How to clean your phone from germs and viruses

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A person holding an iPhone XR in yellow
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Research says that your smartphones have more germs than a toilet seat. Bonkers, isn’t it? They get more touched than anything else. We use smartphones all the time, after using the toilet, shaking hands with others, leaving bus terminals, and touching other things that aren’t tidy. So, they have more germs than a toilet seat.

But don’t worry, you can keep your smartphone or other gadgets sanitized like your hands. Just follow the cleaning guide, which will help you in disinfecting your smartphone and other devices.

To start cleaning your phone or any gadget, make sure you’ve got the right things to get started. These items can easily be purchased from a nearby store, or you can order them online.

What to use

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Photo by Muhammad Abdullah / @abdugeek
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol or alcohol wipes
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Wipe gently

What not to do/use

  • Don’t use bleach
  • Avoid getting moisture inside
  • Don’t submerge your phone or gadget in any cleaning agent

How to disinfect your phone

A person holding an iPhone
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Follow these steps to start cleaning your phone or gadget

  1. Unplug and turn off your phone or gadget

    Before starting, make sure your phone or gadget is turned off and not connected with any wire.

  2. Put Isopropyl Alcohol on a soft lint-free cloth

    Take a soft cloth and put Isopropyl Alcohol on it.

  3. Gently wipe your phone or gadget to clean it

    Don’t rub your phone’s screen hardly, use a soft cloth and wipe gently to clean.

  4. Make sure the liquid doesn’t get in the phone

    Do this process with care and make sure that moisture doesn’t get in the phone from any opening. Especially speaker grill and the earpiece.

  5. Don’t use compressed air or any cleaning products

    Do not use cleaning products or bleach or compressed air to clean your phone.

It is advised to wash your hands before and after cleaning your phone. Make sure you’re doing it for at least 20 seconds.

Do not rub your phone’s screen since it has an oleophobic coating to protect it from oil and fingerprints. Alcoholic wipes will remove the oleophobic coating if your phone doesn’t have a screen protector.

Using bleach is also not advised and must not be used to clean your phone. Avoid submerging your phone or gadget in any cleaning agent and also make sure you don’t let moisture in any opening.

A person holding Apple AirPods case in hands
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You can use the same guide to clean your phone in case your phone is contaminated with anything. You should also clean your headphones, earbuds or anything that you use, but make sure you don’t let moisture get in your gadget. Liquid or moisture will cause damage.

Just like your hands, keep your phones sanitized with this guide, and that’ll help in limiting the chances of coronavirus spread. Be safe and take precautionary measures to save your family from COVID-19.

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