Best iPhone SE (2020) Screen Protectors iMore 2020

You'll want a screen protector to keep your second-generation iPhone SE's screen pristine. Note that the dimensions of the new iPhone SE are the same as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, so screen protectors made for one iPhone model will fit the other two just as well. Here are some of the best screen protectors you can buy.

Easy installation: Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Staff Pick

Spigen makes it easy to install your screen protector with the included installation kit. I've used it myself for perfectly aligned, bubble-free installation every time. Two screen protectors are included so you can share with a friend or just have a spare.

$12 at Amazon

Budget price: XClear Screen Protector

Get a lot for a little with XClear's Screen Protector package. You get three screen protectors, plus an alignment frame to help you install your screen protector correctly.

$6 at Amazon

Matte finish: iCarez Anti Glare Screen Protector

Not everyone wants the "just like an iPhone screen" experience. If you don't want a glass screen protector, check out iCarez. You get three matte PET (plastic) anti-glare film screen protectors in this set.

Flexible: JETech 3-pack Screen Protector

Pick up three tempered glass screen protectors for one low price. The glass is flexible and tough. Though it doesn't come with an installation frame, it does come with sticker "hinges" to help you install your screen protector correctly.

$6 at Amazon

Buy in bulk: MOSBO 5-Pack Screen Protector

Get a whopping five tempered glass screen protectors for one low price, perfect for sharing with the whole family or your friends. Each screen protector is an ultra-thin 0.26 millimeters, and stickers are included for installation assistance.

$8 at Amazon

Edge to edge: MANTO Full Coverage iPhone Screen Protector

While most screen protectors leave a wide margin around the edges to accommodate any kind of iPhone case, MANTO's goes much closer to the edge, so it appears to melt into the bezel. Most cases will still work, but some bulkier cases may not. You get two in a package.

$13 at Amazon

Extreme shatter protection: InvisibleShield Glass+

The InvisibleShield Glass+ offers advanced shatter and impact protection with Ion Matrix™ technology. If your screen protector does become damaged in any way, InvisibleShield will replace it for the lifetime of your device.

Privacy protection: JETech Privacy Screen Protector

Keep unwanted eyes around you off of your screen with this tinted screen protector. Once applied, your phone's screen can only be viewed from directly in front of your phone. You get two screen protectors in this package.

Popular: amFilm Glass Screen Protector

This massively popular brand is well-priced, and it does the job. You get two 0.3-millimeter thick tempered glass screen protectors with 9H hardness in the package.

Triple strength: ESR Tempered-Glass for iPhone SE 2020 Screen Protector

You get two specially treated screen protectors, tempered to withstand up to five kilograms (11 pounds) of pressure. You also get a frame to guide your perfect installation.

$11 at Amazon

Built into the case: SupCase Unicorn Beetle Pro Series Case

If you're looking for a screen protector built right into the case, SupCase has you covered with this rugged, heavy-duty case. You get 360-degree protection, a kickstand for video viewing, and a belt clip holster.

Flexible: amFilm Screen Protector Flex Film

If you prefer something thinner and lighter than glass, consider this three-layer plastic film option. You get three screen protectors in the package and everything you need to install it without bubbles.

$7 at Amazon

Which one should you choose?

I learned a couple of things about screen protectors during the time I worked at Apple. First of all, yes, you do need one. A screen protector may or may not keep your actual iPhone screen from breaking in a fall, but I saw plenty of customers come in to replace cracked screen protectors while their iPhone screens remained perfect. Even if you never drop your iPhone, the phone screen will develop micro-scratches over time, just from normal wear and tear. A screen protector will take all of that damage instead of your phone screen.

Second, I do not trust myself to install a screen protector free hand. At Apple, we had "machines" to help us install screen protectors perfectly every time. The Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector comes with an installation kit that most closely replicates what we used at Apple. Simple frames and sticker hinges are helpful too, but I really like the Spigen one.

Most of the screen protectors listed here (unless otherwise noted) feature high-definition tempered glass, 9H hardness, oleophobic screen coating, and ample room around the edges for your favorite case. MANTO's Full Coverage iPhone Screen Protector may seem like an odd pick since it doesn't have as much space around the edge for a case, but I love the experience of an edge-to-edge screen protector. Once it's installed, it seems to melt into the bezels of the iPhone, so you hardly notice it's there. Just note that if you do go with this one, you'll want to be sure to have a case whose lip doesn't extend too far over the edge of the iPhone.

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