The best iPad screen protector isn’t expensive, but it will help protect your iPad. And let’s be honest: it will cost a huge amount to be repaired or replaced.
So it’s silly that we don’t all have one, given how easily an iPad can be dropped, scratched or damaged.
Be careful though: not all iPad screen protectors are created equal. They vary, for example, in the material used to make them. Tempered glass screen protectors are generally more expensive, but offer better protection and are easier to clean than plastic ones.
You also have to think about the size. Do you want your screen protector to cover your entire device or just the screen? And is it important to you that he covers the camera? (This normally won’t reduce the quality of your images, but it may bother you aesthetically in some way.)
In this article, we’ve rounded up the best iPad screen protectors for a range of devices and to suit a variety of budgets. We’ve also given you some key facts and figures to help you decide between them.
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The Best iPad Screen Protectors in 2022
Got a 12.9-inch iPad Pro? So here is the best iPad screen protector for your needs. It’s designed to fit around the selfie camera, so Face ID still works well. Its premium tempered glass is scratch resistant, tough, transparent and very durable. It is compatible with the Apple Pencil. Plus, it has an oleophobic coating that reduces fingerprints and smudges.
It’s great value, too: the package includes two screen protectors, plus anti-dust stickers, wet and dry wipes, and a squeegee to help remove bubbles. Note, however, that while it is compatible with the iPad Pro 2021, 2020 and 2018 versions, it is not with the previous versions.
There aren’t many protectors for the iPad Mini, but there are some good ones, and here’s our favorite. Specially designed for Apple iPad Mini 4 and Mini 5, it adapts perfectly to the screen. It is made from 9H tempered glass for excellent scratch and drop resistance.
Its oleophobic coating prevents smudges and fingerprints, and you can also use it with a stylus. The package includes two guide stickers, a wet wipe and a dry wipe, and a dust absorber. Overall, this iPad screen protector is therefore excellent value for money.
If you have a 10.2 inch or 10.5 inch iPad, this is the screen protector we recommend. Comes in a three-pack, this tempered glass protector measures just 0.3mm for increased sensitivity. And the air-exhausting adhesive makes attaching the screen to your screen smooth and easy.
Note that this design doesn’t include a cutout for the front camera, but that shouldn’t affect its performance as long as you keep the area clean. Also note that it is compatible with the 1st generation Apple Pencil but not with the 2nd.
If your budget is tight, this iPad screen protector offers excellent value for money. Available in a range of sizes and for a variety of devices, it’s made from thermoplastic polyurethane. It might not be as strong as tempered glass, but it still does a good job of protecting your iPad from scratches and damage from drops and bumps.
You also get a dirt and grease resistant oleophobic coating for anti-fingerprint marks, and the kit comes with a cleaning cloth, dust removal sticker and wet wipe for easy application.
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If the thought of attaching an iPad screen protector to your display stresses you out, then the Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit is designed just for you. It comes with a special installation tray that makes it easy to install in three steps. Simply remove the protective film, place the tray face down on the tablet and press down to activate the adhesive on the screen. Accomplished job! Made of 9H tempered glass, this iPad screen protector is also the second thinnest on our list, at just 0.2mm.
Worried about people looking over your shoulder and seeing what’s on your screen? Then this iPad screen protector will help you relax.
That’s because it uses louver technology to block light transmission when you use your iPad in landscape mode, from a 30° viewing angle. So anyone not looking directly at your screen won’t see anything. Want to show people your screen? Just switch it to portrait mode.
Plus, this iPad screen protector is removable and reusable, allowing you to stay private only when you want it. There is a panel to store it when not in use. It’s also anti-reflective, ultra-thin at just 0.29mm, and compatible with the Apple Pencil.
Do you draw a lot on your iPad with an Apple Pencil? Then you’ll need an iPad screen protector that will support that experience, and here’s our top recommendation.
Paperlike was specifically designed to improve precision and detail when drawing, writing and painting on your iPad. By adding friction and resistance to your iPad’s glass, Paperlike provides a paper-like feel that’s perfect for artistic pursuits.
Paperlike is designed for Apple Pencil 1 and 2 and can also be used with other styluses. At just 0.12mm, it’s thin enough to ensure consistently accurate stroke recognition, and it also uses Nanodots technology to prevent reflections.
Want an iPad screen protector for drawing, but don’t have the budget to stretch to the Paperlike option (number 7 on our list)? Next, if you have a Mac with a 10.5-inch screen, we recommend Paperlike, which isn’t as good, but still does a good job of making you feel like you’re working on real paper, at a more affordable price. At just 0.13mm thin, it feels nice and responsive, while the matte surface helps prevent fingerprints and reduces glare from artificial and natural light.
This screen protector from JETech is another great combination of quality and value. Although he doesn’t excel in any area, he ticks a lot of boxes for little money. It is available for a wide range of iPads. It is made from 9H tempered glass, providing good protection for your screen. Instructions for applying it are easy to follow. And you also get a cleaning cloth, a dusting stick and a guide stick in the package.
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