How to properly clean your phone


Before you start cleaning your phone, it is important to get prepared. Make sure that you have the proper cleansers, cloths, and other materials ready to go. If you have a case or other protective covering on your phone, make sure to remove that before beginning the cleaning process. Additionally, make sure the phone is powered off. Now you can begin the cleaning process.

Gather the necessary cleaning supplies

Once you have gathered the necessary cleaning supplies, it’s time to clean your phone. You will need the following items:

  • A soft lint-free cloth, such as an eyeglass lens cloth or microfiber cloth;
  • Isopropyl alcohol and/or special phone cleaning solutions;
  • Cotton swabs;
  • Canned air or vacuum cleaner attachments.

Do not use paper products, such as paper towels or tissue paper, which can scratch the screen. Additionally, never spray directly onto the screen – always spray onto the cloth first!

If using isopropyl alcohol and/or special phone cleaning solutions, be sure to dilute them with a 50:50 mix of alcohol and water (or follow directions provided on your solution’s label) as concentrated solutions may damage your phone’s surface. Make sure that all supplies are clean before use.

Turn off the phone

Before you begin cleaning your phone, make sure to turn it off completely. This will help reduce the chance of causing any damage to the internal components of your device. To do this, press and hold down the power button until you see the device turn off on its own. Once it is off, remove any removable components, such as the battery or SIM card if applicable.

It’s also important that you unplug any external power sources or accessories connected to your phone. Removing these will help reduce the chance of an electrical surge while you are cleaning.

Now that your phone is properly shut down and disconnected from any external power sources, you’re ready to move on to cleaning it! Be sure to never use harsh chemicals like bleach or abrasives on your phone; these can cause irreparable damage. Instead, use a microfiber cloth dampened with warm water together with a mild liquid soap for dirtier areas of the phone’s exterior surface. Gently wipe away any excess residue afterward using clean water and allow ample time for the device to dry before powering it back on again.

Exterior Cleaning

Cleaning the exterior of your phone is important if you want your phone to look like new. Properly cleaning your phone on the outside can help it stay in good condition and help to keep it functioning. This article will provide tips and tricks on how to best clean the exterior of your phone.

Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the exterior

When cleaning your phone’s exterior, it’s important to use the right product. Because phones typically have so many small crevices that are difficult to reach with a traditional cloth, use a microfiber cloth for the best dirt and dust removal. Microfiber cloths don’t leave behind streaks or lint, and they’re also safe for all surfaces because they don’t contain chemicals.

To begin cleaning, lightly dampen the microfiber cloth with water and gently wipe down the exterior of your phone. Avoid using any harsh cleaning solutions or solvents as they could damage your phone’s surface. For particularly tough spots, you can use a solution of one part white vinegar to four parts water on your dampened microfiber cloth. This will help cut through dirt and grime without causing damage to your device.

When done, dry off any remaining moisture with either a fresh microfiber cloth or a lint-free disposable paper towel. If you used vinegar in the solution, it’s also important to follow up with a second cheesecloth dipped in plain water to remove any remaining vinegar from the surface of your device. Doing this will prevent possible corrosion from occurring on metal pieces such as plugs and buttons down the line.

Use a mild soap and water solution to clean the exterior

When cleaning the exterior of your phone, it’s best to use a mild soap and water solution. Gently dampen a soft cloth and ring out any excess water or solution before wiping the exterior of your phone. Avoid immersing your phone in any cleaning liquid or solution. If your phone becomes very dirty, you can use a slightly diluted isopropyl alcohol (IPA) cleaning solution to help remove stubborn dirt or stains. To prepare the IPA solution, mix 1 part of 99 percent pure isopropyl alcohol with 1 part distilled water.

Also, be sure not to use stiff bristled brushes or other abrasive items for cleaning the exterior of your phone as this can cause scratches and damage to the surface finish or coating. To help prevent dust buildup on your phone’s surface, gently wipe down with a microfiber cloth periodically throughout the day.

Dry the exterior with a clean microfiber cloth

For general cleaning, start with a clean microfiber cloth. Using circular motions, gently wipe the exterior of your device to remove dirt, dust, and oil. Make sure to focus on the edges, crevices and corners of the phone to remove residue buildup. Microfiber cloths are ideal because they pick up oil with ease and leaves no fibers behind that could stick in hard-to-reach areas such as headphone jacks and charging ports.

Be sure to dry your phone completely after using a cloth before using any other cleaning products or liquids. In addition, wiping your phone away from you will reduce the chance that any dirt or dust caught in the fibers could end up on your device when wiping in the opposite direction.

If you’re still finding smudges or fingerprints after a thorough dry clean with a microfiber cloth, it’s time to move on to more powerful cleaning techniques such as:

  • Damp cloths
  • Screen cleaners specifically designed for smartphones and tablets.

Interior Cleaning

Interior cleaning of your phone should be done by using a soft cloth and mild soap-and-water solution. This is the most effective way to clean away any dust or debris that may have accumulated inside, such as USB ports or headphone jacks. Always remember to dry the cloth off before using it to clean your phone, and to apply gentle pressure when moving the cloth around the phone to avoid damaging any of the components.

Let’s dive into the specifics of how to do an interior clean of your phone the right way:

Use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to clean the charging port

Cleaning the charging port of your mobile phone is essential to ensure that it is working properly. Dirt, dust and other debris can become lodged in this small space, leading to glitches in your charging cable connection.

To clean the charging port of your device, make sure that it is powered off and unplugged from any power source. Then use a lint free cotton swab gently dipped in rubbing alcohol to absorb any dirt and grime on the port itself or around the surrounding area. Once you’re done cleaning off the dirt or dust particles using light pressure and circular motions, wait a few seconds for the alcohol to evaporate before plugging in your phone charger again.

Anytime you are cleaning your phone, be sure to use caution as electronic devices can easily be damaged by liquids or excessive force. Use only non-abrasive cloths or swabs designed specifically for device cleaning as these will not scratch plastic surfaces. It’s also important to never submerge an electronic device under water when attempting to clean it.

Use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to clean the headphone jack

Cleaning the headphone jack with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol is an effective method for removing dust, debris and dirt that can accumulate over time. It is a safe, low-cost solution that does not require any specialized tools or products.

Begin by inserting the cotton swab into the headphone port. Gently rotate it around to loosen and remove any dirt or dust particles from the area. Do not use a metal or other hard object as this could damage or scratch the jack. Once loosened, use another clean dry cotton swab to absorb the loosened remnants from inside of the port.

For more persistent grime, make a solution of rubbing alcohol and water – equal parts of each should suffice. Soak a different clean cotton swab with this mixture and place into the port for about one minute to allow it to take effect. Rotate it again gently using another dry cotton swab to absorb any residue left behind after cleaning with water/alcohol mixture. Repeat these steps if necessary until you’re satisfied with results – typically twice should be sufficient but you may need to repeat more times as needed.

Use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to clean the SIM card slot

Using a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol is an effective way to clean the SIM card slot as well as other sections inside your phone with small openings or crevices. By using this method, you can effectively reach into nooks and crannies that are otherwise unreachable with a cloth.

To start, ensure you have rubbing alcohol or some other isopropyl-based solution on hand. Dip the end of the cotton swab into the liquid and wring out any excess. Using small circular motions, carefully scrape the swab’s edge along the edges of the SIM slot to remove any dust or debris. Be sure to avoid forcing it too deep in order to prevent damaging fragile internal components.

When done, use a dry section of cotton cloth to dab away any remaining moisture from inside and around your SIM slot. This will help prevent issues such as water damage or corrosion caused by over-saturation. Finally, finish off by replacing your battery and/or reassembling any removable compartments before turning your device on for use again. Following these steps will effectively clean your handset without causing any harm or damage to its delicate interior components.

Final Steps

Once you have gone through all the necessary steps to clean your phone, including wiping it down and removing any dust, there are some final steps you can take to make sure that your phone is properly clean. These steps will help to make sure that all the dirt and grime on your phone is truly gone, and that it looks as good as new.

Let’s take a look at these steps:

Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the exterior

Using a microfiber cloth is an easy, effective method for cleaning your phone. To clean the exterior of the phone, start with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth and slowly wipe down the front and back of your phone. Try to avoid getting moisture into any areas around buttons, charging ports or headphone jacks. Working in smooth sections will help you control where the moisture is going.

Once you’ve wiped down the exterior of your phone, take a dry portion of the cloth and pat off any remaining moisture. This should prevent any liquid from getting inside or on other components of your device.

You should also use a soft brush to get rid of dust from open spaces such as vents and ports on computers and other devices with exposed components. When using brush cleaners, try not to press too hard as this may cause damage to delicate components such as fans or lenses on cameras.

Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the interior

Before using the dry microfiber cloth, make sure to shake off any dust and dirt. Gently wipe the inside of your phone, ensuring you are cleaning each corner and crevice. Microfiber cloths are soft enough not to harm the delicate electronics inside and should be used to carefully wipe away smudges, grime and residue. Use caution when wiping near cords, as pulling or pushing them too hard can damage them.

If desired, use a cotton swab to clean tight or hard-to-reach areas. After you have wiped down the interior of your phone, use your microfiber cloth one more time to give it a good once-over. This will help ensure all residue has been removed before you move on to the next step in the cleaning process.

Turn on the phone and test all functions

Once you have properly cleaned your phone, it is time to turn it back on. First, turn off the device by pressing and holding the power button until the screen turns off. Then wait a few seconds before turning it back on as normal.

When turning your phone back on, be sure that all functions are working properly and that no buttons or switches are stuck or non-responsive. Check your keypad and buttons to make sure everything is still working properly, then try using some of your favorite apps or programs to check if everything is running smoothly. If you notice any problems, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer for troubleshooting help or a replacement phone.