Frustrating but common; you look down at your device screen only to find that you have a bubble or bubbles below your screen protector.
While mostly aesthetically unpleasing, sometimes bubbles can also present significant problems for the overall protection of your device. While annoying, you don’t necessarily have to rush to get a new protector installed.
However, do screen protectors work? Why do bubbles form in the first place? Also, once they do, how do you get bubbles out of your screen protector?
Why Do Bubbles Form?
Screen protectors come in all shapes, sizes, and functions. Privacy screen protectors secure your data from unsuspecting peers. Glass screen protectors are excellent scratch protection devices. Nonetheless, if the application is compromised, your screen protector can be rendered useless.
Bubbles form due to a void or cavity in the glue that holds your screen protector onto your device. These can occur at any stage, from installation to years down the road.
When formed during installation, bubbles occur as a result of improper installation. Maybe the screen protector wasn’t placed correctly the first time, or there was dust on the screen or oily fingerprints on the glass are preventing a complete seal.
Over time, your screen protector experiences wear. A lot of pressure on the screen protector either by drops, kids, or even overly angry texting can cause the protector to shift, creating a bubble.
4 Tips on How to Get Bubbles Out of a Screen Protector
The following tips will aid you in knowing how to get bubbles out of screen protectors and how to avoid causing them.
When installing a screen protector, wash your hands with soap. Enter a dust-free environment and make sure your screen is thoroughly cleaned with the included alcohol pad. Make sure there is no dust on either the screen or screen protector.
Before placing the screen protector on the screen, align it. This way, you should not have to readjust the screen protector after it has already made contact. Let the protector form a seal before removing any bubbles.
If bubbles appear during installation, try using a non-oily plastic card, like a credit card, to push each bubble to the edge of the screen and out of the protector. Try to push in one direction, if possible, to remove all the bubbles.
If a bubble becomes stuck near an edge and can’t be removed, gently lift the nearest corner of the screen protector with a small thin piece of plastic. Try not to use your fingers, since the oil on your skin will affect the glue on the protector and lead to further problems.
Maybe It’s Time to Get A New Screen Protector
Sometimes, even after following the tips on how to get bubbles out of a screen protector, it is no longer possible to use the screen protector effectively.
Maybe you can’t get all the bubbles out of the main screen region, or the glue has failed or, worse yet, you accidentally scratched or cracked the screen protector in the process. In these events, your best option is to replace the screen protector.
When choosing your replacement screen protector, check out Sahara Case’s extensive line of screen protectors. The protectors, designed by device repair professionals, provide the same quality as the more expensive big brand names at a fraction of the cost. Furthermore, each protector comes in a well-designed case with clear step-by-step instructions to guide you through your next installment.