Best iPhone screen protectors: top choices to defend your phone's display

Best iPhone screen protectors
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Whether you’ve got an iPhone 13 Pro Max, an iPhone SE (2020), or anything in between, you probably want to keep it protected, and a screen protector is a simple way to keep the display in one piece.

With Apple’s phones being so popular there are plenty of screen protector options too, including both standard ones and those that do a little extra, like keeping your screen hidden from prying eyes, or protecting the front-facing camera lenses as well.

Thankfully there are a wealth of options for each device. We’ve picked some of the finest for the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max lineup. We've also recommended protectors for the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE, iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone X.

These are products that we haven't had in our test labs, but based on our experts' opinion and knowledge of the most reputable brands around, we think these are worth looking at.

Our selections take into account online reviews, brand reputation, product capability, or unique features, to help you pick through the maze of choices available to you.

Best iPhone 13 / iPhone 13 Pro screen protectors

Spigen iPhone 13

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Spigen tempered glass screen protector

A good choice from a top brand

Reasons to buy

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Comes with a tool to help apply
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Robust

Reasons to avoid

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No front-camera protection (offers a cutout instead) 

Spigen’s essential screen protector guards 6.1-inch iPhones like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. Using tempered glass (and a 9H hardness rating), it fits with slimline cases and offers an oil-free coating to prevent fingerprints, and it should fit any case on the market.

Belkin Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Pro

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Belkin Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Pro

Sweet and simple

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Thin design

Reasons to avoid

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Limited protection

The Belkin Anti-Glare Screen Protector's focus is on cutting down on harsh reflections while you use your iPhone outdoors. It provides some protection too but its strength lies in comfort for your eyes. 

That's why it's so inexpensive but if you're careful with your phone, it's exactly what you need. An ultra-thin design means you won't lose any sensitivity on the screen either.

Best iPhone 13 mini screen protectors

Belkin Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 13 mini

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Belkin Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 13 mini

Belkin's cheaper option

Reasons to buy

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Useful tool to help install
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Anti-glare is helpful

Reasons to avoid

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No notch protection

This option from Belkin is designed to protect your smaller phone's screen as well as helping improve visibility. It should reduce reflections from sunlight, and it also works on indoor lighting as well.

If you're looking for an option that will help protect your iPhone 13 mini's screen as well as offer some extra benefits, this would be a good choice. Plus, it's not too expensive either.

OtterBox Amplify Glass Glare Guard for iPhone 13 mini

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OtterBox Amplify Glass Glare Guard for iPhone 13 mini

Good glare protection

Reasons to buy

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Anti-glare protection
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Good screen protection

Reasons to avoid

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Little expensive 

The OtterBox Amplify Glass Glare Guard provides an anti-glare coating while also protecting your phone from any scratches or scrapes it may suffer. It promises that it'll even preserve battery life as you can turn down brightness and still enjoy great screen clarity no matter what the lighting situation is.

Simple to apply thanks to coming with its own installation tool, it's a breeze to get started with. 

Best iPhone 13 Pro Max screen protectors

OtterBox Amplify Glass Glare Guard for iPhone 13 Pro Max

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OtterBox Amplify Glass Glare Guard for iPhone 13 Pro Max

Expensive, but very useful

Reasons to buy

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Includes microfibre cloth
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Useful for bright lighting

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't protect notch

The OtterBox Amplify Glass Glare Guard for iPhone 13 Pro Max isn't the cheapest screen protector you'll find on this list, but it could be worth your investment to protect that 6.7-inch display.

It comes with anti-glare technology that's designed to make your phone easier to read in bright lighting, plus you'll get high-strength protection from both drops and scratches.

Spigen EZ Fit Tempered Glass Screen Protector

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Spigen EZ Fit Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Inexpensive and competent

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Fairly durable 

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly to apply

Bulkier than the alternatives, the Spigen EZ Fit Tempered Glass Screen Protector keeps your iPhone 13 Pro Max safe and for a low price. It offers tempered glass durability rated at 9H hardness so it'll protect it from everyday scratches. It also plays nicely with your phone case too.

The downside is it can be a little fiddly to apply but an auto alignment kit helps with any nerves at least. Put a bit of time into it and it's a good, inexpensive solution.

Best iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 Pro screen protectors

Apple seems to have settled on a 6.1-inch sweet spot for its new devices now, but now that even the base iPhone 12 offers OLED, the differentiation between it and the Pro is getting smaller.

In any case, here are the best screen protectors for either. While the iPhone 11 has the same screen size, it’s slightly different shape mean it requires its own set of screen protectors.

Spigen

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Spigen EZ Fit tempered glass screen protector

A top choice from a trusted brand

Reasons to buy

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Comes with a tool to help apply
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Robust

Reasons to avoid

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No front-camera protection (offers a cutout instead) 

Spigen’s no-nonsense offering for 6.1-inch iPhones is perfectly capable. Using tempered glass (and a 9H hardness rating), it fits with slimline cases and offers an oil-free coating to prevent fingerprints, too.

ESR

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ESR tempered glass screen protector

Three in a pack

Reasons to buy

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Corner protection
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Alignment tool makes application easy 

Reasons to avoid

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Not as hard as some more expensive options

ESR’s offering comes in a pack of three and offers protection for the corners of the screen for a bargain price.

It’s easy to line it up perfectly, too, because the included tool makes it a cinch – and the entire thing can withstand up to 5kg of force.

Ailun

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Ailun glass screen protector

Works with most cases, too

Reasons to buy

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Perfect fit for iPhone 12/12 Pro 
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Anti-sweat and oil coating

Reasons to avoid

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Online video in lieu of an application tool
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No front camera cover

Ailun Glass offers an impressive range of features with their iPhone 12 and 12 Pro screen protector.

The company claims it works with “most cases”, and it’s got a sweat and oil protective coating to ensure no smudging. Its edges are perfectly matched to your display, and it’s 99.99% touch-screen accurate – so no more double swiping like the screen protectors of old.

Best iPhone 12 mini screen protectors

While iPhones have only been growing in size, at least until Apple added a new smaller device to its latest lineup.

The iPhone 12 mini has a 5.4-inch display, but since it still packs OLED, it’s no less dazzling – all the more reason to keep it in the best condition possible.

Spigen

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Spigen EZ Fit tempered glass screen protector

A top choice for many

Reasons to buy

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Perfect fit thanks to tool 
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Solid hardness rating 

Reasons to avoid

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Selfie camera unprotected 

The easiest screen protector on this list to fit, the Spigen EZ Fit comes with a handy tool to ensure it lines up perfectly with the lines of your device. With 9H hardness rating and oil-free coating, it’s everything you could want. 

ESR

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ESR screen protector for iPhone 12 mini

Selfie camera protection, too

Reasons to buy

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Covers selfie camera
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Three-in-one for a low price 

Reasons to avoid

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Other options offer more protection 

Offering a notch-free design that goes over your front-facing camera, this ESR screen protector will withstand up to 5KG of pressure on the screen.

The installation frame is ideal for lining it up, and you can prevent bubbles with a dust removal sticker and wet wipe – both of which are included.

Best iPhone 12 Pro Max screen protectors

iPhone 12 Pro Max is now Apple’s largest (and most expensive) handset, meaning you’ll want to protect its massive 6.7-inch display as best you can.

The following options are ideal, but remember – it’s the only iPhone at this screen size at present, so you won’t be able to use any leftover iPhone 11 Pro Max screen protectors you may have laying around.

Olixar

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Olixar screen protector

Impact resistance

Reasons to buy

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Impact resistance 
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Impressively thin 

Reasons to avoid

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No application tool 

Olixar’s 9H rated screen protector is just 0.27mm thick to allow for continued touch accuracy, as well as grease and sweat resistance that doesn’t get in the way of the content you’re enjoying on your phone.

It’s also impact-resistant, but the lack of a tool to apply it may be a dealbreaker for those not keen on fiddling with adhesive surfaces for a perfect fit.