Is your tempered glass screen protector causing you trouble with your phone?
Is it not perfectly sealing around the edges as intended?
And, regardless of your efforts to avoid it, does it cause the “Halo Effect”?
We know how important it is to keep a phone’s screen safe and resistant to scratches.
We also know that the process of applying a tempered glass screen protector may be difficult–and at times, a complete hassle!
There may be instances where a few air bubbles form around the edges of the screen, or outright lifts on one or more sides of the phone’s display.
Subsequently, these may cause an annoying white haze. Aside from the physical effects mentioned, this can also distort your view.
Due to this, we’re well aware that this “Halo Effect” is never a welcome sight!
This is especially true when the purpose of applying a tempered glass screen protector is to improve your screen.
In this article, we’ll discuss first what the “Halo Effect” is exactly, why it occurs- and through our own research, what we think is the best solution for the “Halo Effect”.
Continue reading to learn more about this not-so-angelic phenomenon!
What Is The “Halo Effect?”
Research and first-hand experience have shown that applying a tempered glass screen protector on any type of phone’s screen could be complicated–especially if it’s your first time doing so.
Before applying a tempered glass screen protector, you must first prepare your phone for the added protection.
To do this, it’s important to thoroughly clean your phone’s screen of any lint or spec of dust with an alcohol wipe.
Afterwards, slowly apply the screen guard. While doing so, you need to ensure that you don’t trap any air pockets or “bubbles” between the phone screen and the tempered glass guard.
However, despite your near-surgical precision and care, there will be times when these “bubbles” still pop through the surface of your phone’s screen.
These air pockets or “bubbles” will form a blurry haze-like impediment commonly known as the “Halo Effect”.
This white haze caused by the slight separation of your screen protector from your phone’s screen can prove to be incredibly irritating.
Essentially, the halo effect blurs your phone’s screen- thus effectively distorting your view.
Aside from the obvious visual impairment, it’s also disconcerting when your fingertips glide across the screen only to feel even a microscopic imperfection caused by the protector being slightly askew from the screen!
On top of the physical annoyance, the Halo Effect may also cause your phone to misread your intended gestures or movements.
Finally, if these issues were not enough of an inconvenience, this effect also looks completely unappealing and ruins the phone’s aesthetic.
Due to these reasons, it’s definitely handy to know how to avert the halo effect- which we’ll get into later on!
Why Does The “Halo Effect” Happen?
There are a variety of reasons that can cause the “Halo Effect”.
Oftentimes, it results from improper application of a screen protector.
Therefore, if you’re in a rush and make a mess of applying your tempered glass screen protector, you’re likely to end up with the unfortunate state.
However, ensuring the proper application of a screen protector to avoid all air bubbles is sometimes easier said than done.
Even when using every tool at your disposal to ensure a smooth application around the edges of your screen, you still won’t achieve a viable vacuum seal.
Fortunately, we’re able to offer a handy workaround in the following section of this article when this occurs.
Another common reason for the Halo Effect is a phone’s screen curvature and the density of the screen protector.
Some phones have edges that taper off the sides, thus creating a slight curve. Having a harder screen guard can also make this problem worse.
As such, it’s vital to know the hardness of your screen protector and identify if your screen’s curvature is enough to have an impact on applying a screen protector.
There is a simple way to diagnose this.
Closely inspect the edges of your screen where the protector ends to see if there is a curve.
If there is a curve, this might cause the screen guard to eventually lift off from the edges of the screen, thus creating a fuzzy outline around the borders of your phone.
If this is the case, we urge you to consider getting a protector that perfectly fits your phone’s shape as an ideal solution!
However, if that’s not possible, then let’s now take a look at a possible solution to averting this dreaded effect.
What’s The Best Solution For The “Halo Effect” Caused By Tempered Glass Screen Protectors?
We understand that the halo effect is visually irritating and can impair phone operations significantly.
As a result, we considered many aspects in trying to come up with what we believe is the best solution to remedying a screen that’s been affected by this affliction.
Some have suggested slowly blow-drying the protector while smoothing it out with a credit card.
However, we’ve found that if one is not careful, this can result in damage to the phone itself due to excessive heat.
Others have also suggested lifting the protector’s edges with a sharp blade to reposition it and let the air bubbles out.
Again, this is a very risky maneuver to say the least, and we strongly advise against it!
In taking this approach, you could potentially damage the phone, your protector, and worst of all even injure yourself if you aren’t careful! Thus, we kept on looking.
Eventually, we found that the best solution for the halo effect caused by tempered glass screen protectors is one involving oil and a cotton earbud.
Simplicity wins out, yet again.
To remedy the halo effect instantly, you only need to put a tiny drop of oil (preferably vegetable, coconut, or olive oil) on the tip of an earbud.
Then, slowly move it around the borders of your screen protector.
This will help the oil seep between the phone screen and your tempered glass screen protector, essentially creating a seal between the two.
Apply these movements gently and carefully, and observe how this instantly fixes your air pocket problems!
You should be able to see the white, fuzzy border dissipate, and the protector should now adhere to the phone screen perfectly. After taking care of all the edges, carefully wipe off any excess oil.
And, it’s as simple as that!
We’ve identified this method to be both foolproof and the least risky option.
However, be very careful not to use too much oil or smear the screen, as this may worsen your situation. Aside from this, the “oil and earbud” method is yet to let anyone down.
To summarize, we’ve emphasized that a clean and clear phone screen is your utmost priority in helping you keep your screen safe.
However, that annoying halo effect really can be a hindrance. It puts a dent in the aesthetic of your phone, and prevents you from fully enjoying it.
Additionally, your family and friends are sure to take notice whenever you try to show them something on your device!
Therefore, once present, the halo effect won’t be short of reminders of its existence on your phone’s screen.
Thankfully, there’s a simple solution for this affliction caused by tempered glass screen protectors.
You’ll only need a little oil and a cotton bud to create a seal around the edge of the screen guard- and that alone should do the trick!
Once you wipe off the excess oil, your phone should look good as new–and most of all, be protected once more.
With that, you’ll be able to fix this annoying issue without breaking a sweat. So long, “Halo Effect”!