If you’re worried about scratching up your iPad′s display, then getting a screen protector is a great way to prevent that, but while you can easily apply a screen protector to your iPad, getting those wretched bubbles out is another story.
Screen protectors come in all different styles, but most of them are usually made out of a thin and flexible plastic sheet that sticks onto your device’s screen using some kind of adhesive or just static electricity.
More expensive screen protectors are made out of tempered glass, which are essentially just really thin sheets of glass that you stick on top of your iPad’s display. This makes it so that you’ll still get that natural glass feel to the device, but it does add a bit of thickness, since glass screen protectors are a bit thicker than regular plastic ones.
There are also more rugged screen protectors from companies like Zagg who specialize in military-grade screen protection. These screen protectors are made out of an incredible material that’s insanely scratch proof. They’re overkill most of the time and are fairly expensive, but they can be good for users who work in construction that would have an iPad exposed to extreme conditions most of the time.
What most of these screen protectors have in common, though, is that they’re all prone to bubbles. If you’ve ever applied a screen protector on a phone, you’ll know that inevitable bubbles can form. You usually can just use a credit card to get them out, but sometimes it can be a bit more difficult.
However, to lessen the chances of difficult bubbles forming while you apply a screen protector, it’s important that you apple it the right way to at least lessen the chances of stubborn bubbles making their way in in the first place. However, if you do end up getting bubbles, here are some ways to get rid of them.
How to Remove Bubbles
The key to preventing bubbles from forming while you apply a screen protector is following all of the recommendations for applying a screen protector in the first place.
This means it’s best to wash your hands to get rid of any excess oils and dirt on your fingers. Dust and dirt can easily make its way underneath the screen protector while you’re applying it, which can aid the formation of bubbles, so you want to make sure that your fingers are clean.
Secondly, you want to apply your screen protector in a room where there isn’t a lot of dust. A good place to do this is in a bathroom right after a hot shower, since the steam and humidity chokes down any dust and provides a great environment to put a screen protector on your iPad. Again, dust and dirt can create more bubbles, so you don’t want any of that around your environment.
You’ll also want a microfiber cloth to wipe the screen clean before you apply the screen protector. You absolutely do not want any dust or fingerprints on the screen while you’re applying the screen protector. This makes sure that there are as little bubbles as possible. I apologize if it sounds like I’m beating a dead horse, but this stuff is essential for preventing bubbles.
Lastly (and most importantly), you’ll want a credit card to squeegee out any bubbles that form after you applied the screen protector. You can get all of them out most of the time with just your finger, but sometimes there will be some bubbles that will be stubborn. If this happens, use the credit card to squeegee them out.
Applying the Screen Protector
Knowing how to get bubbles out of a screen protector is good knowledge to have, but what if you don’t know how to put a screen protector on in the first place?
As for how to apply the screen protector to your iPad, we like to use the peel-back method and the hinge method combined.
The peel-back method involves peeling back the protective wrapping just slightly so that you can attach one end of the screen protector to your iPad, and then as you slowly apply the screen protector (making your way to the top of the device), you peel back the protective wrapping at the same time until you eventually peel all of it back and fully apply the screen protector.
The hinge method involves taping one side of the screen protector to the device, acting like a hinge, that way the screen protector’s placement on the screen is perfect every time.
When applying the screen protector to your iPad, use your fingers or a credit card to flatten the screen protector out to ensure that minimal bubbles form as you make your way to the top of the device while applying the screen protector.
Again, if there are still bubbles after you apply the screen protector, just take your credit card and squeegee them out. After you’re done, you should be left with an iPad with a screen protector that has zero bubbles on it.