How to Clean Your Phone

Dirty Phone

Smartphone’s always seem to get dirty, no matter how careful you are with them. Taking your handset in and out of your pocket will eventually get it covered in fluff and dust, while tapping on a touchscreen will lead to greasy marks.

What are the best ways to clean up your handset? We’re offering some tips on how to go about smartening your smartphone up a bit.

What you’ll need

You’ll be able to clean your phone up with a few simple tools, many of which you may well have lying around the house. First and foremost of these is a microfibre cloth, a small piece of fabric with a very soft surface. Many phones come with these in the box, and screen protectors often include them in the packaging too.

Secondly, some cotton wool is useful, preferably the loose kind that can be pulled into small pieces along with the buds that are mounted on sticks.

When cleaning your phone, avoid using any household detergents as they can often be too strong for the kind of materials from which a smartphone is made, risking damage to the device.

Cotton Wool Buds

Get it ready

Before cleaning, turn your handset off completely, rather than just locking the device. If you have a casing on it, take this off so that you can get to the main body of the phone. Likewise, if your handset needs cleaning there’s a chance you’ll want to replace the screen protector too, so pull the old one off so you can get to the display.

If your phone has a removable rear cover, take this off and remove the battery underneath so that you can get to as much of the dirt as possible. You can’t do this with every handset, but it’s a bonus if you can.


Wipe the screen with the microfibre cloth, removing any grease or dust that has built up over time. Use circular motions and apply as little pressure as possible to avoid any damage to the display.

For the rest of the handset’s bodywork, use a piece of cotton wool to wipe it all down. If any stains or marks prove to be particularly tough you can add a tiny amount of water to the wool, but make sure that none of it runs into any of the device’s ports.

When you’ve wiped over all the bodywork, use a fresh piece of cotton wool to rub the camera lens. Be especially careful with this, as too much pressure could scratch the glass and ruin your photos.

Use the cotton wool bud sticks to clean under the handset’s backplate, so you can really get into the nooks and crannies, then use another one around all the ports. If you use a case with the handset, clean inside this with some more cotton wool, so dust doesn’t get trapped underneath it.

Screen Protector

Finally, if you’re applying a new screen protector then carefully stick it on now. Before you do though, have a last look at the screen as even after cleaning some tiny bits of dust can gather on it. If you see any, wipe it down again and then place the new protector on.

Anything else?

If you find that there is a build-up of dirt in your device’s speaker, there’s an unusual app available for Android handsets that may be useful. Speaker Cleaner uses ultrasound frequencies to shake grime out of the speaker’s grille and could be worth trying out to see what kind of results you get.

Lastly, if you’re using an Android device and want to make sure that its innards are running cleanly too, then take a look at our tips on making your smartphone run faster.

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