Use Protection.

Have you ever shattered your iPhone’s screen? They’re not cheap to replace. Here’s a good chance for a better solution that won’t cost you over $100 each time.

You don’t need to spend $75 or more on a big, bulky case that’s annoying and covers your screen. Now I’m not saying that those big, bulky cases won’t protect your phone. They most certainly will. But phones seem to be getting bigger, and girls’ jeans pockets seem to be getting smaller.

So here we are. Spend $20 and get a glass screen protector instead.

I’m not talking crazy talk here. We have been through three teenagers in my house. We’ve had multiple phones dropped, both with and without the bulky case. A few years ago, the good thing about the bulky case is that it protected your phone from water.

Now, with more and more phones being water resistant, your precious thousand dollar phone can survive a glug-glug in the toilet without you crying your eyes out. (Of course, you might cry your eyes out anyways, depending on which point of the potty process you dropped in your phone.)

I’m pretty sure I was the first one to do it. You know how it goes. you are juggling too many things in your hand–your fault in the first place–and your phone takes a skippidy-doo-dah across the concrete garage floor. You watch it, and stand there frozen, wondering if there’s a way you can just get those last fifteen seconds of your life back. Then you realize you can’t, so you pick up your phone to assess the damage.

My screen was cracked, or so I thought… the “glass crack” was in the glass protector itself. It would be much easier–and cheaper–to replace!

Here is an example from Amazon of the type of screen protector you should find. (For the record, I’m not getting paid for anything in this post.) I picked this article for several reasons:

  • It explicitly calls out that it’s glass.
  • It has good reviews.
  • This link has 5, 6, 7, and 7 plus sizes within it. (Look for the little pictures beneath the green words “In Stock.”)

My husband has replaced these broken screen protectors before. He peels gently, and the screen protector comes up in chunks; and there beneath it is the beautiful, unscratched, unbroken iPhone screen.

You may have seen some people’s phones before with a screen protector and thought, there’s no way I’m getting one of those. That’s probably because they’ve done it wrong. It is very easy to get the glass screen protector applied without bubbles or crap underneath it; you just have to follow a process and take your time.

Here are some tips for when you are ready to apply a screen protector:

  • Spend more than $5, and make sure it’s glass, to get the same look and feel as the original iPhone screen.
  • Take your time. Do not do this when you are in a rush!
  • follow the directions and clean the screen completely. Spend a lot of time making sure the screen is spotless. Sunlight helps with this.
  • Wear rubber gloves (like your mechanic wears) if you have access to them, to prevent fingerprints while you work.

Then, when you’re finished, you can feel safer with the quirky, cheesy, non-hundred-dollar case that your teen wants to buy, like this one. (Click to view)

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About Susan Pitman

Susan is an artist who grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Texas. She writes songs, short stories, and books. You can follow @susanpitman143 on Twitter.

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