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Cleaning your iPhone every day keeps Apple Care away: Tips on how to clean iPhones

This article explains how to clean iPhone charging ports, screens, cases and other parts along with some tips on daily and weekly maintenance.

Is there anything we touch more throughout the day than our phones? The amount of grime and bacteria that builds up on your phone is quite staggering, and to keep an expensive piece of equipment like an iPhone opening apps and screening your calls and messages for as long as possible, some regular maintenance is a good idea. In this article we go through the basics of how to clean iPhone charging ports, screens and cases, along with daily and weekly checklists to follow to keep your beloved phone in great condition.


Cleaning the different sections of an iPhone

iPhones are complex little things involving a few different parts so it’s important to adopt a different cleaning method depending on which you’re working on. We’ve listed specific ways to clean iPhone charging ports below, but what about the screen and backing? Apple recommends cleaning these as soon as anything comes into contact with the surfaces, be that dirt, sand, lotions or even make-up.

To do so, unplug all cables and turn your phone off. Wipe it gently with a soft cloth that is slightly damp. A microfibre cloth that you use to clean your eyeglasses would work well. Apple specifically advises not to use harsh cleaning products or anything that adds too much moisture to the phone, as these could seep inside and cause damage.


How to clean an iPhone charging point

It’s important to clean an iPhone charging port regularly as this is one of the most vulnerable points of an iPhone for attracting dirt. If you look online, you’ll find a few different options for how to do this, including the use of compressed air and a tooth pick. The problem with both of these options is that Apple advises against it so trying them could invalidate your warranty. Instead, try gently shaking dust out or blowing into the port if you can see a particle that needs to come out. If in doubt, however, always seek advice from the experts.


How to clean iPhones: a daily checklist

  • Give your iPhone a quick dusting down to prevent the build-up of grime.
  • Remove any stains or marks that occur as soon and as gently as you can.
  • Be sure to store your iPhone in a place where it won’t get dirty or wet.
  • Keep an eye on charging cables. Avoid bending them and shake gently to remove dirt inside the connecting port.


How to clean iPhones: a weekly checklist

  • Once a week, follow the guidelines above to give your phone a thorough clean and avoid the build up of grease of grime.
  • Pay particular attention to how to clean charging ports and other parts that are especially at risk.
  • Inspect the casing and screen for any cracks. Make sure to deal with these asap as if left that can create a portal for moisture or bacteria to get inside your phone and cause havoc.

iPhones are precious little things that we rely on for so much of our lives. Show them a little bit of love by going through quick daily and weekly cleaning sessions. Getting into this habit will help you clean your trusty phone ready for whatever life throws at you. Just try not to drop your phone in the loo!


Key steps

  1. Wipe the case and screen with a soft, clean and lint-free cloth.
  2. Be sure to avoid any moisture getting into the fixtures.
  3. Follow the daily and weekly cleaning checklist to prevent dirt from building up.

Top Tip


Always keep cleaning techniques for electronic devices gentle. iPhones are sensitive and damage from harsh cleaning methods or products may not be reparable.