Apple Watch: How to Avoid and Remove Scratches on the Screen

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Apple Watch is a state-of-the-art device that has become a must-have for millions of people around the world. It is a daily companion that keeps us connected, informed, and entertained. Whether we are working out, going to work, or just running errands, the Apple Watch is always with us, providing us with the information and assistance we need.

Why is it important to protect your Apple Watch from scratches?

Daily use and handling can sometimes lead to problems like scratches on the case or screen, which not only affects its appearance but can also affect its functionality. Even though the screen is equipped with strong protection made of Sapphire, this does not guarantee that it will remain unscathed against the shocks and scratches of everyday life. For this reason, it is essential to take proper care of the Apple Watch and prevent scratches from occurring in the first place. And if they do occur, it is important to know how to remove them.

Whether you own the latest Apple Watch Ultra, the Apple Watch Series 8, or the Apple Watch SE, our tips will help you keep your smartwatch in pristine condition, so it can continue to serve you well for years to come.

In this article, we will take a look at how to avoid scratches on the Apple Watch screen. We will examine the reasons why the Apple Watch screen scratches easily, despite our best efforts to protect it. We will then provide tips on how to properly protect your Apple Watch from shocks and scratches, and finally, we will show you how to erase scratches on the screen if they occur.

How easily does the Apple Watch screen get scratched?

Despite being cautious with your Apple Watch, its screen can still easily get scratched due to various reasons such as brushing against a wall, accidentally hitting it against objects while walking, or dropping it while taking it off. It is especially important to keep it protected given the high cost of the Apple Watch itself, which is primarily used for outdoor activities, making it more susceptible to damage. No model, whether the Apple Watch Ultra, Series 8, or SE, is immune to scratches, which can range in depth and impact the watch's performance.

How to properly protect your Apple Watch?

Avoiding scratches on the Apple Watch is as simple as using an Apple Watch case and screen protector. However, due to the sheer amount of options on the market – which are, very often, very weak in terms of protection – it might be difficult to find one that’s the right balance between function and aesthetics. To solve this issue, RHINOSHIELD offers customizable and durable protective cases specifically designed for the Apple Watch. Not only do these cases help protect your watch from scratches with an elevated lip design, but they also add an extra layer of protection against drops, impacts, and everyday wear and tear.

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The cases are made of high-quality materials and are designed to perfectly fit your Apple Watch, so you don't have to worry about adding any bulk to your wrist. Featuring a modular design with a Frame and a Rim that come in a variety of colors, you can mix and match over 60+ color combos to find one that fits your personal style. Whichever Apple Watch model you own, RHINOSHIELD has a case and a screen protector that will help keep your watch looking like new, even after everyday use.

Tips and tricks that don’t actually work but you’ve read about a million times

Beware, some common tricks for removing scratches from your Apple Watch you have probably read in dozens of “how to fix Apple Watch scratches” blog articles may not be effective and may even cause further damage to the screen. Despite being widely recommended on the Internet, household items such as toothpaste, baking soda, talc, and others, cannot effectively remove or make a scratch on the glass screen of your Apple Watch invisible. It is important to exercise caution when using any products on your Apple Watch.

Apple Watch scratch removal methods that actually work

When it comes to fixing scratches on your Apple Watch, it is important to address the case and screen separately as they have different materials. The nature of stainless steel makes it susceptible to scratches over time, and the best way to avoid this is by using a protective case.

In the case of micro scratches on the glass screen, you can use cerium oxide (aka glass polishing powder) to restore it. To do so, create a paste by mixing 2 parts cerium oxide with 1 part warm water and apply it to the scratched areas by hand or with a cloth. Be careful not to block any holes or apply too much pressure, as it may cause new scratches.

Are scratches on the screen covered by the classic Apple Watch warranty?


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Unfortunately, the classic Apple Watch warranty does not cover cosmetic damage such as scratches on the screen, as this kind of damage does not interfere with the function of the smartwatch.

If you have subscribed to Apple Care+ for Apple Watch, you will have guarantees covering an unlimited number of incidents related to accidental damage, battery replacement, assistance, and Apple-certified repair.

However, if your Apple Watch is broken beyond repair due to accidental damage and you have subscribed to the Apple Care+ program, you can replace your Apple Watch or Apple Watch Nike for US$69*, and US$79* for Apple Watch Ultra, Apple Watch Edition, and Apple Watch Hermes. The warranty applies from the date of purchase of AppleCare+.

* Based on prices stated on the official Apple website at the time of publishing.

Conclusion: Prevention is better than cure

The tendency for the Apple Watch screen to scratch easily is a common issue faced by many Apple Watch owners, as the delicate nature of the watch combined with its frequent use in outdoor activities almost guarantees that scratches will happen during use. Being mindful of the watch and avoiding friction with other surfaces can help reduce the risk of damage, but this method and the tips we shared in this article can only do so much.

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This is why it is highly recommended to choose the right Apple Watch accessories in order to prevent damages in the first place so that you won’t need to resort to expensive repairs, replacements, or ineffective quick “fixes”, and actually extend its lifespan and maintain its functionality.