How to Choose a Stylus That Works With Screen Protectors

Keeping your phone or tablet protected from dents or scratches is a very important part of preserving your tech for years to come. Well-protected screens have the ability to look brand new after months or even years of use if you know how to take care of them 

Finding a stylus pen that works with a screen protector can add another layer of protection to your device. You shoudn’t feel pressured to chose screen protection or use of a stylus. Here are a few tips for choosing a stylus that works with screen protectors:

Research Stylus Companies

Do your reseach of different companies available to you to find the best fit for your phone or tablet. Some stylus are more compatible with selective phone or tablet generations. 

If you are stull feeling lost, you can visit your local tech store to get help from the pros. This option is free and can give you a place to start.

Read Negative and Positive Reviews

When choosing a stylus, you can find reviews on the company website or a quick internet search. Take perspectives from both negative and positive reviewers. If you can, find articles, videos, or blong posts about the product. What works for someone else might not work for your tablet or your stylus purpose. So think carefully with each review.

Ask yourself: Why do I need this stylus? Does this review have extremely negative or positive viewpoints? Does this person use this product frequently or was it just purchased fort his review?

Be aware that sometimes some reviews or articles are sponsored and might not be the most transparent. Trust your intuition as you research a few options to find the best quality and price for you. Take your time and narrow your options as you research more brands, types, and price ranges. 

Choose Between a Capacitive or Active Stylus 

A capacitive stylus is best if you are scrolling on your phone or writing down notes for school. Capacitive styluses work well with screen protectors because they do not rely on touch sensitivity. A captive stylus works by conducting an electrical charge from your finger to the screen.

Think of a captive stylus as an extension of your fingertips. It’s smaller and more precise than our often clumsy human hands.  This stylus is helpful to write class notes on your tablet.

An active stylus has a pen nib and is high-tech. It has sensors that can allow you to rest your hand on the screen without creating any unnecessary marks on your notes or drawings. An active stylus has more pressure sensitivity features. Drawing is easier because you can create thicker or thinner lines.

Use a Quality Screen Protector

The kind of screen protector you own can influence the accuracy and speed of the stylus you wish to use. To ensure that your phone or tablet has a proper screen protector, you can purchase a protector from an electronics store and get it properly put on your tech if that service is available to you

There are two main protectors you can choose from: Glass screen protectors or plastic screen protectors. Glass screen protectors typically last a longer. These protectors also make your screen look crystal clear. Chose a stylus that works well with the protector you currently use or that you wish to buy.

In contrast, a plastic screen protector can hold a thinner barrier from your stylus to your screen. For the best results, purchase a company from a reputable company instead of a third-party seller.

Choose and Replace your Nib Wisely

When you open your new stylus out of its perfect plastic case from the store, it looks beautiful. As you use it, the nib that rouches your screen can wear down. Keep an eye (or feel) on how your touch stylus reacts over time. A nib with a good amount of pressure can help so much when it comes to using a stylus and a screen protector.

Sometimes where there are issues with pressure sensitivity that have never occurred before, you might be able to save your wallet by replacing a nib. Sometimes your stylus may come with a few extras. Another thing you can do is purchase a stylus that has extras so you can rotate their use. It prevents faster wearing and tearing. 

Check the Settings on your Phone or Tablet

If you find yourself having current issues with your stylus not working on a screen protector, a hack you can do is adjust the touch sensibility on your tablet or phone. These settings can sometimes be found under the accessibility tab in settings. 

You can heighten the touch sensitivity if the screen isn’t picking up on the stylus, or tone it down if the side of your hand is making unnecessary doodles or scrolling action. Sometimes it’s a fix as simple as getting a getting the latest software updates, or it could be as complicated and needing to replace the stylus or screen protector


If you are looking to purchase a stylus that works with a screen protector, think about what activities you want to do with your stylus. What’s the purpose of your stylus? Then research the right stylus. There are hundreds of options to choose from. Research your top choices and compare their tech specs and capabilities. If you need some help, visit your local electronics store. Choose a high quality screen protector and if you can, have it installed by a pro. A low quality protector can create touch sensitivity issues that can cause the best stylus to not work.