Keeping Your iPhone Scratch Resistant

Date Posted:15 October 2012 

If your iPhone is your pride and joy and constant companion, the last thing you want is for it to get scratched. With that in mind, here are some useful ways to make it much more scratch-resistant.

Cases

The first and most obvious solution is to buy a protective case, which will not only shield your iPhone from scratches, but bumps and knocks as well. iPhone cases come in a range of colours and designs and are considered by many to be essential iPhone accessories. They include hard cases, soft cases, wallet cases, bumper cases and charging cases for portable power.

While iPhone cases will protect your phone from bumps and scratches, they won’t protect the screen, which is the most important area to keep scratch-free, so that’s where screen protectors come in.

Screen protectors

A screen protector is a thin sheet of clear plastic with a sticky side that adheres to your screen. It will protect your screen from scratches as well as oil and fingerprints and can help to reduce glare as well.

There are also a number of protective films available that will provide temporary protection for your screen at minimal cost. They vary in quality, so it is often worth spending a little more to get one that doesn’t create air bubbles when you apply it, doesn’t peel at the edges or attract dust and doesn’t leave a sticky residue when you remove it. Full body wrap is also available if you want to protect your whole phone without the bulkiness of a protective case.

Handling

You can also help to prevent your iPhone from getting scratched by observing certain rules when handling and storing it. Avoid carrying it in your pocket, as it can slip out when you bend down or get knocked through the lining of your shirt or coat. It can also get scratched by other items in your pocket, such as coins or car keys.

Also, rather than using an iPhone portable charger, consider investing in a universal charging dock, which will reduce the risk of damage to your iPhone. The phone is kept in an upright position while charging and is less likely to be misplaced or sat on.

Scratch repair

If, despite your best efforts, your iPhone does get scratched, there are limited things you can do to repair the damage, depending upon how extensive it is. If the scratches are only minor and limited to the body of the iPhone, you can often make them disappear with a microfibre cloth and a small amount of mild abrasive such as toothpaste or Brasso.

If your screen is scratched, however, there is not much you can do, as it is made from special touch-sensitive material and is thus very costly to replace. As long as your view is not obscured or the function impaired in any way, then you may just have to live with it until you upgrade to your next iPhone.

Prevention is always the best cure, so if you treat your iPhone as the valuable asset it is, rather than as a toy, then you should be able to enjoy scratch-resistant use for the life of your phone.