How to Clean the iPhone

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How to Clean the iPhone. To function properly, cell phones, like all electronics, must be kept clean and dust free. Apple, the maker of the iPhone, cautions the user against using certain harmful cleansers on their electronic devices. Learning how to safely clean your iPhone will help maintain its optimal performance.

Things You'll Need

  • IPhone
  • Damp, soft cleansing cloth

Clean the iPhone Safely

  • Unplug any USB cables or headphones from your iPhone. Your phone must be disconnected from your computer for you to safely clean it.

  • Press and hold down the "sleep/wake" button on the iPhone. Refer to the instruction booklet if you do not know which button this is.

  • Use your finger to drag the red slider across the screen. The slider appears after holding down the "sleep/wake" button for 2 to 4 seconds. Your iPhone is now turned off.

  • Dampen a soft cloth that is free of lint and dust. If you have the cleaning cloth that is included with the iPhone, you may omit this step.

  • Wipe the iPhone touch screen gently with the cleansing cloth. Be careful not to get any water in the jack or port openings.

  • Allow your iPhone to air dry completely after cleaning. This should only take a few minutes after you have finished wiping it down.

  • Turn your phone back on by depressing the "sleep/wake button." You will know the iPhone is turned on when the Apple company logo appears on the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Oils from your fingers will leave prints on your phone, so wipe it down on a regular basis. You may want to consider purchasing a case in which to carry your iPhone. This will cut the amount of surface dirt that comes in contact with your iPhone.
  • If your iPhone sustains water damage and will not turn on after drying, contact an authorized service provider. This professional can tell you what steps to take or where to bring your iPhone for repairs.
  • Do not clean your iPhone with liquid or aerosol cleansers containing alcohol, ammonia or other abrasive ingredients. These common household and window cleaners can harm the touch screen.
  • Do not immerse your iPhone in water or use it in extremely wet locations, such as the swimming pool. Moisture can damage the inner workings of the phone. If your iPhone gets wet, unplug the cables, turn it off and let it dry on its own.

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