Does the iPhone 11 Need a Screen Protector?

August 31, 2021

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Congratulations, you just got one of Apple’s iPhone 11 models. Now, you get to accessorize. But the big question on your mind: Does the iPhone 11 need a screen protector? With a sleek aesthetic, this clean-looking iPhone is not something you really want to hide away or conceal. So is it absolutely necessary to protect it? Well, we think so.

Let’s dive into this question a bit further and break it all down. Plus, learn about the many benefits of having an iPhone 11 phone case and applying the plastic-free liquid screen protector.

Does Your iPhone 11 Need a Screen Protector?

Apple’s iPhone 11 model is exceptionally durable and designed to last. The matte glass body and 8.1 millimeter Corning glass screen are very tough and much more resistant to cracking during hard impacts. However, when keeping your phone in a purse or pocket, the screen can scratch, creating undetectable hairline fractures that can weaken the screen’s integrity and eventually make it crack. 

So, does the iPhone 11 need a screen protector? The short answer is yes. Whether you choose a waterproof case or a standard case to take on life’s everyday activities is entirely up to you. But, in short, a screen protector or case of some sort can keep your device lasting a long time and minimizing e-waste. 

The good news is that the iPhone 11 doesn’t need a bulky case to protect its screen due to its extreme durability. Instead, you have sleeker options, such as slim compostable cases and even liquid screen protectors. 

Explore Pela’s iPhone 11 Cases

Why You Should Get an iPhone 11 Screen Protector

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Not convinced? Here are some excellent reasons anyone should get a screen protector for their iPhone 11 or any device for that matter. 

Extra Waterproof Protection

Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max all feature an IP68 rating, which means it is both dust- and water-resistant. Apple even boasts that the Pro models can withstand 13 feet (4 meters) of water for 30 minutes. However, being water-resistant does not mean waterproof — there’s a big difference. 

Being waterproof means water is impenetrable, and for that, a liquid screen protector is the perfect option for screen protection. Securing your phone with a screen protector is especially a good idea if you enjoy water sports like kayaking or surfing, or simply live on the lake or beach or work around water.

Prevents Scratching

Speaking of the beach, a quality iPhone 11 screen protector or case can also keep granules of sand from scratching the screen. And like we previously mentioned, this can eventually lead to a compromised glass screen. But you don't have to live near the bay or beach to scratch your phone. All it takes is a bit of dirt, debris or even a hard metal object in the bottom of a purse or backpack to scratch the screen. So do yourself a favor and get a screen protector. 

Adds Extra Grip and Texture

A screen protector or case can also add texture, preventing you from losing grip on the device in the first place. For example, Pela offers a Flaxstic plant-based phone case that features a rubber feel that is soft to the touch, allowing you to keep your grip on the phone, even when it’s wet and slippery.

The Best Screen Protector Options

The best combination is to choose both a screen protector and a phone case to protect your smartphone from cracks and scratches. Here are some recommendations for each: 

Liquid Screen Protectors

Aside from cases that wrap around the entire iPhone, there is one other alternative: a liquid screen protector. 

But just what is a liquid screen protector? Essentially, it’s a liquid that is poured over the glass screen of your phone, filling in all those undetectable scratches and microscopic pits that can eventually lead to a larger crack.

Able to take a hard fall, liquid screen protectors add an extra layer without altering the weight of your device or give it a bulkier feel. A liquid screen protector will also last a long time. And when it begins to look scratched and unpolished, you can simply reapply more liquid glass, saving you the hassle of removing a temporary screen cover and saving the environment from yet one more bit of plastic, too. 

When your old plastic screen protector layer has seen the last of its days, learn how to remove the screen protector and say so-long to single-use plastic. Instead, replace it with liquid glass.

View Our Guide on How to Remove a Screen Protector

Slim Phone Cases

Slim Phone Cases

As mentioned, the iPhone 11 is built rugged and able to take on some pretty hard knocks. However, it’s still able to break, especially if it drops directly on a corner edge. Hit the pavement just right and it can shatter the entire screen. So, in addition to a screen protector, it’s a good idea to protect the outer edges with a slim phone case. 

Pela phone cases are perfect for just that! And you’ll feel good knowing that when you eventually upgrade your phone, the case isn’t winding up in the landfill. Pela’s phone cases not only reduce plastic waste and consumption, but at the end of their life cycle, they are compostable.

Find the Perfect Screen Protector for Your iPhone 11 Today

So, while a screen protector may not be entirely necessary for your tougher iPhone 11 device, it’s still a wise idea to get one. Check out Pela’s liquid glass screen protector and our iPhone 11 phone cases today!