iPhone 12 Screen Scratches? Here’s What To Do!

Are you bothered as to why your iPhone 12 has visible screen scratches?

With Apple’s release of the iPhone 12 last October, everyone has been giddy to get their hands on them. However, will you still feel excited if you see scratches on them after just a few days of use? This is what happened to several users, even after they have been really careful with handling it. 

Apple has been boasting iPhone 12’s ceramic shield, which they said to be the toughest glass on a smartphone ever. Although they usually claim this each time a new iPhone comes out, the ceramic shield is different from the previous ones as it is a combination of ceramic and glass, which is harder than most metals. 

But even with the ceramic shield, your iPhone 12 is still prone to scratches, and that has already been tested and proven. So we have written this guide to help you deal with this situation and provide detailed steps to remove the visible screen scratches.

So let’s get started!

1. Put A Screen Protector Or Tempered Glass.

If you want to keep your iPhone 12 screen without any scratches, it would be wise to put a screen protector or tempered glass on it. This is also a proven way to prevent it from suffering any major damages, which no one ever wants to experience.

Putting a screen protector or tempered glass will provide an extra layer of protection on your screen. This will also save you money for screen replacements if you accidentally dropped your phone since a screen protector or tempered glass will only cost you around $5 to $20.

You can easily search for screen protectors or tempered glasses on Amazon. However, if you do not know which brand to trust, you can also opt for the screen protectors or tempered glasses you can find in any Apple stores. 

2. Keep It Away From Metallic Or Sharp-Edged Objects.

Another important thing to note to keep your iPhone 12’s screen long-lasting is to keep it away from any metallic or sharp-edged objects. Even though Apple uses a ceramic shield, this does not keep your screen from being scratchless, just like iPhone 11 and the previous models. 

This is especially true if you always put your iPhone inside your bag where you also put your house keys, or if you like putting your iPhone inside your jeans’ pockets where you also put your coins. Doing this is a big no-no, as metallic objects such as coins, or sharp-edged objects such as house keys, can scratch your iPhone.

What you can do is to put your iPhone in a separate pocket or place it in your bag that doesn’t have anything else inside it. Or better yet, invest in a phone pouch to keep your iPhone secured and safe to prevent yourself from having any regrets. Remember, prevention is better than cure!

3. Get Apple Care For Insurance.

If you do not want to put a screen protector or tempered glass, or cannot avoid putting your iPhone together with metallic or sharp-edged objects, an additional method to prevent future headaches is to get an extended AppleCare+ warranty

AppleCare+ guarantees an extended scope of coverage, including 2 incidents of accidental damage protection every 12months, battery service coverage and 24/7 priority access to technical support. Now that’s better than the one-year hardware repair coverage and 90 days of complimentary technical support that your iPhone usually has.

Once you have insured your iPhone, you will be more at ease knowing that issues such as screen damage and any other accidental damage will already be covered. But if you’re looking for a way to remove the visible screen scratches, head on to our next method.

4. Use An Everyday Toothpaste.

Unfortunately, if you are too late and the scratches are already visible on your iPhone 12 screen, a popular way to remove them is by using your everyday toothpaste. Yes, you heard it right! 

Toothpaste has an abrasive component that gently removes a thin layer of plastic from the lens, which helps level out the surface and removes scratches. However, be certain that you are using a paste-based toothpaste and not the gel-based type. If you also have whitening toothpaste, this is even better as it is slightly more abrasive than your regular toothpaste.

Here’s how you can use an everyday toothpaste:

  1. Start by preparing a soft cloth or cotton bud, together with the toothpaste.
  2. Next, put a small amount of the toothpaste on the tip of the soft cloth or cotton bud.
  3. After that, gently rub your screen in a circular motion until the scratch fades.
  4. Lastly, wipe your screen with a slightly wet cloth to remove the excess toothpaste.

Moreover, instead of using toothpaste, you can also use a car scratch removal cream and follow the same steps above. Once you have removed the scratches, you can proceed with putting a screen protector or tempered glass to prevent the same thing from happening.

5. Check Out Dr. Fone.

Are you stressing over your other iPhone issues such as the display turning into a yellow screen or the screen not responding to touch? Worry no more as Dr. Fone is here for you!

Wondershare’s Dr. Fone has a ‘System Repair’ tool which fixes iOS, iPadOS and even Android system problems. On top of that, you can also enjoy its other tools for transferring data between your phone and PC, or even to your new phone! So no more lost data for you.

Did you also know that Dr. Fone has been in the market for over 17 years? Moreover, it is being used by over 50,000,000 users around the world, so it has already gained many users’ trust. 

So what are you waiting for?

Try Dr. Fone Now! 

6. Go To The Nearest Apple Store.

If you are still skeptical about the previous methods that we provided, you can always go to your nearest Apple Store and have your iPhone checked by Apple-certified technicians. But remember to check your iPhone’s warranty options before you go.

Furthermore, always ensure that you have a backup of all your iPhone data to prevent any data loss if you have been eligible for an iPhone replacement. Note that it’s better to be safe than sorry!

This concludes our article, but we hope that we’ve been able to take away your problem. For any questions or feedback, you can comment it down below.

If this guide helped you, please share it. 🙂


  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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