8 Tips for Cleaning an iPhone

When your iPhone practically goes everywhere with you, it’s more likely to collect dirt along the way.

There is so much to gain by wiping the screen with your sleeve. The phone is potentially dangerous to your health and must be cleaned.

Although, you must be careful when cleaning your iPhone. You can’t just use everything you find in the closet; otherwise, you risk damaging it.

Your iPhone is probably not your cleanest property. Both in and out of your bag or pocket, resting on tables and desks across the city, constantly handled by you and probably others – your smartphones are constantly exposed to germs, dust, and dirt. And that’s not counting that cup of coffee, a glass of water, beer, or other beverage that’s about to spill, or the condiments waiting to drip on top.

Periodically cleaning your phone is a wonderful idea from both a health and appearance standpoint (it’s nice to have a phone that doesn’t look dirty). And if you do spill something on your phone, cleaning it up early is key to making sure it continues to function properly.

Let’s go through the steps on ways to clean your dirty iPhone.

How to clean your iPhone

8 Tips for Cleaning an iPhone:

  1. Spread out a clean towel for a clean workspace.
  2. Use compressed air to clean your phone’s charging port, speaker grills, and (if your iPhone has one) headphone jack.
  3. Carefully use a toothpick to remove any dirt, lint, or grime from the speaker grills, the Lightning port, and the seams between the display glass and the phone’s frame.
  4. Lightly spray a microfiber cloth with your cleaner (like Whoosh!).
  5. Clean your iPhone with a microfiber cloth.
  6. Dip a cotton ball (Q-Tip) in denatured alcohol.
  7. Trace the cotton ball around the edges of the phone, around the buttons, and any other crevices that need to be cleaned.
  8. When you’re done, clean your phone with a dry microfiber cloth.

Your iPhone should now be as clean as a whistle. Probably cleaner, actually. That whistle was probably in your mouth.


If you follow these steps to clean your iPhone, you will get a better-looking and performing device. It should be almost as good as brand new, certainly the best you’ve seen on your iPhone since you opened it. It’s a good idea to keep your phone clean often, regardless of the pandemic, because our phones are more extra appendages than casual accessories; they get just as dirty as the rest of our bodies. I wouldn’t recommend taking your phone with you in the shower (seriously, don’t!), but you can think of taking the time to clean it as an extension of personal hygiene.

Remember to keep your iPhone clean by following these steps twice or so every month.

And don’t forget to bring a lint-free cloth to keep the device free of grease.

If you’re worried about germs on your iPhone or iPad or just want to give it a new shine, it’s easy to put together a cleaning kit that won’t break the bank.

See how simple it is to clean and disinfect it with these tips.

theo james

I am Theo James, a cell phone owner and lover. On my blog, I share my best phone case picks as well as informational guides to help you find what you need.