So you’ve decided to get a tempered glass screen protector for your iPhone. Good choice -- tempered glass is significantly better than plastic for a host of reasons: more protection, smoother on your fingers, won’t scratch as easily, and no screen bubbles. Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to install your new tempered glass screen protector:
Step 1: Prepare
Look, I too like to live dangerously, but this is the time to focus and do it right on the first try, Mr. Powers. Open the screen protector package and set everything up on a clean, uncluttered table. You should have an alcohol wipe and a microfiber cloth in addition to the glass protector. Make sure your iPhone is turned off.
Step 2: Clean Your Screen
This is a critical step, because otherwise your glass protector will capture whatever’s on your iPhone screen -- dust, oil, Dorito cheese, what have you. Use the alcohol wipe to thoroughly clean your screen, and then use the microfiber cloth to give it one last polish for good measure.
Step 3: Remove the Protective Layer
Go ahead and pull out the actual glass protector. There’s a protective plastic film on one side. Remove it to expose the adhesive side of the glass, but be sure to hold it by the edges so that you don’t leave fingerprints on the surface. This side will be going face down on the iPhone.
Step 4: Alignment
Make sure to align the glass with the display portion of your screen. The glass should line up evenly with the front speaker and home button, and it should run parallel with the screen length-wise.
Step 5: Press It On
Once the glass protector has been properly aligned, carefully lay it down on the screen. If you make a mistake and the glass looks off-kilter, you can gently lift it up and realign it. Then, once the protector is on the screen, give it a soft press in the center and allow the adhesive surface to grip to the screen naturally.
Step 6: Final Touches
If there are any bubbles remaining -- and there may not be -- use the cloth provided to gently smooth them toward the edges of the glass protector. Now you’re all set to get back to your YOLO lifestyle. Your screen’s protected -- what else is there to worry about?