Answered: How To Get Rid Of Scratches On Your Phone?

Are you tired of singing ‘’Another screen bites the dust’’? Phone screens are prone to scuffs and scratches from accidental drops or placing them in the same pocket as your keys. But it’s not only that part of your phone that can be damaged by daily things. Think about its whole body case.

sad woman with head down in the park, having her mobile's screen scratched

We all want our phones to remain as immaculate as they were when we first bought them. Not only are they a big part of our daily life, but some devices carry high prices, and we don’t want to have to replace them regularly. That’s why it can be pretty frustrating when you notice a scratch on it! An, sometimes we miss the good old days of the landline phones. Don’t worry; we have the best solution for getting rid of these unwanted scratches, plus some fantastic tips to keep your phone more damage-resistant. Let’s start from scratch with this DIY project!

Common causes of scratches on your phone

Our phones are a big part of our day-to-day life. Since we rely so much on them, they come with us everywhere we go. This daily use increases the chance of the phone becoming damaged. As a result, scratches on the screen is a widespread problem. Here you will find the common causes of the marks, so you can try to avoid them! 

Using your pocket

We all use our pockets daily to free up our hands, but this could be one of the main reasons our phone screen is getting damaged. When you put your phone in the same pocket as your coins or keys, for example, the screen is more prone to getting scratched. The chances get even higher when the pockets are sandy

Putting your cell phone down

Do you find yourself placing your phone on random surfaces with the screen facing down? This is like asking for scratches! When we are out and about, it is common to leave the phone down to free our hands on hard surfaces, like on a bench. These surfaces often have rough edges that can damage your screen with just some slight movement. 

Dropping your cell phone

Who hasn’t experienced at least once that horrible moment when you drop your phone? Phones nowadays are so slim; they can slip out of your hand very quickly and therefore are at extra risk of being dropped and damaged!  

A couple standing on the street watching a smartphone that falls on the asphalt

8 ways to remove scratches from your phone

Do you have to deal with a scratched screen or phone? Keep on reading to find out the most effective removal methods for scratches working for both android and iPhone devices.

Use toothpaste

You can use your toothpaste not only to clean your teeth but also many things like silver, brass and scratches from your phone! Keep in mind that using toothpaste as a method works well with small scratches on plastic screens. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Select a whitening toothpaste and make sure it’s an actual paste instead of a gel. The ones containing baking soda work very well on scratches. You can also create a DIY paste by mixing 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water. 
  2. Dab a small amount of toothpaste onto a cotton swab. You may also use a clean cloth. You should be careful and not use more paste than you need, so wipe off any excess toothpaste. 
  3. With gentle, circular moves, rub the paste around the phone scratches. You should press the paste into each one’s middle before buffing it out.
  4. Keep moving till the scratch disappears. Even if there are deep ones you cannot completely fix, the abrasion should lessen them.
  5. With a damp cloth, wipe off the toothpaste. 
  6. Dip a cloth into a little bit of warm water and rig out the excess moisture before using it on your cell phone. 
  7. When all the toothpaste is gone, use the cloth’s dry part to sop up any remaining moisture.
  8. Finish by wiping away dirt or oils with a polishing cloth.

Use glass polish

Purchase a cerium oxide polish to use as a scratch remover for glass screens. When it comes to polishing your phone screen, 100g of cerium oxide powder should be more than enough. 

  1. Mix the powder into a slurry. You’ll first need to prep the mix yourself if you bought powdered cerium oxide. Pour 50-100g of powder into a small container. Add water until the solution has the consistency of dairy cream. Mix regularly as you add the water to make sure your measurements are correct. You can disregard this step entirely if you buy a pre-mixed polish.
  2. Block off all phone’s vulnerable spots with tape
  3. Apply polish to the scratched area with a smooth polishing cloth, using a circular motion. Don’t do it too hard, as it could remove some of the oleophobic coating, the thin layer that allows our fingers to drift over your touch screen.
  4. Check regularly to see how the scratch is looking as you tend the area. 
  5. Once you’ve applied and cleaned off the polish, give your phone a follow-up clean.

Baby powder

Baby powders are a powerful alternative to removing phone scratches. 

  1. Mix an amount of baby powder and water in a bowl. 
  2. Stir the mixture until it forms into a paste-like substance. 
  3. Apply the mixture using a soft cloth onto the affected area and then rub it in a gentle, circular motion.
  4. Once you are done, wipe the screen off with a slightly dampened cloth to remove the excess substance. 
Baby talcum powder container on wooden background

Vegetable oil

The fastest way to fix scratches from your phone is through the use of vegetable oil. But there is one trick here – this solution is only temporary

  1. Add 1 tiny drop of this ingredient right on top of the scratch.
  2. Rub it just enough to do away with the scratches.
  3. Then wipe it off with a clean cloth.

Magic erasers

Magic erasers are made of melamine foam, so they can be as outstanding as sandpapers when removing phone scratches. 

  1. Add water to the Magic eraser.
  2. Rub it gently on the affected area. 
  3. Wipe out with a dry cloth.

Car scratch removal creams

Car scratch removal creams are a viable alternative to do away with some minor scratches on your phone. All you need is a cotton swab or a clean cloth to use this material. Rub it on with the right amount of pressure and always with a circular motion.

Brasso, Silvo or other metal polishes

  1. Put some of the metal polish on a clean cloth.
  2. Rub it gently over the scratched plastic surface
  3. Remove any excess metal polish by rinsing it off with a soft lint-free cloth.

Sandpaper or drill grinders

Do you have to deal with more than just some shallow scratches? For the more stubborn ones, using sandpaper or drill grinders is one of the few surefire ways to even things out. Just be careful; use this method only for removing unwanted scratches off the sides of your phone and not on the phone’s screen. Sanding tools are known for doing a great job when preparing to paint your stairs or kitchen cupboards, but should you use it the same way? Here’s what to do:

  1. Choose the least abrasive type of sandpaper or drill grinders. 
  2. Handle it with care, and press it on your phone gently until the affected area improves.
  3. Wipe with a dry cloth.
  4. If you find out that the scratches are still there, eradicate them with a buffing wheel.
Set of abrasive tool and brown sandpaper on wooden blue boards

How to prevent scratches on your phone

The best way to avoid dealing with phone and screen scratches is by not having them in the first place. Here are the best ways to keep your phone safe!

Use protective accessories

  1. Make your phone more damage-resistant by installing a screen protector. There are many types of protectors, such as inexpensive plastic ones or tougher tempered glass ones. You can even find liquid screen protectors you spray onto your phone.
  2. Shield the exterior of your phone with a sturdy full-body case. Cases come in various patterns and colours so that you can find the ideal one for you. Choose one that fits your phone’s model so that it will be secure inside the case.
  3. Alternatively, you can put a protective skin on your phone. These are similar to cases but sleeker, so they can preserve your phone’s original appearance and shape. Just keep in mind that skins aren’t as protective as cases. 
  4. Get a case with a pop socket, finger loop or ring holder to carry your phone. Having this case, you become less likely to drop your phone while using it. 
closeup to woman smiling and talking to the phone, pink background

Store your phone safely

  1. You should not leave your phone out in the open or down in any unsafe spots and surfaces. If you need to leave it out, place it on a solid surface and keep it distant from the surface’s edges.
  2. Make sure it’s away from metal, debris, or anything else that could harm it.
  3. Carry your phone in a pocket, which you don’t use for anything else, especially metal objects. That way, it will come into contact with fewer things that could scratch it.
  4. Keep the pockets clean and out of debris, as it can harm your phone. Turn the pocket inside-out to remove any debris and clean it when needed. 
  5. When you are in the car, place your phone in a dashboard dock. That way, you can use it hands-free, in a safer way while driving, but also keeping it away from harmful debris.

Remove dirt and debris

  1. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe your phone off at least once a week. Take it out of its case and clean off the screen and the phone’s exterior. Make sure to use a cloth that won’t leave scratches when wiping down your screen. While doing so, you can also disinfect it. Just dampen the fabric in a little bit of isopropyl alcohol before using it.
  2. Scrub your phone case with mild dish soap and water at least once a month.How? You can just grab an old toothbrush and dip it into this soapy mixture. Then, clean your case and make sure that you reach all the tough spots, like its corners. Rinse with clean water and you’re done! And don’t forget to dry it off completely before putting your phone back in there! A microfiber cloth will get the job done!
  3. It’s important to clean your phone immediately after getting it dirty, like with sand from the beach. It’s not that hard to remember to clean it every time it comes into contact with harmful debris, right?
Close up smart phone on sand beach background

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as pulling out your phone only to find a fresh scratch. Whether it’s from car keys in your pocket or an accidental drop, phones are bound to be victims of scuffs and scratches. The good news is that you can get rid of these minor, annoying marks. Just follow our tips to make your phone look brand new again! Next one: Learn how to get scratches out of your car like a pro, or how to clean sunglasses at home and what not to do!

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