Air Bubbles On Screen Protector: How to Eliminate Them

FACTS CHECKED BY  Jose George​

Have you ever encountered a bubble on your phone’s screen protector that appeared out of nowhere? Unfortunately, bubbles can cause challenging issues in addition to being unattractive. This blog post comprehensively explains how to remove air bubbles on the screen protector and what causes them.

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Why Do Air Bubbles Form on My Screen Protector?

There are various reasons why air bubbles in screen protector form. Usually, they originate from holes or cavities beneath the adhesive used to stick the screen protector to the phone’s glass. 

It frequently happens due to poor application or tiny dust and dirt that sticks underneath. The oil on our hands also contributes to the formation of bubbles on the screen protectors.

How to Get Air Bubbles Out of Screen Protector

Here are the practical tips that can help you do this perfectly and have your phone’s screen protector stay in perfect condition and serve you for a long time:

Put the Screen Protector on Again

If several bubbles are underneath the screen protector, you must reapply another new screen protector. Make sure your phone has a replaceable screen protector. This way, you can apply different screen protectors whenever you see air bubbles on your phone’s screen.  

Follow the steps below to reapply your screen protector perfectly;

First, take the screen protector off

Carefully tuck the pointy edge of a credit card (or another object with a sharp edge) under one of the screen protector’s corners. You can also use a razor blade, but be cautious to avoid cutting yourself or the screen. 

After lifting the corner, separating the screen protector from the screen should be simple. However, you may risk harming your screen protector if you attempt to bend it upwards. So it would be best to be careful when removing the screen protector. 

Clean the screen

Cleaning the screen

Cleaning the screen

The uneven surface of your screen from dust and fuzz could lead to air bubbles under the protector. You can use the cleaning cloth for your eyeglasses if you need a microfiber cleaning cloth. To remove dust and lint from your device’s display, moisten the corner of a cloth with rubbing alcohol and then wipe the screen with it.

Use the dry end of the cleaning cloth to dry the screen after removing the particles properly. Ensure you’re clean and clear of dust stains and have washed your hands adequately. Your hands could transmit dirt, grease, or debris to the display or screen protector’s underside.

Reinstall the screen protector

Reinstalling the screen protector is now necessary. You can line up your screen protector’s edges with your smartphone’s edges to avoid an uneven installation.  

When you are happy with how it looks, place the screen protector with one side against the screen and firmly push it into place. The rear adhesive of the screen protector will start adhering to the screen immediately.

Get rid of air bubbles.

Use your finger or the edge of a credit card to press down in the center of the screen immediately after the screen protector has adhered to the surface. 

Push outward from the center of your screen toward the edges to spread air bubbles. Touch the screen in various places until all air bubbles are gone.

Apply Oil to the Edges of the Protector

There are various ways of eliminating air bubbles around your screen protector using oil. Some of them include the following;

Using Oil

If the air bubbles are close to the screen protector’s borders, try using olive, vegetable, or transparent cooking oil. Moisten the end of a cotton swab and pour 1–2 cc of oil into a small dish.

Don’t use too much oil, just enough to cover the cotton swab and to prevent dripping. Apply the oil as precisely as you can while being sure to keep it out of the gadget.

Cotton Swab

Use a soft material like a cotton wool bud to rub out any additional oil when working around the borders of the screen protector. To ensure the oil gets under the edges of your screen protector, add a small amount of the substance there. The oil will remove any air bubbles, providing a perfect seal.

After using the oil and the air bubbles remain, carefully lift the screen protector’s edge with your fingernail or a razor blade to let the oil through. This will clear all the air bubbles on the screen surface and keep your screen protector intact on the phone’s screen. 

Stick the screen protector tightly on your phone screen

You can carefully press your screen protector against the screen until there are no air bubbles around the edge. This ensures the screen protector adheres tightly to the phone’s screen.  Wipe the borders of your screen protector with tissue paper and eliminate the remaining surplus oil.

Additionally, put a little pressure on the edges of the screen protector to see if oil leaks out from below, then wipe it away using a lint-free cloth.

Purchase a Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Using a tempered glass screen protector for your phone will be easier to install and less likely to have air bubbles.

However, if air bubbles in the screen protector develop due to poor connection to the phone screen, lift the screen protector and clean below the area where it did not adhere effectively. Finally, put the protector back on. You will have a flawlessly placed screen protector.

Summary

Screen protectors secure your screen from scratches, but bubbles might form behind them if they are not appropriately applied. The look of an air bubble in a screen protector can be very intrusive and unpleasant. Whether the bubbles are located in the center of the screen or on the edges, the above guide provides various practical methods for removing bubbles from a screen protector. However, if you purchase a new screen protector to replace the old one, you consider buying a tempered screen protector for durability and to improve your phone’s lifespan.

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