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Coronavirus and the phone: How to effectively clean and disinfect your device – CNET

Make sure that you clean your phone on the right path.

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The Roman coronavirus – known as COVID-19, to survive may be able to, on some surfaces for up to nine days, studies have found, and this may include your beloved cell phone. This is the device that you handle constantly, and often press on the side of your face, which means that no bacteria, virus or other germ that makes its way to your phone or case could easily be transferred to your skin.

you Wash your hands the right way can help keep you and your loved ones from passing on the virus, but what is with the cleaning of your phone? The good news is that the disinfection of your electronic device has officially become easier. Earlier this week, Apple said on its website, which you can safely clean your iPhone with disinfectant wipes., such as Clorox sheets. Samsung has not responded to a request for comment on their mobile phones.

there is, However, yet to avoid cleaning agents and techniques. While you might see first good results, this tougher methods may eventually damage the screen (or, where applicable, the internal components) that you have to work so hard to protect you.

We will tell you to avoid what products, and the best ways to disinfect your phone, and you clean fingerprints, smudges, sand, and lint from the ports, and stubborn make-up from the screen (tip: never use make-up remover). We will tell you how you are designed to care for the mobile phones for water-resistance.

And here are nine practical tips that you can use to help limit your exposure to coronavirus.

spring clean

set the window-cleaner, and counter spray, now.

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you Disinfect your phone

If you touch your phone after touching a public door handle, or shopping, you can think of immediately, clean it with alcohol. Not. It can strip coatings, oleophobic and hydrophobic, they keep oil and water from damaging your screen and other ports. 

Some of the websites, the Websites suggest, with a mixture of alcohol and water, but they post warnings about the concentrations. AT&T also notes that you can use an alcohol-based disinfectant (70% alcohol), but Apple and Samsung suggested otherwise, so we recommend that you stay away from that, to be on the safe side.

In not to use the past, we have to rely were, disinfectant wipes on our phone screens-but for now Apple says it is OK to use Clorox wipes, or wipes, 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean your iPhone. To use Samsung has not yet commented on whether it is safe disinfecting wipes on their mobile phones.

If you are still worried that you are going to wipe damage your phone’s screen with a disinfectant, you have other options, such as the investment in a UV light, such as PhoneSoap. To kill the UV light of the claims of the company 99.99% of the germs and destroys bacteria.

How to prevent a clean fingerprint smudges from the screen

fingerprint stains are difficult because your skin constantly produces oils. This means that every time you pick up your phone, it is tied to finger prints about you.

The safest and most effective way to clean your screen with a micro fiber cloth. To moisten when the screen is in desperate need of cleaning, the use of distilled water the micro fiber cloth, and then wipe you avoid your screen, splashing the water directly onto the screen. This method can be used on the back and sides of your phone.

you can also try a micro fiber screen cleaner sticker that you can stick on the back of your phone and can pop-off when you need to give it a wipe-down.

Check out Samsung’s tips to cleaning your phone, also.

dirty phone screen

Remove fingerprints, smudges and other grime with these cleaning tips.


Remove sand and fluff with this trick

lint, and sand can body stuck in the small ports of the phone and in the crevices where the screen meets the. 

The best solution for the removal of sand and lint, Scotch tape is. You can place it along the fold and speaker, and roll it carefully and place it in the ports. The tape is sticky, pull out you cell phone any lint or sand that may be stuck in your.

For the smaller speaker holes can’t reach the tape, use a toothpick, or try to suck out the debris with a small crevice tool. These tools can also be used for other small devices, or hard-to-reach areas in your car.


If you have a call to make, while wearing make-up, guess what to your phone.

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make-up safely Remove

If you have a full face of make-up and have to guess a phone call to make, to stay what is the Foundation about? That’s right, your cell phone screen. And while using make-up remover to take off your makeup every night, you should not use it as a screen cleaner by some of the chemicals lurking in the ingredients. explains the chemicals that could up in her make-remover.

Instead, you could use your phone to its own make-up remover, such as hissing. The company claims it is safe for all screens and contains no alcohol, chlorine, ammonia, or phosphate, the coatings damage to the various on-screen.

you can also use fiber with a damp micro-cloth to clean it — and then you throw in the towel in the Laundry. Make sure you use a spray bottle to spray the cloth, instead of it is under water. The less water, the better.

you Can wash them waterproof mobile phones?

If you rinse a water-resistant phone that is suitable for IP67 and higher, you can it with water. Although these phones, like the iPhone 7 ($550 for Boost Mobile), and the newer and the Galaxy S phones can withstand immersion in water up to 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of water, it is a much better idea, with a damp or wet cloth to clean your phone. Then dry your phone with a dry, soft cloth to remove the water. Make sure to pat dry all the speakers and connectors.

Dunking the phone in water or running it under a faucet, the water in the ports is not, which means that you will be able to charge it until it is dry, and the can. Remember that a water-proof cell phone more about peace of mind, as to swim you intentionally take your phone to.

Now that your phone is clean, check them out, how to prevent coronavirus, with this 9 tips to limit your risk without cutting yourself from the world. and follow these hand-washing tips to know the best way in order to clean your hands to protect against the virus.

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8 things you should never use to clean your phone

We are not here to shame the stat, but drops the bottle of Windex,. This is how not to clean your screen.

glass cleaner

clean your mirror and window with window cleaner, and you are squeaky clean, so it must be OK to use on your cell phone? Wrong! Some newer mobile phones, such as the iPhone XR< - span section="inline-annotation|leads"> ($749 at Amazon), have a protective coating that can wear against water and oil in the course of time.

With aggressive cleaners can strip the coating, and let your phone be more prone to scratches. James LeBeau, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at mit, told us that cleaners will scratch with an abrasive, probably, on the surface, so that those who should be avoided.

kitchen cleaner

scratch is not to get A screen fixed properties, abraded by a cleaning agent, but Stripping the protective layer is still a problem. This is why Apple fails to do not clean with household cleaners on your iPhone, including bleach. Bar Keepers friend, for example, says that his abrasive formula damage to the protective layer. Bon Ami States not for use on glass with coatings. 

paper towels

you can be the go-to for cleaning your Desk, but they keep you away from your phone. The paper you are shredding, so that the debris on your phone is much worse. Paper towels can also&at the end of scratches on your screen.nbsp;AT&T originally sugge you can spray an alcohol-based disinfectant directly on a paper towel, but have recently found, instead, use a lint-free cloth.


Since many of the newer phones have a protective coating, rubbing alcohol, and it can wear off faster over time, so that your cell phone more prone to scratches. You need to ensure that for alcohol in the product components on a “safe to use” phone-screen-cleaner. Apple says to avoid alcohol, when the cleaning of your equipment.

Makeup remover

Some make-up remover can have, the chemicals can be hard on a electronic screen. LeBeau suggests that the avoidance of make-up remover, and instead, use a soft cloth with a little water.

compressed air

your phone is delicate, so blowing an intense amount of air in their portals can cause some damage, especially to your mic. Tech companies such as Apple, warn specifically do not use compressed air.

dishwashing detergent, and soap

While you can be gentle Soaps and hand, is the only way to use them, combine them with water. Most cell phone companies recommend that water away from your phone, so again, stay on a damp cloth.


This is a no-no. Vinegar strip is the screen coating. You could, as Lifehacker proposes to clean using a very dilute vinegar, the other parts of the phone. Android Central suggests, a 50/50 mix with distilled water for the cleaning of the sides and the back.

Originally published last year. Periodically updated with new information.

Released on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:05:01 +0000

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