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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by adam_hilluk, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. adam_hilluk

    adam_hilluk Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Now obviously i've applied a screen protector before and it is in essence a very simple task.

    However i always either het 1 bubble that won't shift or dirt trapped under the screen :(

    can anybody give me any tips what to do as my screen protector arrived today and i want to put it on correctly..

    any help much appreciated


  2. man00va

    man00va Member

    Wash your hands, do not touch the back (sticky) side of the protector with any kind of cloth, whether it be microfibre or a towel. Your protector should come with a squeegee, which looks like a credit card, use that to get rid of as many bubbles as possible, ensuring you wet the front side to ensure it doesn't get dry - that's when you start to stretch the protector etc.

    Any small bubbles left that couldn't be squeegeed should dissipate over the first 12-24 hours.
  3. adam_hilluk

    adam_hilluk Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    got no squeegee :(

    will just my credit card do?
  4. jay_kay

    jay_kay Android Enthusiast

    Yeah it will do fine. I normally wrap it in my microfibre cleaning cloth as it can scratch the screen if used naked :eek:
  5. man00va

    man00va Member

    Meh, should be fine. Though, bare in mind, you do this at your own risk, if you snap the credit card or something happens to your phone I am in no way accountable.

    ^^ Just wanted to put that in there.
  6. The Great One

    The Great One Member

    Hey dude - make sure your screen protector is cut to fit your screens size if it requires you to do so. Next, slightly wetten your hands but not too wet. Peel the protect off carefull and then apply from top to bottom. You will need to put the phone on a steady surface - perhaps get someone else to hold the phone in place steadily. Apply the end on the bottom and pull the screen protector upwards so its as stretched out as possible and slowly place it on the screen. Should be perfect...
  7. MrCave

    MrCave Newbie

    I would follow all advice above but after cleaning the phones screen with the cloth, use a few shots of compressed air to remove any dust remaining on the screen, then apply the protector carefully.
  8. DaddyCee

    DaddyCee Android Enthusiast

    i applied mine after taking a very hot shower, so that the bathroom was filled with steam. This got rid of any dust particles on my display and sorted the air bubbles as well as I applied the protector.
  9. fried

    fried Well-Known Member

    The best way, IMO, is to not peel the whole of the backing off the protector in one go. Line up the protector with the screen (with the backing still on) so you can see exactly how it fits. Give the screen a good clean, then peel just a bit of the backing off at one end and stick the protector to the screen. As you pull the rest of the backing off with one hand, you're pushing down on the top of the protector at an angle with your credit card in the other hand (don't push too hard though), so you're working from top to bottom (or bottom to top).

    If you do it like that, you can stop at any point and wipe dust from the part of the screen you're yet to cover. It also stops dust settling on the back of the protector as you're not removing all of the backing at once.

    I used to hate screen protectors because I'd get dust/bubbles trapped in between the protector and the screen. Since using the above method I've used screen protectors with my MP3 player and Desire and there's not a single speck of dust or bubble in sight. You can't even tell a protector is fitted.
  10. spenspuma

    spenspuma Well-Known Member

    Mmmmm.....steam and phones?....its not a great idea is it? - avoiding water/moisture is one of the main rules in expensive phone ownership, surely?
  11. Casual Pete

    Casual Pete Android Enthusiast

    Use a strip of sellotape to get the dirt and dust off.

    Worked a treat for me!
  12. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Android Expert

    Sorry but that's a load of cobblers. Unless you'd care to explain to me the branch of physics that deals with steam's unusual ability to make dust pop out of existence? And to draw air out of our spacetime into the ether from under thin films of plastic? :eek:

    If the steam had any effect, it would be that it made the glass screen slightly damp due to condensation, and possibly the thin layer of water under the protector allowed the air bubbles to move around more freely than normal and escape when you applied pressure. But that's pretty speculative at best.

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