Can you remove the built-in screen protector on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5?

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 in hand
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Can you remove the built-in screen protector on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5?

Best answer: Yes, but you shouldn't try to do it yourself. Doing so can void the warranty or damage the phone. If it's damaged, it's best to take it to an authorized repair location so a professional can replace it. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a built-in screen protector that offers additional protection for the glass screen. 

What is the built-in screen protector on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5?

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Also found on the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, the Samsung Galaxy Flip 5 is designed with various features to ensure its durability. The main screen features a new Flex Hinge and a shock dispersion layer. Armor Aluminum frames surround the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 screen on both the Flex Window and the back cover, and it's IPX8 water-resistant. 

The built-in screen protector, a layer of PET plastic over the glass on both screens, offers one more piece of protection. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 uses more recycled materials than previous models, such as post-consumer recycled plastics from discarded fishing nets and water barrels. This helps prevent dust and debris from breaking the glass, especially when the phone is closed. Once the phone is folded, this protects the phone's main 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen and the smaller 3.4-inch Super AMOLED cover screen. 

If the PET plastic built-in screen protector is damaged, cracked, or scratched, you get one free replacement with the standard Samsung warranty within 12 months of the purchase. After that, screen protector replacements are available for U$19.99. However, you need to visit an authorized repair shop. Samsung offers a list of them on its website, with more than 700 locations across the U.S. You can often bring the phone in for a replacement screen protector and get it back the same day, or you can make an appointment. You also have the option to mail it to the central repair facility.

Whatever you do, however, do not try to replace the screen protector yourself. When in the warranty period, doing so can void your warranty for the phone. But even outside of warranty, the foldable design of the phone means it requires special care. A professional repair shop will have the right tools and expertise to handle it, including alignment and installation in the right way. 

To further protect your brand-new foldable phone, consider buying one of the best Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 cases.

Christine Persaud

Christine Persaud has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's working on her latest fitness program, binging a new TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets she's reviewing, or spending time with family and friends. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.