Cleaning Your Phone
• Turn off your phone before you start to clean it.
• Apple recommends using a lens cloth, the sort you might use to clean your glasses. If you have an iPhone 7 or higher, which is more water-resistant, you can also use a cloth with a small amount of warm soapy water, as long as you avoid getting that water into openings on the phone. Other phone makers don’t specifically say that this works, though you should generally be safe with most modern phones released in the past several years that have some sort of water resistance.
• Apple and Samsung advise against using cleaning products since they can damage the fingerprint-resistant coatings on the screens. But desperate times call for desperate measures and I’ve found I’m more worried about germs than fingerprints on the screen. For years I’ve gently wiped down the screen with a Clorox wipe or diluted rubbing alcohol against recommendations without any issues. Just be careful and, again, try to avoid getting them in the ports.
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