Scratches ruin the look of your phone screen and stop it functioning properly. Unfortunately, they occur all too easily if your phone comes into contact with something sharp in your bag or is accidentally dropped. If you’ve got scratches on your smartphone touchscreen, read our article to find out what you can do to remove them.
A quick internet search will return a lot of homemade tips to get rid of scratches from a smartphone screen. For example, rubbing the screen with sandpaper or polishing it with toothpaste. BE WARNED, these can cause substantial lasting damage to your phone. Using sandpaper will result in worse scratches. And any liquid that gets into the gap between the phone housing and the screen can cause a short circuit that will damage the phone permanently.
Some mobile accessories stores stock special polishing pastes, which manufacturers advertise as miracle solutions for all scratches. Again, be aware that these pastes contain hard abrasive particles that level the screen surface to the same level as the scratch. These preparations are very strong, and it can be easy to polish too much, resulting in worse problems. Remember, your smartphone touch screen is made up of several thin layers. If these delicate layers are removed while you attempt to make the repair, it can significantly reduce touch sensitivity and make the screen less clear.
One of the safest and most effective remedies to remove scratches from your phone screen is by using a protective film. These can help to mask existing scratches and protect your screen in the future. The films are transparent to retain the original appearance of your device. They don’t reduce touchscreen sensitivity or affect screen image quality.
Although buying a phone case won’t remove any existing scratches, it will help to prevent any new ones. There's a vast range of covers available to suit every style and need, including silicone covers as well as book or flap-style covers that offer adequate screen protection.
If the scratches on your smartphone screen are very large and visible consult a professional phone repairer, depending on the degree of damage you may need a new screen or replacement phone. If you have phone insurance, check first to see if this is included.