The best iPad screen protectors in 2022 (2024)

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Choosing one of the best iPad screen protectors not only offers protection for your tablet but can even make it feel nicer to use. Made using Corning's Gorilla Glass, iPads are pretty solid, but they're certainly not impervious to scratches if they come up against a sharp object. An iPad screen protector is a lot cheaper to replace than an iPad, so we generally think it's worth the investment for some extra piece of mind.

But even better, some of the best iPad screen protectors can actually make the tablet feel nicer to use, especially if you use a stylus like the Apple Pencil for sketching or note taking. Some screen protectors provide more "bite" – that is, they provide a little more friction so that the stylus doesn't slide around as much as it does directly on the glass. This can help to make digital drawing feel more like working on paper. There are also screen protectors that provide a blue light filter, which can help ease the strain on your eyes during long sessions.

Take a quick glance online and you'll see that there's a huge number of products available, and although prices can vary, they often look fairly similar, so it can be tricky to work out which are the best iPad screen protectors. To try to clear things up, we've made our own pick based on hands-on reviews, customer reviews and recommendations from the digital artists we've spoken too. We've evaluated each of the best iPad screen protectors for ease of application, surface finish and feel, friction when using a stylus and value for money.

In each case, we've noted what materials the screen protectors are made from, what finish they offer and which of the various iPad generations each product is compatible with.For more accessories for your tablet, see our guides to the best iPad keyboards and the best iPad stands. If you're looking for a stylus, see our Apple Pencil 2 review and our pick of the best Apple Pencil alternatives.

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01. Paperlike

The best iPad screen protector for artists and designers

Specifications

Materials: Polyethylene Terephthalate

iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini

Finish: Matte

Reasons to buy

+

Feels like paper

+

Anti-glare finish

+

Good support & instruction

Reasons to avoid

-

Not rugged

Drawing on the shiny iPad with an Apple Pencil can feel a little strange compared to working on real paper or on a more expensive graphics tablet. The Paperlike screen protector can help improve that. Made with (and by) design professionals and artists, it's created to give the feel of paper under your stylus – and that's exactly how we felt it performed when we tested it.

The surface is filled with tiny microbeads that give just the right amount of friction, or bite. When we reviewed the Paperlike we found that the difference is enough to be able to feel more connected to what you're doing, but not so much that it takes its toll on our Apple Pencil's tip. We felt it was really like an upgrade to the tablet and the best way to protect your iPad while also enhancing the experience of drawing on the tablet.

Read more in our full Paperlike review.

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02. Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit

The best iPad Air screen protector for pain-free fitting

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass

iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini

Finish: Gloss

Reasons to buy

+

Easy to fit

+

Tough tempered glass

+

Incredibly clear

Reasons to avoid

-

May interfere with Apple Pencil

If the thought of applying an iPad screen protector makes you worry about getting it slightly wrong and ending up with a wonky fit or an air bubble trapped underneath, you're not alone. Some of the cheaper screen protectors can certainly give you such problems, making them a false economy.

We found the opposite experience with Spigen's Glas.tR EZ Fit. This tempered glass protector comes with its own foolproof installation kit to make positioning it correctly a breeze. Plus you get extra scratch and drop resistance and an oleophobic coating to see off greasy fingerprints, too.

Read our full Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit iPad screen protector review.

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03. Ocushield Anti Blue Light Screen Protector

The best iPad screen protector for blocking blue light

Reasons to buy

+

Powerful blue light filter

+

Easy application

+

Broad compatibility

Reasons to avoid

-

Comparatively expensive

From an evolutionary point of view, the human body was never designed for the large amount of blue light we blast into our eyes every day. Too much of this disrupts melatonin production, disturbing our sleep cycle. And that can lead to health and wellbeing issues that have far-reaching effects.

The Ocushield Screen Protector, available for most iPads as well as rival tablets, offers an interesting solution: a tempered glass construction that filters out a lot of blue light. This makes it easier and more comfortable to use your iPad at all times of day, and we found that it doesn't create that intense orange colour shift created by the iPad's own ‘Night Shift’ mode.

Constructed from premium tempered glass, the Ocushield Screen Protector is a solid, multi-functional screen protector in general, too. We found it easy to fit with the included applicator.

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04. amFilm Glass Screen Protector

Superior screen protector for the iPad Pro 12.9

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass

iPad compatibility: iPad Pro 12.9

Finish: Gloss

Reasons to buy

+

Fits around the front camera

+

Good quality glass

+

Affordble price

Reasons to avoid

-

Doesn't fit pre-2018 models

If you have a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, amFilm's Glass Screen Protector is both a good and a very affordable screen option. Its carefully shaped design fits neatly around the selfie camera, so Face ID still works fine. The premium-grade tempered glass is resistant and we found it does a good job of protecting the screen from scratches. Overall, it's crystal clear and feels like it should last.

As you'd expect, this screen protector is compatible with the Apple Pencil and also has an oleophobic coating that reduces fingerprints and smudges.The kit includes two protectors, dust removal stickers, wet and dry wipes, and a squeegee to help remove bubbles. Just note that this is compatible with the iPad Pro 12.9 2021, 2020 and 2018 versions, but it won't fit earlier generations.

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05. Olixar Screen Protector

The best cheap iPad Pro screen protector

Specifications

Materials: Thermoplastic Polyurethane

iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad

Finish: Gloss

Reasons to buy

+

Great price

+

Installation kit included

+

Does the job

Reasons to avoid

-

Not the best protection

Looking for the best cheap iPad screen protector for your 12.9in iPad Pro? You won't find better quality at this low price. The Olixar screen protector should effectively prevent scratching and damage from drops, bumps, and scrapes while retaining touch sensitivity. It features an oleophobic coating to reduce fingerprints and smudges, and we didn't notice any effect on the clarity of the display. It comes with an installation kit to help you position it without dreaded air bubbles and a two-year guarantee.

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06. Belkin Screenforce True Privacy

The best iPad screen protector for privacy

Reasons to buy

+

Excellent privacy screen

+

Removable and washable

Reasons to avoid

-

Little physical protection

-

Expensive

This iPad screen protector protects your screen in a different way – not so much from scratches but from straying eyes, preventing people from seeing what's on your screen? The Belkin Screenforce True Privacy provides a privacy screen so that anyone looking over your shoulder sees nothing but darkness, but looking at the screen directly, everything is perfectly visible.

Unlike other screen protectors, the Belkin is designed to be removed when you don't need it, and it's washable too. We reckon it could be a good option if you're worried about entering sensitive data on your iPad when you're in a public place. Just note that it doesn't actually offer a great deal of physical protection for your iPad.

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07. ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Screen Protector

The best iPad screen protector for military-grade protection

Specifications

Materials: Tempered glass

iPad compatibility: 10.2, 10.9, 11 or 12.9-inch iPads

Finish: Matte

Reasons to buy

+

High level of protection

+

Reinforced edges

+

Good touch sensitivity

Reasons to avoid

-

Expensive

On the other hand, of you're super-worried about dropping your iPad, then this pricey screen protector from Zagg promises a high level of protection. Made with military-grade components, InvisibleShield’s technology is designed to absorb and distribute the shock of an impact, keeping your screen intact during an accident. Glass+ promises three times the shatter protection of an unprotected screen, as well as oil-resistant technology to prevent fingerprint smudges and a high-level of touch sensitivity, and the reinforced edges help prevent chipping too. It is pretty expensive, though.

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08. ESR Paper-Feel

A cheaper alternative for a paper-like feel

Specifications

Materials: Polyethylene Terephthalate

iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad

Finish: Matte

Reasons to buy

+

Great value

+

Paper-like feel

+

Reduces glare

Reasons to avoid

-

Can be awkward to fit

If you're looking for a budget alternative to the Paperlike screen protector (number one on our list), the ESR Paper-Feel is significantly cheaper, especially given that you get two protectors in the pack.

Okay, it's not quite the same paper-like feel you get with the former. But ESR's specially-treated surface does simulate the feeling of writing and drawing on paper pretty well, and it's also nicely fingerprint-resistant. It's compatible with a load of different iPad versions as well.

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09. Ailun Screen Protector

The best iPad screen protector for the iPad mini

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass

iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini

Finish: Gloss

Reasons to buy

+

Ideal for iPad Mini

+

Tough tempered glass

+

Affordable price

Reasons to avoid

-

Not rugged

The iPad Mini isn't as well served when it comes to screen protectors as some of the larger devices, which is a shame because its portability perhaps means that it's more likely to be carried about on the move, with the risk of picking up scratches and other damage. Ailun's screen protector is available for the iPad mini, however, and we found it to be an excellent option. Made from 9H tempered glass, it offers great scratch and drop resistance, and it has an oleophobic coating to repel oils. It's very well priced too. The package comes with two guide stickers for fitting, along with a wet wipe, a dry wipe and a dust absorber.

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10. JETech Write Like Paper

A cheap iPad Pro screen protector for a paper feel

Specifications

Materials: Polyethylene Terephthalate

iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad

Finish: Matte

Reasons to buy

+

Paper-like feel

+

Good price

+

Easy to fit

Reasons to avoid

-

May degrade screen clarity

If you want to give your iPad Pro 12.9 inch more of a paper texture at a bargain price, the JETech Write Like Paper screen protector is another budget alternative to the Paperlike. Made from high-quality matte PET film, it gives your iPad a more paper-like feel and reduces glare while also making your screen more scratch- and fingerprint-resistant. It's also easy to fit without ending up with air bubbles. Bear in mind, though, that JETech warns the protector can affect the clarity of the screen.

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Which is the best iPad screen protector?

The best iPad screen protector for you will depend on what you want it for. If you're going to carry your iPad in a case or sleeve and simply want a little extra protection against scratches, then you could get away with one of the cheapest iPad screen protectors like the Olixar Screen Protector.

However, if you think you're going to use it a lot without a case or sleeve and want extra confidence – particularly if you have one of the more expensive iPads, then you might want to invest in some more heavy duty protection such as the ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Screen Protector.

Artists and illustrators, or indeed anyone who is going to use a stylus a lot on an iPad might have other requirements than simply protecting the screen, wanting a surface that will enhance their experience with the stylus. For that we recommend Paperlike, at number 1 in our list of the best iPad screen protectors, because it actually improves the feel of writing and drawing on the tablet.

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  • The best iPad for drawing
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The best iPad screen protectors in 2022 (2024)

FAQs

The best iPad screen protectors in 2022? ›

Best iPad screen protectors in 2022
  • Ailun Screen Protector. ...
  • Sparin Tempered Glass Screen Protector. ...
  • Olixar Screen Protector. ...
  • Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit. ...
  • Belkin Screenforce True Privacy. ...
  • Paperlike. ...
  • ESR Paper-Feel. ...
  • JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector. Great value iPad screen protector in various sizes.
May 2, 2022

Does Apple recommend iPad screen protector? ›

Most iPad Owners Should Use a Screen Protector

If cases aren't your style, a screen protector is a must-have. Your iPad will be bumping around with other items in your bag like keys, phones, and other things that can and will scratch your iPad screen if it's not protected.

Which is the best iPad in 2022? ›

Best iPad to buy in 2022 at a glance
  • Best iPad for power: iPad Pro (5th generation)
  • Best all-rounder: iPad Air (5th generation)
  • Best small iPad: iPad mini (6th generation)
  • Best budget iPad: iPad (9th generation)
  • Best mid-range: iPad Air (4th generation)
Mar 30, 2022

Which is the best screen protector? ›

Best all-around screen protector: Spigen

Spigen was a top brand recommended by our experts. Zilberman noted the Spigen EZ Fit tempered glass screen protector is case-friendly and affordable for the quality.

Is the paperlike screen protector worth it? ›

Our Verdict. Paperlike is a well-made texture enhancement for creatives who work on a glossy iPad screen. It makes the iPad even better as a drawing/writing tool and, although there are various cheaper alternatives, Paperlike has a nice texture and feels durable, offering good value.

Is it okay to use Apple Pencil without screen protector? ›

The Apple Pencil is designed to make sure it does not cause any damage to the screen unless there is debris or a foreign object on it that is causing the damage. However, you can definitely still use it with a screen protector. Have a great day!

Should I use a screen protector with Apple Pencil? ›

Screen protectors will not interfere with the Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil uses a separate layer of technology called a digitizer to sense the pen placement while pressure is measured through the Apple Pencil tip.

How long does an iPad last? ›

As a rule of thumb, if your iPad is more than five years old, you'll probably notice slower performance. On the other hand, you could be happily using an iPad from six or seven years ago with no major problems. To get an idea of how long your iPad should last, start by identifying your iPad model.

Which iPads are still supported 2022? ›

If you own one of these devices in 2022, you're in excellent shape:
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch), 5th generation.
  • iPad Pro (11-inch), 3rd generation.
  • iPad Air, 5th generation.
  • iPad mini, 6th generation.
  • iPad, 9th generation.
Apr 27, 2022

Is there a new iPad coming out in 2022? ›

The 2022 iPad Pro range is, once again, expected to come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. But design changes appear to be afoot for the iPad Pro 2022, and we've heard of a couple so far.

Which type of screen protector is best for iPad? ›

Best iPad screen protectors in 2022
  1. amFilm Glass Screen Protector. The best iPad screen protector for iPad Pro (12.9 inch) ...
  2. Ailun Screen Protector. ...
  3. Sparin Tempered Glass Screen Protector. ...
  4. Olixar Screen Protector. ...
  5. Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit. ...
  6. Belkin Screenforce True Privacy. ...
  7. Paperlike. ...
  8. ESR Paper-Feel.
May 2, 2022

How long does a Paperlike screen protector last? ›

OK, not really, but it kind of sounds cool, doesn't it? Anyway, active artists have said in reviews that they find themselves replacing an Apple Pencil tip between 4 and 6 months when using a Paperlike protector. With daily drawing over glass, the life of a Pencil tip is between 8 and 12 months, usually.

Does tempered glass affect touch sensitivity iPad? ›

Does tempered glass Screen protector affect I Pad Quality with respect to sensitivity and picture quality? Answer: A: Answer: A: A good quality screen protector, such as Zagg, should have little if any adverse effect on the sensitivity of your iPad Screen - or, if used, an Apple Pencil.

Which is better tempered or screen guard? ›

The whole purpose of availing of a scratch-free, crack-free screen is henceforth entirely defeated. A screen guard or a screen protector is much less dense than tempered glass but is definitely more functional for scratch protection. Since the screen guard is a plastic coating, it's definitely not brittle.

Are Zagg screen protectors worth it? ›

Aside from keeping your iPhone scratch free, the price of a Zagg screen protector isn't really worth it. Out of the Zagg InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense, Glass+, Glass+ VisionGuard and Glass+360, we'd go with Sapphire Defense. The InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense is one of the toughest screen protectors we ever used.

Which is better plastic or glass screen protector? ›

Durability: Glass Lasts Longer

The best plastic screen protector will be around 0.1mm thick. It is also quite easy to scratch the plastic ones with a fingernail or object your pocket, as you may have discovered! If you want a screen protector that lasts the distance, glass is the way to go.

Are screen protectors worth it 2021? ›

Yes, Screen Protectors Are Worth It

Gorilla Glass and other hard phone screens are quite innovative and super durable, but they can still get scuffed and scratched up. And over time, your phone's microscopic scratches could cause a breaking point the next time you drop your phone on a hard surface.

Which type of tempered glass is best? ›

List of 8 Best Tempered Glass Brands in India
  • RhinoShield.
  • Spigen.
  • ESR.
  • Stillersafe.
  • Popio.
  • CASE U.
  • Supershieldz.
  • IQ Shield.
Apr 14, 2022

Which is better glass screen protector or plastic? ›

Durability: Glass Lasts Longer

The best plastic screen protector will be around 0.1mm thick. It is also quite easy to scratch the plastic ones with a fingernail or object your pocket, as you may have discovered! If you want a screen protector that lasts the distance, glass is the way to go.

Is Zagg screen protector worth it? ›

Aside from keeping your iPhone scratch free, the price of a Zagg screen protector isn't really worth it. Out of the Zagg InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense, Glass+, Glass+ VisionGuard and Glass+360, we'd go with Sapphire Defense. The InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense is one of the toughest screen protectors we ever used.

Is gorilla glass better than tempered glass? ›

Corning gorilla glass is stronger than tempered glass; however, not all smartphone glasses come with the former glass attached to it. In such cases, you can protect your screen with a good-quality tempered glass.

Which is better tempered or screen guard? ›

The whole purpose of availing of a scratch-free, crack-free screen is henceforth entirely defeated. A screen guard or a screen protector is much less dense than tempered glass but is definitely more functional for scratch protection. Since the screen guard is a plastic coating, it's definitely not brittle.

Which is the best tempered? ›

Summary Table: 10 Best Tempered Glass Brands In India 2022
S No.Best Tempered Glass BrandPrice
7Kyosei₹ 399
8OpenTech₹ 499
9ESR₹ 899
10Spigen₹ 999
6 more rows
Aug 2, 2022

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