How to Clean Every Part of Your iPhone


You use your iPhone all of the time, which is why you should take a moment to give it a good clean. You notice the screen protector is covered in scratches and smudges and the back of the phone is a little scuffed up after being jostled in a bag day-in and day-out. It’s seen better days.


If you aren’t sure how to clean your iPhone, here is how you can take care of every single part:



The Touch Screen.

First, check if your screen protector needs replacing. If it’s looking rough, carefully peel it off and prepare to put on a new one. Before putting on the replacement, you should wash the touch screen under it. 


An iPhone touchscreen has an oleophobic coating that’s supposed to repel oils — this is mainly designed to keep greasy finger and hand prints at bay. Harsh chemical cleaners will destroy the coating. You should get a microfiber cloth, lightly dampen it with water and then carefully wipe the area clean. Once it’s dry, apply the new screen protector. 


The Back.

You can use the dampened microfiber cloth to clean the back of the iPhone, being cautious not to get any moisture into openings. Once it’s dry, you should consider protecting the surface with a vinyl skin.


A high-quality vinyl skin is designed to guard devices against cosmetic damage and messy build-up. With full-coverage, your iPhone will avoid more than oily fingerprints and smears — it will avoid micro scratches, scuff marks, and ugly scars. Click here to see the latest options for your iPhone and see what the perfect fit for your personal style is. 


If you feel like changing up the skin, you can easily remove it without leaving pesky adhesive residue behind. Just take it off and replace it with another patterned skin.



The AirPods.

Anything that you stick inside of your ears isn’t going to stay spotless for long. If you take a good look at your AirPods, you’ll notice that they are covered in earwax. Wiping them off will make them look a little better, but once in awhile, you’re going to want to do a thorough job.


The experts at Apple Support recommend that you use a dry lint-free cloth to wipe away any residue, then use a dry cotton swab to reach the microphone and speakers. If there is build-up on the mesh of the buds, use a soft bristled brush to loosen it, then wipe it away. To sanitize the surface, you can use rubbing alcohol, but be very careful not to get any liquid inside the openings. 


There’s no point in wiping them up and then shoving them inside of a dirty charging case. Use the same tools to clean up the case, making sure to not get any moisture inside the charging ports. Just like your iPhone, you can protect your AirPods and case with a vinyl skin.  


The Charger.

Your charger has gone from a pristine white shade into a soft grey or yellow. You can clean your charger cable with the help of alcohol wipes if you can’t stand the unfortunate color change. Alcohol is powerful enough to remove the grime and it dries quickly, so you don’t have to worry about moisture messing with your tech. 


The Interior.

Now that you’ve tackled the exterior of your iPhone and its accessories, you need to give the interior quick clean. This doesn’t mean pulling the phone apart — this means getting rid of clutter on your home screen. 


Start by going through your apps and deciding if you need them or not. If you haven’t used them in the past six months, and you’re not sure you’re ever going to use them again, it’s time to remove them. You can delete apps from your home screen by tapping onto an icon and holding down until it wiggles and a little X appears in the top corner. Click on the X and it will disappear. 


Then you want to rearrange the apps that remain. The best method for organizing homescreen apps is to make sure the default page only has apps that you use all of the time so that you can reach them quickly. Think of stuff like public transportation, ride share and messaging apps. The apps that you use less often can be arranged on alternative pages and in folders to keep the space clutter-free. 


Think of your iPhone cleaning like any other chore you have to do at home. Sometimes you have to cancel your afternoon plans so you can wash dirty windows, mop floors and throw loads into the laundry. It’s not a fun chore to start, but you’ll feel much better when you finish it.