1. AC Question's Avatar
    So I was using an App with a white background (Gmail, Google etc) when I noticed a bit of dust on my screen. I tried to brush it off but I couldn't feel anything there and it wouldn't brush off

    My first thought was that I had somehow micro-fractured the screen underneath. But then i thought, no - that's stupid. The mark in question was a tiny S-shape and did that multi-coloured strand thing that hairs do on a white, bright background (cracks don't usually do this). It definitely looked like a tiny hair or bit of dust

    I turned the device sideways and noticed that over the glass was some kind of hard-adhesed film. I noticed that this film was slightly off-set on the screen, not quite perfectly lined up with a definite edge. It's really thin but seems to be glued on like a sucker

    I thought, yeah this is probably the layer that the dust is stuck behind. But how do i remove and/or clean it?

    My question is - what is this layer? I haven't seen it on other phones. Looks like a pre-added screen protector but stuck on hard as nails...

    studiumcirclus likes this.
    04-19-2015 11:08 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Did you buy the phone new or used?
    04-20-2015 02:43 AM
  3. studiumcirclus's Avatar
    New from 3. It's not refurbished, I don't think (far too clean and undamaged). But I can certainly tell there's something adhesed over the glass! And potentially, bits behind that

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    04-20-2015 02:49 AM
  4. belodion's Avatar
    Phones sometimes have a plastic screen protector on them new, out of the box, though some are obviously not meant to be left on. I think it's unlikely that a protector applied at the factory would be misaligned, and very unlikely that there would be dust under it.
    A plastic protector, if it's been applied normally, is usually easily removed by lifting at one corner, carefully using a sharp edge if necessary. It can also be washed both sides to remove dust before reapplying, though it may be easier to buy a new one.
    If the protector is glass, it may be harder to remove.
    To be certain that there is a protector on there, check for cut-outs for the camera lens etc.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-20-2015 07:35 AM
  5. studiumcirclus's Avatar
    Yeah there are certainly cut-outs which is how I can tell it isn't perfectly aligned

    It might actually be glass. It's really stiff and glued on there super tight.
    04-21-2015 04:10 AM

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