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The best Samsung Galaxy S22+ screen protectors in 2022

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The best Samsung Galaxy S22+ screen protectors in 2022

Nothing will turn your $1000 flagship into a paperweight faster than a shattered touchscreen. This is why your Galaxy S22+ deserves the best screen protector you can get for it. While tempered glass offers the best protection against shatters and cracks, it usually doesn't play nice with fingerprint scanners.

The best ones require you to press your finger harder, and some simply prevent the S22+'s built-in ultrasonic scanner from recognizing prints at all. Film and hybrid protectors offer scratch resistance without bulk, but won't protect as thoroughly against shatters. With that in mind, here's our selection of the best options on the market to protect your S22+'s screen.

Whitestone Dome Glass remains the crème de la crème for Galaxy S22+ screen protectors thanks to its UV curing system, which allows for a better seal and less interference with Samsung's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. This $50 kit comes with two screen protectors as well as a UV curing light and installation frame so that you can put it on properly and easily. UV curing requires using a liquid adhesive that then spreads across the screen when the protector is applied, and that freaks some people out when excess adhesive sometimes slips out of one of the edges. Do not press down on the screen as it'll cause more to seep out; instead, very gently wipe the side of the phone to try and wick up the excess before curing the adhesive with the UV light.

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Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S22+

Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S22+

If you like tempered glass but prefer something a little more affordable and traditional, UniqueMe's screen protector kit has you covered front and back. Alongside the two tempered glass screen protectors are three camera lens protectors — I know, I wish those numbers were reversed, too. The glass for these screen protectors has been drop-tested to 7 feet, but let's hope you never need to test that. Some users have reported issues with their screen protector after installing — make sure you turn up touch sensitivity and re-do your fingerprints in the Settings — but many aren't seeing issues, so your mileage may vary. I will say the ratio of issues/no issues.

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UniqueMe Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

UniqueMe Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

If you're looking for an affordable yet solid option to protect your S22+, the EGV tempered glass screen protector is worth considering. The box contains three protectors for less than what most 2-packs cost. The tempered glass protectors are great for absorbing most shocks when dropping your beloved S22+, which would, in turn, save its glass display from shattering.

EGV says its screen protectors are fully compatible with the S22+'s built-in ultrasonic scanner. Still, you shouldn't expect it to be as smooth as without a protector on, as most tempered glass protectors don't play nice with ultrasonic fingerprint sensors.

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EGV Tempered Glass Screen Protector

amFilm's hybrid screen protector offers a more robust shield than a film, thanks to its rigid 7H hardness material, without the bulk of a tempered glass protector. It's a great compromise that offers excellent protection against scratches and can potentially limit the impact in case of a drop. Most importantly, since the protector is made of a 0.2mm thin material, it works seamlessly with the S22+'s fingerprint scanner, which most tempered glass protectors tend to struggle with.

The box includes an application tray and squeegees, which are supposed to ease the installation process and prevent bubbles from building up during the application. Unfortunately, it's not that easy, as I struggled getting rid of bubbles when installing it on my phone. Film protectors are less steady than tempered glass when installing, making the overall process a bit more demanding.

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amFilm Hybrid Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

ZAGG InvisibleShield has long been my go-to for screen protectors for years because its tempered glass protectors are easy to install and last a long time. This year, the protectors are hybrid rather than tempered glass in order to limit fingerprint sensor interference while still keeping the feel of glass and increasing impact protection. Blue light filtering sounds like an odd asset for a screen protector, but it can help reduce eye strain, and as someone who gets eye strain headaches a lot, blue-blocking does indeed help. It may not be worth the extra money to you — $50 for a screen protector is steep, but you pay for quality and that lifetime warranty — but if you end the day with your eyes wanting to murder you, invest in one of these.

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ZAGG InvisibleShield Fusion Vision Guard Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

ZAGG InvisibleShield Fusion Vision Guard Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

This American-made film protector is much more budget-friendly while still giving your screen the scratch protection you need along with a matte finish that won't reflect every stray spec of light. Matte finish isn't usually available for tempered glass screen protectors, but it's an easy and welcome option. You won't get the same impact protection with this film PET screen protectors, but the self-healing properties allow them to mend indents from a stray fingernail or tiny abrasions.

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ArmorSuit MilitaryShield Anti-Glare Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

ArmorSuit MilitaryShield Anti-Glare Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

7. amFilm Hybrid Privacy Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

8.50 / 10

amFilm Privacy Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

amFilm Privacy Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

Like its regular counterpart, this amFilm protector is an excellent choice to protect your screen against daily wear while still being compatible with the S22+'s fingerprint scanner. In addition, it has a built-in privacy filter, making the screen only visible to people standing directly in front of it. It's one of your best options for decent screen protection and privacy without interfering with the phone's built-in ultrasonic scanner.

Similar to the standard model, the 0.2mm thin protector ships with camera protectors, ensuring your phone is entirely covered against accidental scratches. It also comes with an application tray and squeegees for a smooth installation process.

MagGlass makes screen protectors in a couple of styles, and it's one of very few to offer a matte-surfaced tempered glass screen protector for reduced glare and easier readability. Another bonus here is that the screen protector is mounted to the installation frame for one-touch installation, and it makes it darn near impossible to screw up. If you can never seem to get your screen protectors straight, you'll never want to use anything else after you try this.

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MagGlass Tempered Glass Designed for Samsung Galaxy S22+

MagGlass Tempered Glass Designed for Samsung Galaxy S22+

Spigen is a popular brand when it comes to protecting your phone. The brand is recognized for its rugged cases and screen protectors and deserves to be mentioned. The NeoFlex solid screen protector offers the best protection for curved screens and works perfectly with regular ones. It's designed to shield your S22+'s screen against daily wear, making sure your screen won't get scratched by your keys.

Even though it won't offer maximum protection against shattering your display, this solid protector is less bulk than a tempered glass one. It appears to play nicely with the handset's built-in fingerprint scanner. It's also relatively easy to install, despite not shipping with an application tray, making it an excellent choice if you're looking for daily protection that works with the phone's built-in ultrasonic scanner.

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Spigen NeoFlex Solid Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

10. TOCOL Privacy Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy S22+

7.00 / 10

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If you're looking for maximum screen protection against drops and preying eyes, this privacy tempered glass protector is the one to go for. It will prevent your screen from breaking or shattering in case you drop your phone and make your screen content invisible unless someone is standing directly in front of it. The package also contains two lens protectors, ensuring your S22+ is guarded against scratches.

However, just like most tempered glass protectors, don't count on your S22+'s fingerprint scanner to be butter-smooth, considering most people have reported issues when using the phone's built-in sensor. If you don't mind pressing a bit harder and trying twice to unlock your device, the TOCOL Privacy Tempered Glass Screen Protector is a perfect way to fully protect your Galaxy S22+'s screen, against shatters and unwanted peeps.

An extra layer of protection

Whitestone Dome Glass remains the most reliable screen protector for the S22+, especially as other brands that would usually offer tempered glass have swapped to film protectors for the Galaxy S22+, such as ZAGG InvisibleShield and OtterBox. These brands provide impeccable films, but films cannot take a drop the way tempered glass can, despite being less finicky with the built-in fingerprint sensors.

It may take a little time for more tempered glass screen protectors to arrive that are consistently compatible with the Galaxy S22+ and its ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Still, in the meantime, you can choose from these options and invest in a great Galaxy S22+ case that will help absorb the force of impacts and keep your screen elevated from scratch-prone surfaces.

If you can't make up your mind, consider a hybrid or solid protector like the amFilm or Spigen. They offer better protection against scratches than films, as well as better compatibility with the fingerprint scanner, despite not being as strong as a tempered glass one.

Q: How do I avoid fingerprint scanner issues after installing a tempered glass screen protector?

Since there is some slight variance from sensor to sensor, phone to phone, some tempered glass screen protectors may work for other Galaxy S22+ users but not you. No matter which tempered glass screen protector you use, the following steps can help mitigate bad reads and improve consistency.

1. Unenroll your current fingerprints before installing a screen protector.

2. Take care to follow all manufacturer instructions when installing your screen protector.

3. Wait 8-12 hours for the adhesive to fully set and to let small air bubbles make their way out.

4. Re-enroll fingerprints. Use a lighter touch, don't go mashing your finger down super hard or it will be expecting you to do that every time.

5. Turn up Touch Sensitivity.


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