How to remove and replace your phone’s glass screen protector

what to know

  • Easiest: Blow the hair dryer on low setting against the screen for 15 seconds to loosen the adhesive. Pull the protective film to a corner and peel off both sides.
  • Alternative method: Use a toothpick to pry up a corner of the protector. Peel along the sides. Slide the credit card into the gap to lift it up.
  • Peel the film off the sticky side of the replacement piece. Align carefully and start applying from one end, squeezing out any air bubbles as you go.

This article explains how to remove the glass screen protector on your phone. It also includes information on dry-installing or wet-installing replacement protectors. These instructions apply to most screen protectors on any smartphone or tablet, including iPhone and Android.

Phone screen protectors have a limited lifespan before they need to be replaced due to scratches or cracks. Many users are wary of removing old screen protectors themselves, but the process is simple. There are two ways to remove glass screen protector from your phone:

  1. Before you begin, use a hair dryer to blow on the screen at very low heat for about 15 seconds to loosen the adhesive on the screen protector.

    Don't overdo it. Be gentle and use a low heat setting.

  2. Try using your fingernail to gently lift the screen protector from each corner. One corner should be loose enough for you to work with.

  3. Once the corner is loose, gently pull up from the corner.

  4. Start peeling the protective film away along its sides. This will keep it stable and help prevent it from breaking before it's completely removed. Do this slowly so that the screen protector remains intact.

If your nails don't work, try using toothpicks instead.

  1. Use a toothpick to gently lift up a corner of the screen protector. If one corner doesn't come loose, try the other corner.

    Make sure you hold the tip of the toothpick up and away from the screen, rather than down and towards it, so you don't damage the screen.

  2. Once the corner is free, use your fingers to gently pull it up and away from the phone.

  3. Start peeling off the protective film along the sides. Take your time as you don't want to rush the job and rip the screen protector into shreds.

  4. Slide the credit card into the gap and gently lift the screen protector off the phone.

Once you've successfully removed your old screen protector, it's time to replace it. Make sure your hands are clean, then gently clean your phone screen with a microfiber cloth or an appropriate screen cleaner.

If your screen protector doesn't come with any special solution, use the dry installation method. If so, use the wet installation method.

  1. Peel the film off the sticky side of the screen protector.

  2. Align the screen protector with the phone screen, taking special care to make sure it is perfectly aligned with the device from all sides.

  3. Gently place the screen protector on top of the screen, starting at one end and working your way to the other. Take it easy.

  4. Remove the film from the top of the screen protector. You should see a clean surface.

    Use a credit card, microfiber cloth, or installation card that comes with your new screen protector to eliminate any air bubbles as you apply them; starting in the center and pushing the air bubbles toward the edges of the screen in short, quick movements.

Some screen protectors come with special solutions for use during application. Only use the solution that comes with the specific brand of screen protector.

  1. Spray the special solution on the front and back of the screen protector. This will keep it moist during installation.

    When you install the screen protector, you may need to spray it a few times to prevent it from drying out too much.

  2. Gently place the screen protector on top of your phone's screen, starting from one end and working your way to the other. Take it easy.

  3. Use the squeegee that comes with the kit to squeeze excess solution out from under the screen protector. Start in the center and gently push it out towards the edges. Hold the protector firmly so that it does not move.

  4. Let the screen protector dry for at least half an hour so that it fully adheres to the phone screen.

  5. Once you install your new tempered glass screen protector, your phone will look like new and you can start using it again.

  • Some bubbles may clear up on their own within a few days, but if not, you'll need to remove them manually. In this case, use something like a credit card and slowly remove the bubble by pressing down on the edge of the card and pushing or pulling it against the side of the screen protector. If the bubble is too difficult to push out manually, you may need to carefully pull up the screen protector and reattach it.

  • The easiest way to remove a liquid screen protector is to take it to a professional repair shop, but you can try to remove it yourself (but this is not recommended as you may damage the screen). Some people have had success using disinfectants to loosen the adhesive properties of liquid screen skin, while others claim that a gentle wipe with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser does the trick.