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How to install a screen Protector on an iPad or iPod (when you've already messed it up once!)

Updated on August 5, 2013

Tiny Imperfections under the Screen Protector

Everyone who owns a touch-screen device like an iPad or a Smart Phone and has decided to protect it's pristine screen with a protector has surely cursed that dreaded piece of fluff or hair that always seems to get caught under the plastic. And there is no way to get it out. You can't lift the edge, scrape out the offending morsel and lay the plastic back down again. No, that will only make it worse. Suddenly, you've got more fluff. Where does all come from!?!

But there is a solution that does not include rushing out to buy another screen protector.


You will need

  • your touch-screen device
  • a glass cleaner
  • a soft cloth
  • a tissue
  • a credit card (or something similar)
  • your screen protector (yes, even one that has been used before, dirty, smudged, etc)

Use the glass cleaner and the soft cloth to clean the bare screen. In good light, blow on it softly, wipe it, holding the device by its edges. Do not touch the screen. Look at it from different angles and make sure there is no dust, fluff or hair on the screen.


Wash your screen protector

Run the used screen protector under warm water. Using a bit of soap on your hands, gently wash the screen protector, front and back. Try to keep track of which side will eventually face down on the device.

Should you forget and lay it the wrong way down, it will not stick well. You will need to lift it off and start this process again.

Rinse off the soap and let the screen protector drip dry for a couple of minutes.

With the correct side facing down, line up your screen protector and lay it flat onto your device. The screen protector will still be quite wet.


Still quite wet

The screen protector will still be wet enough to look like this >>>

Now, wipe it down with the soft cloth. This will dry the top of the screen protector and will also squeeze out some of the water and air bubbles from under the plastic.


Your trusty credit card

Use a credit card resting on a folded tissue to push out any remaining water or air bubbles. This can be a bit of tedious task but the end results speak for themselves. It is well worth taking the time to smooth it out carefully.

The tissue is there to stop the credit card leaving scratches on the plastic. It also mops up the water that you will squeeze out the sides.



In the end, you'd never know that there was a screen protector installed. No air bubbles, no water, no hair, no fluff.

A word of warning though: even using this technique, you may have to wash and re-install a couple of times before you finally manage it with a completely clean screen.


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