How to Protect the Glass Back of your iPhone X
The iPhone X, like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, features glass on both the front and back of the device. Among other things, this glass back enables the iPhone X's wireless charging capabilities. However, it's also, you know, glass, which is prone not only to shattering, but also scratching and other light damage over time. Replacing that glass can also get expensive, especially if you break the glass on the back of the phone. If you don't have AppleCare+, such a repair could run you as much as $549.
Luckily, there are options out there for protecting the back of your iPhone X that don't add a lot of weight or bulk. Additionally, a couple of these options offer not only protection but a degree of customization for your brand new phone.
- FlexGear Front and Back Glass Screen Protectors
- Olixar GlassTex iPhone X Front and Back Glass Screen Protectors
- Best Skins Ever
These protectors from FlexGear guard both the front and back of your iPhone X. These tempered glass options come in two separate pieces and still allow you to use iPhone features like 3D Touch and wireless charging while also defending against scratches.FlexGear's iPhone X protection comes in a pack of four (two protectors for each side) and helps you easily attach them to each side with the included alignment tool. According to some customers, FlexGears protectors are also thin enough that, should you desire additional protection for your iPhone, you can use this product with some larger cases.You'll find the FlexGear iPhone X Front Back Glass screen protectors on Amazon for about $12.
Like the FlexGear, Olixar's GlassTex protection for iPhone X features both front and back tempered glass protection. Both sides aim to offer enhanced protection against scratches and scuffs, as well as shock and light impact.The back panel comes in a polished black color that also helps give your iPhone X the "jet black" look of last year's iPhone 7. Olixar claims that both panels are shatterproof, while the front panel is 3D Touch-compatible, allowing you to use your iPhone X to its full potential. Because the back panel is also glass, it shouldn't interfere with the iPhone X's wireless charging capabilities either.You can grab the Olixar GlassTex for iPhone X about $33.
Colorware might be one of the more famous names in device customization. The company provides a number of options that put a personal touch on the products you'll use every day. Colorware offers painting services for some items, such as Apple's AirPods, but for others, like the iPhone X, there are skins.Made with materials from 3M, Colorware's iPhone X skins provide protection against scratches and scuffs on the back of your iPhone. They come in two varieties: glass only or full back. The former protects just the glass on the back of the phone, while the latter also protects the sides of your device.Colorware's skins are highly customizable. You can select a pattern, colors, and even whether or not your want the back camera module to have its own pattern and colors. You can also get custom engraving for your iPhone skin if you want.You can get your Colorware iPhone X protectors starting at $14.
If you want no-fuss, full-body protection for your new iPhone X, consider one of the skins from Best Skins Ever. These minimal skins offer protection against scuffs and scratches, and are available for pre-order now.You can purchase your iPhone's screen and body protection as a set, or you can elect to purchase one or the other. Best Skins Ever offers glossy protectors, as well as an anti-glare matte option.Best Skins Ever protection starts at $8.99 for glossy protection for either the front or back of your iPhone, but goes up to $12.99 for matte protection on the front and back.
There's a good chance that you've heard of dbrand before. Its wide selection of skins for all kinds of products make them a go-to option for anyone looking to customize their devices. This lets you make your iPhone X distinct while keeping it safe from scratches, and you can start pre-ordering your dbrand iPhone X skin now.You can choose from seven different textures for your dbrand skin: carbon fiber, dragon stone, matte, metal, leather, true color, and wood. All come with different color options. While the iPhone X skins don't have options for the front of the phone (given that it's mostly screen), you can get a separate skin specifically for the camera, letting you give the back of your iPhone X a bit of a two-tone look.Getting a skin for the back of your iPhone X will run you $11.95, while the camera skin will cost $0.95, and together, they will run you $12.90.
How will you protect your iPhone X?
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Updated August 2018: Added FlexGear and Colorware and updated prices for existing products.
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