How to Get Rid Of Scratches On A Phone

Remove scratches from your iPhone or Android to make it pretty again

Girl looking at damaged phone


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It's possible to get rid of scratches on a phone without paying to have a professional replace your screen. These scratch removal methods can be used for both Android and iPhone devices.

Hide The Scratches and Protect Your Screen

The first method is to purchase a screen protector and apply it to your scratched screen. In some cases, this will hide hairline scratches. More importantly, it prevents the scratches from getting worse while protecting your screen from future scratches and cracks.

While a screen protector usually does a great job of hiding small scratches, if you have a deep scratch, it may only make it more noticeable by capturing an air bubble over the scratch, beneath the protector. However, the protector will make it easier to use the screen without your finger or stylus getting caught on the scratch.

Fill The Scratches On your Phone With Glue

You can use epoxy, Gorilla or super glue to fill in the scratches on your phone's screen. The key is to use a small amount. Here's how to use glue to fill in your screen scratches.

  1. After covering the ports on your phone, use tape to protect the area around the scratch to prevent the glue from spilling into unscratched areas.

  2. Apply a thin coat of glue in the area of the scratch.

  3. Use a credit card, or a paint scraper to gently smooth the glue into the cracks.

  4. Keep working and smoothing out the glue across the scratch until the glue hardens.

  5. Once the glue has dried, use fingernail polish remover, dabbed onto a cotton ball to wipe away the excess glue, being careful to keep the liquid from running into the ports.

Polish The Scratches on Your Phone to Make Them Disappear

While it is impossible to completely eliminate scratches, you can smooth out and minimize the edges of the scratch so that they are harder to see and feel. Before trying any of these screen repairs, turn your phone off and cover your phone's ports with tape to prevent liquid from seeping into the phone's components and damaging the phone.

Try these methods at your own risk. Polishing could remove some of the oleophobic coating, a thin layer of material that allows your fingers to glide over the touch screen. Even with the gentle abrasive methods listed here, you also risk removing some of the coating on the screen.

Polish Your Phone's Scratches With Three Micron Diamond Paste

Diamond Paste is a fine powder made from diamonds that is used to gently sand and smooth surfaces, and can also be used to remove scratches from phone screens. Diamond paste is measured in microns, with six being coarser than one. Depending upon the depth of the scratch you may need to start with a coarser paste and finish with a smoother paste.

  1. Use tape to cover the unscratched parts of your screen to keep the compound from sticking to these areas. It's best to repair one area of the screen at a time.

  2. Diamond polishing kits usually come with a felt tool to apply the paste and work it into the scratch. Alternatively, you could use the eraser side of a pencil. Apply a small amount of the diamond polishing paste to your tool and work the compound across the scratch.

    Image of eraser rubbing diamond polish into screen to fix scratches
  3. Work the paste into the scratched area from different directions and angles, pressing hard for about three minutes.

  4. As the paste hardens, your scratches will appear to disappear. Wipe off the remaining paste and check the scratch.

  5. This process may need to be repeated multiple times for thicker scratches.

Use Household Cleaners to Polish Away Scratches on your Phone

Using a ratio or two parts powder to one part water, create a polishing paste using baking soda or cornstarch. The mixture should be thick and not runny. Use a microfiber cleaning cloth to rub the paste into the cracks.

Photo of baking soda on phone screen to clean scratches

You could also use a Magic Eraser sponge, slightly damp to polish out the cracks on your phone.

Scratches are different from cracks. For more serious repairs, you may need to replace your screen.