There’s a moment between when we drop a smartphone and it hits the ground that we are relieved that we purchased a screen protector. Crafted from either plastic or glass, screen protectors help keep our device’s screen safe from scratching or shattering. However, there may be a time when you want to remove your screen protector, whether it has become damaged or is in perfect shape. Here’s how to remove a screen protector with ease.
Are you looking to install a new screen protector? Be sure to check out our guide on installing screen protectors for a bit of assistance.
A screen protector is a thin sheet of plastic or glass placed atop a device’s screen to protect it from becoming damaged. While plastic screen protectors are less likely to shatter, they don’t tend to be as clear as a glass protector. While it is still possible to damage your device’s screen with a screen protector installed, it is significantly less likely to occur.
In many cases, removing a screen protector doesn’t require any additional tools beyond a single fingernail; however, some tools that can help your out during the removal include a toothpick, credit card, guard pick, or business card. We would also recommend having an alcohol wipe and microfiber cloth to clean the screen after the protector is removed, but they aren’t a requirement.
Step 1: Begin by attempting to lift one corner of the screen protector gently. Use either a fingernail, toothpick, credit card, or guitar pick to carefully pry the protector away from the smartphone or tablet screen.
Step 2: Once the corner has been lifted, we recommend using a credit card or business card, sliding it under the screen protector, and gently moving it around until the screen protector releases.
Step 3: Once the screen protector is detached from the screen, lift it carefully from the surface, then dispose of it.
Step 4: Finish the process by cleaning your screen with an alcohol wipe and a microfiber cloth; a soft, damp cloth can also be used. Do not attempt to clean your screen with any chemicals.
Note: When removing a glass screen protector, take extra caution as the glass may crack. You may opt to wear a pair of gloves when removing a glass screen protector for additional protection. Dispose of the protector the same way you would any piece of glass.
In some situations, you may have trouble getting your fingernail or a tool under the corner of a screen protector to lift it — in this case, we have two recommendations. You may want to try to use a piece of strong duct tape to lift the screen protector; do this by placing the duct tape on the corner of the screen protector and then slowly pulling it upward.
Another option is to use a bit of heat from a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive holding on the screen protector; in this circumstance, only keep the hairdryer on the low setting and focus on your device for around 15 seconds. When using a hairdryer, don’t focus on a single spot; move the focus of heat around the entire screen protector.
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