12-27-2013 12:24 PM
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  1. jlh73's Avatar
    I doubt it would make a difference but I don't
    04-30-2013 08:18 PM
  2. eyecon82's Avatar
    Hey all.

    I received my AT&T Galaxy S4 on Friday and love it so far. Only problem I had with it is I've noticed that on the camera lens there seems to be a piece of plastic on it with a circular cutout for the "eye" of the camera (sorry don't know anything about camera lingo lol).

    If I touch the camera lens it makes a sound like there is indeed a plastic piece on top it. I've removed the back cover and tried running my fingernail across the lens to see if I could get the plastic piece to come off but it seems to be part of the lens itself.

    This wouldn't normally bother me except that there are two small piece of hair and some dust that have gotten underneath this plastic. Is this plastic removeable or is this the actual design of the camera lens?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
    yea but my lens cover has a hole cut out for the actual lens...so that part isn't covered
    04-30-2013 10:00 PM
  3. Con Georgiadis's Avatar
    How did you pull it off?
    Can you be more specific?
    05-01-2013 09:23 PM
  4. Con Georgiadis's Avatar
    how did you pull it off?
    Can you be more specific?
    05-01-2013 09:25 PM
    I got mine off by removing the back cover and being a little rough with it. Just hooked a fingernail and got it off. I'm attaching a picture so you can see what it looks like.

    Thank you so much to OP for starting this thread!

    OMG, i never thought to google this but it was driving me NUTZ!! Leave it to my fav website to have a thread about it. I CANNOT for the life of me get mine off, i even took an Xact-o knive to it to try to lift it in that one area that seems a teeny bit "lifted" by the middle. (u wanna talk scarey, try taking the sharpest blade u can find to ur brandy new phone's camera lens, thats REAL Fear Factor material...lol

    The SAME noise convinced me there HAD to be plastic on it, becuz almost out of the box mine had a scratch on it. Look at it now, a gazillion scratches (most made by me trying to lift the plastic)


    i think mine is the ONE phone that has the "permanent plastic" cuz that is NOT coming off, no way, no how : (

    (We really shouldn't let this get out, i can hear ALL the haters now)... "Samsung sucks, there's plastic on the lens that's almost IMPOSSIBLE to get off...." lol

    05-04-2013 06:06 PM
    tried that, NO GO...that's why i was convinced (before reading this thread) that maybe it wasn't protective plastic...... like i said, mine just WILL NOT remove... i know if i hook the right sharp object it will, but i can just see me damaging the lense trying, i eff things like that up ALL THE TIME! It doesn't seem to be bothering anything, maybe one day an edge will curl and "voila!"

    05-04-2013 06:16 PM
  7. iamfuze's Avatar
    Definitely easier to remove by taking off the back cover.

    Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk 2
    05-04-2013 07:19 PM
    grrrrr 20,000 (and it MAY have been 25,000...) tries, i finally got it off ...yay!!!

    05-04-2013 09:01 PM
  9. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    LOL I never even realized there was some plastic over it...I am gonna leave it on
    05-04-2013 09:05 PM
  10. Calidoc's Avatar
    Are we really supposed to be removing it? Or is it meant to stay on? When I bought my S4 at the ATT store I noticed it and asked them about it. The guy tried peeling it off and couldn't - so we assumed it was meant to stay on.
    I doubt it is rated for high optical clarity. I'd take it off.
    I have no idea if it's supposed to come off, but it without question does not affect the camera in any way. It doesn't cover the lens at all. I just don't want to scratch the glass over the lens trying to get the plastic off.
    05-04-2013 09:12 PM
  11. dlach's Avatar
    I took off the back cover and managed to get a finger nail under it. I thought it was never coming off!
    05-04-2013 10:53 PM
  12. bembol's Avatar
    OMFG. After a few minutes trying to take it off I wish I never saw this thread.

    At one point, I was like "**** it, who cares just leave it" but knowing it's there I had too. *sigh*

    Took the cover off again, got pissed off. I took a deep breath, thought about it...I lick my finger and a few seconds later it slid off.

    Thanks a lot! LOL

    EDIT: I was so focus on it and didn't scroll down and saw the tape.
    the tall guy likes this.
    05-04-2013 11:27 PM
  13. Statusnone's Avatar
    LOL I never even realized there was some plastic over it...I am gonna leave it on
    Amen brother. Same here. If you look at the lens, none of the plastic is actually covering the part that captures the image, so mine is staying on. +1

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    skirka and horangeh like this.
    05-05-2013 12:00 AM
  14. iamfuze's Avatar
    LOL I never even realized there was some plastic over it...I am gonna leave it on
    Speaking from experience, I had left a similar plastic cover on a previous phone for a couple of weeks until it came off by itself. By that time, it had left a residue on the phone in the shape of the cover that was very difficult to remove. Now I make it a priority to remove all plastics on new phones.

    Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk 2
    05-05-2013 01:17 AM
  15. blaneusmc's Avatar
    I used a small needle to take it off mine. That thing was really stuck on there. Didn't affect camera quality, but looked bad on the back of my phone

    Sent from my SPH-L720 using Android Central Forums
    05-05-2013 02:49 AM
  16. eyecon82's Avatar
    I don't understand why people want to remove this sticker so

    If you notice, there's a hole in the center of it so it isn't actually covering the area of the lens, so plastic shouldn't be in the way of a good picture
    Topgonzo likes this.
    05-05-2013 11:30 PM
  17. ANDROIDandIOSuser's Avatar
    Yes there is a cutout for the lens.. but.... I noticed when takin photo's into the sun or bright glare
    it stopped some reflection that was bouncing onto the lens off the plastic
    and the dust or stuff frm my pocket under it was frustrating for me and it can also leave marks on the phone if it gets baked on..as well as the plastic round the sides.. the Sview cover actually let's the lens sit just under flush so wouldn't get scratched on a table for instance
    05-06-2013 12:18 AM
  18. ANDROIDandIOSuser's Avatar
    Put sticky tape on it and peel it off.. mine was a no go by hand.. tape it came straight off
    05-06-2013 12:21 AM
  19. ITS ME DAVID's Avatar
    Any before and after piks so see if any clarity changed take affect.
    05-06-2013 01:41 AM
  20. deadstardro's Avatar


    I know the first photo is a bit blurry from shake, but you can also see how it's a little more cloudy than the photo I took without the plastic. It may be affecting how the light reflects off the lens.
    coltsbr and ReikoChan like this.
    05-09-2013 10:11 AM
  21. G406's Avatar
    Oh maan I never that it would make a difference and wanted to keep it on.
    But after seeing the pics taken before and after, I agree that it makes a difference.


    Attached Thumbnails Plastic Covering Galaxy S4 Camera Lens?-20130509_134103.jpg   Plastic Covering Galaxy S4 Camera Lens?-20130509_134318.jpg  
    ReikoChan likes this.
    05-09-2013 01:56 PM
  22. Christiana Johnson's Avatar
    I actually just contacted Samsung Customer Service and they said that this plastic piece is indeed meant to be removable and is placed there to protect but that by other means can be protected if the sticker is removed. It is not meant to aid the camera lens. Personally I have had my phone since Saturday and there was a piece of dog hair that got caught underneath and was blocking part of the lens. I would remove it and use a case if you are afraid of it getting scratched. The case will remove more of the risk. Hope that helps anyone with the same question I had.
    05-14-2013 03:13 PM
  23. BattleShip10's Avatar
    Great thanks for the info, but isn't it better to leave it on?
    Because the camera is slightly elevated on the back, when you put your phone on the table
    the lens is the critical point that would scratch in my opinion.
    Buy a decent case for it and the lens will be below the surface so it won't touch a table top. I did and it's perfect.
    05-14-2013 04:43 PM
  24. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    Pics do look better especially first pics

    Posted via Android Central App
    05-14-2013 06:07 PM
  25. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    Took my wife 3 seconds to take it off, I was struggling for 10 minutes b4 that lol

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    belogical likes this.
    05-14-2013 08:21 PM
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