Clean Your iPhone or iPad

Every week or so, take a few minutes to clean your iPhone or iPad. If you delete your temporary photos it will save you space for your 'keeper' pics in the Cloud. Then turn that baby off (power it down completely) and get to work.


You'll need a needle or pair of pointed tweezers, a microfiber or lint-free cloth, and a small brush (like a toothbrush, but not yours), or possibly a can of compressed air. You'll also need to take your phone out of the case.

Double check that your iPhone is powered down. Use the needle or pointed tweezers to clean the lint and debris out of the charging port. I can't tell you how many times people swear there's nothing in their charging port, only to have the tech pull out enough lint to stuff a throw pillow. If your phone isn't charging, this is the most likely culprit; yes, even more likely than that sparking charging cord you bought at the dollar store.

Sweep that tiny brush across the sides and the speakers a few times. You aren't trying to get under the gum line, here, just brush away the dirt. Some phones don't need this, but for the purposes of these instructions, I'm assuming everyone works in a coal mine.

Some people forgo all of the above steps (except the powering down) and use a can of air to blast everything out, which also works, but shouldn’t be in over-exuberant hands.

No flossing required!

No flossing required!

Last of all, use the cloth, LIGHTLY dampened, to wipe off your phone or iPad. You know how you use a damp sponge to wipe off your counter? Not that damp, just damp enough to not be dry. Now that you've gone to all the effort of backing everything up and cleaning, there's no reason to cause water damage.

As a final note, some people want to use rubbing alcohol to clean their screen. We heartily advise against this, since it will destroy the oleophobic coating. Even if your iPhone is a few years old and the layer has worn off, most people don’t have high-grade alcohol and would be happier if they got a good-quality screen protector with an oleophobic coating on it. 

Use these tips with sound judgment and at your own risk.

P.S. While you have it off, clean the case, as well!

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