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How to clean your smartphone and protect it from dirt

How to clean your smartphone and protect it from dirt

Everyone has probably already been through this situation: you’re happily eating a sandwich and suddenly a message from WhatsApp arrives. You take the phone from your pocket to read the message and by the time you’ve replied and put the phone in your pocket again, it’s got half your sandwich all over it. A clean and germ free smartphone can relieve you of some opportunistic colds and viruses, believe it or not. Here are some tricks for cleaning Android devices.

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Not every smartphone can handle mud, dirt and water. / © Samsung

Cleaning supplies

  • Cloth or microfiber towel. Many devices come with one, otherwise you can use any spectacle/sunglass cleaning cloth.
  • Alcohol swabs or regular dry swabs
  • Water, isopropyl alcohol, distilled water or a special liquid for cleaning electronics.

How to clean your smartphone

Be careful when using liquids on or near your smartphone, they can infiltrate the edges of the device. Do not use too much and just to be safe, turn your phone off while cleaning (and don’t turn it back on until you’re sure it’s dry).

Do not press too hard against the display with the cloth either, as this can cause scratches on the glass if there is debris on the screen. Most decent devices currently have very resilient displays, but prevention is better than cure. Remove any loose debris before adding liquid.

Don't get too excited with your cleaning: be gentle and clear off any visible debris first. © AndroidPIT

Of course, if you turned off your phone before you started, you should be able to see grease stains, fingerprints and worse on the powered-off black screen (or black wallpaper), so you know where to focus.

Add a little water (or any of the other liquids mentioned earlier) onto the swab and gently slide it across the screen and back, taking special care around headphone inputs, physical buttons, etc.

To dry fully, use the microfiber washcloth in a circular motion. Wax on, wax off. You know what I’m talking about.

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Even just a screen protector can make a massive difference to your smartphone. / © Samsung/Mobile Fun

How to protect your device from dirt

To prevent small particles of dust or crumbs from entering the grooves and joints of the smartphone, it is best to use a protective cover. You can find a million of them cheaply in stores or all over the internet. Much of it is up to your personal tastes, but some offer abrasion resistance (like Kevlar) or shock-absorbance as well (like bumper cases).

Otherwise you can simply go for a screen protector, which will also protect against dust, that you can peel off regularly and replace. Of course, the less water, dirt and sandwiches you can keep your smartphone from, the better.

How do you keep your smartphone clean and protected? Know any other tips you can share?

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  • Hi. If you get a cotton tip (like the ones for your ears) and trim it down so it will fit, you can dip it in an alcohol solution and wipe your SIM slot that way. Just make sure your phone is off and battery out when you do it, and wait a while before reinserting the SIM and turning your phone back on. Alternatively you could try a compressed air can, but that may just push it in even further.

  • There is a dot of dirt in my sim slot which I am not able to remove.I tried all the above mentioned cloth but in vain.I am scared to use any solution on my phone.