Can you use a screen protector with the Catalyst Waterproof case?

Can you use a screen protector with the Catalyst Waterproof case?

Best answer: It depends on the screen protector. The Catalyst Waterproof case is pretty snug and a thicker tempered glass screen protector may interfere with the fit of the Catalyst case. We recommend the Maxboost tempered glass screen protector as your best bet. In all honesty, you don't need a screen protector at all when you have a Catalyst case.We found the following products on Amazon:Maxboost tempered glass screen protector (opens in new tab) ($14)Waterproof Case for iPhone XS Max (opens in new tab) ($90)Waterproof Case for iPhone XS (opens in new tab) ($90)Waterproof Case for iPhone XR (opens in new tab) ($90)

A thin screen protector could work

If you're really adamant about using a screen protector with the Catalyst Waterproof Case, you'll need to ensure it's really thin to achieve the best results.

A film screen protector is likely thin enough that it won't cause any problems, but tempered glass screen protectors vary in thickness a lot. If you want a glass screen protector, get the thinnest one you can find and you probably won't have any issues. We recommend the Maxboost tempered glass screen protector, which is only 0.25mm thick and has an open-edge design so that it's compatible with a lot of phones.

The important thing is if you want the Catalyst case to do its job properly, it needs to fit snug on your phone. If it feels like it doesn't want to fit with a screen protector on, don't force it; remove your screen protector and try something else.

Do you need a screen protector with the Catalyst Waterproof Case?

It's important to remember that the Catalyst Waterproof Case is a heavy duty case on its own. It's drop-protected to a height of 6.6 feet and it already comes with a protective layer that covers the screen. The case should be more than enough protection to get by your average day-to-day routine, and the built-in screen cover does a pretty good job of preventing scratches on the screen.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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