Cleaning the Apple iPhone: Tips for cleaning your smartphone

In the trouser pocket, backpack, handbag, center shelf in the car, briefcase or sports bag - the smartphone gets around a lot and likes to take dust, lint, sand and crumbs with it everywhere. If you want to clean the Apple iPhone, you will find the right tips and tricks here. I have also summarized the manufacturer's official instructions for you, so that you have comprehensive instructions on how to clean your smartphone.

Tips and tricks for cleaning your iPhone (as well as cleaning your smartphone in general) can be found here. In addition to the official Apple instructions, you will find further information!

Tips and tricks for cleaning your iPhone (as well as cleaning your smartphone in general) can be found here. In addition to the official Apple instructions, you will find further information!

Cleaning the Apple iPhone: Instructions for different models

In an official Support document Apple has listed the procedure for cleaning the various iPhone models. A distinction is made between several types of construction for which the cleaning procedure is similar, but does not always contain the same tips:

  • iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s and 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G and iPhone (first generation)

Tips for all iPhones

All models of the Apple iPhone state that it should be cleaned immediately if it comes into contact with various substances. Especially when they can "cause stains or other damage". Examples are acid and acidic foods, dirt and sand, detergent and soap, ink and make-up.

A small linguistic trick is noticeable in Apple's collection of notes: the newer models from iPhone 7 to iPhone X use the word “cleaning”, while all other versions use “cleaning”. I find that a bit misleading, as it clearly states that if the newer editions are cleaned too ambitiously, the "fingerprint-resistant and grease-repellent coating" could suffer.

But let's stay briefly with the similarities: Before cleaning / cleaning, it is still advisable to switch off the respective iPhone and also to remove all cables. The iPhone should then be cleaned with a soft, lint-free cloth - a lens cloth is given as an example. No moisture / water should get into the individual openings (loudspeaker, microphone, Lightning connector, blade socket, etc.). It is not recommended to use cleaning agents (glass cleaner, solvents, abrasives, etc.). In addition, no compressed air should be used.

Notes for individual models

The main difference in each of the instructions for cleaning the Apple iPhone smartphone is the note that the cloth to clean models X, 8 (Plus) and 7 (Plus) should only be soft and lint-free. With the older models from iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a "slightly damp, lint-free cloth" may still be used.

However: an extra paragraph deals with the home button and its cleaning for the optimal function of the Touch ID. And there is no question of the cloth being allowed to be moistened. The notes on iPhone 5c and 5 are also interesting. Here, rubbing alcohol may be used once on the SIM tray; apparently not another time.

What to do with heavy soiling?

The right question should actually be: “What do BEFORE heavy soiling?” - because especially with a device like the iPhone, you should already spend a few euros on a protective cover and a screen protector or a corresponding case. There are covers and protectors for different areas of application and requirements - from the Quad Lock covers for iPhone X, 8/7 and 8 Plus / 7 Plus too iPhone 6 cases under 10 euros.

If you still have mud, substances from the kitchen or other stubborn stains on your iPhone, then it's best not to scratch it off. Use a soft, damp cloth and soak the dirt until it can be easily wiped away. This prevents damage and, above all, scratches on the iPhone.

How to clean the smartphone connections?

Neither protective foils nor covers and most flip cases will cover the Lightning connector, the SIM slot, the jack socket or the speaker openings and thus protect them from dust, sand and dirt. Before you work with fibrous cotton swabs or, contrary to the recommendations, with compressed air, we recommend an alternative from the office supplies of the last centuries: type cleaner. Type cleaner is a clay-like mass that is actually used to clean the types / letters on a typewriter. Pressed into the openings of the smartphone and quickly pulled out again, it also brings cleanliness there;) You can find type cleaner in the stationery store and at Amazon. Here is a video from the colleagues at iFun who put the mass to the test:


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