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The best iPad screen protector in 2022: keep your Apple tablet free from scratches

best iPad screen protector: Sparin screen protector
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The best iPad screen protector doesn't cost a lot, but it will help protect your iPad. And let's be honest: that will cost a huge amount to repair or replace. 

So it's daft that we all don't have one, given how easy it is to drop, scratch or otherwise damage an iPad. 

Be warned, though: not all iPad screen protectors are not equal. They vary, for example, in the material used to make them. Tempered glass screen protectors are generally more expensive, but provide better protection and are easier to clean than plastic ones.

You also need to think about size. Do you want your screen protector to cover the whole of your device, or just the screen? And is it important to you whether it covers the camera? (This won't normally reduce the quality of your images, but it may bother you aesthetically one way or the other.)

In this article, we've brought together the best iPad screen protectors for a range of devices, and to suit a variety of budgets. We've also given you some key facts and figures to help you choose between them.

• Also read: iPad generations - which Apple tablet is best for me?

Best iPad screen protectors in 2022

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1. amFilm Glass Screen Protector

The best iPad screen protector for iPad Pro (12.9 inch)

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass
Thickness: 0.33mm
Screen size: 12.9 inches
iPad compatibility: iPad Pro 12.9 (2021, 2020, 2018)

Reasons to buy

+
Fits around the front camera
+
Quality glass
+
Added extras

Reasons to avoid

-
Not for pre-2018 versions

Got a 12.9-inch iPad Pro? Then here’s the best iPad screen protector for your needs. It’s shaped to fit around the selfie camera, so Face ID still works fine. Its premium grade tempered glass is scratch-proof, resilient, crystal clear, and highly durable. It's compatible with the Apple Pencil. Plus it has an oleophobic coating that reduces fingerprints and smudges. 

It's great value, too: the package includes two screen protectors, along with dust removal stickers, wet and dry wipes, and a squeegee to help remove bubbles. Note, however, that while it's compatible with the iPad Pro 2021, 2020 and 2018 versions, it's not with previous versions.

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2. Ailun Screen Protector

The best iPad screen protector for iPad Mini

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass
Thickness: 0.33mm
Screen size: 7.9 inches
iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini

Reasons to buy

+
Optimised for iPad Mini
+
Great value
+
Smudge resistant

Reasons to avoid

-
A little fiddly to apply

There aren’t that many protectors for the iPad Mini, but there are some good ones about, and here’s our favourite. Specially designed for Apple iPad Mini 4 and Mini 5, it fits the screen perfectly. It’s made from 9H tempered glass for great scratch and drop resistance. 

Its oleophobic coating works to prevent smudges and fingerprints, and you can use it with a stylus too. The package includes two guide stickers, one wet wipe and one dry wipe, and a dust absorber. Overall, then, this iPad screen protector is excellent value for money.

(Image credit: Sparin)

3. Sparin Tempered Glass Screen Protector

The best iPad screen protector for 10.2 inch and 10.5 iPads

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass
Thickness: 0.3mm
Screen size: 10.5 inches
iPad compatibility: iPad 9th Generation (2021/2020/2019, 10.2 inch), iPad Air 10.5 (2019), iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)

Reasons to buy

+
High sensitivity
+
Attaches easily

Reasons to avoid

-
No camera cut-out
-
Doesn't support 2nd gen Apple Pencil

If you have a 10.2 inch or 10.5 inch iPad, then here’s the screen protector we’d recommend. Coming in a pack of three, this tempered glass protector is just 0.3mm for extra sensitivity. And the air-exhausting adhesive makes it screen attach to your screen smoothly and easily. 

Note that this design does not include a cutout for the front camera, but that shouldn’t affect its performance as long as you keep the area clean. Also be aware that it's compatible with the 1st generation Apple Pencil but not the 2nd.

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4. Olixar Screen Protector

The best cheap iPad screen protector

Specifications

Materials: Thermoplastic Polyurethane
Thickness: 0.33mm
Screen size: Various
iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad

Reasons to buy

+
Great value
+
Added extras
+
Smudge protection

Reasons to avoid

-
Not made of glass

If you’re on a tight budget, this iPad screen protector offers excellent value for money. Available in a range of sizes and for a variety of devices, it’s made of thermoplastic polyurethane. That might not be as strong as tempered glass, but it still does a good job of protecting your iPad from scratching and damage from drops and bumps. 

You also get an oleophobic dirt and grease resistant coating for anti-fingerprint marks, and the kit comes with a cleaning cloth, dust removal sticker, and wet wipe for easy application.

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5. Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit

The best iPad screen protector for easy fitting

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass
Thickness: 0.2mm
Screen size: various sizes
iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini

Reasons to buy

+
Installation tray
+
Clear instructions
+
Only 0.2mm thick

Reasons to avoid

-
Application still requires effort

If the idea of fixing an iPad screen protector to your screen is stressing you out, then the Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit is designed especially for you. It comes with a special installation tray that makes it easy to fit in three steps. Simply remove the protective film, fit the tray face-down on to the tablet and press to activate the adhesive onto screen. Job done! Made of 9H tempered glass, this iPad screen protector is also the second thinnest on our list, at just 0.2mm. 

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6. Belkin Screenforce True Privacy

The best iPad screen protector for privacy

Specifications

Materials: Plastic
Thickness: 0.29mm
Screen size: 11 inches, 12.9 inches, 13 inches
iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad

Reasons to buy

+
Stop people seeing your screen
+
Easy to reverse
+
Removable when not needed

Reasons to avoid

-
Pointless if you have nothing to hide

Worried about the idea of people looking over your shoulder and seeing what’s on your screen? Then this iPad screen protector will help you chill out. 

That’s because it uses louver technology to blocks the transmission of light when you’re using your iPad in landscape mode, starting at a 30° viewing angle.  So anyone not looking directly at your screen won’t see a thing. Want to show people your screen? Just switch it to portrait mode.

What’s more, this iPad screen protector is removable and reusable, allowing you to go private only when you want to. There’s a panel for storing it when not in use. It’s also anti-glare, ultra-thin at just 0.29mm, and compatible with the Apple Pencil.

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7. Paperlike

The best iPad screen protector for the Apple Pencil

Specifications

Materials: Polyethylene Terephthalate
Thickness: 0.12mm
Screen size: 9.7, 10.2, 10.5, 11, 12.9 inches

Reasons to buy

+
Making drawing more natural
+
Accurate stroke reflection
+
Optimised for Apple Pencil

Reasons to avoid

-
Thinness means less protection

Do a lot of drawing on your iPad, with an Apple Pencil? Then you'll need an iPad screen protector that will support that experience, and here's our top recommendation. 

Paperlike has been designed specifically to improve precision and detail when drawing, writing, and painting on you iPad. By adding friction and resistance to your iPad's glass, Paperlike delivers a paper-like feel that's perfect for artistic pursuits. 

Paperlike is designed for Apple Pencil 1 and 2 and can be with other stylus pens as well. At just 0.12mm, it's thin enough to ensure that stroke recognition is always accurate, and it uses Nanodots technology to prevent glare too. 

Hand drawing on iPad, over ESR Screen protector

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8. ESR Paper-Feel

The best cheap iPad screen protector with a paper feel

Specifications

Materials: Polyethylene Terephthalate
Thickness: 0.13mm
Screen size: 10.5 inches
iPad compatibility: iPad 9th Gen (2021)/iPad 8th Gen 10.2 (2020)/7th Gen (2019)/Air 3 (2019)/Pro 10.5 (2017)

Reasons to buy

+
Paper-like feel
+
Nice and thin
+
Affordable price

Reasons to avoid

-
Only fits 10.5 inch screens

Want an iPad screen protector for drawing, but don't have the budget to stretch to the Paperlike option (number 7 on our list)? Then if you have a Mac with a 10.5 inch screen, we recommend Paperlike, which isn't quite as good, but still does a good job of making you feel like you're working on real paper, at a more affordable price. At just 0.13mm thin, it's  nice and responsive, while the matte surface helps prevent fingerprints and reduces glare from both artificial and natural light. 

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9. JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector

Great value iPad screen protector in various sizes

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass
Thickness: 0.33mm
Screen size: Various
iPad compatibility: Various

Reasons to buy

+
Good all-rounder
+
Excellent value
+
Range of sizes

Reasons to avoid

-
Doesn't excel at one thing

This screen protector from JETech is another great combination of quality and value. While it doesn’t excel at any one thing, it ticks an awful lot of boxes for not much money. It’s available for a wide range of iPads. It’s made from 9H tempered glass, providing good protection for your screen. The instructions for applying it are easy to follow. And you get a cleaning cloth, dust removal stick and guide stick in the package too. 

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Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.