Pop, lock and drop it. Wait, your phone screen isn’t covered in one of the best iPhone screen protectors? Abort mission. Do not pop, lock and drop it.
If you are anything like me, dropping your phone is a regularity in life. For real, I must drop my phone at least 15 times a day. I can’t help that my hands are constantly clammy. I’ve talked to my doctor about it and he said it was fine. Nonetheless, my phone does not care, she stays slipping.
Thankfully, my phone case is from Casetify, so it’s essentially indestructible. Well, minus the screen. See, although Casetify makes an extraordinarily structured phone case, there isn’t any screen coverage. So, if you drop your phone on any uneven terrain or anywhere a rock might happen to be sitting, you’re pretty much screwed. Therefore, in addition to my phone case, I have an iPhone screen protector laid on top of my screen for good measure. Because given the way 2021 has been going, cracking my iPhone screen would really be the icing on the cake at this point.
Whether you invested your coin in a protective phone case like me, use any ‘ole phone case from Amazon or *shivers* choose to keep your iPhone bare naked, you totally need to slap one of the best iPhone screen protectors on to ensure your phone stays as sleek as it was the day you bought it. While there are screen protection options for a majority of iPhone models at this point, I’m going to focus on primarily iPhone 11s and XRs because I heard on the streets that if you have any earlier model there is a 90% chance your skin will wrinkle faster and you might be a little uglier.
With that all being said, here are the best iPhone screen protectors to keep that screen safe in 2021. Just be sure to thank me the next time you drop your phone.
1. Mkeke iPhone 11 Screen Protector
This is a message to other iPhone screen protection options that range beyond a $10 price point: stay mad. You do not have to break the bank in order to have the best iPhone screen protector money can buy. For just $7, this brand from Amazon will send you three case-friendly clear screen protectors that fit on both iPhone 11s and XRs. The cases are featured a tempered glass film that are 99.99% touch screen compatible, meaning you can use this protector on the same way you’d use your phone with it off. It’s incredibly easy to install, and once it cracks, slip it off and replace it with one of the two others provided. The cases have over 86,000 reviews on Amazon, with the overwhelming majority being extremely positive. Given the price, these might crack a bit more quickly than a more expensive screen protection alternative, but, hey, it’s cheap. You can’t hate that!
2. Ailun Glass Screen Protector
It’s hard to compare and contrast this screen protector from the one mentioned prior, because essentially, they’re almost the same thing. Like the previous, this comes in a pack of three, is made with tempered glass film and can fit on both iPhone 11s and XRs. Although while this one obviously protects against cracks and scratches, it also protects against sweat and oil residue caused by fingerprints. Which, for me, is a huge plus. I already told you about my clammy hand issue. This product is a #1 Amazon Best Seller and has almost as much great reviews as the Mkeke and comes at the exact same price. Well, minus two cents.
3. Alpha Glass Screen Protector for iPhone XR
You know the feeling. You just finished eating three empanadas from the empanada lady across the street from the train station. She didn’t give you as many napkins as you needed. Your fingers are covered in grease, but nonetheless, your phone is buzzing and you need to answer it. Without thinking, you shove your slimy hand into your back pocket, whip out your phone and all of a sudden, it’s on it’s way to the ground. This part is in slow motion, you yell, you scream, you panic and your phone lands face down. You pray. You pick it up, hoping for the best and see the worst. Your phone is completely shattered.
With this screen protector from OtterBox, this will never happen again. Ever. This mega-clear, anti-shatter case for iPhone XRs (and potentially iPhone 11s) will resist any and all scratches, cracks and smudges for the rest of your phone’s lifespan. Though it’s on the pricier side, keep in mind, it’s OtterBox. The brand does not play around when it comes to safety. If you’ve ever owned one of their incredibly protective phone cases, you’ll know that through and through. With that being said, this is one of the best iPhone screen protectors on the market, if you’re willing to dish out the extra cash.
4. Casely Protector
BEST FOR MOST PHONE TYPES
Though I mentioned that I was primarily going to shove iPhone 11 and XR cases down your throat, I might have fibbed ever so slightly. You can snag this screen protector from Casely for any iPhone model 6 and up as well as for a slew of Samsung devices, too. This protector is, like the others, made from a tempered glass film that prevents any dings, scratches and cracks after any tumble. Though only one screen protector comes with this, Casely’s protector is strong, responsive and as clear as it gets. Right now, the protector is also on sale for just $10, so get it while you still can.
5. InvisibleSHIELD Glass+ Privacy
BEST FOR PRIVACY
Stay sneaky with this screen protection option that’s treated with a two-way, side-view privacy filter that provides 100% screen privacy from all angles except for the front. That means, when you’re doing something on your phone that you want nobody else to see (like researching spoilers to Clare’s season of The Bachelorette), nobody will ever know what you’re up to. From their angle, all they’ll see is black. Like our prior picks, this case is also completely smudge-resistant and is made with the most advanced impact-shatter protection available. So you can stay down low and safe 24/7.
6. SPARIN Screen Protector
If you’re known amongst your town as the person who can crack a phone simply by looking at it, we recommend the more screen protectors, the better. This four-pack is great for those who constantly scratch or crack their screen protectors no matter how hard they try not to. When one’s ruined, simply replace it again and again and again. Honestly, might as well even buy a second pack, clumsy. Additionally, this option is great for a family of four that needs protection.
7. EyeJust Blue Light Blocking Screen Protector
BEST BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING
Maybe, the sole purpose for your screen protection search is to rid that heinously bright blue light from your phone. If that’s the case, look no further than EyeJust. If you didn’t already know, blue light affects your eyes negatively in various ways. It penetrates the retina and damages cells, suppresses production of melatonin and fastens fine lines you’re supposed to get when you’re, like, 60. No wonder I can’t see, can’t sleep and look like I’m 45 years old at the age of 24. Aside from being blue light blocking, this phone protector is completely shatterproof and anti-shock for ultimate protection.
8. Trianium Screen Protector
EASY TO INSTALL
Designed for the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the Trianium Screen Protector not only makes it easy to install the protector without the dreaded air bubbles, but it’s so thin you won’t even notice there’s anything on your screen. Sold in a pack of three, the 0.25mm thick protectors provide 99 percent clarity and protect your screen from scratches and scuffs. The protectors have hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to protect against your greasy paws (aka fingerprints) and liquid residue. We also like that the protector comes with a handy dandy frame that makes installation easy.
9. JETech Screen Protector
FOR OLDER MODELS
We’ve mostly focused on newer iPhones in this article, but if you are still using an iPhone 6, 7 or 8 and it’s in good working condition, it’s probably because you’re using a screen protector. Or you’re just really, really careful. Update your iPhone insurance (read: screen protector) with the JETech Screen Protector, which will keep your phone bumping along for a few more model launches before it’s time to upgrade. The JETech is made from 0.33mm thick premium tempered glass and will resist scratches, fingerprints and dust, and is highly transparent. The set of two protectors come with a cleaning cloth and dust removal stick for easy installation, even though we already know you’re going to be super careful installing the protector.
10. Rhidon Screen Protector
INCLUDES CAMERA PROTECTOR
One of the biggest selling features of the iPhone 12 is its impressive camera, which is really only impressive if the lenses stay in one piece. Not only should you protect your screen, but your lenses also need a safety buddy so you can keep snapping those landscape/avocado toast pics. The tempered glass screen protector provides a custom fit for the iPhone 12 Pro and the lens protector includes a ‘Night Circle’ upgrade that means the flash will not be affected. Protect both the screen and camera lenses from scratches, scuffs, bumps and anything else that can happen when getting that perfect shot.
11. Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector
FOR IPHONE 12
Need a screen protector for your shiny new iPhone 12? Check out the Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector, which is sold in a pack of two. The tempered glass screen protector has a durability rating of 9H hardness, which translates to ‘good news for people who scratch their iPhones a lot.’ Thanks to oleophobic coating, your phone won’t become a treasure trail of fingerprints. Designed for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, the protectors come with an easy to use installation kit that makes it simple to get your phone road-ready in minutes.
12. COOLQO Case and Screen Protector
FULL PHONE PROTECTION
Not all screen protectors are compatible with all cases. You could always just use a screen protector and no case, but you can also throw your iPhone off your roof and see what happens. We don’t recommend either. Instead, get a screen protector and case combo from COOLQO, which provides 360-degree protection using durable and soft TPU and silicone for the case and military-grade tempered glass for the screen. The clear case and screen protector not only keep your iPhone looking great, but it also makes it easy to see the phone’s beautiful design. You didn’t wait an extra two months to get the red iPhone to not show it off, right?
13. LifeProof Alpha Glass
There is no such thing as an inexpensive iPhone, which is why paying a bit more for a screen protector that will protect against potential shatter catastrophes is a worthwhile investment. The LifeProof Alpha Glass protector withstands scuffs and scratches and is made with durable shatter-proof tempered glass. The protector also ensures users will still see all the images on their iPhone X with crystal clear clarity and easily scroll and swipe thanks to its reactive touch.
14. OtterBox Antimicrobial Screen Protector
KEEPS OUT GERMS
There’s no nice way to say this — your phone is gross. Some people (definitely not us) spend a lot of time in the bathroom with their phones (definitely never, ever us…nope…). You hold your phone while eating, coughing and sneezing. Phones are set on desks, counters and tables where germs are flying, making them magnets for things we don’t want to think about putting close to our face. Again, phones are gross, which is why we like the Antimicrobial Screen Protector from OtterBox, which is made from the first EPA-registered antimicrobial glass that protects screens not only against damage from drops and scratches, but also and unwanted microbes. The antimicrobial agent lasts the entire lifetime of the screen protector, which has 5x anti-scratch defense and provides vivid clarity. Finally, something that makes it easier for us to take our phones into the bathroom. Um, we mean easier for other people.
15. 3D Impact Screen Protector by RhinoShield
Some screen protectors cover up to the edge of an iPhone screen but leave a little bit of space where damage can still be inflicted on your very, very expensive smartphone. The 3D Impact Screen Protector by RhinoShield has curved edges that are contoured to fit perfectly on the screen of an iPhone and provide full coverage. The protector is resistant to high impacts, scratches and includes oleophobic coating and high optical clarity for clear visibility and won’t leave any sticky residue on the screen.
16. RhinoShield 9H Tempered Glass Lens Protectors
CAMERA LENS PROTECTOR
Not only should you be protecting the screen of your iPhone, but you should also be protecting the lens. The RhinoShield tempered glass lens protector is made with 9H hardness, which as we previously mentioned is incredibly tough. The glass will protect against low to moderate impacts and has a water and oil repellent layer to stop finger smudges from ruining your photos. The protector helps to keep water and dust out without fogging up your lens.