It’s simple to keep your iPhone clean and free of dust, dirt, and buildup.
- Only a dampened lint-free cloth should be used to clean an iPhone.
- Chemical cleaning products, such as soap and baby wipes, should be avoided when cleaning your iPhone, as they may damage the screen or case.
- Keeping your iPhone clean also entails cleaning it as soon as it comes into contact with potentially harmful elements such as liquid, dirt, dust, grease, or chemicals.
Your iPhone is most likely not the cleanest item in your possession. Our smartphones are constantly exposed to germs, dust, and dirt as they move from purse to pocket, are set down on tables and desks all over town and are constantly handled by you and likely others. Not to mention the cup of coffee, a glass of water, beer, or other beverage just waiting to spill, or the condiments just waiting to drip on it.
Cleaning your phone regularly is a good idea for both health and appearance (it’s nice to have a phone that doesn’t look… soiled). And, if you spill something on your phone, cleaning it as soon as possible is critical to ensuring that it continues to function properly.
While all iPhone models starting with the 7 are water- and dust-resistant, they can still be damaged by liquids and small particles, especially because the seal at the port where the lightning cable connects wears down over time.
Cleaning an iPhone 7 or later
To clean your iPhone, simply use a soft, lint-free cloth (a clean t-shirt will suffice) slightly dampened with water. There will be no glass cleaner, baby wipes, soap, or anything else. If you feel the need to disinfect the phone, make a 50:50 solution of water and isopropyl alcohol and apply it lightly with a dampened cloth.
- Take off your phone case.
- Disconnect any attached cables and turn off the phone.
- Moisten your lint-free cloth gently with water.
- Apply light pressure when wiping the phone.
- As soon as you’re finished, dry the phone with another clean cloth.
That’s the end of it. If you believe your phone requires deeper cleaning, or if something has become stuck in the charging port, read our article on cleaning your charging port, or visit an Apple Store.
How to Clean an iPhone 6 or Previous Model
If you have an older, non-water-resistant iPhone, take extra care around the additional port where headphones connect — and, if at all possible, keep excess moisture away from them by cleaning them with a relatively dry cloth. Otherwise, follow the steps outlined above. On older models, a small amount of rubbing alcohol can be used around the tray where your SIM card is inserted. And, of course, that dependable lint-free cloth.