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How to apply a screen protector perfectly without bubbles or dust!

Thursday 19th July 2012 by William Judd in How to Guides, Mobile Accessories.

If you’ve ever wondered how to get your screen protector on properly with none of those annoying bubbles or dust particles, then read on – this is the way to do it right! We’ve done a video explaining the process, but if you’re limited on bandwidth we’ve transcribed it below, too. It should be useful not only for the Galaxy Nexus, but also an iPhone screen protector and screen protectors for many other phones and tablets too.

Hey, this is Will from Mobile Fun and I’m here to show you how to put on a screen protector properly, with none of those annoying bubbles!

So the first thing you want to do is minimise the amount of dust in the room. A lot of the time this just means choosing a room in your house that is the most clean and don’t suffer from drafts. You can also try other methods – for example, you can run a hot shower before you put on your screen protector, letting the steam in the air clean up a lot of the dust.

The next thing to do is make sure your hands are clean, so wash them with soap and water.

Finally, you’ll want to ensure your phone’s screen is clean and dust-free. Take a fresh cleaning cloth and clean the entire display, ensuring that any dust is entirely removed. You’ll also want to make sure there are no fingerprint smudges or grease, as these will be locked beneath the screen protector layer.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to gather your materials and get started. You’ll need your phone or other device, your screen protector, and an applicator card – if your screen protector didn’t come with one, then a credit card is an excellent substitute.

First, take your screen protector and lie it on the display, without exposing the sticky side – you’re just lining it up to ensure that you know what the ideal position is.

When you’ve got it in your mind, you’re going to place the screen protector perpendicular to the bottom of the display. The sticky side you be facing away from you and the rigid side will be facing toward you.

Now, you’re going to start exposing the sticky part of the screen protector, by slowly pulling the rigid side forward and away from you. As the sticky section is exposed, you’ll need to use your other hand to push the screen protector flat onto the phone’s display. The idea is that you’ll roll it along slowly, so each part of the sticky side of the screen protector is only exposed to dust for a short space of time before it’s applied to the phone’s surface.

Once you’ve reached the end of the display, the screen protector should be on correctly. If there are a few bubbles, don’t panic – use your applicator card or credit card to push these forward until they are removed.

If something goes wrong – you’ve got too many bubbles, a bad piece of dust or the protector is on wonky, then you’ll need to try again. Stop what you’re doing, and slowly reverse the process, taking care not to stretch the material. Screen protectors often come in packs of two or three, so don’t be afraid to start from scratch if you’re confident about the procedure.

Once there are no bubbles, you’re done! Don’t worry too much if there are a few tiny bubbles – if you leave the phone overnight, these will disappear and you’ll be left with a perfectly applied screen protector.

Good work, and enjoy your newly protected phone!

Any questions or comments? Leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading and/or watching!

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