Foldable smartphones have injected excitement into the market, offering a fresh take on traditional designs. The Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip series have won over enthusiasts, as well as those looking for a larger screen or more compact form factor, respectively. However, like any emerging technology, foldable phones face challenges, particularly in terms of durability.
If you already own a Galaxy Z Fold or Z Flip smartphone, you’ve probably encountered or at least heard of issues with their screen protectors. In many cases, Galaxy Z series screen protectors wear out faster than they should and start causing problems. If you’re wondering how to replace your internal screen protector, we’ve got some tips and advice.
What the internal screen protector does on the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold
Your Galaxy Foldable Phone comes with a pre-installed internal screen protector made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a flexible material that is resistant to grease, oil and abrasion. The protector is designed to ensure that the screen is not damaged during folding, unfolding and general use.
What are the problems with the Z Fold and Z Flip screen protectors
As with nearly all new technology, there are some things that need to be improved over time. The problem with the internal screen protectors on Samsung foldable phones seems to be that they start peeling off quite early (in extreme cases, after as little as 6 months of use), which I imagine can be frustrating especially if you’ve spent a large amount of money on your new phone.
How to tell if your Z Fold or Z Flip screen protector is peeling off
Well, peeling a screen protector is something you will probably notice as it can be quite annoying. You’d see, for example, bubbles on the screen right where the phone bends.
In the case of our Galaxy Z Fold 3, these were small, barely noticeable at first. However, over the course of several weeks, the protector had completely peeled off in the area above the crease.
Keep in mind that the protective layer that peels off is not the screen, so keep calm when you see such damage that it is treatable. But you definitely have to find a way to replace the protector so that the much more expensive screen remains preserved.
What to do if your Z Fold or Z Flip screen protector is peeling off
The first thing I would recommend is not to peel off the entire internal screen protector yourself, but to find the closest one Samsung Service Center or any other authorized service. Samsung also works with more than 250 Best Buy locations across the US, so the chance of having one near you is pretty big.
After the first year, the screen protector replacement cost starts at $19.99. And if the internal screen protector comes off on a regular basis, keeping your phone in top condition could get a bit expensive. So let’s see if you can do something about it.
How to prevent the Z Fold or Z Flip internal screen protector from peeling off
As much as I want to share a big secret with you that magically keeps your screen protector intact, I can’t. But there are some things you could at least try, and they sure won’t hurt you.
To begin with, you can clean the edges and hinge of the screen with a microfiber cloth and always make sure there are no sharp particles or dirt before closing the phone. Also, try to treat the hinge and mechanism with care and avoid pushing too hard when opening and closing the phone.
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