How to Get Rid of Air Bubbles in Phone Case?

by Alex Gustman

Updated: May 11, 2021

The silicone case is used to protect the smartphone’s body from mechanical impacts, such as falls or scratches. There are different types available on the market, including transparent or clear cases that do their job without covering finish on the back panel of your device. When you buy a flagship smartphone, the last thing you want is to cover it completely with an opaque silicone layer.

However, transparent covers often stick to the rear side of the devices, forming bubbles that destroy their premium look. Before looking into effective ways to reduce this effect, let us find out why exactly it happens in the first place.

Why the bubbles form?

Stretched silicone resembles a tempered glass surface. Liquid or oil of some sort acts as adhesive, letting the cover stick to the glossy finish. The effect is similar to the one happening during the protective glass mounting process. Apply the case and press with the finger to the center or rear panel. It will immediately stick, especially if the backside is made of glass – which is true for all modern smartphones supporting the quick charge.

Smartphone Skin Mock-up Isolated

Some manufacturers make microdots to avoid it from happening, which reduces the bubbles but can show all the grease creeping from the outside – which is even less premium-looking. Such cases are hard to clean up and still can mask the finish.

Ways to get rid air bubbles

There are several ways to get rid of air bubbles in phone case:

  • degrease phone case and phone back
  • wash phone case
  • Tighten the case
  • Use non-transparent covers

Now let’s see in details how to get rid of air bubbles in phone case.

Degrease it

To diminish the air bubbles, it is vital to remove all the oil and liquid from its surface. Follow these steps:

  • remove the phone from the cover,
  • thoroughly clean its rear side with alcohol wet wipes,
  • place it on a clean dry surface,
  • clean the inner of the case,
  • let the alcohol evaporate entirely,
  • carefully put the phone into the cover.

Wear fresh medical gloves to prevent finger oil from sticking to the surfaces during the process. Do not do it outside – avoid a dusty environment. Once the “adhesive” is removed, the cover should stop sticking. It might also help to wipe it up thoroughly with microfiber.

Soft transparent mobile case in a light wood table

Wash it

Soap works well for removing the oil and grease from our hands. It will do the same to the case, follow these steps:

  • take the phone out of the case,
  • add one drop of liquid soap to water,
  • immerse the cover into the substance,
  • after washing, rinse, and dry for several hours.

Use the soapy water to clean the rear side of the phone – only if you know for sure its body is water-resistant! Otherwise, use microfiber or alcohol wet wipes.

Degreased surfaces will not stick to each other that much. Repeat the process after a while, when the bubbles start forming again. It is worth noting that sometimes there are minor imperfections on the case causing the issue. In this case, washing or cleaning will not help.

Lift the corner

If the previous methods did not help remove air bubbles from the phone case, there is a straightforward solution. Follow the steps:

  • hold the phone firm,
  • take one corner of the case and start dragging it away from the device as if you are trying to remove the cover,
  • release it when the rear side unsticks.

You can repeat it as often as needed. The air bubbles will form again in a while, especially if the backside is firmly pressed against something.

Use non-transparent covers

Even though it will hide the premium look of your device, using opaque cases has its advantages. A lot of people hate glossy finishes and buy cases that imitate different materials, such as skin. This will ensure a firm grip and hide all the bubbles. If you are struggling to find the cover, read about the most common features here.

There is very little that one can do about the bubbles under the clear cases because glossy surfaces tend to stick to the stretched silicone. We can remove liquid and grease from the surfaces, but the bubbles will still be visible after a while. The best solution is to be careful and use the smartphone with no case at all or try different covers instead.


Do air bubbles go away on their own?

It’s not likely. If the air bubble is caused by dust or dirt, the dirt must be removed.

How do I get the oil slick off my lifeproof case?

Wipe the cover with an alcohol wipe.

Are air bubbles bad for your phone?

No, they aren’t. Many people just don’t pay any attention to them.

How do I get rid of air bubbles in my Lifeproof case?

Remove and clean the case, as well as the smartphone.

Why does my clear case have bubbles?

There may be debris or dirt on this area of your case.

How do you put a LifeProof case on an Iphone 11 without bubbles?

Clean and degrease the case and clean your phone before putting it on.

How do I clean my LifeProof case?

The best way is to use a screen cleaning kit. These kits are sold on

How do I get rid of the rainbow effect on my LifeProof case?

Degrease the cover by wiping it with an alcohol wipe. Try taking off the case, clean the phone case and the case.

Can you put a screen protector on a LifeProof case?

You can if you want to. But do you have to?

Can you leave a screen protector on with a LifeProof case?

Yes, if the protective coating does not interfere.

Do air bubbles eventually go away?

In some cases, yes.

Will air bubbles go away in vinyl?

No. It usually helps to remove the air by piercing it with a needle. This may leave tiny traces of holes. It is up to you to decide if it is worth it.

How long does it take for air bubbles to go away?

Every case is different. Maybe a day, maybe a month, maybe never.


Here we showed different ways how to get rid of air bubbles in a phone case. Try a method that suits you. Otherwise, you can use an opaque case for your phone.

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