendly Film Screen Protector
The iPhone X gets plenty bright, but it can still be a struggle to see your screen in strong sunlight. If this describes your life, you might want to invest in a protector with a matte finish. This film screen protector from ArmorSuit does just that, the matte finish cutting out unsightly glare on your screen. It’s a good option if you’re not as worried about protection, as the film doesn’t offer as much protection as tempered glass. However, the film offers great scratch-protection that is bolstered with self-healing properties for minor scratches. Best of all, it’s definitely one of the cheaper options, so it’s not a huge investment if you just want glare protection.
Spigen Full Coverage Screen Protector — Twin Pack
Spigen offers some excellent screen protectors to go with its excellent range of cases, and this twin pack offers strong protection that completely covers the front glass of your iPhone X. It’s made from strong 9H tempered glass and comes with a colored edge that mimics the look of your phone’s casing, providing scratch and drop-protection that’s easily forgotten about. The full coverage means it might not play well with some cases. If you’re not using a Spigen case, you may want to skip it over. It’s also on the expensive side for a Spigen product. It’s worth it for the full coverage, but not if you’re worried about the price.
RhinoShield Impact Protection
It might be made from film, but RhinoShield claims you get more than adequate protection from its screen protector. According to RhinoShield, the special impact-absorbing layer hidden within the Impact Protection screen protector is capable of absorbing five times as much impact energy as Gorilla Glass 3, and can even take a hammer blow. It also resists greasy fingerprints thanks to an oleophobic coating, and it doesn’t reduce screen clarity of responsiveness. However, it’s expensive for a film option.
Anker GlassGuard Tempered Glass Screen Protector — Twin Pack
Anker is well known for a range of phone accessories including Bluetooth speakers, cables, and chargers, but recently has become known for its new protective options, including its screen protectors. These tempered glass screen protectors (it’s a twin pack) curve slightly to protect the front of your phone, as well as the slightly curved edge, but also don’t interfere with most cases you might use to protect the rest of your iPhone X. The GlassGuard also comes with Anker’s DoubleDefence tech, reinforcing it even further. Although there’s two in the pack, Anker wants you to get it right first time, so there’s an installation guide included too.
Supershieldz Film Screen Protector — Six Pack
If you work in a dusty or dirty environment, then you might not care too much about the possibility of a broken screen, but might worry more about keeping it clean. That’s where something like Supershieldz comes in. With a massive six pack on offer, each of these film screen protectors costs a buck each, making them perfect for throwaway protection against scratches and dirt. Just because they come in a big pack doesn’t mean they’re individually weak though — each protector is made from Japanese PET film, provides great clarity, and doesn’t reduce your touchscreen responsiveness.
Case-Mate Screen Protector
Case-Mate’s Glass Screen Protector is designed from the ground up to protect the iPhone X from impact damage. It boasts a 9H hardness rating and low profile that won’t mess with the touch responsiveness of the iPhone X’s screen or 3D Touch haptics. Case-Mate’s anti-fingerprint technology prevents smudges, and a multi-layer design guarantees a high degree of scratch resistance. It does have a few downsides — Case-Mate hasn’t been able to tailor it to cover the edges of the phone — but otherwise it’s a great screen protector for a great price.
Tech21 Evo Glass
Tech21’s Evo Glass utilizes 0.4 millimeters of 9H tempered glass that works to shield your phone’s screen against accidental scratches and drops. It’s bendable, durable, and fingerprint-resistant, and thin enough to avoid dulling the iPhone X screen’s colors when paired with its crystal-clear clarity. Tech21 is so confident in the performance of its Evo Glass that it offers a lifetime guarantee for it, which is a nice bonus for an expensive protector.
InvisibleShield, a brand with a long history in the iPhone accessories business, has a screen protector designed for the iPhone X: The Glass+. It features Ion Matrix technology, a blend of ultra-strong impact material and surface fracture-filling finish. With a thorough inspection process that weeds out imperfections, InvisibleShield claims the Glass+ is two times stronger than most of the competition.
BodyGuardz Pure 2 Glass Screen Protector
Potentially the first in a new generation of glass screen protectors, BodyGuardz Pure 2 uses a new type of glass to make this some of the best screen protection you can buy. Rather than the usual glass used in other screen protectors, the Pure 2 from BodyGuardz uses “aluminosilicate”, an ultra-thin, ultra-strong material that’s easy to handle, and apparently impossible to break or mark with five times more scratch resistance than the competition. While we can’t validate those claims, the Pure 2 is a great screen protector, being easy-to-apply with the included installation tray and precisely cut edges, and is even covered by BodyGuardz’s lifetime replacement scheme.
Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector
Otterbox is an old hand at screen protection, and you can expect a certain level of expertise from one of its Alpha Glass screen protectors. And that’s exactly what we have here — a solid screen protector that will keep your device protected. Otterbox promises the Alpha Glass maintains perfect image quality (especially important on a device like the iPhone X), and fully retains all of the responsiveness you would have from an unprotected display. Anti-shatter technology stops the screen protector from shattering should the worst happen, and comes with everything you need to apply the protector quickly and easily.
Moshi Airfoil Glass Screen Protector
Moshi is another company with a long pedigree of making fine accessories for Apple products, and the Airfoil Glass is the first screen protector it has on offer for the iPhone X. Experience shows — the Airfoil is 40-percent stronger than generic glass screen protectors, and thanks to Moshi’s special method of atomically strengthening their glass, it’s stronger too. Specially curved edges hug your phone, and Moshi’s Airfoil system underneath the protector reduce the likelihood of air bubbles getting stuck between the Airfoil Glass and the device.
Tech Armor Ballistic Glass and Tech Armor HD Clear Film
Offering more options for protecting your phone with either tough hardened glass or scratch-resistant film, Tech Armor’s Ballistic Glass screen protector is made of top-quality Japanese “Asahi” glass that provides 99.99-percent clarity, and full 3D Touch capabilities. Given it measures a mere 0.3 millimeters thick and comes with rainbow-free adhesive, it will seem like it’s barely there, and Tech Armor says it’s fully compatible with most cases. And the best part? There’s three of them in a pack, so you’ve got replacements close at hand if the worst happens.
Tech Armor has also put “countless hours” into the development of the HD Clear Film screen protectors. Made from high-quality Japanese PET material, Tech Armor promises that the HD Clear provides incredible screen clarity, and resists bubbling during application with a silicone-based adhesive. Tech Armor has also included “TruTouch” technology to ensure that the screen’s sensitivity is unaffected — and best of all, this comes in a triple-pack, ensuring great value for money.
Whitestone Dome UV Applied Glass Protector
Whitestone has been quietly making a name for itself thanks to a range of glass screen protection that’s applied using a unique UV lamp, curing the adhesive beneath and ensuring a perfect bond between the phone and the screen protector. The protector itself is rated at 9H hardness, cuts blue light by 25 percent (helping your eyes), and adds scratch and drop-resistance to your device. Because of the wet application method, touch sensitivity is increased, and any small cracks that develop in the protector will be filled in by the liquid, adding longevity. It can even be applied to a broken screen after the fact — the liquid runs into the cracks, securing them against any further damage. Perfect!