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Screen protectors make a whole lot of sense. You buy a shiny new smartphone, unbox it, and already, the value is slowly creeping down. You buy a decent case to protect it from the daily wear-and-tear that digital hardware seems so attracted to, and the screen protector, you hope and pray, will stop the display from getting scratched or worn. But putting a screen protector on throws up all sorts of caveats. Dust seems to begin appearing just as soon as you slide away the cellophane, hitting both your device’s just-polished display and the screen protector itself. If you’ve found yourself frustrated by the incessant bobbles of a failed screen protector application session, help is, thankfully, at hand.

The XDA-Developers forums are famed for offering resolute advice on Android issues, hacks, mods, and other such niceties, as well as catering to several other mobile operating systems to a lesser degree. But member BillTheCat has offered a superb tutorial on how one can apply a screen protector without messing it up.

As some of the more seasoned screen protector-ers will have picked up over the years, sticky tape / Sellotape / Scotch Tape is ideal for removing bits of dust without touching the surface with your fingers. It’s hard to fathom how much dirt and grime is on our palms that we cannot necessarily see, but screen protectors are famously good at demonstrating, so before following the guide, you will need some sticky tape handy. You will also require a cloth (usually provided with reputably-sourced screen protectors), and some cleaning solution.

The great thing about this tutorial is that it provides a myriad of ways you can apply a screen protector perfectly, so you can select whichever is comfortable for you personally. Moreover, with plenty of tips on which brands to select, you can avoid the cheap alternatives and find yourself a display shield worthy of your handset.

The guide is extensive, and since the author behind it has been constantly updating the thread with new information and techniques, you’re unlikely to find a better tutorial pertaining this topic.

Ideal if you’re planning on picking up a new handset this holiday, the original thread can be found via this link.

We’re 100% sure that this is one of the most useful tutorials you’ll ever come across!

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