Best Galaxy S10 Screen Protectors Android Central 2019

The Galaxy S10 has got a great, big, beautiful screen with some new tricks inside — like that fancy ultrasonic fingerprint sensor — but those tricks make buying a screen protector all the more important and all the more difficult. See, that in-screen fingerprint sensor can't tolerate any air bubbles or gaps between the screen and the screen protector, so your best bets are plastic film protectors or the Whitestone Dome Glass, which is currently the only tempered glass screen protector we can find that plays nice with it.

UV for Ultrasonic Viable: Clearview Liquid Glass

Staff pick

This screen protector uses a UV curing wet-install system to ensure a secure fit and it works with the Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

$32 at Amazon

Glass protection: Ailibote Tempered Glass (2-Pack)

Best value

These screen protectors work with the in-display finger print sensor and have a 9H hardness rating, which means it'll hold up and easily withstand bumps, scratches, and drops. You'll save money with this two-pack.

$14 at Amazon

Smooth and selfie-friendly: LK HD Clear Screen Protector (3-Pack)

These thin TPU screen protectors are self-healing, case-friendly, bubble free, water and fingerprint resistant, and smooth to the touch.

$9 at Amazon

Edge-to-edge protection: Skinomi TechSkin (2-Pack)

These case-friendly, self-healing films use a wet install method, allowing you to ensure that you line up the hole-punch selfie camera just so.

$10 at Amazon

Boost the original glass: Spigen Nano Liquid Universal Screen Protection

Wipe this solution onto the front glass, wait ten minutes, then wipe off the excess for a smooth, nano-hydrophobic layer that repels scratches and smudges.

$17 at Amazon

Forget the fingerprints: amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector

This screen protector doesn't work with the ultrasonic sensor, but it will protect your S10's glass and comes with a nifty installation tray.

$12 at Amazon

That ultrasonic sensor can't stand gaps

Wondering why there's so few tempered glass protectors around for the S10? Blame that gimmicky new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, because since it uses sound pressure waves to map and read your finger, there absolutely, positively cannot be any air gaps between your screen and its screen protector. While the Clearview Liquid Glass uses a UV-drying application system that ensures no air pockets or gaps between tempered glass and your Galaxy S10's screen, other tempered glass screen protectors that use traditional adhesives around the edges leave gaps between the two that disrupt the ultrasonic sensor's readings of your finger.

If you can't stomach $32 to cover your screen, you'll have to settle for film screen protectors like the Ailibote Tempered Glass or the LK 3-Pack. That's just the way the cookie crumbles with cutting-edge tech sometimes.

What matters to you more: the fingerprint sensor or the screen it sits under?

While the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is neat, it's also finicky and slow, and I'm betting that protecting that screen means more to you than using it. If that's the case, you may want to consider disabling the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and instead using Smart Lock, facial recognition, or a PIN/Pattern/Password to secure your phone and grab yourself an affordable traditional tempered glass protector like the amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector.

As someone who has used Smart Lock since the old Moto X days when it was called Trusted Bluetooth, this is a useful feature that made me care a little less about the fingerprint sensor overall. As long as I'm wearing my smartwatch or my trusty headphones, I don't need the use my fingerprint to unlock my phone more than once a day: when I wake up in the morning.

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