How to fix a cracked screen protector

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Abraham Miller

If you have cracked your screen protector, you are possibly worried about getting your fingers scratched while operating the phone or worse still, having the broken screen obstruct your display. Since the screen protector is placed directly over the screen, a cracked screen protector is just as worrisome as a broken screen. As you read on to find out how to fix a cracked screen protector, it is necessary to point out that there is no permanent way to fix it.

What this article shows you are some DIY methods you can apply at home to prevent the screen protector from cracking further and to prevent some bits of glass from falling off. Like you know, some screen protectors are purely made of glass and that is why some are called tempered glass. If you want to fix tempered glass cracks, these solutions also work.

If however, you have those major cracks that give a spiderweb-like appearance all over the screen protector, just opt for the fourth solution.

 how to fix a cracked phone screen protector

Use nail polish

Surprised? Don’t be. Your nail polish can do more than protecting your nails. It can protect your screen as well as your screen protector. If you don’t have any nail polish, you can get from the store or from one of your siblings. Please note that you are using colorless nail polish. Here is how to fix a cracked screen protector using nail polish.

  • Wipe the screen with a clean piece of cloth to get every dirt out.
  • carefully apply the nail polish along the crack and leave it for a minute. This will fill in the cracks.
  • Scrap off the excess polish on the screen using a folded piece of paper or the blunt side of a blade. What you are simply trying to do here is to get the screen protector to look smooth.
  • Apply the nail polish along the crack again and leave for a minute again. Scrap off the excess again.

There you are. You now have a smooth screen protector and the cracks are less obvious. Even though the cracks remain, the screen protector will no longer feel rough on your hands.

Place a gorilla tape over the cracked screen protector

Just like in the case of a broken or cracked screen, using gorilla tape can help fix a broken screen protector. To understand how to fix a cracked screen protector using gorilla tape, you should keep in mind that not all tapes work for this fix. Avoid using a regular scotch tape or just any tape at all. The gorilla tape can hold everything together for a long period of time, so that if you only have a minor crack, you may not need to get a new screen protector at all.

  • Wipe the screen with a clean piece of cloth to get every dirt out, or else you will trap them under the tape.
  • Carefully place the tap along with the screen and cut out the right measurement.  
  • As you lay it carefully on the screen, ensure that you do not cover the front camera lens, the speaker, headset port, microphone or any other opening in the front of the phone. Only place the tape on the screen
  • Press on it gently to push all the air out of the tape
  • If your phone screen is wider than the tape, repeat the process to cover the second part of the screen. It is okay to overlap the tapes. it does not affect or prevent the broken screen protector from functioning properly.

Now switch on your phone and operate it normally like nothing went wrong. The gorilla tape can stay for months. It can also hold all the bits of the cracked screen protector in place till you finally change it, and prevent cuts on your finger. It will also prevent further cracks if your phone falls.

Take out the cracked screen protector and use the gorilla tape as a temporary alternative

Instead of losing sleep over how to fix a broken screen protector, you can take off the screen protector and use the gorilla tape as an alternative till you are ready to get a screen protector. This works well but the worry about this solution is that it may be difficult to take off the gorilla tape if you want to get an actual screen protector in the next couple months. A gorilla tape needs to stay about 6 – 8 months so that it can come off easily.

If you decide to do this;

  • Check the edges of the phone and pick one edge of the screen protector up
  • Carefully pull it out. You may use a credit card, Identity card or anything flat and hard to gently push it up so that the cracked screen protector does not damage your screen.
  • Once taken off, you will find that your screen is clean and without dirt. Go ahead and place the gorilla tape as explained earlier.  

Replace the screen protector

The screen protector was meant to protect the screen. Duh! And if it is cracked, it has obviously done its job by preventing the screen from the same impact that could have resulted in a cracked screen. Instead of worrying about how to fix broken tempered glass, go for a new one. Besides, no matter how well you fix it using the earlier solutions, it cannot be as effective as a new screen protector.

Instead of managing it further, it is actually best that you replace it so that your phone is better protected against the impact the next time it falls. Luckily, a screen protector or tempered glass costs way less than a new phone screen. So changing the cracked screen protector can well be considered an investment.

You can check the Carlcare service center closest to you for durable and reliable screen protectors for Android phones, iPhones, tablets and other devices. You can do a quick search to find out the closest center to you and just walk in to get this fixed.

What are the disadvantages of using a cracked screen protector?

Now that we have explored how to fix a cracked screen protector, you should remember that using a broken screen protector cannot give you the best experience on your phone.

The chards of the broken glass may come off or injure your fingers while you are on your phone. Also, water and sand may get through the cracked screen protector and this would mean that your phone is now prone to the same things the protector should have shielded it against. This can also put internal components of your phone to risk.

So if you have a simple crack on your screen protector, go ahead and apply one of these fixes. But if it is a major crack (the spiderweb-like cracks), just get a new one.