iPad Screen Protection | Do You Really Need It?

iPad screen protection is a topic that comes up quite often.  Do you need to protect your iPad’s screen? What type of scree protection is available?

There are several reasons cited for wanting to protect the iPad screen:

  • Keep it from scratching
  • Keep it free of smudges
  • Reduce glare

Screen Glare

If you have used an iPad in the sunlight or even near a light, then you know it’s glossy coating makes it prone to glare.  For some people this is a really limiting factor and getting an “anti-glare” screen protector helps cut down the glare immensely.

Oleophobic Coating

As you may know the iPad’s screen has an oleophobic coating.  According to Merriam-Webster, this means “having or relating to a lack of strong affinity for oils.” Basically, the coating is supposed to help the screen resist the oils of your fingers as much as possible.  This means it lasts a lot longer and, according to Apple, also means you don’t need a screen protector.  If you have seen people use their iPad, then you know it leaves fingerprints – and if you don’t wipe them off after use then I fully believe it can reduce the oleophobic coating over time.  This is why having a screen protector might be a great idea since you really don’t have to worry about the wear and tear on that nice coating Apple put on.


The glass on the iPad’s screen is supposed to be scratch-resistant.  To a large extent it is hard to scratch it just as with the iPhone.  However, nothing is impossible and things do happen.  If you do scratch the screen then getting it repaired is really not an option.  So for the price of a new iPad (or dealing with a scratch), the screen protector isn’t a bad investment at under $30.

Types of iPad Screen Protectors

Essentially there are 3 types of screen protectors

  • Covers the front glass
  • Covers the back (technically, this is not a screen protector but it does protect the iPad)
  • Covers the full body

The one that covers only the front glass is the most popular since these were introduced with the iPhone and people are most familiar with them.  Installing them is easy but it helps to have a steady hand and make sure the iPad is laying on a flat surface.  Most of the companies that sell them have video instructions for installation.

Most Popular Screen Protection Companies

There are several companies that make screen protectors.  We have a lot of these in our iPad Store so make sure you check there to see the various ones available.


Speck makes a screen protector that is top notch and you actually get 2 in the pack!  Their product is called the SheildView and boasts the following features:

  • Protects from scratches and smudges
  • Anti-glare
  • Non-Adhesive (very easy to apply/remove)

The Speck Screen protectors retail for around $20.95

Amazon Store | Speck iPad Screen Protector



XGear makes a screen protector called the Anti Glare Film.  This is a film that covers the front of the iPad and reduces glare, helps resist scratching, and keeps the screen free of smudges.  They cost around $24.95.

Amazon Store | XGear iPad Screen Protector



Bodyguardz makes three kinds of protectors.  They make ones for the front of the iPad, the back, or the entire body.  Their screen protectors are made from the same material used to protect the front of cars from rocks and other abrasive elements.  These do not claim to have anti-glare but do claim to protect from scratching and smudges.  They cost around $19.95.

Amazon Store | BodyGuard iPad Screen Protector



Zagg are the makers of the invisibleSHIELD screen protectors which are probably the most widely recognized.  They have ones that protect the front, the back, or the entire body.  Their protectors are scratch proof and have nano-memory technology which has the following features:

  • Durability
  • Full Coverage
  • Reduced Glare
  • Drop Resistant
  • Ease of Install

The invisibleSHIELD’s cost around $24.95 for the front cover model.

Amazon Store | ZAGG iPad Screen Protector


WARNING:  The InvisibleSHIELD product does require that you get your iPad wet (on the screen) to install it.  Technically speaking this voids the Warranty of your iPad should something go wrong.

Should you get an iPad screen protector?  If you are the type of person that likes to keep your gadgets in pristine shape, then you will definitely benefit from having one of these. Also, if you do not like the glare of the glossy screen then you also will want to pick up one up.  Some people however, don’t like putting anything on their Apple products and they feel that keeping the iPad in a sleeve or case is good enough so in this case it doesn’t make much sense other than the glare issue.


  1. Kevin Tran says:

    Great article. I still need to buy a screen protector, but being so broke all the time- I kinda cant. Lol. Though I want to buy the Speck screen protector.

  2. Shane says:

    You know, I really need to add the Speck to my list! Thank You Kevin for bringing this up!!!!

  3. Bob says:

    I have had my iPad in a nearly indestructible rubber wrap-around case, but I don’t like it. It means that the built-in screen “protector” is always badly smudged. Even carrying it smudges the screen terribly. It is also tiring to hold at an angle to watch a movie and doesn’t “prop” well. I don’t have a screen protector on my iPhone or my iPod Touch and have a lot less trouble with smudges, especially when carried around in their cases.

    You confirm my suspicion that I really don’t need a screen protector on the iPad if I keep it in a “normal” case and exercise reasonable care. Thank you.

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