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August 4, 2020
When most of us think about “cleaning our phone” we’re usually thinking about all those apps we don’t use or the gigabytes of photos and memes filling its precious storage capacity. Less often, we might consider how much dust, germs, and general grossness is stuck to it. After all, we’re constantly touching it, dropping it on the floor, laying it down on tables, and putting up to our face without a second thought. And, much like cleaning what’s inside your phone, it is helpful, healthy, and given current pandemic concerns, even necessary to clean our phones regularly.
The good news is that it’s easy to keep your phone clean, you just have to follow a few simple steps and be careful about how you do it.
You only need three things you need to clean your phone:
DO NOT USE:
To best maintain your phone, we recommend you clean your phone like this about once every week or two. If you’re sick, you should be cleaning your phone once a day to prevent the spread of infection.
If you’re in a situation where you’ve potentially been exposed to germs or viruses, it’s a good idea to clean your phone immediately before using it again. There are single-use sanitizer wipes you can carry with you, or minimize using your phone and wash your hands immediately after touching it.
Clean your phone immediately if it comes into contact with anything that might stain or stick to it.
Avoid using your phone while you’re in the bathroom where there are lots of germs (especially public bathrooms). Wash your hands often, and be extra careful if your phone has been handled by other people (especially relevant for parents who let their children use their phones.)
A note on cleaning phone screens: many touchscreens include an oleophobic or hydrophobic coating to reduce smudges and fingerprints caused by normal use. These coatings might be damaged or removed by using harsh cleaners; even milder soap and water or the water-alcohol mix described earlier may remove these coatings. Follow your phone manufacturer’s instructions (e.g. Apple’s cleaning instructions https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT207123) and if in doubt, clean only with a soft cloth.
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