How To Fix Deep Scratches On iPhone Screen

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How To Fix Deep Scratches On iPhone Screen

If you're looking for an easy way to fix deep scratches on your iPhone screen, then this article is for you.

The latest iPhone models like iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 sport Ceramic Shield screen which is supposed to be scratch resistant. But it's not, as some people believe. Whether it's from the car keys in your pocket or a hard fall on the pavement, your iPhone is bound to get scratched. These deep scratches are unsightly and can affect the look and feel of your iPhone.

The good news is that there are some DIY methods that you can try before you go for the costly replacement. In this guide, we'll show you how to fix deep scratches on your iPhone screen. Let's get started!

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How To Fix Deep Scratches On iPhone Screen

So what are you supposed to do if you get a deep scratch on your iPhone?

The best and safest way to fix deep scratches on your iPhone screen is to replace the whole screen. But, if your warranty is expired, it will cost $129 - $329, depending on the model. However, if you have an AppleCare+ plan, you can get the screen replaced for just $29.

In case, you are not willing to spend that much money, below are some DIY solutions that you can try yourself. But we recommend you to go for the professional option.

If you decide to try any of these methods, make sure you turn off your phone, remove the battery (if possible), and seal the ports with tape to prevent liquid damage.

The toothpaste method

This is one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to fix minor scratches on your iPhone screen. All you need is toothpaste and a cotton swab. You can use any brand of toothpaste, but not gel-based toothpaste.

Here's how this method works:

  • Dab a small amount of toothpaste onto the end of a cotton swab. A soft microfiber cloth is preferred.
  • Gently rub the cotton swab or cloth in circular motions on the screen until you see the scratches disappear.
  • Finally, wipe your screen with a slightly dampened cloth to remove any excess toothpaste.
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The baby powder + water method

This method is very similar to the toothpaste method. However, you will need baby powder instead of toothpaste. Minor scratches can be easily removed using this method. Here's how this method works:

  • Add some water to baby powder to make a paste
  • Apply a small amount of baby powder to the end of a cotton swab or a microfiber cloth.
  • Gently rub the cotton swab or cloth in circular motions on the screen until you see the scratches disappear.
  • Finally, wipe the screen with a slightly dampened cloth to remove any excess powder.
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The glass polish paste method

Glass polish pastes are heavy-duty solutions that are designed to polish glasses and remove scratches from the surface. They are more effective than the other two methods and do a great job at getting rid of the deep scratches on your iPhone screen.

Industrial quality diamond polishing paste, like this one from TechDiamondTools, is ideal for removing deep scratches from watches, smartphone screens and glassware. Here's how this method works:

  • Apply a small amount of the diamond polish (14000 grit or smaller) onto a cotton swab or a microfiber cloth.
  • Gently rub the cotton swab or cloth in circular motions on the screen until you see the scratches disappear.
  • Finally, wipe the screen with a slightly dampened cloth to remove any excess paste.
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Magic erasers might help

Surprisingly, magic erasers can help you wipe out small scratches on the iPhone screen in just a few seconds. It’s like magic, you just need to scrub the area with your magic eraser for two minutes and the scratches will magically disappear.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Now that you know how to fix deep scratches on your iPhone screen, the next step is to prevent them from happening in the first place. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

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The best way to prevent scratches is to use a screen protector. A screen protector an additional sheet of material—commonly polyurethane or laminated glass—that can be attached to the screen of your iPhone.

There are four different types of screen protectors in the market: PET, TPU, tempered glass, and nano liquid. You might be wondering which one is the best for you.

In our opinion, most people are probably best off with a tempered glass protector. They have the smoothest feel, prevent the most damage, and are available at pretty decent prices. In case you're really picky about looks, you might prefer PET or TPU.