In this buying guide we’ll explain why you need a screen protector for the Galaxy S9 and share a list of the best screen protectors available. With a big curved display, protection is highly recommended. A good glass protector can keep your phone looking nice and new, and the screen scratch-free.
These new phones are durable, but they’re far from scratch-proof. Additionally, the curved edges are more prone to damage than traditional displays, even if Samsung’s using stronger and thicker glass on the Galaxy S9.
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There are several styles of Galaxy S9 screen protectors available, and knowing which one to buy is really important. Some are cheap films while others are expensive tempered glass. Others use a UV light for the perfect installation. We’ve found some priced under $8, and others for $12, which is much cheaper than the $200 plus it will cost to replace a damaged display. Highly reputable brands or UV curing install kits cost upwards of $50.
Before we begin, it’s important to mention that curved screens aren’t the easiest to protect. Some of the screen protectors don’t fit right, or you lose touch sensitivity. If you owned the Galaxy S7 Edge or the Galaxy S8, you know what we’re talking about. That’s why it’s important to buy one from a reputable brand, read reviews, or try something from our list.
The latest trend in screen protectors is an easy installation tray, kit, and UV light that cures a liquid during the installation. After dozens of screen protectors failed for the Galaxy S8, these UV light kits are the only thing that worked. So we’ll start with that, then recommend other excellent options to keep your screen safe.
With that all said, any protection for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is highly recommended. Even spending $7-8 on a cheap film is better than nothing, especially if you don’t keep it in a case. The more expensive models use chemically reinforced and tempered glass. Tempered glass is both scratch and shatter-resistant.
Even if you buy a case, we still suggest getting a screen protector. That’s because a case won’t protect your phone in a purse, from a pocket full of keys, or against life’s daily hazards. Even if you’re careful, accidents can and will happen. As more companies release protection we’ll add them to this list. For now, consider popular brands like Otterbox, Tech21, InvisibleShield, Spigen, or WhiteStone’s Dome Glass Galaxy S9 UV process.