Quick Tip: The Nintendo Switch Screen Is Plastic, so Buy a Screen Protector

A photo of the Switch Lite.
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There’s a good chance that you or a family member bought a Switch to cope with the desolate purgatory of self-isolation. We’re happy for you, and we hope that you’re enjoying Animal Crossing, but we need to fill you in on a little secret. The Nintendo Switch has a crappy plastic screen that’s very easy to scratch.

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Maybe “crappy” isn’t the right word. Plastic screens are shatter-proof, which makes them safe for kids and cheap to manufacture. But they’re also scratch magnets. Objects that are harder than your fingernail, like keys, gravel, coins, or the Nintendo Switch Dock, can scratch the Switch’s screen without much force or pressure. The solution? Buy a screen protector.

I know, you aren’t the kind of person who throws keys and rocks on game consoles, and your Switch Lite doesn’t even work with a dock. But the Switch is a $200 to $300 investment, and a simple screen protector will ensure that you don’t end up with a nasty, scratchy screen. Don’t worry, you won’t even notice that it’s there. I recently forgot that I had a screen protector on my Switch and ordered another one on Amazon. That’s how crystal-clear they look.

If you’re ready to spend a few bucks on a screen protector, then we suggest finding one that’s made of tempered glass. amFilm is a pretty stellar brand, and its Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite screen protectors sell for under $10. These screen protectors last longer and provide more protection than plastic alternatives, and they won’t give your Switch a weird matte finish.

Protect Your Switch's Plastic Screen

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch 2017 (2-Pack)

amFilm's affordable tempered glass screen protector won't get in the way of your games, but it will keep your Switch from becoming a nasty, scratchy mess.

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