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I put it down face up most of the time. The screen is slightly recessed from the surrounding body of my phone, so I don't think it touches when placed face down though. Which is good, because I do place it face down on occasions, such as when I am home and want to be sure to hear the ring, or once in a while when I'm playing music using the built in speaker. The placement of that speaker pretty much dictates that it be face down if you want to hear it very well. I do have some concerns about the screen getting scratched when it is face down, although honestly I haven't seen any problems from it on my Android.