How to Apply a Screen Protector for iPhone and iPad Devices

Amazing how one tiny scratch on your smartphone or tablet can drive you crazy, isn't it? All it takes is carrying your iPhone in your pocket with your keys or reaching into your purse and scratching the screen with a diamond ring. The scratch doesn't even have to be very deep to mess with the visual quality of the screen. That's why we recommend using a screen protector for your iPhone or iPad, as well as checking out our entire range of protective leather iPhone Cases for every phone from the 5 to the 6S Plus.

Applying a screen protector without bubbles or dust particles can be a bit tricky, but here are a few tips to help you out.


Before you apply the screen protector, clean dirt, dust, oil, and fingerprints from the screen using a lint-free cloth (Zagg protectors come with a cloth for you to use). Any dust or dirt that gets trapped between the protector and the screen will create a bubble, which can drive you nuts. Oil on the screen (from fingerprints) will keep the protector from sticking as well.

Humidity / Moisture

Zagg invisibleSHIELD screen protectors come with a spray bottle to moisten your fingertips and the screen protector. A little bit of moisture makes it easier to apply the screen protector. Another trick you can use is to apply the screen protector in a humid room (like the bathroom after you take a shower). Or just turn the shower on for a few minutes before you apply the screen protector.

Hinge Method

One of the most foolproof ways to apply a screen protector is with the "hinge method."
Basically, you line up the protector on your screen before removing the plastic backing piece. Then use clear tape (like Scotch tape or something similar) to tape down the protector to one side of the phone—choose one of the longer sides. This will keep the protector perfectly lined up while you apply it to the screen.

Lift up the protector like a hinge, and pull off the backing. Then slowly place the screen protector back down, starting at the hinge end and using a credit card (or the plastic "squeegee" that comes with a Zagg InvisibleShield) to smooth out bubbles as you go.


If you spot a speck of dust trapped under the screen protector, lift up the corner of the protector with a piece of Scotch tape. You can use another piece of tape to remove the dust. Then smooth the protector back in place.

If you used a spray solution and your screen protector won't stick in the corners, leave it alone for 10 to 15 minutes before trying to stick it down again. If it still doesn't work, wait a few more minutes before trying again. As the screen protector dries out a little more, it should become more tacky. Just don't wait too long, or you may not be able to re-apply the screen protector.

If you've tried several times to apply the screen protector and just can't get it right, ask someone for help. Some people just have that special touch.

Screen Protectors for iPhone and iPad

Zagg invisibleSHIELD screen protectors for iPhone and iPad models are scratch-resistant. Isn't that why you apply a screen protector in the first place? Zagg offers a lifetime guarantee on their screen protectors. Additionally, all of our leather iPhone cases come with a 25-year warranty and 30-day moneyback guarantee. Your iPhone's screen will thank you.