5 Best Mat­te Screen Pro­tec­tor for the iPad Pro

Namrata Gogoi

Screen protectors on your iPad Pro solve two purposes. Firstly, they prevent any untoward scratches and cracks on your iPad's display. Secondly, the matte film recreates the paper-like feel, making it easier to draw and sketch. At the same time, some of these screen protectors help diffuse light, thereby making it easier on your eyes.

Best Matte Screen Protector for the i Pad Pro

Like a screen protector on phones, these matte screen films are also easy to install on your iPad Pro. They cover the surface from the edges so that even if you accidentally drop the tablet, they will do the job of absorbing the brunt.

So if you are a budding artist who wants to recreate the feel of paper on their iPad, here are the best matte screen protectors for the iPad Pro. But before that,

1. Paperlike for iPad Pro

  • Size: 12.9 iPad Pro
Paperlike for iPad Pro

The Paperlike screen protector not only brings a textured and matte screen but also manages to protect the display from scratches and scuff marks. In addition, the films have just the right amount of texture to replicate the authentic feel of writing or drawing on paper. And no, we are not kidding.

While installing the screen protector is a straightforward process, you'll have to ensure that your room is free from dust particles. That said, Paperlike also has a helpful YouTube video for the same.

The matte texture also cuts the glare of lights. At the same time, you'll also see a fine grainy surface on display. This is true of your iPad didn't have any screen protectors previously. The company ships two sets of protectors, and so far, they have been well appreciated by its user base for the authentic paper-like feel.

But at the end of the day, Paperlike screen protectors are expensive and a set of two costs around $40. However, if you want the best experience, then these films would be the best pick.

2. Elecom iPad Pro Screen Protector

  • Size: 12.9 iPad Pro
Elecom iPad Pro Screen Protector

If drawing or sketching isn't a priority for you, you can check out the screen protector from Elecom. These films do a pretty good job of diffusing the light, thereby making it easy to read anything off the screen. Plus, this film barely affects the screen's sharpness and brightness. So even if you use your iPad to watch movies or TV shows from time to time, it's completely doable.

When it comes to writing or drawing, it offers a good paper-like feel. But more importantly, it protects the screen from micro-scratches and effects of day-to-day use, especially if you do not have a flip cover.

However, installing it can be challenging since the screen can be difficult to align. That said, if you are patient enough, you will get a good bargain for the price, compared to the one above.

3. Zoegaa Paper Screen Protector

  • Size: 12.9-inch iPad Pro
Zoegaa Paper Screen Protector

If you want to save your money, you can look at the screen protector from Zoegaa. These also come in a pack of two and gives off an 'almost' paper-like feeling. Moreover, the matte surface helps to reduce glare and ugly fingerprint smudges. And both these features prove to be useful even if you use your iPad to take notes.

Though it's quite popular for its functionality, the Zoegaa paper screen protector has a limitation. Quite a few users have reported the film to be a little hard to use with a case.

Moreover, the installation process has drawn in a mixed bag of reviews since the film develops bubbles underneath, especially if the room has plenty of suspended dust particles.

4. Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector

  • Size: 12.9-inch iPad Pro
Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector

The Xiron paper-feel screen protector offers a good bargain for the price. These screen protectors come with guiding stickers which makes it a tad easy to install the screen. It's quite popular on Amazon primarily because they are affordable and offer a good paper-like feel, both for writing and drawing.

Despite the low pricing, this screen protector doesn't affect the screen's sensitivity or the sensitivity of the Apple Pencil. Although some users have voiced that the surface might wear the tip of the Apple Pencil sooner.

Nonetheless, writing or sketching on this screen is a breeze. Moreover, it fits the 12.9-inch screen of the iPad to the T. However, do note that you get a single screen here.

5. iCarez Anti-Glare Matte Screen Protector

  • Size: 11-inch iPad Pro
iCarez Anti-Glare Matte Screen Protector

Another pick for a matte screen protector for your Apple iPad is the one by iCarez. It costs less than $10 and has an easy installation feature. Like most matte protectors, it has a grainy screen and is anti-glare. However, some users have reported the sharpness of their screen dropping a little.

Other than that, it works great. However, if you are a pro user, the grainy texture will go smooth sooner, and you may have to hunt for a replacement soon. Plus, if you write a lot on your iPad, the odds are that the grainy surface will wear out the Apple Pencil sooner. On the upside, the pencil glides smoothly and naturally across the surface.

Last but not least, the company ships two protectors.

Cut Off the Glare

If this is your first time applying a screen protector, you might want to do it in a dust-free room, as dust and lint in the air tend to leave an ugly bubble on the underside of the screen protector.

While matte screen protectors bring in a good set of features, they can make it a little difficult to play games.


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.