How To Remove Scratches From Your Smartphone
The main culprit of scratches on your phone is car keys in your pocket and an accidental drop, our phones are victims of scratches and scuffs.
The best way to fix your scratched and scuffed-up phone is to replace the screen.
Apple charges $29 to replace your screen if you have AppleCare. If your warranty is expired, it costs around $129-$149 for Apple to change the screen. You can probably find decent third-party local companies that will change your screen for even less.
If you’re looking for some methods to try at home, its never been easier to load up a how-to video online and businesses like iFixIt will give you the tips you need for $60.
There are some quick DIY fixes that may help you clean some shallow scratches from your phone.
Here are 9 tips that have had different degrees of success when it comes to rescuing phones from less serious scratches.
Turn off your phone before using these solutions, remove the battery (if you can), and seal the ports of your phone with tape to prevent liquid damage. Again, these methods are for lesser, annoying scratches on your phone. If you have significant scratches and cracks on your screen, you’re going to need to go to the pros or simply replace the screen yourself.
Go to your bathroom to cure small marks on your phone’s screen. The important thing here is to use actual toothpaste, not a gel-based toothpaste.
Here’s how this process works:
- Dab a small amount of toothpaste onto the end of a cotton swab or clean, soft cloth.
- Gently rub the cotton swab or cloth in circular motions on the screen until you see the scratch go away.
- After this, wipe your screen with a slightly dampened cloth to remove any excess toothpaste.
2. Sandpaper or drill grinders
Grinding rugged phone scratches with sandpaper or a small drill grinder is a radical solution, but has the capacity to remove unwanted scuffs from your phone. We don’t recommend using this one on your phone’s screen unless you are absolutely sure what you are doing. It’s best to use this method for polishing out scratches on the back of your phone.
When using fine sandpaper, it’s necessary to use the least abrasive kind and to press lightly onto your phone. As you file the phone scratches, check often to make sure there is no damage on the screen.
Note: If you aren’t careful, this process can end up creating more scratches and damage.
3. Magic Erasers
Magic Erasers, are the ideal size to maneuver around your phone to get out light scratches. But magic eraser’s looks can be a bit deceiving. They’re harsh and work basically like wet sandpaper, so we recommend the same caution as the method above.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda can work as a handy phone scratch remover. Be cautious with this method, you don’t want to water damaging your phone too.
Here’s how this remedy works:
- Mix two parts baking soda and one part water in a bowl.
- Stir until it forms a thick paste.
- Apply the paste to a clean, soft cloth and gently rub in a circular motion on the phone’s scratches.
- After this, wipe your screen with a fresh, slightly dampened cloth to remove any excess.
5. Baby powder
Add some water to baby powder which makes a paste that can take out the scratches on your phone. In the steps which you saw above, simply substitute baby powder for baking soda. Once more, be careful not to water damage your phone.
6. Vegetable oil
For little, hidden scratches, vegetable oil is said to work well as a substitute solution. One small drop of vegetable oil on top of scratches can be a smart cosmetic fix.
7. Egg and potassium aluminum sulfate
Whipping egg whites and potassium aluminum sulfate can remove the small scratches.
You’ll need a microfiber cloth, an egg, aluminum foil, and alum (potassium aluminum sulfate, which can be purchased at your local drugstore).
- Mix one egg white and one teaspoon of alum in a saucepan. Heat to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Soak the microfiber cloth in the egg and alum mixture.
- Put the cloth on aluminum foil, and then place it into a 300-degree oven until the cloth is completely dry.
- Take the cloth out of the oven and rinse it in cold water for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Repeat the step above three times, and then let the cloth air-dry for 48 hours.
- Now, use the cloth to eliminate scratches.
8. Car scratch removal creams
Car scratch removal creams can minimize and or completely remove the minor scratches. Simply apply the cream to a clean, soft cloth and wipe your screen in a soft, swirling movement.
9. Brasso, Silvo, or other polishes
A term of caution before you follow this method: Using polishes such as Brasso and Silvo can at times remove the screen coating and result in even larger scratches. Try this at your own risk.
- Put polish into a bowl. It’s a great idea to put a towel underneath the bowl so it does not spill.
- Dip a smooth cloth into the polish.
- Spread the cloth up and down the scratch and in circular motions.
- After this, wipe your screen with a clean cloth to remove any excess.