Apple’s screens have always been notoriously delicate. Astonishingly vibrant and sharp yes, but also incredibly delicate. And as a result, screen protectors are considered almost a basic necessity with any of their devices, especially large ones such as the iPad Pro with Retina LED-backlit display that would be expensive to replace.
There are several different ways to protect your screen — one of which is using an iPad Pro screen protector and we’ll show you some of our favorites, along with some tips for picking the best one for you.
- If you value invisibility and antiglare, the Moshi iVisor Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPad is a great choice. It will protect your iPad from scratches and light bumps and can be washed and reused as needed.
- For a more traditional film, the Tech Armor iPad Pro Screen Protector [2-Pack] brings plenty to the table, with a glossy finish and precision cutting to make sure it fits perfectly. It’s completely clear.
- Prefer tempered glass to films? Then the amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad Pro is the best choice. It will protect against damage from more serious drops and even comes in a two pack so that you’ll always have a backup.
Who Should Get This?
An iPad Pro is sleek and gorgeous straight out of the box, and it makes sense that you don’t want to change that with cases or accessories despite the necessity. A screen cover can strike a great balance between protection and design since it’s almost invisible while still providing a degree of safety when it comes to drops and bumps.
Some people may be willing to risk it, but if you know you are particularly clumsy, definitely don’t skip out on getting a screen protector. For those who already have a case that comes up above the edge of the screen or that comes with a built-in protector, a screen protector is less important but not altogether obsolete.
Best Screen Protector for iPad Pro: What to Consider
Since the iPad Pro comes in more than one size, the screen protectors do as well. While it may say “iPad Pro” on it, make sure you’re picking the right dimensions for the device that you have, since no protector will be sized to fit on both.
Screen protectors come in three main forms: a thin plastic film, tempered glass, or a hard plastic. The thin film will protect you from scratches, but not much else. A tempered glass cover will save your screen in the event of a drop but is considerably thicker. Lastly, the hard plastic kinds are usually as part of a larger case such as an Otterbox, but they offer all-around protection.
Every protector has a lifespan before it will need to be replaced. For tempered glass, expect to replace it after any major drop that causes cracks, and the thin films will only last as long as it takes for the edges to curl and dust to strip away the adhesive. Hard plastics have the longest lifespan but are more difficult to replace when the inevitably become scratched. You should pick a screen protector based on how much damage you think your iPad Pro will take and how often you can afford to replace it.
Best Screen Protector for iPad Pro: Our Picks 2019
The iPad Pro’s glass screen is stunning, but sometimes it can stun you with the glare from nearby light as well. This screen protector works two jobs, eliminating glare and protecting you from damage. It features dark edges to match your iPad instead of clear.
- Offers anti-glare coating to help ease your eyes, and is designed to go on bubble-free.
- Also offers the ability to be washed and reapplied.
- The colored edges help it blend in better with your iPad.
- It’s not tempered glass, so you have less drop protection.
If you like the idea of a flexible thin film but prefer clear edges, this model from Tech Armor checks all the boxes. It has a glossy finish rather than matte and will withstand scratches from your keys, fingers, or anything that happens to bounce across the screen.
- The thin film is easy to apply and doesn’t reduce the clarity of your screen.
- It’s fingerprint resistant, and precision cut to fit your iPad.
- Currently not available in matte, and not made of the more protective tempered glass.
For protection that functions as a second, more durable screen, tempered glass is the way to go. In the event of a drop, a protector like this one from amFilm takes all the impact and cracks, while preventing the real screen underneath from taking any damage. Plus, it comes in a two pack so you have an immediate backup.
- Easy to install and virtually invisible, tempered glass feels just like your normal screen and will still work fine with a stylus.
- It’s extremely effective at protecting your iPad in the event of a drop or bump and even comes with a second sheet so that you have time to order new ones before another accident.
- Not anti-reflective, so you’ll still experience a glass glare.
Tips & Tricks
If you’ve never put on a screen protector, it can be difficult at first. Even those who are experienced have dealt with unwanted air bubbles, trapped dust, or uneven edges. It can be incredibly frustrating — so how do you get it right?
First, find somewhere relatively dust free and clean (it can help if it’s humid out, such as in the bathroom after a hot shower). Wash your hands so you won’t get any oils on the protector, and clean your screen with the cloth that comes with most protectors, and then follow the instructions on the package.
Do the instructions seem unclear on the package? You can follow these general instructions from the YouTube video below that should work for tempered glass screen protectors. If you’re using a thin film, you have a little bit more room for error when sticking it but the processor is essentially the same.
Screen protectors are virtually hassle-free solutions to what can be a costly problem if you use an iPad Pro. They’re our nearly invisible shields against drops, bumps, scratches, and general clumsiness. Whether you’re confident you only need a thin film or convinced you won’t survive without plenty of tempered glass, there is a solution for everyone. And while it would be nice to just have sturdier screens, in the meantime this is the best solution we have, and it works pretty well.
Andreas is an Apple and Microsoft fanboy who works with his Mac and lives with a PC at home. While he is not reading technology journals, you’ll probably find him playing online games with friends or hiking in the wild.