Your iPhone likely goes everywhere with you, so understandably, it might pick up some dirt along the way. But wiping the screen with your sleeve isn’t going to cut it, especially considering that the average cell phone is ten times dirtier than most toilet seats! Ewww.
That said, you need to be careful. For example, harsh cleaning products might get your iPhone clean, but you also risk damaging it.
Keep reading to learn how to clean your iPhone the right way!
1. Turn Your iPhone off First
As hard as it might be for those who like to stay connected 24/7, switching your device off before you begin makes it easier to complete iPhone maintenance tasks like cleaning.
With your cell turned off, there’s no chance of selecting anything by accident while you’re wiping away dirt and grime.
2. Never Submerge It in Water
New iPhone models might be water-resistant, but this isn’t the same as waterproof.
Your iPhone’s internals can still become damaged if exposed to water. If this happens, the “liquid detected in lightning connector” message will likely appear, although you can look here for tips on what to do.
With this in mind, never submerge your iPhone in water or rinse it under the faucet.
3. Clean Your Case Separately
Before you begin on your phone, remove the case so you can clean it separately. The case is far more resistant to damage than your phone, plus it’s likely even dirtier.
If there are any, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your case. If not, use warm soapy water and a microfiber cloth to remove any dirt and stains, paying close attention to the openings where grime can build up.
4. Wipe the Screen With Care
The screen is the most delicate part of your iPhone, so you’ll have to be extra careful when cleaning it. Moreover, Apple applies an oleophobic coating to iPhone screens to repel finger grease.
To preserve this coating, you should only ever use a lint-free cloth dabbed in tap water to wipe your iPhone screen clean.
5. Don’t Forget the Openings
Lint, fluff, and bits of dirt can become lodged in your iPhone’s charging port, while the speaker and microphone holes are magnets for grime.
To clean out the charging port, use the SIM slot key that came with your device. Put the pin in the hole, scrape and wipe, then repeat until the end of the SIM key comes out clean.
As for cleaning the speaker and microphone holes, a dry, super-soft toothbrush is the best tool. Light scrubbing is usually enough to loosen any dirt here, so take care not to apply too much force.
Now You Know How to Keep Your iPhone Clean
Keeping your iPhone clean should be a priority, especially now that you know just how dirty your cell phone can get!
And, as these iPhone cleaning tips show, it’s a relatively simple process that shouldn’t take more than a few minutes every week.
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