PSA: Don’t peel off the protective cover on your OLED Switch’s glass screen

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Nintendo’s new console comes with an adhesive cover

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If you own a Nintendo Switch OLED console, make sure you don’t try to peel off the integrated screen protector on your new device.

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While the OLED Switch’s display is technically made of glass, you’ll never actually be in direct contact with it. That’s because Nintendo affixed an “anti-scattering adhesive film” to the front of the display for added protection. In addition to helping protect against scratches, anti-scattering films are commonly used to prevent glass from breaking into sharp pieces in the event of damage.

The original Switch and Switch Lite didn’t have that concern, considering they both had plastic displays, but it’s a helpful addition to make sure the glass display doesn’t cause problems if you do manage to break it. .

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Odds are, you won’t even know it’s there (as my colleague Andrew Webster noted in his review, it’s nearly impossible to see). But Nintendo very explicitly recommends that you don’t remove it: “Do not peel the anti-scattering adhesive film off the OLED screen of the console,” warns the company in the OLED Switch’s manual.

Non-removable screen covers are nothing new in tech: The Galaxy Fold notably boasts a screen layer that saw Kind of like a cover but was actually an important part of the display, and Samsung has been pre-installing screen protectors on its main line of Galaxy S smartphones since 2019.

Nintendo has confirmed ledge Even anti-scattering film won’t cause problems with screen protectors if you want to add an extra layer of protection on top of the pre-applied film. the company actually sells it $20. Own First-party Screen Protector for OLED Switch, which also includes a carrying case and a protector for a regular Switch.

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