If you’ve ever purchased a brand new iPhone, you’ll know the satisfaction derived from peeling the plastic film from its pristine screen. Unfortunately, some of you will also be familiar with the sickening feeling of dropping it for the first time.
Smartphone screens – for all the prevalence of gorilla glass and fantastical manufacturing techniques – break. They smash, scratch and shatter alarmingly easy. How many times have you examined the screen of your lovingly cared for phone only to see that it is in fact peppered with hairline scratches?
iPhones are things of beauty. Manufactured to incredibly high levels of precision and durability, they cost a tidy sum, too. And that makes protecting them all the more important.
iPhone screen repair is one of the most common tasks carried out by our team, which is why we thought it a good idea to list some of the best ways to protect your iPhone’s screen.
Buy a (decent) case
As lovely as iPhones are from a design standpoint, most people tend to hide Jony Ive’s hard work within a case. And for good reason; cases offer ultimate protection for iPhone screens and their aluminium bodies.
The trick is to buy the right case. The market is flooded with cheap cases that are more harmful than protective with some of the worst capable of actually adding scratches to the screen.
We recommend one of two types of case:
Silicone cases protect the rear of the phone, but also offer a small lip at the front, which should take the brunt when dropped and also means you can place your iPhone face-down without fear of scratching the screen
caseload are for those looking for ultimate screen protection. They wrap around the entire phone and the best come with magnetised covers, ensuring the part covering the screen doesn’t flap open should you drop your phone
Place it in an empty pocket
Some of the worst scratches to iPhone screens occur when the device is placed inside a pocket containing change and keys.
For this reason, you should always place your iPhone in a pocket by itself where there’s zero chance of sharp foreign objects coming into contact with it.
If your iPhone spends most of its time travelling in your bag, you can do the same; just pop it in an internal compartment on its own.
Tempered glass screen protectors
We advise against the cheap film screen protectors – they simply don’t offer a good enough layer of protection. Scratches can still permeate through such material and they reduce the silky-smooth operation of the touchscreen itself.
Tempered glass screen protectors are worth investigating, because they offer a solid layer of protection and offer much the same user experience.
They add bulk, but tempered glass screen protectors are more likely to shatter than the screen if you drop your precious iPhone.
Use anti-bacterial sprays
Protecting your iPhone’s screen isn’t just about reducing the possibility of it being damaged – it can get rather dirty, too, and a dirty screen can actually be something of a health hazard.
Over time, bacteria and microbes can build up and potentially start spreading infections. That’s why it pays to keep an anti-bacterial spray close by in order to keep your iPhone’s screen as clean as the day it left the factory.
Sporty? Buy an armband
If you’re into running or regularly head to the gym and take your iPhone with you in order to track progress and provide the soundtrack, you greatly increase your chances of damaging the screen.
One trip, fall or stumble could prove very expensive indeed, unless you invest in an armband for the iPhone.
Sports armbands offer the best possible protection while you’re getting fit and should ensure that the screen remains intact if you accidentally face palm the running machine (ouch!).
Operate with two hands while walking
iPhones are incredibly slippery devices. If you regularly use your phone while walking, there’s two things to bear in mind: 1) make sure you keep your wits about you and look where you’re going, and, 2) use both hands when operating the phone.
Attempting to send a text message with one hand while walking along a concrete path is asking for trouble. Make sure you have a firm grip of your phone at all times.
We appreciate we’ve suggested that you need to spend some money above, but we’ve included a couple of no-nonsense, common sense tips, too. The most important thing when it comes to protecting iPhone screens is to be sensible. Buy a decent case, and take care when using and storing your phone and it’ll live a long, happy life